Below are the details for the 2020 Jr. USTA Teams we run that are based out of the Downingtown area
Division and Teams
We will have teams in the following divisions. We may have 2-3 teams in each.
12 and under Coed
14 and under Coed
18 and under Boys
Coaches: Justin DePietropaolo will be the teams head coaches and responsible for facilities, balls, practice, lineups, communication with parents, and communication with opposing coaches.
Age Eligibility: Players can’t be over the age of the division and cannot turn the next age up until after August 31st, 2021. For instance for the 14u team, players can’t be over the age of 14 and cannot turn 15 until after August 31st, 2021.
Level of Play Eligibility/Practice Squad: These teams are for intermediate and advanced players, so players should be generally be able rally over the net, keep score and serve. New team players will be subject to a tryout and/or skills test at the beginning of the season, which will focus on these factors.
USTA Membership: All players must be USTA members, which can be purchased at www.usta.com. USTA membership is $20/year and includes subscriptions to various publications.
Cost: In addition to the $20 USTA Membership, the League Fee is $12, and the Team Fee is $110 for players that 1 night of practice per week. If players want an additional night of practice, it’s an extra $40. The League fee goes towards league awards and administration. The team fee is for courts, balls, practices, and an end of the year party. The total cost for the season would be $142 for those that are not USTA members already and attending 1 night of practice per week.
USTA NTRP Ratings: Previous players will now have NTRP ratings assigned to them which will determine which divisions our teams will be in. New players will have to self-rate. Player ratings for prevous players can be found here: https://tennislink.usta.com/TEAMTENNIS/Main/FindAJuniorRating.aspx. Please note that the 14 and under team will most likely be affected by this as we are are looking to form an intermediate team which means all players should be 3.4 or below. This may change if it turns out we have more advanced players signed up for the team.
Matches: Half of the 6 to 7 matches are home, and half are away. Home match location will be at Pennypacker Country Club, 120 Pennypacker Rd., Downingtown, PA. Away matches are around the Philadelphia/Chester County area and should be no longer than a 45 min. drive. Matches take place Saturday afternoons early September through the end of October. There are spots for 4 boys and 4 girls in each 12u and 14u match, so while players may not play EVERY week, they will play in the majority of the matches. There are spots for 7 boys each week in 18u Boys. A schedule will be put out before September 5th . The season will last from September 7th -October 19th .
Practices: Team practices will be held on weekday late afternoons or early evenings, starting the week before our first match and ending before our last scheduled match. We have 2 practices a week and players are expected to attend at least 1. If they would like to attend 2 practice a week, they can but it’s an extra $40 for the season. Lastly, all teams will practice at the same time and we will have multiple coaches at the practices working with our players. All practices be at Downingtown West HS. Practice times are as followed:
Tuesdays: 18u Boys
Wednesdays: 12u and 14u Players
Thursday: All Players (Players will be divided by age and ability)
Times (Times are based on availability of courts at Downingtown West HS and daylight consideration.
Week of Sept 7th: 5:30-6:45
Week of Sept 14th: 6:00-7:15
Week of Sept 21st: Tues 6:00-7:15, Wed/Thurs 5:30-6:45
Week of Sept 28th: 5:15-6:30
Week of Oct 5th: 5:15-6:30
Week of Oct 12th: Tues 6:00-7:15, Wed/Thurs 5:00-6:15
Week of Oct 19th: 5:00-6:15
Parents: Parents are responsible for transportation for their players to and from matches. Occasionally we will ask parents to help with lineups as well for away matches.
Team Names: Team names will be given to teams as consulted by players and coaches and may or may not include “Just Tennis” in front of the name to provide program unity.
Uniforms: We have a variety of youth size Just Tennis Nike DriFit shirts that are available for free at a first come- first serve basis. Also, additional Just Tennis apparel can be purchased here: http://justtennis.logosoftwear.com/.. We would like players to wear their uniformed shirts, but it’s not a necessity.
Players/Team: 12u and 14u teams are coed, so we will take a maximum of 6 boys and 6 girls PER Team and we me have multiple teams per division. We will take a maximum of 10 players per 18u Boys team. If we have more players that we can handle, then we always take the players with the most recent experience with the organization.
Head Coach: Justin DePietropaolo- firstname.lastname@example.org; (484) 884-0048
Registration: Please Click on the Link Below to complete the first step of registration which is filling out our Interest Form. We need to know by August 22nd if your player is playing this upcoming season by completing the interest Form. If not in by then., there is no guarantee that your player can be on a team.