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The match schedule for the 2016 Junior Team Tennis State Championship has been released below.  This year's championship will take place at the Owensboro Tennis Complex on July 16th and 17th.  Teams will be competing in multiple age divisions and skill levels for the chance to advance to the Southern JTT Championships in Rome, Georgia in August.  Teams will be coming to Owensboro from Paducah, Elizabethtown, Louisville, Georgetown, Lexington, Versailles, and Frankfort.


JTT State Championships                       Fall Interscholastic Championships
July 15-17, 2016                                     October 15-16
Owensboro, KY                                        Louisville, KY

Middle School State Championship
November 12-13
Louisville, KY


USTA Southern has opened registration for grant applications for the Play It Forward initiative.  Over $1.2 million is available for programs and tournaments focused on innovative ideas and growth based programming.  For more details on the grant requirements, click here.  For the actual application, you can click here.  The deadline for this quarter will be March 31st, 2016.  For additional questions on the grant, please email John Callen at callen@sta.usta.com

The Louisville 10 and Under Tennis Association is going to be at parks all over the city of Louisville this summer running clinics for young tennis players.  Two sessions are being offered at each park with a session running 2 days a week for 4 weeks.  The total cost of a session is $65.  For more info on where these clinics are being held, click here.

In 2016, the USTA will begin rolling out a new junior ratings system that is very similar to the adult NTRP ratings system currently used for adult leagues and tournaments.  This move will become more of a permanent fixture in 2017 and beyond, but parents, players, coaches, and coordinators should become comfortable with the changes that are coming and what it will mean for junior tennis.  Please look at the documents below for more information on the junior rating system:

-What do the ratings mean?
-Why is USTA moving in this direction?

-2016 Junior Team Tennis Kentucky Regulations
(approved by USTA Kentucky Jr. Recreation Committee and Board of Directors)
*FYI: these regulations are in reference to Championship JTT programs.  All other Junior Team Tennis programs are not regulated by these regulations.

New Player Incentive Plan
In an attempt to bring new players into the game of tennis through Junior Team Tennis and also incentivize Team Managers to promote their teams and leagues greater, monetary incentives will be available to Team Managers who bring in new players under the following guidelines:

1.       Players will be considered “New” if they have not played in any Junior Team Tennis league in 2015.  The State Coordinator will maintain a list and review all leagues for new players.

2.       A Team Manager will qualify for a $25 incentive if they bring in three (3) new players onto the same team in the same league. 

3.       A Team Manager will qualify for a $50 incentive if they bring in five (5) new players onto the same team in the same league.  This incentive will be in place of the 3-player incentive, not in addition to.

4.       A Team Manager will qualify for $10 additional incentive for each player above 5 that is new, maximum of 10.  

The State Coordinator will mail incentive checks directly to Team Managers quarterly.

-2016 Advanced Players List
*Any player that was ranked in the Top 300 in the Southern Section on July 31st, 2015 in the 12-18's division must play in Advanced divisions of Junior Team Tennis.  The Top 100 in the Southern Section in the 10's Division can not play in a Beginner Division at any level and must play advanced at the 10U level.

-Background Checks
*All JTT Coaches, Coordinators, Captains, and Co-Captains must complete a 2-step background check to qualify for those specified positions.  The process is fairly simple and should take between 30-40 minutes to complete.  Backgrounds from other workplaces or organizations will not be usable to qualify for USTA Junior Team Tennis positions.  Here are the 2 steps required to complete your background check:

STEP 1: CLICK HERE, You will create an account and then complete the SafeSport training course.  You do not have to complete the course in one sitting.  Make sure to keep track of your account information.

STEP 2: CLICK HERE, This is your actual background check application.  PLEASE KEEP TRACK OF THE 16-DIGIT ID NUMBER THAT IS GIVEN TO YOU. 


-Interested in getting your child into a Junior Team Tennis Program?  First, you need to contact the Local League Coordinator in your area to determine which programs are offered at what times in the year.  Below are contact details for each area that offers Junior Team Tennis:

ASHLAND (Year-Round Programs)
Jerry Groce (jgroceusta10s@roadrunner.com)

BOWLING GREEN (Fall Interscholastic)
Jeff True (jefftrue@bellsouth.net)

ELIZABETHTOWN (Summer JTT, Fall Interscholastic)
Teri Christensen (tlc516@gmail.com)

FRANKFORT (Year-Round Programs)
Sonya Harward (sonya.harward@ky.gov)

GEORGETOWN (Year-Round Programs)
Michelle Jones (tennistn5@aol.com)

HENDERSON (Summer and Fall Programs)
Kim Poynter (kima@maddenco.com)

HOPKINSVILLE (10U Clinics/Camps)
Tim Autry (tautry47@gmail.com)

LEXINGTON (Year-Round Programs)
Jo Wallen (joanne@ltctennis.org)
LEXINGTON (Summer JTT, Fall Interscholastic)
John Herring (jherring@ddfky.com)
LEXINGTON (Summer JTT, Middle Schools, Winter JTT)
Christy Herring (playtennis@rocketmail.com)

Ann Crush (acrush@twc.com)
LOUISVILLE (Middle Schools)
Cissy Lehr (cissylehr@twc.com)
LOUISVILLE (Summer JTT, Middle Schools)
Lindagarde Dalton (lindagardedalton@gmail.com)
LOUISVILLE (10 and Under)
Dee Maynard (deemaynardky@gmail.com)
LOUISVILLE (Fall Interscholastic, 10 and Under)
Kellee Dicks (hsfalljtt@yahoo.com)

OWENSBORO (Summer JTT, Fall Interscholastic)
Noel Clayton (noelclayton@roadrunner.com

PADUCAH (Summer JTT, Fall Interscholastic)
Mark Prude (mprude@ashland.com)

VERSAILLES (Summer JTT, Middle Schools)
Rainey Johns (rjohns@vwcparksrec.com)

For more information about Junior Team Tennis, you contact the State League Coordinator, Bryan Hash, at 502-491-1290 or bhash@ustaky.com.

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