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Now Hiring -- Florida Tennis Boom has 2010 USTA Jr. Team Tennis Coordinators in Demand

July 15, 2010 02:41 PM
USTA Florida Jr. Team Tennis league participants
Arguably the world epicenter of junior league tennis, Florida junior leagues are growing, and USTA Florida Jr. Team Tennis coordinators are in high demand. Tennis participation in the U.S. is currently topping 30 million recreational players for the first time in 30 years, and USTA Florida needs new team members to help grow junior tennis.

USTA Florida Jr. Team Tennis local league coordinators (JTT LLCs) are passionate tennis advocates who operate as independent contractors, organizing the USTA Jr. Team Tennis leagues within their local communities. LLCs drive junior tennis participation in their towns, cities or counties, depending on local league configurations, and many times start-up junior leagues in their area with the guidance of their regional USTA Florida tennis program coordinator (see regions and list of TPCs for Florida below).

"There is nothing more rewarding than seeing kids playing tennis and learning to love the game for life," says Tallahassee-area USTA Florida Jr. Team Tennis LLC Ida Thompson. "As a LLC, I feel a special sense of pride as all of the kids play their matches and learn how to keep score, move on the court and resolve line calls, all skills that are essential for middle school, high school and adult-level recreational tennis. It's a great feeling to be a part of kids learning to love tennis."

LLC is a part-time, pay-per-player position ideal for retirees, parents, or individuals with other part-time positions. LLCs not only work to increase participation in their area, but also act as ambassadors for the United States Tennis Association (USTA), the not-for-profit governing body for tennis in the U.S.

LLCs are connected to the tennis community, are in touch with local tennis facilities and teaching pros, organize leagues and playoffs, and oversee scheduling on the TennisLink system. LLCs are thoroughly trained by USTA Florida staff and organize approximately three league seasons per year.

What is USTA Jr. Team Tennis? USTA Jr. Team Tennis brings kids together in teams to play singles, doubles and mixed doubles against other teams. It promotes social skills and important values by fostering a spirit of cooperation and unity, as well as individual self-growth. Also, it's a fun environment for kids in which they learn that succeeding is really more about how they play the game -- win or lose. The QuickStart Tennis format is a new way for kids 10-and-under to learn and play the game with age-appropriate court, net and racquet sizes, foam or decompressed balls, and an easy scoring system that gets kid playing quickly and confidently.

  • a passion for tennis;
  • dynamic customer service, organizational and computer skills;
  • a willingness to acquire knowledge of USTA League Tennis Rules pertaining to Jr. Team Tennis and an understanding of the TennisLink system.
LLC work schedules are flexible, but busier at the start and end of each league season. USTA Florida is a volunteer-based organization of "friends of the game" seeking to increase health, fitness and social opportunities for people of all ages in Florida. Be a part of the USTA Florida team.
For further information on area/regional openings in your area, please contact:

Panhandle Region (Emerald Coast, Pensacola, Tallahassee) -- George English, english@florida.usta.com
First Coast Region (Jacksonville and surrounding) -- Amanda Becker, becker@florida.usta.com
North-Central Florida Region (Gainesville, Ocala and surrounding) -- Amanda Tobin, tobin@florida.usta.com
Central Florida Region (Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties) -- Shelly Licorish, licorish@florida.usta.com
Space Coast Region (Brevard, Volusia, Flagler counties) -- Molly Zimmer, zimmer@florida.usta.com
Sun & Nature Coasts Region (Tampa and surrounding) -- Gregg Gruhl, gruhl@florida.usta.com
Treasure Coast/Palm Beaches Region -- Janet Sprague, sprague@florida.usta.com
Southwest Coast Region (Charlotte, Collier and Lee counties) -- Susie Bessire, bessire@florida.usta.com
North Gold Coast Region -- Michelle Willis, willis@florida.usta.com
South Gold Coast Region (Miami area) -- Cathy Nordlund, nordlund@florida.usta.com 

Click here to see the USTA Florida regional map.






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