The BCTA offers fun and competitive Junior Team Tennis through two programs held at several sites throughout the county.
BCTA JR. TEAM TENNIS
BCTA Jr. Team Tennis is low-key, age- and skill- appropriate competition as well as team fun make this program perfect for participants who have previously been involved in BCTA’s Learn, Practice & Play programs and players on middle and high school teams. This co-ed program adopts the “learn- by-playing” model common in other youth sports. A one-hour practice is held each week at a pre-determined site either 5:30–6:30 pm or 6:30–7:30 pm. The specific time slot is determined when players are assigned to a team.
- Little Aces (recommended ages 8–10) (typically run on a 36-foot court)
- Juniors (recommended ages 11–13 (typically run on a 60-foot court)
for Core Creek Park site.
for Doylestown Borough site.
for Doylestown Township site.
for Perkasie Borough site.
for Quakertown Borough site.
ADVANCED TEAM TENNIS TRAINING BY THE BCTA
This advanced training program, which requires a BCTA or high school coach recommendation, is ideal for teens who are playing on their high school team or in the Saturday spring USTA Jr. Team Tennis Program! Players practice at 90 minutes once a week at a pre-determined site 5:30–7:00 pm. Co-ed travel teams consist of 6 to 8 players each (18-and-under and 14-and-under) to play home and away matches on Saturday afternoons (Note: away matches will be played at other sites in Bucks County.)
Click here for Core Creek Park site.
Click here for Doylestown Borough site.
USTA JR. TEAM TENNIS SPRING LEAGUE
This is an intermediate program for juniors and requires USTA membership.
To register, please click here
The Bucks County USTA JTT League is an intermediate league; therefore, some players are just starting match play while others are getting ready for high school or even district tournament levels of play. All players, no matter what their skill level is, are encouraged to try their best and know that their efforts contribute to the success of their team. Players should be motivated knowing that winning one game may change the team’s outcome.
To provide a positive experience, all parents are expected to be supportive of their own child as well as all the other youths. Parent coaching or calling out is not allowed at any time during a match. Parents and spectators should be respectful of all players and keep a quiet tone while matches are in progress. At no time may a parent be on the courts as this is distracting to the players.
Only the designated Team Manager (or his/her designee) are permitted to talk to the players during a match. Each week the Team Manager is responsible for:
Taking the tennis balls to the courts.
Creating a score sheet with the team rosters including full names of players from both teams, positions/matches played and score.
Handling any scoring questions.
Sending completed score sheets to firstname.lastname@example.org for posting.
The Team Manager must be professional and fair to all players.
- A minimum of five courts are played in a team match: 2 doubles and 3 singles. In addition, if players are available, an additional “bonus” match of singles and doubles may be played. NOTE : format may be adjusted based on player enrollment.
- Courts can be a mix of boys and girls.
- Preferable play is to play the 2 doubles matches first, and when a court becomes available, play the singles matches but this may be altered based on court availability.
- Play no ad scoring. At 3-all the receiver decides the court the server will serve into.
- Play a 8 game pro set (first one to 8 games wins). At 7 games all, a 7 point tiebreaker will be played as follows:
The player whose turn it is to serve shall serve the first point from the deuce court; after the first point, the players shall change ends and the following two points shall be served by the opponent(s) (in doubles, the player of the opposing team due to serve next), starting with the ad court; after this, each player/team shall serve alternately for two consecutive points (starting with the ad court), changing ends after every four points, until the end of the tiebreak game.
- All games won on each individual court are counted toward the total team score.
- The team with the highest total games is the winner of the team match, not number of courts won.
- You need a minimum of 4 players each week for a team match. If a team does not have at least 4 players, then an individual court will have to be forfeited.
- In a given team match, one player may play up to 2 individual matches (1 singles and 1 doubles).
Policies to qualify for playoffs Philadelphia Area Tennis District (PATD) Team Championships (July 9 and 10, 2014 – Core Creek and Frosty Hollow Tennis Centers):
- All teams MUST have a minimum of 6 players (3 girls and 3 boys).
- Each player must compete in at least 3 team matches, played on 3 separate days (i.e., 3 different weekends). Only one match can result from a default.
- Aging up in the season – to play in the 14 & under, you cannot turn 15 before Aug 31, 2014. The same is true for 18 & under – to play in the 18, you cannot turn 19 before Aug 31, 2013
- Intermediate Players – if you play USTA sectional tournaments, please check with the USTA Middle States office to see if you qualify or need to play at the advanced level or consult http://www.middlestates.usta.com/youth_participation/jtt_manuals/
- Substitutions are allowed for a playoff team. A substitute player may be added from the same local JTT program and season in order to meet the minimum team size requirements should. No more than 2 substitutes (1 boy and 1 girl) are allowed. Substitution players are only allowed for those teams who originally had at least the team minimum of e girls and 3 boys who are eligible to advance.
- Please note that that players shall only play for 1 team at championships. A player who is eligible from more than 1 team, weather same or different age categories and play levels, must declare the team (she/he) will play for at championships.
Questions? Contact your Team Manager or Laura at the Bucks County Tennis Association.