The mission of USTA Player Development is to develop world-class American players through a clearly defined training structure and competitive pathway as well as through the implementation of a comprehensive coaching philosophy and structure.
USTA Serves recognizes basic values embedded in tennis and education including fun, discipline, hard work, improvement and success;
USTA Serves promotes fitness, health, citizenship, leadership and self-esteem;
USTA Serves supports efforts in tennis and education that help disadvantaged youth and those with disabilities;
USTA Serves encourages individuals with disabilities to participate in sports and enjoy the many benefits of playing tennis;
USTA Serves is inclusive of people from all cultural and ethnic backgrounds;
USTA Serves encourages children to pursue their goals and highest dreams by succeeding in school and becoming responsible citizens.
The USTA/National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) network is a nation-wide group of community tennis organizations seeking to develop the character of young people through tennis and education. Founded in 1969 by Arthur Ashe, Charlie Pasarell, and Sheridan Snyder, this growing network of tennis providers share similar values, ideals, and goals by:
reaching out to those who may not otherwise have the opportunity to play tennis
instilling in youngsters the values of leadership and academic excellence
giving all kids (regardless of income, race, gender) the opportunity to fully develop their tennis skills so they can derive a life time of enjoyment from the sport
NJTLs are unique because they offer a variety of on-court programming and also educational and life-skill components designed to enhance a player’s overall development. These educational components are diverse in nature, but can vary from things like mentoring, drug and alcohol counseling, to things like computer skills training, health and nutrition, and college preparation. The NJTL is a great way for kids to get exercise, make friends, and have fun in a team-oriented and safe environment.
It’s Easier Than Ever To Get In The GameTennis is fun and accessible to kids and families everywhere.
• Your child will enjoy playing with balls that bounce lower and move slower through the air, making them easier to hit.
• Racquets are sized for small hands, making them easier to grip and swing.
• Courts are smaller, so kids can cover them and have more success when they play.
• Kids have more fun—and want to play more often.
• Tennis is a sport that gets kids moving, improves balance, agility and hand-eye coordination, and can teach self-confidence and self-assurance.
• Playing tennis, your child can make new friends in a safe, supportive environment.
• Your whole family can play together anywhere–driveways, gyms and playgrounds can all be transformed into your very own tennis court.
Expose your kids to the game...and you’ll be opening a door to a lifetime of enjoyment!