By Joe De Luna
The United States Tennis Association League is the largest tennis league in the country with over 300,000 players across the nation. USTA leagues allow club and recreational players over 18 years old the opportunity to compete on teams while meeting new people and staying physically active. Match play is based on a National Tennis Rating Program and this NTRP is used to determine levels of competition. Ratings can range from 1.5-7.0, with 1.5 being a new player with limited experience to 7.0 which are world-class players.
Here at the Cordillera Ranch Tennis Club, we currently have two USTA League teams. Both are ladies’ teams with one team competing at the 2.5 18 years old and over level (The Cordillera Aces) and the other competing at the 3.0 40 years old and over level (The BoCo Ballbusters). The Cordillera Aces 2.5 team competes on Friday mornings at 9:30am with a roster of eight players captained by Jane Smith. The BoCo Ballbusters 3.0 team competes on Thursdays at 9:30am with a roster of 14 players and is captained by Bobbie Sanborn.
The Cordillera Aces have an eleven-week season including one Bye week for a total of ten matches. The 2.5 team matches consist of two lines of doubles (two doubles matches) and one line of singles (one singles match). In order to win the overall match, the team must secure two victories out of the three matches that are played on that morning. The scoring format used is two out of three sets with regular scoring (ad scoring) with a 10-point match tiebreak to determine the third set. The Aces are currently competing against teams from The Club at Sonterra, Fair Oaks Ranch Country Club and San Antonio Country Club.
The BoCo Ballbusters also have an eleven-week season with a total of eight matches. In the fall, these matches consist of four lines of doubles (four doubles matches). In order to win the overall matches, the team must secure three out of the four doubles lines or if the match is tied at two matches each, the team with the most games wins the overall match. The BoCo Ballbusters are currently competing against multiple teams from The Blossom Athletic Center, The Club at Sonterra, Fair Oaks Ranch Country Club, John Newcombe Country Club and The Tennis Park.
Both teams have weekly team practices and participate in additional clinics. Many team members take private lessons in addition to their team practices, and set up friendly matches amongst themselves to build team chemistry and camaraderie. There is also a travel commitment as both teams travel to Fair Oaks, all over San Antonio and New Braunfels to compete and represent The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch.
If any member is interested in USTA League play, do not hesitate to contact Director of Tennis Joe De Luna.
Joe De Luna is the Director of Tennis at The Clubs of Cordillera ranch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 830.363.9004.
New Reservation System
The Cordillera Ranch Tennis Club has recently gone live with a new tennis and pickleball court reservation system. Through The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch website or the app, you can reserve tennis courts, pickleball courts and the ball machine up to 72 hours in advance of play. I have been receiving great feedback on this new amenity available now to our members.