Southern California Tennis

Steve Riggs Plans Plenty of Play Opportunities and Tennis Education for So Cal Players, Parents and Coaches

When it comes to giving back to the Southern California junior tennis community, few can match Steve Riggs’ dedication and drive to make life better tennis players. Riggs, the Director of Programmingroup photo 3 bestg and Tennis for the City of Irvine, has a passion to share his love of the sport with all. This year, the highlights include organizing two coaching education seminars (January and June) and a new four-tournament Grand Slam Round Robin series for novice level juniors.

Karen and STeve RiggsRiggs is a PTR certified teaching pro, tournament organizer, and community advocate. He has been a leader in the Southern California tennis world for the past 25 years, and based in Orange County since 2004. During that time he has run So Cal junior tournaments at every level from novice to national.  Other past accomplishments include being a JTT Area League Coordinator, and a member of the SCTA Advocacy and Red-Orange-Green (ROG) Committees.

When the USTA introduced the 10-and-Under Tennis program, Riggs was one of the first to step up and offer Red-Orange-Green (ROG) Events for kids. He currently offers an innovative  4- tournament ROG Grand Slam Round Robin Circuit in 2016, which highlights the Australian, French, British and U.S. Opens respectively at each event. The next in the series will be held in April.Tovi Talks

Tennis education is also very important to Riggs. For the past eight years, he has offered a variety of seminars on various topics for adults and juniors. This month, he hosted a USTA Oncourt 10-and -Under Training for coaches, pros and parents at Bill Barber Community Park in Irvine. One All Tennis Founder Tovi Mosey was a featured speaker on how to grow your afterschool tennis program. This full day educational seminar included a USTA Oncourt 10-and-Under Workshop, information on grants, tennis in the schools, lunch and raffle prizes. (Photos from the Oncourt training are below.)

“I’m happy to be in a position to give players, parents and coaches at all levels a taste of fun and competitive tennis as well as great information,” Riggs said. “All it takes is a few good ideas and the time to plan them. I have an outstanding staff and together we make things happen.coach 2

For more information on the upcoming 10 & Under Seminar and the Grand Slam Level 7 Novice Tournament call 949-724-6617 or tennis@cityofirvine.org.


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  1. It is very nice to see such complimentary and supportive comments about Steve and his efforts in Southern California. We recently met Steve and let him know just how impressed we were with the obvious time and effort he and his team put into a Level 7 event (a 4 tournament ROG Grand Slam Round Robin Circuit). What was most impressive about the first tournament in this series was just how well organized and executed this event really was – for the kids!!!… From the moment the kids arrived to check-in, clearly explaining the format and expectations to the group of players and parents before the start of play to having a USTA uniformed official assisting and educating players and parents during play, this was very refreshing to see and experience. While competitive, the event also resounded with themes of fair competition and player education which I believe is much needed at these ages. Steve, well done and hats off to Karen for recognizing your efforts!

    • Kudos to you, Mike, for taking the time to let the So Cal tennis community know how people feel about Steve Riggs and his efforts to give the gift of tennis to players of all ages.
      With appreciation,
      Karen

    • Thanks a lot Mike, appreciate the kind words!

  2. Thanks Karen for taking the time to write such a nice story about our program and me! You’re the best!!!!!

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