| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

United States Tennis Association (USTA) Junior Team Tennis (JTT) is a national youth tennis league in all 50 states. It’s not about the individual. It’s about the kids getting together to play singles, doubles, and mixed-doubles against other teams within a league. It promotes values you would expect from any sport fostering a spirit of cooperation, unity and individual self growth.

Long Island holds a JTT summer session that runs from June through mid-August and a winter session that runs from November until the end of April. Summer matches are usually played during the week after 4:00 p.m. Winter matches are played on weekends in the late afternoon or early evening and players are required to be members of the USTA. There is a regional playoff at the end of both sessions. Regional winners advance to the Eastern Sectional.

Long Island has three divisions: 12 and under, 14 and under, and 18 and under. The 14- and 18-year-old divisions have an intermediate and an advanced division. The 12 and under has an intermediate division.
The following is a list of important upcoming playoffs and events:

► The 12 and under JTT Regional Playoff will be held Saturday, May 2 at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, N.Y. at 10:00 a.m. (rain date will be Saturday, May 9).

► 14 and under Intermediate JTT Regional Playoff will be held Saturday, May 2 at Robbie Wagner Tournament Training in Glen Cove, N.Y. at 4:30 p.m.

► 18 and under Intermediate JTT Regional Playoff will be held Saturday, May 2 at Robbie Wagner Tournament Training in Glen Cove, N.Y. at 4:30 p.m.

► JTT Eastern Sectional will be held the weekend of June 20 at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.

United States Tennis Association Winter Junior Team Tennis Rosters
12 and Under (Intermediate)

Clay Time Indoor Tennis
Eastern Athletic Blue Point
Eastern Athletic Dix Hills (2)
Garden City
Huntington Indoor Tennis
Long Beach Tennis Center
Rockville Racquet (2)

14 and Under (Intermediate)

Eastern Athletic Blue Point (2)
Eastern Athletic Dix Hills
Glen Head Racquet
Huntington Indoor Tennis
Long Beach Tennis Center
Rockville Racquet (2)

18 and Under (Intermediate)

Rockville Racquet (2)
Hicksville
Clay Time Indoor Tennis
Eastern Athletic Melville (2)
Huntington Indoor Tennis
Garden City (2)
Eastern Athletic Blue Point
Glen Head Racquet

For more information about Junior Team Tennis or to find about programs in your area, please contact JTT League Coordinator Steven Abbondondelo at (516)-457-4974 or e-mail steveabby@optonline.net.

Photo credits: Pat MosqueraAction from the 2008 USTA Junior Team Tennis Summer Long Island Regional Championships

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2008 USTA Junior Team Tennis Summer Long Island Regional Champs, Sun and Surf Tennis, gather for a team photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo credits: Pat MosqueraThe team from Rockville Racquet smiles for a photo prior to playing in the 2008 USTA Team Tennis Winter Sectional Championship at Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo credits: Pat MosqueraPlayers from the Rockville Racquet team prepare for their match at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Members of the Rockville Racquet Team having a great time during the 2009 winter season

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo credits: Pat MosqueraA Rockville Racquet 12 and under team member returns a volley during a recent match