I used to play tennis “for fun”, but it wasn’t fun when I wanted to play and either couldn’t find a court or someone to hit with. Then I discovered the fun of playing in a tennis league, and now play on 3 leagues. That means I have the option to play at least 3 times per week, and the people I play with – and against – are some of the most awesome human beings on the planet, and I’m honored to call them my friends.
If you can relate, you should really consider joining a tennis league. Not only is an excellent way to meet people and get more time on the courts, but it’s an excellent way to sharpen your on-court skills and get into better shape (it’s true!)
If you’re curious about league tennis, or maybe on the fence about joining one, I encourage you to read this post and share it with your tennis friends. These are just some of the benefits you can expect:
You’ll improve your game.
One of the biggest benefits of joining a tennis league is that the more you play, the sharper and more refined your overall tennis skills will get. Each match will be a hands-on lesson as you play against numerous opponents, which have varying styles of play, skill sets and experience levels.
You can also learn from sitting on the sidelines as you watch and cheer on your teammates. I actually learned how to hit a “dipper” (a heavy top-spin shot that lands at your opponent’s feet) from watching an opponent in a later match after mine was over. Every time my teammate served and came in for a volley, the opponent hit the dipper right at her feet, and she couldn’t get it back. (Oh yeah… that’s a shot I had to have in my arsenal!) So, I practiced what I saw, and now I have a great weapon to use against opponents who like to rush the net.
You’ll spend more time on the courts.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could always find a hitting partner and/or an open court for a game of tennis? In league tennis, matches are scheduled on reserved courts at specific times each week. Not only that, but the different leagues (ie. USTA leagues, in-house club leagues, etc.) have different designated days (nights and weekends, too) for play. This allows players to choose the league(s) that best suits their busy schedules, so that instead of sitting at home, playing the “waiting game”, they’ll be out on the courts, playing tennis!
You’ll make new friends.
As a member of a tennis league, you’ll connect with people who love the game just as much as you do. Being a part of a team gives you endless opportunities to build solid friendships with your fellow teammates, which can go a long way in terms of encouragement, support and even networking – both on and off the court. I met my best friend on the tennis court over 13 years ago, and she’s been my permanent doubles partner on one of my leagues ever since!
It’s a great way to get (and stay) in shape.
I’ve blogged about this many times before… tennis is one of the few sports which benefits the entire body. It not only gives you a great cardiovascular workout, but it also improves your strength, speed, balance and coordination. And it’s fun, to boot! So, if you’re looking for a way to squeeze in a little more
exercise fun at least once during a hectic work week, league tennis is a great option.
You’ll learn important life skills.
Let’s be honest… the daily grind of working life can sometimes dull our senses, making us tired, cranky and unmotivated. While you’re sharpening the various aspects of your tennis game in league, you’ll also be developing important life skills that will be applicable in both on-court and off-court situations, including how to handle pressure, how to make quick (and accurate) decisions, and how to win (and lose) gracefully.
There are many benefits in playing league tennis, with many different types of leagues you can join – USTA sanctioned leagues, flex leagues, in-house club leagues, and even neighborhood park leagues; you can also play singles, doubles and/or mixed doubles. Considering all of these options, one of them is sure to be right for you!