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USTA Florida Institutes Uniform Jr. Team Tennis League Fee for 2010

December 16, 2009 06:00 PM

Beginning in 2010, USTA Florida will institute a $35 league fee for the USTA Florida Jr. Team Tennis league in an effort to offer a consistent and quality program across the state. The Jr. Team Tennis league connects kids together in teams to play singles, doubles and mixed doubles against other teams, and all teams participating in the local leagues are invited to participate in the state/sectional championships, and the USTA Jr. Team Tennis National Championships.

The Jr. Team Tennis (JTT) league fee structure (see chart below for breakdown) provides for a Nike league jersey, year-end trophies and player party, along with the TennisLink registration fee and league coordinator stipend. The fee remains smaller than most if not all competing youth sporting leagues.

“The consistent program fee is so important," says USTA Florida Team Tennis Coordinator Michelle Willis. "We want all kids participating to have the same Jr. Team Tennis experience from Pensacola to Key West and everywhere in between. In the past, some of the programs may have provided awards, some not. Some would offer a season ending party, some would not. Beginning in 2010, all official USTA Jr. Team Tennis local leagues will have a minimum of six matches scheduled, awards for the players, and a season-ending party.”

In the past league fees have varied from region to region throughout Florida, with different levels of service provided.

“There was a lot of perception by our members and parents that USTA Florida received all of the JTT league fees that have been set by our local league coordinators over the years. However, USTA Florida has never received a nickel since the inception of USTA Jr. Team Tennis in the early '90s -- the local fee all went back to the program to offset those expenses and plan for the next league," says USTA Florida Associate Executive Director Andy McFarland. "Therefore, we felt it best to offer a controlled and consistent league fee that would come to USTA Florida, whereby we would be able to provide quality awards, jerseys and other amenities and resources to our players and league coordinators. USTA Florida has a vision of providing quality control and consistency with USTA Jr. Team Tennis in Florida."

For beginners, Jr. Team Tennis is now introducing QuickStart Tennis, the exciting new play format for learning tennis, designed to ease small children into the game by utilizing specialized equipment (jr. racquets and foam or low-compression balls), shorter court dimensions and modified scoring, all tailored to age and size. It is divided into two different levels -- ages 8-and-under and ages 10-and-under.

For more information on USTA Jr. Team Tennis in your region of Florida, click here for the USTA Florida microsites and choose your region.








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