USTA Junior Team Tennis
Team OAK PARK
FALL LEAGUE – 2017
For the first time this year, we will be participating in the non-advancing fall league. We have 2 teams this year – orange ball (players 7-12) and yellow ball (players 11-14). We will also be playing in the West Suburban High School doubles league this fall. Orange ball team welcomes beginners who are able to rally and serve; yellow ball team is for players who are ready to play matches – this loosely translates into kids who are playing in our tournament training groups level III, IV or V (or a private group at a similar level). If you have questions, please let me know. Teams are co-ed and 4-8 players are required to play a match.
The schedule for a team tennis match is generally a warm-up, followed by four rounds of play – boys and girls doubles (20-25 min), boys and girls #1 singles (20-25 min), 2 courts of mixed doubles (25 min), and boys and girls #2 singles). This schedule is gender-neutral and shorted to 20 min for orange ball. The players play 1-3 rounds of each match (usually 2), depending on how many matches we are playing and if we have extra courts. Scoring is no-ad and concludes after time runs or one player wins 6 games (4 games for orange ball). We will often have extra courts available and will put on additional matches. The players all stay on court with their teams and cheer for their team in the rounds they are not playing (matches are put on consecutive courts so players can sit in between the courts).
All matches will be supervised by USTA approved pros/staff.
All players will be given a dri-fit uniform top to wear at matches.
Cost and Dates
- All players must be taking weekly group or private lessons at TFC.
- All players must be members of USTA. 10 and under is free to join usta. Juniors pay $20 to join as individual, or can join as part of a family membership.
- Team registration is $20 for fall league on USTA Tennislink (paid to USTA, not TFC)
- After that – it is just pay as you pay.
- Orange ball – $25 a match (90 min) or $40 a match for double header (3 hours)
10/21 (Midtown Chicago 5pm)
11/11 (home double-header 3-6pm)
12/2 (5:30 pm Wheaton)
We will add in another fun match with Elmhurst at a date to be announced later. After the fall season, the regular season will follow.
Team practices – $25 a 90 min class FRIDAYS 4-5:30; 1st Friday of every month practice ends with a pizza party
Dates: Every Friday – pay as you go drop-in optional practices – pros will be on court teaching fundamentals of actual match play (scoring, changing sides, etc), working on doubles and singles and practicing with teammates. This group will welcome players who have not officially joined team as well as space allows.
- Yellow ball – $30 a match for individual matches (2 hours); $40 for double-headers (4 hours)
10/22 (home 6-8)
11/11 (Naperville 7:30-9:30)
12/3 (home 6-8)
We hope to add in another match at a date to be announced later. After the fall season, the regular season will follow and we will split into a 12U and a 14U team.
Team practices – $25 a 90 min class FRIDAYS 5:30-7 ; 1st Friday of every month ends with a pizza party. Our yellow ball players who are playing level IV (5:30-7:30) or above are welcome at Sunday 10-12 practices (drop-in fee $30) with our high school team and older 14u players.
If you are ready to register, please email your players name, age as of 8/31/17, shirt size (youth, mens and womens sizes available), and your contact info (email@example.com). I will send you a second document with step by step instructions for registering on the USTA website for our teams. Players must be registered on TennisLink (USTA) BEFORE PLAYING IN A MATCH.
Let’s have a great season.
USTA Jr Team Coordinator – Oak Park