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Florida Tennis Briefs: USTA Campus Championships; JaxParks Launches 10-Under Public Tennis

February 17, 2011 10:28 AM
Preview: UCF, UF Enter as Favorites for USTA Florida Campus Championship

Tennis on campus mediawallThree national bids will be up for grabs on Feb. 19-20, 2011, when Florida's college and university "club" tennis teams face off at the USTA Florida Campus Championship in Altamonte Springs at Sanlando Park.

The USTA Florida Campus Championship is the pinnacle of the USTA Florida 'Tennis on Campus' event season. Participating schools, with registration still open, include Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida International, Florida Institute of Technology,  Florida State University, Rollins College, the University of Central Florida, the University of Florida, Stetson, and the University of Miami. Schools can qualify multiple co-ed teams, with some schools bringing as many as 4-5 squads.

The University of Central Florida and the University of Florida have dominated play during the 2010-11 season, UCF on the men's side and UF on the women's side. At the Dirty Bird Classic hosted by FGCU in January, UCF won the men's title and UF the women's for the fourth straight event in the 2010-11 Tennis on Campus series.

"UCF and UF will definitely be the favorites entering the event," said USTA Florida Team Tennis Coordinator Michelle Willis. "The champion and the runner-up will earn berths at the National Campus Championships, and depending on our final number of school entries, Florida could also receive a wildcard berth for another team."

The UCF and UF teams between them have won every event on the 2010-11 USTA Florida 'Tennis on Campus' schedule.

The USTA National Campus Championship, featuring the Top 64 college and university club tennis teams in the country, will be held on April 7-9, 2011 in Cary, N.C.

The University of Florida is the lone Florida school to capture the National Campus Championship, winning in 2003. For more information on the USTA National Campus Championship go to www.tennisoncampus.com/Events/USTANationalCampusChampionship.htm.

The 2010-2011 USTA Florida 'Tennis on Campus' calendar:

Sept. 11-12, 2010 -- FSU Capital Challenge, Tallahassee (OVERALL WINNER: UF)
Oct. 2-3, 2010 -- UF Gatorbowl, Gainesville (WINNERS: UCF-Men, UF-Women)
Nov. 20-21, 2010 -- UCF Knightro Cup, Orlando (WINNERS: UCF-Men, UF-Women)
Jan. 29-30, 2011 -- FGCU Championships, Ft. Myers (WINNERS: UCF-Men, UF-Women)
Feb. 19-20, 2011 -- Florida Campus Championship, Altamonte Springs, Fla.
March 5-6, 2011 -- UM IBIS Open, Miami
April 7-9, 2011 -- USTA National Campus Championship, Cary, N.C.

USTA Tennis On Campus
The USTA's Tennis On Campus program is designed to provide college students with opportunities for team camaraderie, social networking, and rivaled competition through tennis without the rigors of a varsity program via college/university "club" tennis teams. Perfect for athletes who have chosen not to make the jump from high school to college varsity, Tennis On Campus offers co-ed team-based play, regional and national championship competition, and helps students maintain active and healthy lifestyles through their college years. Currently, the program is offered on over 500 college campuses and services over 30,000 students.

For more information on the USTA Florida 'Tennis on Campus' series, go to http://www.florida.usta.com/College-Tennis-Pages/23473_Tennis_on_Campus/.


JaxParks and Jacksonville Youth Tennis Assn. Launch 10-Under Program

The City of Jacksonville Department of Recreation and Community Services (JaxParks) has teamed up with the Jacksonville Youth Tennis Association to launch 10 and Under Tennis featuring the QuickStart play format tennis programs at three area tennis facilities.

Jacksonville-City-of-logoThe program, which focuses on teaching youth ages 10 and under the fundamentals of tennis, will run from March 28 through May 12 at Southside Tennis Center (1541 Hendricks Ave.), Boone Park Tennis Center (3700 Park St.), and Burnett Park Tennis Courts (3740 Burnett Park Road).

To kick-off the spring season, JaxParks will host a free QuickStart Jamboree at each location to introduce children and parents to the format. Jamboree days will be held on Saturday, March 5 at Southside Tennis Center (10-11:30 a.m.) and Boone Park Tennis Center (1:30-3 p.m.), and on Sunday March 6 at Burnett Park Tennis Courts (1:30-3 p.m.).

Space is limited to 60 children per site. To reserve a spot at the jamboree of choice, those interested should RSVP to JYTAjam@gmail.com or (904) 262-1399.
 
The Jax Youth Tennis Association (JYTA) is a newly-formed registered USTA nonprofit organization with a mission to promote and develop junior programs in the public sector of Jacksonville. The single-purpose CTA will work to support and maintain tennis programs and services for children in the public communities in Jacksonville.  JYTA's initial focus is to develop 10 and Under Tennis featuring the QuickStart format of play.

About 10 and Under Tennis featuring the QuickStart play format
10 and Under Tennis featuring the QuickStart play format scales tennis to the size of children, using age-appropriate racquets and red or orange low-compression balls, shorter court dimensions and altered scoring tailored to the participant's age and size. The result is children who are engaged in the game at a much quicker pace with the goal of helping them learn to play in a fun, team environment with peers. 

There is a $75 registration fee per child for the program. The fee covers the cost of racquet, a dri-fit Nike t-shirt, 14 sessions, medallions and end-of-program party. Participants will also have to pay a $19 annual membership fee to the United States Tennis Association if they are not currently a member.

For additional information or to register for JaxParks' QuickStart jamboree or spring season, visit www.jaxparks.com.


 
 

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