Two Team Tennis Challenge series events for players ages 7-18 will be hosted in Palm Beach Gardens and Tampa in May. The USTA Florida-organized events offer kids the camaraderie of team play along with the opportunity for match practice.
May 16-17 — BallenIsles Country Club, Palm Beach Gardens
Online registration: www.PalmBeachttc.eventbrite.com
May 30-31 — Tampa Tennis Club at Hillsborough Community College, Tampa
Online Registration: www.Tampattc.eventbrite.com
The events are “BYOT” (bring your own team), and teams do not need to have prior participation in a local league to participate. USTA members and non-members are invited to participate, and all players will receive a complimentary lunch on Saturday during the event.
The two-day tournament will host divisions that will include 10-under advanced, 11-14 and 14-18, with three skill divisions: novice, intermediate and advanced. All age 11 to 18 intermediate/advanced teams need a minimum of two boys and two girls. Ten-and-under advanced and all novice teams are gender-blind with a minimum of four players and a maximum of eight players.
The 10-under age advanced and all novice divisions will play with the greendot ball on a full-size court. Players ages 10 or younger must play in their natural age division. The green-dot ball also will be used in the older novice age divisions.
Registration now is open for the event and coaches are encouraged to register teams early. The cost for early registration is just $25 for USTA members and $35 for non-members. Prices will increase two weeks prior to the event.
Facilities and coaches who bring teams to the event will receive special incentives:
* Bring two teams and receive one case of tennis balls or $75;
* Bring three teams and receive two cases of tennis balls, or one set of claycourt tack-down lines (red or orange) or $100;
* Bring four teams or more and receive three cases of tennis balls, or two sets of claycourt tack-down lines (red or orange) or $125.
To register visit the tournament links above. For more information about Team Tennis Challenges, the facility/coach incentive program, and a list of upcoming events visit online at www.USTAFlorida.com/TeamTennisChallenges.