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2007 Clearwater Ralleyball Tennis Jamboree a HIT!

June 28, 2007 02:42 PM

The 5th annual Clearwater Ralleyball Tennis Jamboree (RTJ) was held on Saturday, June 16 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Countryside Country Club.  The Clearwater RTJ, sponsored by the Suncoast Tennis Foundation and Countryside Country Club, brought together 85 youth players and 11 teams (plus one NJTL chapter) from Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties in Region 3.  The day began with exciting rounds of team tennis using the Ralleyball format while coaches, volunteers and parents took an active roll either assisting on-court, cheering for their teams or snapping photos. 

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The co-ed Ralleyball format is a great way for younger kids to socialize with one another at an early age and experience different types of play.  The cost to participants was only $10 per player and everyone received a RTJ t-shirt, USTA Florida towel, USTA Illustrated Rules of Tennis book, and participation trophy.  Following tennis, lunch and an awards ceremony, players jumped back on-court for a chance to earn USTA tennis goodies in the “Hit for Prizes” event or joined the pool party with hoppin’ DJ music and games. 

Suzi Garon, second year captain for the East Lake Woodlands Warriors team said, “The kids had a great time!”

“It was a fantastic event,” added Shane Johnson, director of tennis for the City of Plant City.  “The kids had fun and learned a lot about tennis.”  This was Shane’s first time at the Ralleyball Jamboree and brought two teams to participate.

The Clearwater RTJ is the only event in Region 3 which brings together beginning players in a team format from multiple counties, providing a forum for teaching pros and parents to introduce the game in a fun, age and skill appropriate way.  USTA Florida sponsors several RTJ’s around Florida each year so entry-level youths have the opportunity to experience an appropriate team-oriented and modified tennis competition using easier transition tennis balls. 

Jeff Davis, USTA Florida Region 3 Community Coordinator and event director, corresponded with Countryside Country Club staff members Dave Preston and Mike Edison, along with Suncoast Tennis Foundation volunteers and team captains to deliver a day of fun, prizes, and most importantly, tennis to 85 area youths.

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