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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Junior Team

“Junior Team” is a general term (originating with the USTA) and refers to all of our programs that emphasize intermediate skills, competition and team. It is for those players who have previously played tennis, know basic rules, etiquette and scorekeeping. We are excited to announce that our Team Coordinators this season will be Lee Kruger and Wells Patten. To register for Junior Teams, print and mail the registration form.

Players are required to obtain their own USTA membership through the USTA. You can click here to go to the USTA’s website to renew your current membership or join for the first time.

NOTE: All Junior Team programming runs June 12 through August 10. Try-outs for the Traveling Junior Team will take place Monday June 12, Tuesday June 13 and Wednesday June 14 (if needed). Please see below specific times and come to your APPROPRIATE AGE TIMEFRAME.

**12 and Under Traveling Team try-outs - Time 12:30-2:00

**14 and Under Traveling Team try-outs - Time 2:00-3:30

**18 and Under Traveling Team try-outs - Time 3:30-5:00

There are no try-outs for the non-traveling junior teams. Players who do not qualify for a traveling team will be placed on an age-appropriate junior team.

** No player will be allowed to practice with the team until all fees are paid IN FULL.  And, players are required to obtain their own USTA membership through the USTA.  Click here to renew your current membership or join for the first time.**

12 and Under (12U) Non-Traveling Jr. Team: Mon.-Thurs 12:30 -2:00 PMThis group is for players who are ready to fine-tune their strokes, learn strategy and begin match play.  These players either did not qualify for or wish to play on the Traveling Team. Players will play a few matches against other clubs over the summer. However, the focus of this group will be learning the game and preparing for the future. Team members will have the opportunity to play in our USTA Area Sectional Tournament (date and location TBD). They will also have the opportunity to play in the Mary Sandstrom Tournament in Grand Rapids (date and location TBD). This is a great opportunity for some of our younger players to prepare themselves for future Jr. Team play. Cost: $325.

12 and Under (12U) Traveling Jr. Team: Mon.-Thurs 12:30 -2:00 PMThis group is for more advanced players who are 12 an under. This will be a USTA sanctioned teams and will travel about once a week to play other clubs such as Hibbing, Virginia, Grand Rapids, St. Cloud, Staples, Pine City, and others. There will be approximately 8 matches in total, not counting the Brainerd Sectionals trip. Players will be required to try out for the Traveling Team. Cost: $375.

14 & Under (14U) Non-Traveling Jr. Team: Mon.-Thurs. 2:00-3:30 PMThis team is designed for players in sixth through eighth grade who want to take their tennis to the next level but who either did not qualify for or wish to play on the Traveling Team. This group will be a 14U Intermediate USTA Jr. Team. Stroke fundamentals will be emphasized throughout the program. Players will work on building consistent rallies, with the goal of mastering skills to prepare for future participation on the Traveling team or 18 & Under Jr. Team. This team will play home matches against some area clubs such as Hibbing and Grand Rapids. Some members of this group will have the opportunity to go on our overnight trip to Brainerd to play in the Jr. Team Area Sectionals. Only 4 boys and 4 girls will be selected to go on that trip. Those players will be determined as the summer progresses.  Both the 14U traveling and non-traveling teams practice at the same time. Cost: $325.

18 & Under (18U) Non-traveling Jr. Team: 3:30-5:00 PM Mon.-Thurs. - This team is designed for players in High School who want to continue to improve their game but who either did not qualify for or want to play on the Traveling Team. This group will form an 18U Intermediate USTA Jr. Team. Intense drills and match play are used to develop skills to prepare players for their High School teams/seasons. Competitive matches against other teams will be set up throughout the summer at Longview and in other communities. Some members of this team will also have the opportunity to attend the overnight trip to Brainerd for the Area Sectionals. Only 4 boys and 4 girls will be able to go on this trip. Those players will be determined as the summer progresses. There will be approximately 3-4 matches for all players not including the Brainerd trip.  Cost: $325.

14U & 18U Traveling Jr. Teams: Mon.-Thurs.: 2:00-3:30 PM (14U) and 3:30-5:00 PM (18U) - This group is for more advanced players who are in Middle or High School. This group will comprise two teams: 14U and 18U Traveling Teams. These will be USTA sanctioned teams and will travel about once a week to play other clubs such as Hibbing, Virginia, Grand Rapids, St. Cloud, Staples, Pine City, and others. There will be approximately 8 matches in total, not counting the Brainerd Sectionals trip. Players will be required to try out for the Traveling Team.

Only 4 boys and 4 girls may play in each match (USTA format).  Twelve to fourteen players will be on each team (14U and 18U). Tryouts will be Monday June 9 and Tuesday June 10. The focus of this group will be conditioning, stroke refinement, and match strategy. The Traveling Jr. Team will work hard and have fun. Dedication to improving one’s tennis game is a must. If you take tennis seriously, want to work hard, want to play a lot of matches, and want to improve, this is the group for you this summer! Cost for both the 14U and 18U traveling teams will be $375.

Cost: varies by team (see above) A USTA membership IS NOT included in the cost for this program as players will be responsible for obtaining their own membership – click here to go to the USTA’s website to renew your current membership or join for the first time.

**For each out of town match, there will be a $15 fee assessed to each player.

If the above teams do not have the required number of players per USTA guidelines, Longview reserves the right to combine teams.