Arlington’s USTA Jr. Team Tennis named “Best New Program”

November 5, 2010 | By

Arlington’s new USTA Junior Team Tennis Program is off to a great start. Not only did the program attract 117 participants in its inaugural season, it received the “Best New Program” award from the Virginia Recreation and Park Society (VRPS).

Prior to last year, participants in the County’s tennis class programs received instruction, but did not have a team to call their own. That changed when Eric Legg, a sports programmer with Arlington County Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources, reached out to the United States Tennis Association (USTA) to start a USTA Junior Team Tennis Program. Now, kids between 8-18 years-old can compete in singles and doubles match play against other tennis teams.

“Too often, kids see tennis as a sport you learn, not one you play,” Legg said. “When you sign up for little league baseball you sign up for games, not just throwing, fielding and batting lessons. We want to give tennis players the opportunity to play matches and not just take classes.”

Junior Team Tennis is for everyone. Through a new format of play called Quick Start Tennis, kids 10 under play and learn right away because courts, racquets, balls, scoring systems, and even the net height are just their size. Kids between 11-18 years-old participate in intermediate and advanced league play and matches are played on full size courts with regular tennis balls.

Building off continued high demand for youth tennis and the successful award-winning inaugural season, Arlington’s Junior Team Tennis Program is expected to thrive again in 2011.

The Junior Team Tennis Program is the result of partnerships between USTA, FirstServe Tennis, the Washington Kastles, and the Arlington County Tennis Association.

For more information, visit the Junior Team Tennis page on the Arlington County website.

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  2. Heather Kiriakou on Nov 13, 2:10 pm

    My 10 and 8 year old children are interested in playing.

  3. andrea on Aug 31, 12:19 am

    Doe my daughter have to be a resident of Arlington to join one of these leagues?

    • Alex on Aug 31, 6:53 am

      Hi Andrea – ACTA is an adult league. For Jr. Tennis teams, go to the “Junior Team Tennis” page above. Alex

  4. Eric on Nov 22, 12:08 pm

    The program is run int he spring. Most matches are held at Wakefield High School, with practices at various locations. The price for spring 2011 has not yet been determined, but should be around $90

  5. K Sanz on Nov 22, 10:28 am

    I’d like more information on Jr USTA. When and where do you play, $, how to sign kids up, …