USTA league teams at your club - less since the pandemic?

socallefty

G.O.A.T.
At my club, we used to have 3.5, 4.0, two 4.5 and a 4.5+ mens team for almost every league season for the past several years. Since the pandemic started, USTA participation has totally tanked and in the last two seasons, there has been only one 3.5 mens team at my club and no other mens teams in any other level. Also, the number of teams at all these levels in Orange County leagues has gone down from 6-8 per league at each level to just 2 or 3 teams.

Do you see this in your cities or counties also? Many former USTA players have found regular social groups that they play with as more people started organizing regular groups on different days once the Work From Home trend started. I started playing singles regularly on Saturdays and Sundays since 2020 and so have no interest in captaining an USTA weekend league team anymore to play mostly doubles. This seems to have really tanked USTA participation at my club.
 

g4driver

Legend
I suspect this has multiple factors, but I noted Covid Restrictions and Taxes as primary drivers :

1) did you live in a place with more rigid Covid restrictions or fewer?
2) did you live in a place with higher or lower taxes?

#2 didn't drive as many people as #1, but those who could escape restrictions and lower their taxes did so. I-95 was a one-way outlet out of the NE as Covid continued in the late summer of 2020 and Florida had fewer restrictions.
people who could work from home did. Covid changed so many parts of our lives forever.


If your state had both more rigid Covid restrictions and high taxes (CA, NY, NJ, MA, IL), you most likely had an exodus.


We have the exact opposite problem in Charleston, SC. It started in the summer of 2020 when the Northeast continued its lockdowns in the summer of 2020 with fewer restrictions in the Southeast. In early April and through May 2020 restaurants and clubs closed for eight weeks, then all opened back up. Like Florida, SC had far fewer Covid restrictions than the states of NY, NJ, MA, CT.

People moved during covid for a variety of reasons, including working from home. But most states with more restrictions during covid saw population decreases. Oregon didn't not. Nor did Vermont, Maine, and Rhode Island.

Our clubs started getting new members at a torrent pace in 2020. They have more members than they can handle and have restricted teams in two of the clubs I was a member of for 11 years. I stopped my membership at the home of the Credit One (previously Volvo Car Open) unable to get to court many times and unable to get away from work. I flew more (blocked more hours and made more money from June 2020 to Dec 2020, than I have ever flown in 17 years Jan-Dec. Unable to get time off from work and unable to get a court when I was home, made that decision easy.

In April of 2021, nearly I year ago, I went to an outdoor Grace Potter Concert. Life had come back here with concerts. This is how life was very different than those living in places with more restrictions. This was very different from the West Coast and the Northeast US



Charleston has been invaded by the yellow plates (license) of NJ (yellow & black), NY (yellow & blue). :rolleyes: At least @Creighton moved from SC to PA (blue, white, and yellow). ;)

 
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ChaelAZ

G.O.A.T.
Surprise is a well liked facility by most who come and play the USTA Nationals here...but, that is exactly the issue for us locals who pay for the facility and get booted out for more than half the year of weekends and evening because of all the Nationals. When we lost true tennis directors and those who understand tennis culture for now recreation management, it is solely focused on hosting outside events, youth sports, and a few beginner programs. There really is no advanced player development or tournaments hosted for adults. And they are notorious for less-than=friendly attitudes towards USTA teams. With that almost all of our teams moved to other facilities and are much happier. That move also cost them what used to be really great drop-in programs, cardio tennis attendees, and more. It is really unfortunate that such an amazing facility, built for world class tennis (was originally built for Fed Cup, which we hosted, and the Director was Tracy Austin's brother John Austin) that is nothing more than U10 and intro to tennis programs and a rental property. This has been exponential since the pandemic too. I am happy to see more involved, but just not in the above context for Surprise.

On the men's side there is only one 3.0, one 3.5 team, we are the only 4.0 team, and no other men's teams, where we used to have several among all of them and a solid 4.5 team. Like I said, those teams move intact to other facilities that where more than happy to have consistent, active players around.
 
Most cities decreased, I only know because a lady in Dallas won an award for highest increase in USTA tennis players, and the social media announcement mentioned almost every city had fewer USTA players sign up during covid, she got over 1,000 new players to sign up last year. Good for her, but it's probably because half the world is moving to Dallas for some strange reason.
 

CosmosMpower

Hall of Fame
Lots of action in Dallas for league but tournaments are dead. I don't think anyone got 1,000 new players to sign up the population has just gotten out of control here.
 
