South County Community Tennis Association: Leagues: USTA Jr

Wednesday, March 19
WHAT IS USTA JR. TEAM TENNIS?
JR TEAM
TENNIS IS A TEAM SPORT.

USTA Jr. Team Tennis is the largest youth tennis program in the country, helping girls and boys ages 6 to 18 get in the game, get on the court, and have a good time. Teams are coed and made up of at least six players, three boys and three girls, based on similar ages and skill levels.  The emphasis is on skill development, fun, teamwork and friendly competition, all with the possibility of advancing to the national championship.  Tennis is a sport you can play for life and Jr. Team Tennis lays the foundation for a lasting relationship. 

WHO CAN PLAY?
USTA Jr. Team Tennis is for girls and boys ages 6 to 18 of all abilities and experience.  Whether your child has been playing for years, or has never held a racquet, there's a spot on the team for them.  Teams are formed in age groups: 18 & under, 14 & under, 12 & under, 10 & under, and 8 & under. 

HOW DOES IT WORK?
Seasons are typically 6 to 8 weeks long and include regularly scheduled practices and matches.  Players have the opportunity to participate in both singles and doubles play throughout the season.  The season culminates in a national championship for the 14 & under and 18 & under, Intermediate and Advanced divisions. 

HOW COMPETITIVE IS IT?
Whether your child wants to compete on a national level or simply wants to learn a new sport and make friends, Jr. Team Tennis can take them there.  The focus is on enjoying the exhilaration of playing and the development of skills that make playing fun.  It's up to each player to decide how far they want to go. 


HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?
For further information click on your state to find a local league coordinator who can help you find a team.  In Southern RI contact Sandy Sweet at sccta@aol.com (401) 783-0721, in Northern RI contact Joanne Macksoud at jam10scoach@aol.com (508) 212-8187, or Doug Chapman, Community Coordinator for Rhode Island, SE Mass., Cape Cod & The Islands at chapman@newengland.usta.com or (508) 439-2105.                                                                                   



2013 USTA Rhode Island /SE Mass. Jr Team Tennis Summer League (Click to register for SC Teams)

Dates:             June 14 – August 9
Ages:               14 & Under and 18 & Under
                     (Advanced & Intermediate Leagues)

Deadline:        June 21 to register your team
Fee:                 $ per team.

The deadline for teams to commit to play in the 2013 USTA Rhode Island Junior Team Tennis League is June 21st. The league is open to public and private clubs, recreation departments and any other organized teams in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts.

The League has two Advanced or Open Divisions – 14 & under  and 18 & under and two  Intermediate Divisions – 14 & under  and 18 & under
The league will run from June 14 to August 9, with the State Championship TBA.  
State champions will advance to the USTA New England Junior Team Tennis Championships to be held August 14-15 in CT, with the New England champions advancing to the National Championships in Mobile, AL later in the fall.


League matches are scheduled on Fridays from 1-3 p.m.
          Fri, June 12      Fri, June 21      Fri, June 28     Fri, July 5         Fri, July 12      Fri, July 19     Fri, July 26     Fri, Aug 2      Fri, Aug 9
                
The State Championship tournament has been scheduled for Tuesday, August 6 at Slater Memorial Park in Pawtucket (8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.).
The rain location will be Centre Court in Riverside, RI.

The structure of play is the USTA Junior Team Tennis format :

1 Boys Singles                                               1 Boys Doubles

1 Girls Singles                                               1 Girls Doubles
1 Mixed Doubles

A minimum of 4 boys and 4 girls are needed per match.  There is a fee per team to play in the league and every team and player must be registered on Tennis Link at the USTA’s web site.  All teams will play home and away matches.  Private clubs may schedule their matches at outside facilities, if they choose. There is no per match fee for visiting teams.

The USTA Rhode Island Junior Team Tennis League is operated by the South County Community Tennis Association.   An organization league meeting will be scheduled for entered teams before play begins.
WHO CAN ENTER TEAMS?
Parks & Recreation Departments, Public Clubs, Private Clubs, Community Tennis Associations, schools and educational associations, parents; basically anyone that can get a team together and secure a facility to host home matches. Parents are particularly encouraged to get involved, and local public and school facilities are often available by securing a permit from municipal agencies for use during scheduled home matches (often at little or no cost if local children are involved).
 
 
For additional information, or anyone interested in having a team in the league should contact:  Sandy Sweet at 401-932-9345, e-mail:
sccta@aol.com


Thursday, October 2
WHAT IS QUICKSTART?

