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Dr. Van Nostrand 01-15-2007 08:12 AM

USTA Team Registration Fees Increase 17%
 
The cost to register on a team in the upcoming men's and women's season has increased from $18.00 to $21.00. Also, if you decide to un-register for a team you only get $18.00 of your original $21.00 registration fee back. I can understand that costs increase and there may be a need to increase team registration costs but a 17% increase seems a little steep. It was not that long ago that you could register an entire team for $75.00.

jagsv650 01-15-2007 10:36 AM

I just regiestered for a 3.5 team and a 4.0 team and both of them were $18.00. Even if it went up to $25 per team I would still think it's a good deal. I used to spend more then that for my volleyball leauge teams and there were fewer matches in a season.

CrocodileRock 01-15-2007 10:48 AM

Still a good deal
 
I think it's still pretty cheap, considering some tournaments cost more than that, with only a 1 or 2 match guarantee. With league, you should get several matches, and you have the social aspects, and the chance to advance to sectionals.

Douggo 01-15-2007 10:55 AM

This fee must differ from section to section. I play in Northern, and we pay $25 ($23 + $2 "TennisLink" fee, which is ridiculous, but that's for a whole other rant).

jamn73 01-15-2007 01:40 PM

we pay 25 dollars plus a processing fee in TX. that's too much!! plus you have to pay for court time and balls and then the annual usta fee of 40.

PBODY99 01-15-2007 02:16 PM

The fee is a money maker for the USTA in the eyes of many players. When you don't have a break out of the cost involved, who can say? It is a not too bad if you look at it as an entry fee to a tourney, where 1/2 of the players get at the most 2 matches; if their is a consolation round.

Cindysphinx 01-15-2007 03:00 PM

In mid-Atlantic, we pay $18 per team, but we also play $15 per match, which covers balls and indoor court time of 2 hours.

I think league tennis is a screamin' good deal compared with golf.

Topaz 01-15-2007 04:36 PM

Cindy, I'm in mid-atlantic, too...where are you?

Yeah, I still think our cost is not bad at all. I know lacrosse players who pay a lot more for their leagues.

Netgame 01-15-2007 08:25 PM

Whether it's $18, $20, $25,...I think it's worth it. I love organized team competition and where else could we amateurs find it?

goober 01-16-2007 04:44 AM

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Originally Posted by Netgame (Post 1173968)
Whether it's $18, $20, $25,...I think it's worth it. I love organized team competition and where else could we amateurs find it?

Well there are other leagues besides USTA for team tennis in some areas.

jagsv650 01-16-2007 10:36 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by goober (Post 1174510)
Well there are other leagues besides USTA for team tennis in some areas.

But it can't be much cheaper then USTA.

TriCitiesTennis 01-16-2007 10:53 AM

$16.00 in East Tennessee

goober 01-16-2007 02:00 PM

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Originally Posted by jagsv650 (Post 1175168)
But it can't be much cheaper then USTA.

USTA you still have to pay for reservation of your home courts, that can vary from place to place but I remember with registration fee and court costs it was around $65-70/person a couple years ago. Also some of the teams were 1.5 hours away which is a lot of time and money on gas. It is not outrageous but there definitely were leagues locally that were cheaper.

oldguysrule 01-16-2007 02:12 PM

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Originally Posted by goober (Post 1175653)
USTA you still have to pay for reservation of your home courts, that can vary from place to place but I remember with registration fee and court costs it was around $65-70/person a couple years ago. Also some of the teams were 1.5 hours away which is a lot of time and money on gas. It is not outrageous but there definitely were leagues locally that were cheaper.

The amount of driving some of you do is crazy. Texas is a big state but I wouldn't dream of driving 1.5 hours for a league match.

goober 01-16-2007 02:22 PM

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Originally Posted by oldguysrule (Post 1175677)
The amount of driving some of you do is crazy. Texas is a big state but I wouldn't dream of driving 1.5 hours for a league match.

Yeah well I don't do it anymore :) What really bites is drving 80-90 minutes and having your opponent default which happened to me once.

tennis-n-sc 01-17-2007 02:48 AM

The fees are set by sections, states and local leagues. On top of that is added a $2 fee for TennisLink, which rises to $3 in about a month. Outside TennisLink, the fee is split between the USTA at national, sectional, state and local levels. I do not have the percentage breakdown but when you see a large increase, it is usually at the local level to cover local costs. If you want more specifics in your area, ask your local league coordinator, or better yet, volunteer your services. They always need help. I find the fees very reasonable.

lefty10s 01-17-2007 03:36 AM

Tennis-n-sc is correct. National gets the $2(soon to be $3), the rest goes to local league. The fees are also set by local league, for court time, admin, etc. Some local leagues vary greatly depending on lot of factors. Some seem like they are price-gouging, others seem too low. Our local league is $23, plus $2 Tennislink fee.

bleach 01-17-2007 05:28 AM

I have heard that Tennis-Link is switching to a different company to provide the online services, thus the increase in fees. If you look at the Tennis Link home page, they are going to have a couple of down-days at the end of the month.

Islandtennis 01-17-2007 05:50 AM

The Tennislink fee is only increasing from $2 to $3 because they are going to a different company. When you register, you pay the USTA Tennislink fee, a sectional fee, a state fee, and a local league fee. That is why your fee is so high. I our section, we only pay $11 for our Spring Adult and Senior league.

Roforot 01-17-2007 07:52 PM

What grates on my nerve is that they F*ing call the 2-3$ surcharge a "Convenience Fee" or something like that and there's no way around it? I can't mail in my registration or call in w/ my Credit card. At least over in Texas it seems like they use the same stick in Tournaments? So who is it supposed to be convenient for?
I know it's a small thing and overall if the USTA had just increased the membership fees it wouldn't bother me as much as the "Convenience!"


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