EVAA Traveling Tennis participates in the USTA Junior Team Tennis program. Although the Traveling program is not for beginners, it offers opportunity for players with varying levels of skill who want to play in a more competitive environment. This program is excellent for players looking to compete on middle school or high school teams.
Ages: 11 through 18 (as of August 31)
2019 Program Dates: May 28 - July 25
We generally field teams at the 14 and under and 18 and under levels. Players 11-12 yrs old need to be more advanced in order to compete at the 14U level, and may opt for the In-House program.
Practices: Monday-Thursday from 7:30 to dark (~9:15)
14U matches will mostly be Tuesday's at 1pm
18U matches will mostly be Thursday's at 1pm
Note, parents need to help with car pooling for away matches.
2019 IMPORTANT DATES:
It is VERY important to be available for these dates. If there are not 3 boys and 3 girls present for a given team, that team will have to default all their matches.
Registration: 2019 Sign Up Form
USTA Membership: In addition to the registration fee, a USTA membership is also REQUIRED. The membership must be valid through August. If you do not have a membership or it expires before August, please sign up or renew your membership now. The cost for a 1 year Youth Membership is $20.
Note: The player's USTA membership number is now required to register.
Questions: e-mail EVAAtennis@gmail.com
Junior Tennis Rating Guidelines
1.0 Player is just starting to play tennis and is learning the basic skills of serving, forehands, backhands and volleys.
1.5 Player needs to coordinate moving when hitting the ball. Player is still concentrating on getting the ball over the net from a stationary position. Player is learning to serve and keep score.
2.0 Player is now beginning to coordinate footwork when contacting the ball but is not consistent in hitting the ball over the net. Player can serve to some degree but double faults often. Player understands scoring as well as correct serving and return of serve positions. Player has limited success with volleys but has knowledge of court positioning in singles and doubles.
2.5 Player is able to judge where the ball is going. Player can sustain a slow paced rally of several shots with someone of the same ability using both forehand and backhand sides and can volley with moderate success. Player can keep score unassisted, can call own lines, can serve overhand from the baseline and has an understanding of the basic rules.
3.0 Player is getting better at moving to the ball and is improving court coverage, can sustain a rally with consistency on slow to moderate paced shots. Player serves with fair consistency with few double faults. On groundstrokes, player needs to improve control of height, depth, direction and speed. Player attempts to move opponent from side to side and hit to the opponent's weakness.
3.5 Player can sustain a rally and is beginning to develop directional control and depth of groundstrokes. Player is starting to recognize opportunities to attack short balls by coming to the net. Player is developing more spin and power on the serve and seldom double faults. Player is becoming more aggressive and applying basic strategy in singles and teamwork in doubles.
4.0 Player has dependable strokes, including directional control and depth on higher-paced shots and has good court coverage. Player has added variety in shot selection by using lobs, overheads, volleys, and approach shots with some success. Player is developing a game plan, is serving with good consistency and is now forcing some errors with power and/or spin. Player demonstrates good teamwork in doubles.
4.5 Player has a very dependable game and executes most shots consistently on higher-paced shots. Player's court coverage and footwork are sound and has begun to master the use of power and spins. Player can vary depth of shots and game plan according to opponents. Player's first serve may produce some winners and second serves are hit with good spin and placement. Player can be aggressive in both singles and doubles and covers weaknesses well. Player is developing an offensive weapon.
5.0 Player has good shot anticipation and frequently has an outstanding shot or weapon around which a game may be structured. Player can regularly hit winners or force errors on short balls and is capable of all shots. Player's first serve is an offensive weapon and often allows rushing the net after the first or second serve. Volleys and overhead smashes are typically winning shots.