Middle School Spring League

MIDDLE SCHOOL SPRING TENNIS MATCH PLAY

Spring Tennis League is open to all junior tennis players in Loudoun County. 

The spring league will be Sunday singles matches, individual competition, due to limited court space for the high school tennis season. Our goal this season is to ensure all participants have competitive matches according to level as well as improving their tennis game through match play. 

Cost:  $225

CATEGORIES

  • Development / Recreational players – players with little or no match experience that are looking to learn how to play a tennis match.
  • Intermediate players – players that can serve the ball, can rally the ball over 50%, needs limited direction during a match, and is a player who is eager to learn and improve their tennis skills.
  • Advanced players – players who can serve consistently and have previous match play experience and are looking for competitive match play amongst their peers in the County. 
  • NOTE: Players will have the opportunity to move up and down in categories based on match results. Coaches’ discretion may be used to suggest a more appropriate group for your child.

Development Match Play - 321632

(Ages 9-14)  Boys or Girls grades 6-8, can play matches every Sunday against players from other middle schools in Loudoun County on High School tennis courts. Development players can serve the ball in the box at less than 50% of the time, know the rules of tennis, can hit and rally ground strokes in the court less than 50% of the time, and have none or very little match play experience (league and tournament matches).

DATES: March 21 – May 16th
DAY: Sundays
TIME: 1 pm – 3 pm 

NO MATCH PLAY ON April 4th

Intermediate Match Play - 321633

(Ages 9-14)  Boys or girls grades 6-8, an opportunity to play matches every Sunday against players from other middle schools in Loudoun County on High School tennis courts. Intermediate players can serve the ball in the box at least 50% of the time, know the rules of tennis, can hit and rally ground strokes in the court 50% of the time, and have 2 or more years of match play experience (league and tournament matches). 

Match Play – Development

  • Singles match play
  • Players will be grouped according to their level and will play round robin matches until time runs out
  • 3 out of 5 games (first to win 3 games) regular scoring with no AD.
  • Players will have a ranking based on winning percentage (total games won/total games played

DATES: March 21 – May 16th
DAY: Sundays
TIME: 11 am – 1 pm 

NO MATCH PLAY ON April 4th

Advanced Match Play - 321634

(Ages 9-14)  Boys or girls grades 6-8, an opportunity to play matches every Sunday against players from other middle schools in Loudoun County on High School tennis courts. Advanced players can serve the ball in the box consistently (at least 70%), know the rules of tennis, can hit and rally consistent ground strokes, and have many years of match play experience (league and tournament matches).
NO MATCH PLAY ON April 4th

DATES: March 21 – May 16th
DAY: Sundays
TIME: 9 am – 11 am 

NO MATCH PLAY ON April 4th

Match Play –Intermediate & Advanced  

  • Singles match play
  • 8 game pro set, add scoring, tie break at 7 games all
  • 12 point tie break (first to 7 points) win by 2 points
  • Players will have a ranking based on winning percentage (total games won/total games played)
  • Each week players will be challenged by the player right below their position in the ranking

Players with 9:00 am matches can arrive early to warm up however some of the tennis courts may be locked until an LCTA representative arrives for the 9:00 am start time. Players with an 11:00 am start time can arrive early to warm up if there are available courts.

Match Locations

  • Briar Woods
  • Independent
  • John Champe
  • Stone Bridge

The location of your child’s match will be sent out by the Thursday before their Sunday match. We will try to keep your child’s match at the same location every Sunday, however, results of matches and rankings may lead to your child playing at a different location. Your child’s scheduled match start time should remain the same.

Match Default or NO SHOW:

If your child cannot make their scheduled match you must contact the league coordinator jrosado@lctacademy.net by the Saturday 6:00 pm of the scheduled match date as to not result in a NO SHOW. After 2 NO SHOW matches, meaning there has been no communication or notification that your child cannot make their scheduled match your child will not be included in the remaining match schedule but can continue to play if there are any available matches on the forfeit schedule. Please understand when signing up for the Spring league this is a commitment and courtesy to all players who sign up that there is a match every Sunday.

If your child defaults their match for any reason (illness, conflict of schedule) their opponent receives a (W) win and a (D) default for your child. Defaults are ranked differently than (L) loss of a match.

Forfeit Schedule:

The goal is for all our participants to get as much match play and practice as possible. The league will do their best to ensure all league players have a scheduled Sunday singles match.  If your child’s opponent forfeits their scheduled match the league will contact players who are scheduled before or after to play a practice match. The match is treated as a scrimmage match and there is no official score recorded for either player. For example if a player is scheduled to play a 9:00am match and their opponent forfeited then the league will contact a player who has an 11:00am match start time and ask if he/she would like to play a practice match before their scheduled 11:00am match, and vice versa. A player who played their scheduled 9:00am match has the opportunity to play an 11:00am practice match.

Rules:

LCTA adheres to the official International Tennis Federation rules. 

Tiebreaker rules:

  1. The player who just served to even the set at 7-7 will receive the serve in the tiebreaker. The score is counted by 1, 2, 3…instead of 15, 30, 45.
  2. To counter the advantage of serving, the player who started serving in the tiebreaker will only serve one point.
  3. Then the opponent serves twice, starting at the ad court on the other side. Your opponent serves point #2 on the ad court and point #3 on the deuce court. Players take turns serving 2 points until the end of tiebreaker.
  4. At 6 points total, or any multiple of 6 points total, players switch sides.
  5. The first player to reach 7 points wins the tiebreaker with a margin of 2 points to win the tiebreaker. For example, you could win at 7-0, 7-1, 7-2, 7-3, 7-4, 7-5, 8-6, 9-7.
  6. The tiebreaker is treated like a game. At the conclusion of the tiebreaker, the score is recorded as 8-7.