Team Tennis Coordinators,
We hope your 2018 is off to a great start! With facility coordinator
meetings right around the corner, we wanted to provide some advanced notice
of a change relating to Junior Team Tennis for this upcoming season. As is
always the case, our league staff and committees are charged with
continually looking at ways to improve our league programming to further
promote and develop the sport of tennis – in this case for junior players,
parents and facility coordinators involved in JTT.
JTT started 40+ years ago and over that time we’ve made changes to our
structure and format based on feedback from facility coordinators, parents
and players alike. We’ve gone from co-ed to gender specific – making it
easier for facilities large and small to field more teams tailored to their
available players. We modified formats and scoring as well as adjusted
scheduling over the years. Our program is now one of the largest in the
country! Over the past several seasons, a very common complaint has been our
‘staggered’ scheduling of matches – both in local league play and at our
State Playoff. We addressed the issue at Playoffs – with resounding success
and positive feedback from all those involved!
The changes adopted by the Committee for 2018 are specifically designed to
accomplish two very significant issues: 1) create a structure that allows
for more 1st place teams to be able to compete at our State Playoff; and 2)
eliminate staggered scheduling altogether and replicate the efficiencies
experienced at Playoffs for the weekly local league play for our facility
coordinators (a change that also benefits players and parents/spectators).
Change for 2018
We (league staff and committee members) have spent a considerable amount of
time reviewing data from past seasons and discussing ways to help address
these issues. The result is a change in format for the 2018 season (local
league and State Championships). The new format will be 1 singles, 1 doubles
match (3 players) for each team match. All local league matches will now be
played at one time – NO staggering! Yet facilities can still host a team
match on only two courts. Providers can administrate the matches that much
easier and court usage will be simpler to coordinate. In addition, parents
or other spectators will know exactly when their youngster will play and
won’t have to wait for a staggered match. In the past, many teams that
qualified for state had to drop out because they did not have 4 players
available. Now that teams will only need 3 players available, we anticipate
an increase in the number of 1st place teams to actually be able to play at
State. We are excited about the potential to have more of those teams that
earned spots able to advance and actually compete at State.
||1 singles, 1 doubles for each team
match (local league and State Championships).
||4 player minimum roster
requirement still exists for teams to join the league.
||3 players required for each team
match (local league and State Championships)
||No staggering of matches
||Match times have been reduced and
10s – 8am
12s – 9:30am
14s – 11:am
18s – 12:30pm
||Games won will be
used for the local league standings, as well as State Championship
We’re looking forward to a great year of JTT and hope these changes are met
with excitement as they are aimed at helping address issues we have heard
from players, parents and facility coordinators for a number of years.
USTA Colorado League Department & Junior Recreation Committee
USTA Colorado League Department
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