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What does it cost to participate?

Local registration is $33/player. Also required is a one-year USTA membership. There are many membership options, but an individual junior membership is $20. USTA memberships are only required to be purchased once per year, even though twp seasons of play are offered. Players will also be required to wear proper tennis shoes and own their own tennis racquet of appropriate length. Clinic fees to be determined by the tennis professional at the public park or club where the team plays and
or practices. The clinics are one hour per week for approximately 6 weeks. These are the teams’ practices. A $5 court fee per FAMILY ( not per child) will be paid to the club or park where the team plays. This covers the costfor the use of the courts. For example covers lighting, staffing personnel, and general court maintenance. If there are financial concerns, please contact the JTT coordinator, todomctljtt@gmail.com and efforts will be made to make participation accessible.

When and how to register?

Registration dates will be announced on this website. All registration is completed online via TennisLink. Players must obtain a team number from a team captain or via this website to use for registration. If you are not associated with a team and would like to find one, please check the the website first to see if there is a team number appropriate for your child’s age and skill level. Efforts will be made to place your child with an appropriate team. Contact the coordinator todomctljtt@gmail.com if more information is needed.

How long does the season last?

Season length depends upon flight participation and is determined after the team registration deadline. But in general, spring play begins in early to mid March and could go through early May. State tournament play is held in July. Fall play begins in late August or early September and could go through early December. JTT is required to play at least 6 weekly matches for a season, but additional weekly matches may be added according to need.

When are matches played?

Matches are played at 5:30pm on Fridays. The designated rain make-up days are Saturday at 9:30am or Sunday at 2:00pm. Schedules will be posted on TennisLink.

Where are the matches played?

Matches will be held at public parks and private club courts. Examples include: Parklane Tennis Center, The Woodlands Country Club, Wildewood/Woodcreek Country Club, Kings Grant, Quail Lane, and Caughman Road Park.

Where and when are practices?

Fall & Spring JTT teams are required to practice at least once per week in addition to scheduled matches. The time and location of practices will be decided upon by the team coaches/captains and or the clinic provider who is usually a tennis professional. New teams are strongly encouraged to have a team clinic given by one of the parks’ or private clubs’ tennis professional. The JTT coordinator will help find the team a place to clinic. A team does not have to use a tennis professional and may have a parent as the coach.

What is 10U tennis?

Under 10 tennis utilizes the QuickStart method, which is a highly effective program that provides new and younger players the opportunity to participate in team tennis. For more information www.10andundertennis.com.

What is the professionals?

At the Junior level, coaches (trained professionals) or captains (trained volunteers such as a parent) may lead a team. JTT will have teams that are led by coaches and/or captains. Team Moms/Parents will also be a big part of leading our teams. Our participating public parks and private clubs offer clinics instructed by professional clinics to teams who do not want to be coached by a parent. New teams, especially beginners are encouraged to take advantage of our tennis professionals who provide excellent instruction. This will help your child to understand the game better and enjoy success while learning to play the game.

How do I know what level of play is appropriate for my child?

Use the NTRP rating guidlelines found on the USTA website, Junior Team tennis to preliminarily determine your child’s appropriate skill level. However, skill levels will be confirmed at our Evaluation Days.

I want my child to participate but not sure I can afford it?

Please contact the league coordinator and describe your situation. JTT desires to make tennis available to everyone, regardless of income level or background. Efforts will be made to make tennis registration fees and equipment accessible to you through our assistance program.

The Columbia Tennis League welcomes all people who play, watch, support or enjoy the game of tennis into our events, programs, membership and leadership and will not discriminate against any person on the basis of age, sex, race, ethnicity, creed, sexual orientation, color, physical condition or national origin.  Moreover, we believe that the growth of tennis hinges on effective outreach to groups that have not traditionally been heavily involved in the sport and we will actively solicit and support the participation of such groups.