What are tennis leagues?
Ever walk by a tennis club on a summer’s night and hear the roar of applause and shouts of ‘Come on!’? You probably just passed by a league match. Tennis leagues are not well known outside of the tennis world. Why is that? Only major tennis tournaments featuring world class players are televised. But unbeknownst to the general public, tennis leagues are one of the most popular activities in the tennis world. At the beginning of each season, leagues are often the first program to fill up!
Unlike tournaments, leagues operate in team formats. Teams compete against one another in singles or doubles. Team captains select players of similar levels to compete against one another to ensure a fun and competitive match.
Depending on the scope of the league, there are junior/adult leagues, house leagues, school leagues, university leagues and club leagues. Leagues range from as many as 7,000 participants to as little as 30.
Regardless of your age or playing level, there is a league suitable for you!
If you ever see a co-worker rushing out of work with a racquet in hand, ask them what tennis league they play in and how you can join!
Why play in tennis leagues?
As a player, you get to play right away! Leagues are set up to match players of similar abilities against one another. There is no need to wait until you’re at a certain skill level – simply, get better by playing!
The team setting allows players from all walks of life to create lifelong friendships. It is also a great way to meet new hitting partners! For juniors and new players, the league system is a great way to introduce them to competition. By competing on a team, the pressure of winning or losing becomes less for the individual. Rather, every player does his or her best to contribute to the team’s success and have fun!
Leagues will keep players fit and healthy by offering approximately 1 to 2.5 hours of tennis per week. It is a great way to get regular exercise.
So why wait any longer? Join a local team and experience the joy of weekly matches!
Why organize a tennis league?
Are you a parent or tennis organizer interested in putting together a great tennis program? Look no further – see the study results of current leagues:
- 90% of parents would register their children in leagues again
- 30% of league participants have since registered for other tennis programs
- 80% of players would like to continue playing tennis
- 100% of parents saw improvement
- 90% of coaches saw improvement
- 90% of league organizers observed their players had more fun in leagues than other tennis programs
- 100% of league organizers recommend leagues to other clubs/organizers
Junior tennis leagues will use Kids Tennis equipment – age-appropriate racquets, balls and courts to ensure early success and proper development.
- Red Ball – 6-8 years old (Half Court)
- Orange Ball – 8-10 years old (3/4 Court)
- Green Ball – 11-12 years old (Full Court)
- Teens/Adults – Regulation Ball (Full Court)
For more information, contact Alan Ma at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about organizing a tennis league in your club/organization.
Junior Success Story:
Kelowna Minor Tennis League
Held at Global Fitness & Racquet Centre in Kelowna, BC, this league is held over 10 weeks for 40 kids aged 10 years and under. There are two divisions – kids under eight participate in Red Ball half-court league while kids under 10 play in the Orange Bowl ¾ court league. The cost is just $75 for 10 hours of tennis, including league play, instruction, and team shirts.
“To us league organizers it was great to see kids learning by playing tennis. The team aspect we brought in was well received. The smiles on kids’ faces after playing on Team Raonic, Bouchard or Federer were so great to see. All of us coaches, volunteers and kids can’t wait for the next league to start!”
– Joachim Nierfeld, Kelowna Minor Tennis League coach