Quickstart Information

Equipment
Just as kids need a court that suits their size, they also need the right size equipment. That's why both the racquet and ball are different from the equipment adults use.

Racquets
For an adult player to succeed at tennis, racquet control is essential. Same goes for kids. But since kids are smaller than adults, kids have trouble controlling full-size racquets. They're too long, they're too heavy, and the grips are too large. Kids need racquets that are proportionate in length and weight and have a grip that fits their smaller hands.

For 8 & under, the racquet should be 19", 21" or 23".
For 10 & under, the racquet should be 23" or 25".




Balls
Kids need a ball that's sized and paced to their playing abilities. A regulation tennis ball moves too fast, bounces too high and is too heavy for their smaller racquet. Each age group, therefore, uses a ball better suited to their size and unique playing ability.

For 8 & under, a foam ball or a very lowcompression ball moves slower, bounces lower and travels less distance.

For 10 & under, a low compression ball moves a little faster and travels farther than the ball used with the younger group, but it still has a lower bounce than the original.


 

 

 


Court Dimensions
QuickStart Tennis uses equipment that is scaled to the size and ability level of young children. Eight-and-under children will 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. Portable nets and support systems are available from many manufacturers, or temporary nets can be constructed using tape or caution tape tied to existing nets, fences or even chairs.

A regulation net is used on the 60-foot court for youngsters 10 and under. If you are not using an existing court and net, the net height for the 60-foot court is three feet.

Scoring

For players who are 8 and under, there are only seven points in a game, so match play is short and sweet. Kids play the best of three games; the first to score seven points wins the game. The first to win two games wins the match. The longest the match will last is approximately 20 minutes.

Players who are 10 and under should play the best-of-three sets; the first to win four games wins a set. For the third set, the first player to win seven points wins the match.



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Monday, May 10
Congratulations to Our 2007/2008 Winter Jr. Team Winners!

08 W JTT SC

Monday, June 30
2013 Summer Southern RI Youth Travel League (Dates TBA)

2010/2011 USTA INDOOR Jr Team Tennis League
08 W JTT SC
GREAT JOB 2008 WINTER TEAM!
Play JTT this WINTER!
Dates:            November 2010 – March 2011
Ages:               18 & Under or 14 & Under
Deadline:    To Form a Team is Saturday,   October 16th
                              Ongoing player registration for current teams!
Meeting:      Coaches/Coordinator Meeting,  TBA (October 28th 7:00 pm Centre Court)
Fees
:                 Per Player League Fee*$
                               includes Nike dri-fit Team Shirts,end of the season awards & party 
                                      * - Current USTA Jr Membership is also required ($19 annual fee)
                               $ - Team Fees may also apply, please contact your team coordinator.

         You will need the following team numbers to register, stay tuned for more teams.                                  

JTT Shirts

The league is open to anyone that can organize teams that can schedule indoor matches in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts.
Indoor League coaches can be parents, working to organize teams with their indoor club; indoor club representatives; club tennis pros.


The League has one Open Division – 16 & Under  and runs from early November to late March, with the State Playoff Round-Robin.  League matches are generally scheduled on Saturdays & Sundays in the afternoons and early evenings.  League matches are generally scheduled every other weekend, with practice sessions up to individual clubs.


The structure of play is the USTA Junior Team Tennis format :

1 Boys Singles                                               1 Boys Doubles
1 Girls Singles                                               1 Girls Doubles
1 Mixed Doubles

A minimum of 4 boys and 4 girls are needed per match.  There is a fee per team to play in the league and every team and player must be USTA Junior Members (www.usta.com/membership) and registered on TennisLink (www.usta.com/tennislink).  All teams will play home and away matches.  


The USTA Rhode Island/SE Massachusetts Indoor Junior Team Tennis League is operated by the South County Community Tennis Association.   An organization league meeting will be scheduled for entered teams before play begins.


07/08 CLUB TEAMS:
Centre Court, International Tennis Hall of Fame, South County CTA & the Easton Club (MA)

06/07 CLUB TEAMS:
Centre Court, International Tennis Hall of Fame, Tennis Rhode Island – East Bay Gold, Tennis Rhode Island - East Bay Green, Lakeville Athletic Club (MA).

For additional information, or anyone interested in having a team in the league should contact:  Sandy Sweet at (401) 932-9345, e-mail: sccta@aol.com.



Monday, May 10
Congratulations to Our 2009/2010 Winter Team 14 & Under Winners!

10 SC 14s
Go South County 14's