Southern California Tennis Association Mid-Year Report Card

Rallying With The Executive Director

report cardWith more than half of 2016 in the books, below are the grades I believe have been earned in the following tennis “Subjects.”

Out of School Programs

  • 2016 Goal – 515
  • 2015 Year to Date – 275
  • 2016 Year to Date – 320
  • Grade: A

Number of Play Days and Play Events

  • 2016 Goal – 150
  • 2015 Year to Date – 69
  • 2016 Year to Date – 191
  • Grade: A+++

Unique Participants in USTA Tournaments for 8s – 18s

  • 2016 Goal – 14,158
  • 2015 Year to Date – 9247
  • 2016 Year to Date – 9356
  • Grade: A

Unique Participants in Junior Team Tennis 8s – 18s

  • 2016 Goal – 7118
  • 2015 Year to Date – 4230
  • 2016 Year to Date – 4452
  • Grade: A

Subject: Unique Participants in USTA Leagues

  • 2016 Goal – 14,529
  • 2015 Actual – 13,986
  • 2016 Year to Date – 12,902
  • Grade: A

Frequency of Participation in USTA Leagues

  • 2016 Goal – 39,594
  • 2015 Actual – 38,808
  • 2016 Year to Date – 30,197
  • Grade: A

Combined Unique Participants in Adult/Senior Tournaments

  • 2016 Goal – 8534
  • 2015 Year to Date – 5609
  • 2016 Year to Date – 5409
  • Grade: D
  • Remedy: Tournament directors need to offer non-traditional tournaments for new groups of adult players. The demand for the traditional tournament product is not as appealing as it has been in the past.

On-court Training-Youth Coaching Education

  • 2016 Goal – 8
  • 2015 Year to Date – 4
  • 2016 Year to Date – 3
  • Grade: D
  • Remedy: There is a need to have a partnership with key tennis facilities in the section and offer Youth Coaching Education to current tennis teaching professionals and coaches, aspiring tennis teachers and coaches, and parents.

USTA PE Programs in Schools

  • 2015 Actual – 277
  • 2015 Year to Date – 132
  • 2016 Year to Date – 233
  • Grade: A+++
  • Comment: No official USTA 2016 goal was set for this subject.

Other first half of 2016 accomplishments:

  • Adults – League Championships, US Open National Playoff, Tennis on Campus, Sip’nServe
  • Community Tennis –NJTL, National Diversity & Inclusion visit, Long Beach awareness events
  • Juniors – Sectional championships, team selections, JTT championships, EDC & CTC camps
  • Support Services – Long Beach awareness, GEICO campaign, social media

Overall grade: B+

Comment: The “work harder” effort will continue in order to make the Route 66 Tennis Pipeline easier to access and better for participants during the rest of the year.

Summary: The SCTA staff and volunteers are bringing tennis to many more players in 2016 than in 2015.  If you own, manage or teach at a tennis facility and would like to assist in bringing more players to the game, please call me at (310) 208-3339 or e-mail me at bhunt@scta.usta.com.

Bruce A. Hunt
Executive Director – Southern California Tennis Association

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  1. I don’t know how the numbers for unique participants in USTA leagues normally changes as one goes into the Fall. I would have thought relatively little relative to summer, though I could be mistaken, as I have no access to patterns over the last 5 years. I would have thought most people who will play during a year have already done so in one of the lagues that occurss from Jan through June. If that is an accurate prediction, then the fact that there are 1000 less participants in USTA leagues in 2016 is definitely not good news.

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