USTA Colorado’s mission for player development is to support the growth of our junior players along the player development pathway. This includes providing programming to enhance their existing training, collaborating with a player’s personal coach and supporting their parents by providing player development information along the way.
USTA Colorado’s Team Colorado is a two-tiered program developed to supplement a junior player’s existing personal training regime. While each player’s primary development takes place with his or her personal coach, Team Colorado provides our juniors the opportunity to come together and train as a team.
As a program of USTA Colorado, Team Colorado has an overriding theme that’s designed to facilitate high quality training, teamwork (amongst players, coaches and parents), character development, sportsmanship and ultimately pride in being a developing junior in Colorado.
We believe strongly in the importance of good sportsmanship. Players, parents and coaches all share in the responsibility of ensuring that good sportsmanship is an integral part of training and competition – regardless of level of play.
Developmental Training Squads
Team Colorado 10s
Geared for those players 7–10 years old, this squad will work on the athletic skills associated with and necessary for successful development of a young athlete; stroke production, movement and tactical competencies (skills). With practices primarily conducted on the 60’ court with orange balls, our goal is to help these players achieve those competencies necessary to successfully transition to the 78’ green ball court. Parent education, player evaluations and a mental skills component are included.
Orange Ball Competency Video
Team Colorado Devo
This group will consist of players roughly between the ages of 9 and 12 years old and will primarily train on the 78’ court with green balls. Continued work on athletic skills, movement, technical and tactical competencies is the objective in preparation for the transition to the yellow ball. Additional emphasis will be placed on strategy — offense, defense, switching between the two, etc. Parent education, player evaluations and a mental skills component are included.
Green Ball Competency Video
Competitive Training Squad
Our Team Colorado competitive training squad has been re-structured for the 2016-2017 season. There will be no viewing day for these potential players.
New for this year, CTS players will be competing at very high level tournaments (top sectional, national, ITF). Generally speaking, this squad will consist of the highest level 12s and 14s in Colorado (based on their sectional standings).
Details on these squads will follow once program development is complete.
Application to the Program
Players interested in being a part of the Developmental Training Squads of Team Colorado can submit an online application and mark Sunday, September 18th, 2016 on their calendars for our Team Colorado Developmental Squads Viewing Day. Players must attend this viewing day for program consideration.
TC Viewing Day:
Sunday, September 18, 2016
Ken Caryl Ranch House
7676 S. Continental Divide Road, Littleton, Colorado 80127
9:00 am—11:00 am TC Devo Green ball 9-12 year olds
11:30 am—1:30 pm TC 10s Orange ball 7-10 year olds
** PLEASE ARRIVE 30 MINUTES EARLY FOR PLAYER REGISTRATION **
Deadline to Apply: Online applications must be received by Friday, September 9.
For additional information regarding Team Colorado, please contact USTA Colorado Player Development Director Cindy MacMaster.