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.
What the USTA offers to help grow tennis through the schools:
Download an overview for school tennis support
Physical Education Curriculum
The Physical Educators Guide for Teaching Tennis in Schools provides complete instructional materials for implementing a NASPE-aligned program that improves fitness and teaches tennis fundamentals. Written in conjunction with renowned author and educator, Dr. Robert Pangrazi, and a faculty of physical education specialists, studentsprogress through a series of basic skills and learn to play tennis through fun, action-packed lessons. This versatile curriculum can be taught in any school, requires no tennis courts, and adapts to small or large groups. Schools can receive a FREE curriculum kit by becoming Member Organizations of USTA for only $35 per year.
Kids' Tennis Clubs
Bring the fun of supervised play to after school time by creating a Kids’ Tennis Club. No courts are required, and kid-friendly equipment is perfect for beginners in gymnasiums, playgrounds, and other spaces. USTA Organizational Member elementary schools may apply for the USTA Southern Kids’ Tennis Club Grant. For more information contact Rebecca Martell.
High School No-Cut Programs
No-cut coaches play a critical role in tennis by allowing young players the opportunity to experience this lifetime sport as a member of a team. A no-cut policy sends the message that developing kids of all levels is important to the school. This opens opportunities for assistance from parents and from the community, which can help your school achieve its health and wellness goals. The USTA celebrates the special commitment coaches and schools make to keep all interested players on their teams through numerous incentives.
School Tennis Workshops
These workshops complement a teacher’s large group management skills and demonstrate how to quickly transform a school gym or playground into a dynamic tennis-playing environment and allow students to experience instant success in a fun and safe manner. For more information contact Rebecca Martell or click the link above.
Recreational Coach or 10 & Under Tennis Workshops
The USTA offers two unique types of trainings: Recreational Coach Workshops and 10 & Under Tennis Workshops. Our expert trainers will make the experience everything you were looking for. Whichever workshop you choose, our staff will ensure an exceptional experience that only the USTA can provide.
Equipment & Funding
The USTA offers more than just programs. We offer resources to help you bring tennis to your school, to help your students reach their fitness goals and to help you build a stronger school community through tennis. The USTA and its section network provide over $6 million in financial and material grants every year to help grow the game. Contact your State School Coordinator for assistance in obtaining tennis equipment for school programs (ex. racquets, portable nets, and easy-to-rally tennis balls), teacher-friendly lesson plans, teacher training, and after school program grants. Schools can receive deep discounts on tennis equipment by becoming Member Organizations of USTA for only $35 per year.
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10 & Under Tennis Play Format
The 10 & Under Tennis play format makes managing and engaging groups of children easier. It is an exciting new play format for learning tennis, designed to bring kids into the game by utilizing specialized equipment, shorter court dimensions and modified scoring, all tailored to age and size. The 10 & Under Tennis format is also simple to integrate into existing lesson and play programs. Kids gain greater confidence and build better playing skills and their success keeps them playing.
USTA Jr. Team Tennis
Team tennis is about turning an individual sport into a team sport. Because it’s a team sport, kids learn so much more than tennis. All the recognized benefits of team sports – team building, sportsmanship, and confidence building – are an important part of team tennis. So while they’re learning, they’re also having a great time with their friends—which means they’ll keep coming back to help to grow participation at your school. USTA Jr. Team Tennis gives your school the chance to advance to the only youth tennis league national championship. The USTA also provides stipends, administrative and marketing materials, and software to help your team get off to the right start.