|Local USPTA Adult Tennis LeagueSM offers on-court excitement
The USPTA Adult Tennis LeagueSM:
- Creates additional playing opportunities.
- Offers unique doubles-only squad format.
- Provides flexible schedule.
- Requires no membership dues and low cost for players.
- Grows the game.
USPTA Adult Tennis League is a rewarding program developed by USPTA to increase tennis participation and expand tennis activities at all facilities. The adult league has a unique doubles-only squad format, and the flexibility offers players competitive on-court action and off-court camaraderie.
The league is flexible enough to adapt to different seasons and areas of the country, as well as to each USPTA member's special needs and facility requirements. The format requires only two courts, which makes the league popular at both small and large facilities, even during prime tennis hours.
What distinguishes the adult tennis league format is having doubles teams of various playing levels make up a squad. That means that players with an NTRP rating of 4.5 are playing at their own level, but are part of a squad that includes teams at the 3.0, 3.5 and 4.0 levels, too. The recommended adult league has one or more squads of eight teams each (two doubles teams at each of four levels). The number of games won by each team counts equally toward the squad’s final scores, so 3.0 players are cheering on their 4.5 teammates and vice versa.
The teams can be:
- Men’s doubles.
- Women’s doubles.
- Mixed doubles.
- Mixed level (one women’s doubles team and one men’s doubles team at each level).
Besides an adult doubles league, the same format could be used for:
- Interfacility leagues using one doubles team at each level, plus substitutes.
- One-day, pro-set tournaments.
- Singles competitions for juniors from different age groups or class levels forming a squad or team.
USPTA’s league format makes tennis seem more like a team sport, which increases the fun and participation level. The league also promotes tennis at an affordable price. Each player pays only a share of the squad’s entry fee.
The league is open to recreational players 19 years or older. Professional players and full-time teaching professionals are not eligible. USPTA does not require membership in any organization to play in the USPTA Adult Tennis League.
USPTA tennis professionals organize the program, including the match schedule, scoring, fees and playoffs, which makes it very flexible for players and professionals. The adult league isn’t a replacement of other leagues and activities; it creates additional playing opportunities that do not conflict with existing ones. USPTA Adult Tennis League has been very successful in Texas, Florida and Colorado. Ask about the programs in your area!