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New Inter-Club Jr. Team Tennis League to Commence

January 9, 2008 09:56 AM

USTA Jr. Team Tennis League to Commence January 12, 2008

NEW INTER-CLUB JUNIOR TENNIS LEAGUE

GrassRoots Tennis Llc, a United States Tennis Association (USTA) Community Tennis Association, is launching a new USTA Jr. Team Tennis (JTT) League in January 2008.  Jacquie Turpie, the founder of Grassroots Tennis and a USPTA and PTR certified tennis teaching professionl, is also the USTA Area League Coordinator(ALC) for south Palm Beach County.

“The Jr. Team Tennis League is operated under the auspices of the USTA, and provides a wonderful environment for junior players, no matter what their skill level, to engage in a competitive environment, learning not just the skills, but also the sportsmanship inherent in tennis," said Jacquie.

Previously, the JTT League was open to Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced in divisions from 10 & Under all the way through to 18 & Under. The CTA is starting the 2008 JTT League Spring Session, with 4 divisions; Intermediate level 12s’ and 14 & Under, plus Advanced level for Rookie Tournament juniors at 10s’ and 12 & Under.  There will also be a Summer Session leading to the State Finals and a Fall Session.

"Hopefully, the program will grow to include beginners and additional age divisions,” said Jacquie.  She added, "We already have considerable interest from the majority of country clubs and city facilities, and are anticipating a good start to the Spring Session. We have already had comments from parents saying they were very pleased that their children were now able to meet and compete with others, rather than the same players week after week. The teams will be playing each other at facilities throughout the area, each Saturday afternoon from January to April. Even if a junior does not belong to a club, or if their facility does not have enough players for a team, I am organizing satellite teams whereby juniors will pick their own team name, and compete the same way."

Some of the Clubs already committed to the new league include: Boca Bath & Tennis, Boca Falls, Broken Sound CC, Deer Creek Tennis Resort, Delray Beach Tennis Center, Mission Bay, Evert Tennis Academy, Mizner CC, St Andrews School, Seasons, South County Regional Park, The Oaks, & Woodfield CC.

USTA membership is required, but the CTA is making the process as simple as possible. There is a JTT League fee of $28, which includes a team T-shirt. If the junior is not already a member, they can pay an additional $18 for the annual USTA membership fee, which includes all the great benefits of the organization.

The Spring Session will culminate in a grand Tennis Carnival (at a venue to be decided), with all team members getting together for an award ceremony and a fun tennis time.  On its last occasion, the Tennis Carnival was well supported by local companies sponsoring food, drinks and other goodies. The CTA anticipates the same level of support this year.

Additional information may be obtained from;
Jacquie Turpie
Tel: 561.208.5537 or 561.809.7799
Email: Jacquie@GrassRootsTennis.net

SUMMARY

What: An inter-club tennis league under USTA auspices, for juniors of all abilities. The year is divided into three sessions – Spring, Summer and Fall.

When: Team matches commence Saturday, January 12, 2008 at club facilities in south Palm Beach County.

Where: Multiple locations in area country clubs, Boca Raton and Delray Beach city tennis facilities

Registration: Team registration is currently underway.

Cost: $28 for non-USTA members. Additional $18 includes one year USTA membership (USTA membership is required)

 

 

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