All Sections have JD programs that operate in local ATA clubs under the direction of an assigned director. The Directors are coaches or teaching professionals that have experiences in all areas of team competition and organization. Most of the directors are tennis directors at their own club or tennis facility. Many of the directors have played professional tennis and/or coached high ranking juniors and professionals. Sectional clinics, workshops and tournament are provided throughout the year. The season culminates with a formal clinic/workshop at the National Championships. Awards and scholarships are ongoing elements of the program. A National Junior Team is selected each year in recognition of the top juniors who show outstanding progress and development in various workshops held during the year.
There are ATA sanctioned events scheduled throughout the year for all age groups. Tournaments are held in every ATA Section throughout the U.S. and the Caribbean. Winners receive points for playing each event which qualifies them to play in the National Championships held in August of each year. Also, the points accumulated by players are used to rank them in their age group at the end of the year. Most tournaments provide some form of entertainment and awards for the participants.
The biggest event of the year for the ATA, the National Championships provide competition, entertainment and amusement for both juniors and adults. This event, held each year during the first week in August, draws over 2,000 participants and spectators. The tournament lasts for a full week with tournament play during the day and social activities in the afternoons. There are special awards given at the Awards Banquet to players and members for outstanding achievement and contributions to tennis during the year. The highlight for adults is the Wild Card spots to the U.S. Open given to the male and female champion in open singles. The National Championships provide opportunities for sponsors to get directly involved in promoting tennis on the "grass roots" level.
The 81st National Championship will be held in the Greater Fort Lauderdale, Florida, area. Receive information about:
Members of the Association receive many benefits for joining the ATA. Black Tennis magazine is a quarterly publication that devotes most of its editorial and advertisement to the activities and events of the ATA. The magazine highlights the accomplishments of individual players, junior programs and clubs that are doing outstanding things in tennis. The magazine publishes a complete list of all ATA sanction tournaments, workshops, clinics and information for and about the membership. The ATA publishes a newsletter twice a year and a complete yearbook of rankings and historical data. There is a Video; ATA, Past and Present, that's available through mail order. Other logo items include T-shirts and a timepiece produced by LYCAM INTERNATIONAL. The sale of these items help provide funds for the junior development program.
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