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Miami Teams Win at USTA Florida Southeast Regional Team Tennis Challenge

October 22, 2013 02:37 PM
The 10-Under Advanced Champ Ocean Club 2 from Miami
The 14-Under Intermediate Champ Ocean Club 14 from Miami

The 18-Under Intermediate Champ Falcons from Miami


YTF Kelley Award Winner Natalie Sancho

BOCA RATON, Fla. - Junior team tennis squads from Ocean Club and the Miami Falcons won championships at USTA Florida's third Regional Team Tennis Challenge, held on Oct. 11-12, 2013, at the Swim and Racquet Club in Boca Raton, Fla.  This marks the third straight win for the Falcons, who have participated in all three USTA Florida Regional Team Tennis Challenges to date.

In addition to the competition on the court, participants also had the chance to vie for the Youth Tennis Foundation “Kelley” Awards by writing a short essay on what tennis means to them.  Natalie Sancho from Miami was named the winner and will receive a $250 scholarship toward her tennis expenses.

The new Regional Team Tennis Challenges are "BYOT" (bring your own team) events, which means prior participation in a local tennis league is not required. USTA members and non-members can participate in the events open to teams of kids ages 8 to 18. The events are presented by Wilson Racquet Sports, and USTA members receive a $10 discount on registration.

Southwest Florida Regional Team Tennis Challenge division winners:

10U Advance Winner – Ocean Club 2, Miami, Florida

14U Intermediate Winner – Ocean Club 14, Miami, Florida

18U Intermediate Winner – Miami Falcons, Miami, Florida

"The partnership with USTA Florida Team Tennis Challenges is a great fit for Wilson Racquet Sports and our shared vision to attract more youth participation," said Erika Offerdahl, promotions manager of Wilson Racquet Sports. "These events give all skill levels the opportunity to compete and experience team competition in a fun format."

Upcoming Regional Team Tennis Challenge events:
Nov. 9-10
Northeast Florida Regional Team Tennis Challenge
Omni Amelia Island Plantation, Amelia Island

Nov. 16
Ten and Under Team Tennis Challenge
Tamiami Park, Miami, FL
(Open to 10 and Under teams from Broward, Miami-Dade & Monroe Counties.)

Nov. 23
Ten and Under Team Tennis Challenge
Airport Road Park, Port Orange, FL
(Open to all 10 and Under teams from Volusia, Flagler, Brevard, Orange, Seminole, Lake, Osceola & Polk Counties.)

Age groups for the events are 10-under, 12-under, 14-under, 16-under and 18-under, with novice, intermediate and advanced skill divisions within each age group, except 10u, which will only include an advanced green dot ball skill division. Players must be a minimum of 8 years old to participate in the 10-under division. 8-under and 10-under age advanced division teams will play with the green-dot ball on a full-size court. Players ages 10 or younger must play in their natural age division. The green-dot ball will also be used in the older other novice age divisions.

Novice divisions will offer gender-neutral teams (example: a team can enter a novice division with 3 boys and 1 girl, or a team can include all of one gender). Players are allowed to "play up" a maximum of one age division, except for participants age 10-under. Teams can participate in multiple USTA Florida Regional Team Tennis Challenge events, but with limited space in some draws, priority will be given to teams within the home regions.

For more information or to register teams go to www.USTAFlorida.com/teamtennischallenges. Join the conversation on Twitter with #BYOTeamTennis.






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