Lots of action in Dallas for league but tournaments are dead. I don't think anyone got 1,000 new players to sign up the population has just gotten out of control here.
I have no way to verify, that's just the brag usta Dallas or Texas made on their facebook page. I wish tournaments were dead in Dallas, I'm not there right now and so I would relieve my jealousy. There are 5-7 adult tennis events this weekend alone on UTR for Dallas, depending on what you are interested in. That's, well, makes me jealous. You can probably find a tennis event to play in every weekend from now until winter in the Dallas area. That's just UTR, add to that USTA, DTA tourneys, and TCD events.
 
I’m in Texas too and league participation is up. Went to NTRP nationals last April and a few people from California told me that they hadn’t played much for the past year. And when I went to league nationals in October, I saw a few people wearing masks while they played. Just a different tennis vibe than I see here. Tennis has exploded locally these past 2 years and both USTA and UTR have benefited.
 

PK6

Semi-Pro
Thank the lord im not captain anymore as covid really crushed USTA in my area. Refuse to wear mask playing matches. As result I’m done playing for time being and focusing on losing weight and getting back into bodybuilding shape. To much commitment m. If you want to get rating up you must make this your 2nd job. It’s to difficult/not enough time in day for this as I’d rather lift weights/get back into bodybuilding shape/watch sports instead of playing tennis anymore
 

PK6

Semi-Pro
To much time commitment. Between/work/weight lifting/watching sports. It’s spread me to thin
 

J_R_B

Hall of Fame
They're decreasing at my club because I've been gradually quitting the captaining thing since the USTA went full ****** a couple years ago. That doesn't really have anything to do directly with the pandemic, though.
 

ngoster

Semi-Pro
I can't speak for the entire league in our area (north county San Diego) but can to my personal experience. I'm no longer on the team that I played with for over a decade but for the last 3 or 4 seasons, it seems like whoever is captaining is reaching out to old members to rejoin. I don't know what everyone else's situation is. For me, it began when the format changed from 3 lines of doubles and 2 lines of singles to 3 and 1 to 3 and none and now back to 3 and 2. I preferred playing singles and was only good enough to occasionally play the #2 slot. My team preferred me in doubles. As my singles time diminished to nothing, I quit the team to play the 4.0 singles flex league. This was good for 1 season until season 2 where the number of 4.0 players dropped to the point where there were more 3.5 players (some closer to 3.0) in the 4.0 league. The experience of having to travel all over San Diego to play low quality matches turn me off to renewing my USTA membership. I haven't been more happy with the decision. My tennis network has grown and I'm seeing my skills develop more than they did when I was playing with the same group of guys year in and year out. I don't have any desire to rejoin but may join UTR instead.
 

Injured Again

Hall of Fame
At my club, we used to have 3.5, 4.0, two 4.5 and a 4.5+ mens team for almost every league season for the past several years. Since the pandemic started, USTA participation has totally tanked and in the last two seasons, there has been only one 3.5 mens team at my club and no other mens teams in any other level. Also, the number of teams at all these levels in Orange County leagues has gone down from 6-8 per league at each level to just 2 or 3 teams.

Do you see this in your cities or counties also? Many former USTA players have found regular social groups that they play with as more people started organizing regular groups on different days once the Work From Home trend started. I started playing singles regularly on Saturdays and Sundays since 2020 and so have no interest in captaining an USTA weekend league team anymore to play mostly doubles. This seems to have really tanked USTA participation at my club.

Our club, and our area in general, seem to be as busy as ever. USTA tournament competition is pretty dead, however, and the better players from our area travel around the west coast to play.
 

jhick

Hall of Fame
USTA probably the same or less since the pandemic.

However, the number of new adults and juniors picking up the game at the indoor club I belong to has skyrocketed.
 

J_R_B

Hall of Fame
USTA probably the same or less since the pandemic.

However, the number of new adults and juniors picking up the game at the indoor club I belong to has skyrocketed.
More people are playing (or people are playing more) for sure overall. Indoor court time has been nearly impossible to get around here this winter.
 

TennisOTM

Professional
USTA league participation is up big this year in my area. About to start playing in a league (4.0M) with multiple flights for the first time ever.
 

FedLIKEnot

Professional
In my areas USTA leagues still have not rebounded from Covid. Full disclosure I am in NorCal and they had issued that per league fee on top of the registration fee right before Covid (that they have since rescinded), which was meant with a lot of frustration to say the least.
 

Moon Shooter

Hall of Fame
My area for the men really seems to be picking up. Mostly mixed league and tournaments and I am captaining a 3.5 40 and over men's league that hasn't existed here for several years. Look out for the Mean Machine! Our district will have my team and one other so we have a shot of making it to state. There will be another team to play in the 18 and over 3.5 league. (so our district will now have 4 teams instead of 3!) I am not sure if there will be a 3.0 men's league. We had very little before and will still have very little but still it is growth.

The women had more going on in our area before covid and I am not sure what they have going on now so I am not sure if they are going to be up or down.
 
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