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QuickStart Tennis

QuickStart Tennis is a new play format for learning tennis. It is designed to get kids into the game and keep them playing by using special equipment, smaller courts, and modified scoring. Tailored to age and size, QuickStart has two divisions, 8 & under and 10 & under:

8 & under:


Kids play seven points in a game and play to the best of 3 games. Two games wins the match. Smaller hands require a racquet that is proportionate in length and weight and has a grip that fits. These kids generally use racquets either 19", 21" or 23" in length. Kids also need a ball that is sized and paced to their playing abilities. A foam ball or very low compression ball is used because it moves slower, bounces lower and travels less distance.

10 & under:

Kids play the best of 3 sets and the first to win four games wins a set. For the third set, the first player to win seven points wins the match. Racquet sizes are usually 23" or 25". Low compression balls are used because they move faster and travel farther than the ball used with the younger group.

Court Dimensions:

Children in the 8 & under division play on a court that is 36 feet long and 18 feet wide. The net is 18 feet long and 2-foot, 9-inches in height. A regulation net is used on the 60-foot court for those in the 10 & under division.

For more information on QuickStart tennis click here.

Jr. Team Tennis

What is USTA Jr. Team Tennis?

Jr. Team Tennis focuses on fun, fitness and friends. The enjoyment of exercise and refining skills is what makes tennis fun for players at all ages and levels of competition.

Jr. Team Tennis is a multi-week program of team practice and match play for boys and girls, ages 6 to 18. Teams are comprised of players of similar age and skill and compete against other teams from the same geographic region. The four league divisions include 10 & under, 12 & under, 14 & under and 18 & under.


My child has never played tennis. Would they be able to join Jr. Team Tennis?

Absolutely! Any child that wants to play tennis can join a Jr. Team Tennis program. Your child does not need tennis lessons to play.

There are two options for children that have never played tennis:

10 & under:

Kids Team Tennis uses the QuickStart format as the introductory level for the Jr. Team Tennis. It adopts principles that other sports such as soccer, basketball and baseball have implemented for youth participants – modifying equipment and court dimensions. Kids Team Tennis is that it enables children to play quickly and successfully while enjoying a team experience with kids their same age and level of play.

12 & under, 14 & under, or 18 & under - Beginner Level:

At this level your child will not use the modified equipment or shorter courts but would be playing with children their age and at the same level of play. This is a great way to introduce your older child to the recreational sport of tennis!

How do I find a team?

Contact Michelle Campanella at 800.644.7282 Ext. 17 or e-mail for more information.


Tennis in Schools
More Than Just a Game - Enrich the lives of your students through tennis. Tennis is the ideal sport to help achieve the health and wellness goals of schools. Every day the USTA and its partners help kids learn not just a sport, but self-confidence, sportsmanship, and the habits of an active, healthy lifestyle. We are committed to making sure that all kids have an opportunity to play and learn from this lifetime sport.

High School No-Cut Programs
No-cut coaches play a critical role in tennis by allowing young players opportunity to be part of a team. They experience the greatest element of high school sports – the opportunity to participate on a team with their friends representing their school. A no-cut policy sends the message that developing kids of all levels is important to the school. This, in turn, opens opportunities for assistance from parents and from the community that can help your school achieve its health and wellness goals.
"I hope that as a no-cut coach that I am giving a student an opportunity to play tennis not only now but long into their 
future. I encourage other high school coaches to institute a no-cut policy on their teams and give a child a chance to 
experience a game that could last for the rest of their life." 
Daniel Strickland, 
President South Carolina Tennis Coaches Association

Tennis On Campus
All across the country, college students are getting in on exciting coed campus leagues that allow them to keep that competitive edge burning and have some serious fun, too! If you played tennis on your high school tennis team and miss the competition or if you're new to tennis and are just looking to meet some new friends and participate in organized sports activity on your campus – this is it!
Week after week throughout the year, teams are competing against one another for bragging rights and advancement to USTA State, Section and National Campus Championships.


Rising Stars:

The Rising Starts Tournament is a one day, USTA-sanctioned event that introduces players to tournament competition. The format of the tournament is the same as QuickStart Tennis. Kids in the 8 & under division play seven points in a game and play to the best of 3 games. Two games wins the match. Kids in the 10 & under division play the best of 3 sets and the first to win four games wins a set. For the third set, the first player to win seven points wins the match.

The emphasis of this tournament is on fun and the education of players and parents. Players must possess the ability to serve and rally a tennis ball as well as understand how to keep score.

Challenger Circuit:

The Challenger Circuit is a series of USTA sanctioned tournaments that are designed to help entry level players gain experience in tournament setting against players who are at the same level of experience and skill. Events take place in various locations all over the state of South Carolina. Doubles play is offered in this series and the players are guaranteed at least two singles matches.

Contact Scottie Rabb at 800.644.7282 Ext. 18 or e-mail for more information.

Code of Conduct
The highest level of sportsmanship is expected from every player. Players are under an obligation to avoid acts deemed as unsportsmanlike or detrimental to the game of tennis. Players are also expected to maintain full control over their emotions and the resulting behavior throughout the match.
Some basic guides for Tennis Etiquette include waiting until a point is over before walking behind a court where a match is in progress, waiting until the players have completed a point before retrieving a ball from their court, and presenting a neat appearance and abiding by local dress regulations.
A few on-court rules include abiding by the honor code. If you have doubts as to whether a ball is out or good, you must give your opponent the benefit of the doubt and play the ball as good. It is your obligation to call all balls on your side, to help your opponent make calls when the opponent requests it, and to call against yourself any ball that you clearly see out on your opponent’s side of the net.

Parent’s Do’s and Don’ts
Try to stay cool and calm while spectating. Your child can feel your presence. If you clap, clap for good shots, not just for your child’s shots. Do not clap for opponents’ errors as this may cause tension in the match. Be pleasant to all players and to their parents. It is important for young athletes to be able to enjoy their wins and hurt over losses, but a balance should always be kept. Mostly important, let your child play!

Basic Terms:
USTA – The United States Tennis Association is the national governing body for the sport of tennis and the recognize leader in promoting and developing the sport’s growth on every level in the United States.
Ranking – A ranking refers to a player’s specific position in relation to other players of the same age, rating, and league. For example, a player can be rated 3.0, with a ranking of #1 in the Junior 3.0 League.
USTA SC – The greatest district in the USTA. The state affiliate of the United States Tennis Association, USTA SC has over 22,000 members, and ten staff members.
Backhand – Refers to a stroke hit with the arm or arms and racquet across the body, on a player’s on-dominant side, the left hand side for a right-handed player. The shot can be hit with one or two hands.
Baseline – A line at the end of the court, parallel to the net, hat marks the length-wise boundary of the playing area. This also marks the line a serve must serve behind.
Cross-court – Used when a ball is hit from one side of a court to the other.
Double fault – If both sere attempts on a single point fail, it is a double fault and the receiver wins the point.
Fault – An invalid serve attempt. A fault can occur in several ways. The first is if the ball does not land in the receiver’s service court. The second occurs if the server swings and misses the ball. The final type of fault occurs when the serve is made from inside the baseline or from the wrong side of the center mark.
Forehand – A shot hit from the dominant side of the player’s body; the right side for a right-handed player.
Groundstroke – A shot hit after the ball has bounced. It is the most common shot.
Lob – A shot that is hit in a high arc, usually employed to try and hit over a player when they are at the net.
Love – Love means zero. It can be used to refer to the game score or the set score.
Match – A match is a full tennis contest. In most amateur play a match