The USTA's Tennis On Campus program is designed to provide college students with opportunities for team camaraderie, social networking, and rivaled competition through tennis without the rigors of a varsity program.
Perfect for athletes who have chosen not to make the jump from high school to college varsity, Tennis On Campus offers co-ed team-based play, regional and national championship competition, and helps students maintain active and healthy lifestyles through their college years. Currently, the program is offered on over 500 college campuses and services over 30,000 students.
What is Tennis On Campus?
The USTA Tennis On Campus program is anything and everything recreational tennis on college campuses across the country. This includes sport club tennis teams, intramural tennis leagues and tournaments, recreational classes, and physical education classes. While all pieces of recreational college tennis are important, much of the Tennis On Campus program is focused on sport club tennis teams.
The Campus Championship - Middle States is held each Fall and is designed to provide a competitive play opportunity "closer to home," these high quality events help pull teams together for a fun-filled weekend of co-ed team play, social networking, and leadership development. Over the years, these events have grown in number, size, and quality. Champions and pool winners have the opportunity to advance to the USTA Tennis On Campus National Championship. Teams vary in size from large land-grant state public insitutions such as Penn State and Rutgers, to smaller private schools such as Philadelphia Baptist and Duquense.
Past Middle States Champions:
2012 - Penn State University
2011 - Penn State University
2010 - University of Pennsylvania
2009 - Penn State University
2008 - Penn State University
2007 - Penn State University
2006 - Penn State University
2005 - Villanova University
2004 - University of Pennsylvania
The USTA Tennis On Campus National Championship is the pinnacle of the Tennis On Campus program. Hosted in partnership by the USTA, National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA), World TeamTennis (WTT), and Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), this venue features 64 college and university co-ed teams competing for bragging rights and the illustrious title of National Champion.
Teams can qualify for a bid to the USTA Tennis On Campus National Championship through participation in the Middle States Tennis On Campus Championship or by applying for an at-large bid.
USTA Middle States Tournament Series*
The USTA MS Tournament Series consists of several tournaments throughout the fall bringing together schools from all across the section. The concept is to get intramural and club tennis teams of all sizes and skill levels an opportunity to play. Participating teams can play in as many or as few events as they wish, however a minimum of four teams must be competing to be an official stop on the series.
All teams that enter a tournament receive point towards the tournament series. The overall champion of the series receives an automatic bid to the USTA Tennis On Campus National Championship.
For complete guidelines click here.
*Teams do not have to compete in the Tournament Series; however, they will not accumulate points in these others matches - just match experience.
How to get playing?
If you're an individual looking to join the program at your school or a club tennis team looking to set up a match with other club tennis teams, you're in the right place. If there isn't a program at your school, we'll help you set one up - just drop us an e-mail!
Tennis on Campus "Start Up" Grants are available for colleges and universities that are interested in started a program. Click here to download a USTA ITA Tennis On Campus Grant Form.
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For more information on Tennis On Campus please contact Mary Wurtz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610.935.5000 ext. 225.