Ways to Play

HOW DO I GET STARTED?  

If you are completely new to tennis, please do NOT be discouraged.  We have LOTS of organizations in the Richmond area that provide instruction for “non-members” and the general public.  Equipment is inexpensive and public courts are abundant in Richmond. Please read this article “How to Start Playing Tennis” to learn more about joining us in  the FUN world of tennis!

 

JUNIOR TEAM TENNIS –  8U & 10U

Tennis should always be FUN! Because JTT offers so many different levels of team tennis, you can select a Division that will challenge your child, while allowing them to succeed. JTT offers Beginner through Advanced levels which play using Red Ball, Orange Ball and finally the Green Dot ball.

By matching a child’s age with the right size court, match format and ball; JTT makes tennis fun for kids as young as 5! In 8U JTT, kids are given the opportunity to focus on their rallying and movement because of the age appropriate match format. (The 8U serve is a self feeding forehand.) Kids from the age of 5, learn to love the game of tennis! As the kids get more tennis experience, JTT offer doubles competition and lastly a Green Dot league for Advanced “tournament” players.

Richmond offers many leagues for young players including: 8U Red Ball, 10U Beginner Orange Ball, 10U Intermediate Orange Ball , and 10U Advanced Green Dot Ball.

                                                                            For more information contact Lila LaCroix at    u8andu10jtt@gmail.com

                                                                             REGISTER YOUR INTEREST FOR 8U and/or 10U JTT:    JTT Interest Form

10 and UNDER TRAINING

Want to learn fun ways to play  tennis with a child under 10?  Are you looking for more information regarding 10 and Under Tennis?  Whether you are a tennis professional, parent, physical education teacher or coach, there is a training workshop that is right for you.  Please register your interest here:  REGISTER INTEREST- 10U Tennis Workshop

PLAY DAYS & TENNIS BASH EVENTS 

Both Play Days and Tennis Bash events are designed to give kids additional court time in a fun, low pressure, non-elimination setting where they can continue to develop and enhance their skills. For both novices and more experienced players, Play Days and Bashes are a welcoming and fun way for kids to experience the social and competitive aspects of tennis.  To view a list of upcoming Play Days and Bash Events  in our area, use the search function from TennisLink on the USTA website here.

TENNIS FESTIVALS 

Tennis Festivals are free events that provide an exciting and entertaining opportunity for kids to experience what tennis can offer. They offer a variety of kids tennis activities, interactive games and contests that appeal to a wide range of ages and skill levels. In addition to introducing tennis to the kids and teaching them about the game, Tennis Festivals offer parents the opportunity to learn how to get their kids involved in a local program.

KID’S TENNIS CLUBS 

A Kid’s Tennis Club is a program anyone can start that allows kids to sample tennis through supervised play and interactive Westover Hills Kid's Tennis Club dance 018activities. These “clubs” offer kids the opportunity to have fun, gain confidence and meet new friends, all while enhancing their social and physical development. You can also earn equipment for your area school by starting a KTC. To start a Kid’s Tennis Club or for more information, please contact Lila LaCroix.

TOURNAMENTS 

USTA Junior Tournaments are a great way for kids to enjoy the thrill of competition.

With a range of levels from novice to national competition, tournament participation encourages player development and advancement.  For information on the different tournament skill levels and which level is appropriate for your child, click here:   Junior Tournaments Level Explanation (L8, L7, L6 etc.).

Tournaments are offered year round for junior competition. To view a list of upcoming tournaments in our area, use the search function from TennisLink on the USTA website here.

The Richmond Junior Tennis Circuit (RJTC) is a series of one-day Saturday tournaments held from the first Saturday in May through the middle of August.  Each Saturday in the Richmond Area, a different club hosts the tournament.   This tournament series is an USTA sanctioned L8 (beginner/intermediate) tournament event and are for non-ranked juniors. See the 2017 RICHMOND JUNIOR CIRCUIT Entry Form for more information.

“PLAYER RANKING POINTS” FAQ’s

Beginning in the 12U age group, youth players  can earn points by participating and winning matches in tournaments and JTT. Click here to Download a Word document with specifics.  Points determine ranking and advancement opportunities & seeding at tournaments.  Opportunities to enter national level tournaments and participate in the Zone/Intersectional Team events are awarded by points   The top level tournaments are limited by ranking points. Players also start building a National Ranking within the MidAtlantic Section  (L4+ events) and Section Championships in January & June award points toward national rank.  Being ranked in the top of the Section allows you to enter top National events – players looking forward to college have  more choices if they are at the top of the list.  Points start at the 12 and Under level (not in the 10s).

Is there a list of top kids who play in tournaments organized by age division for our MidAtlantic Section of USTA?   Youth Players ranking list

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