UYT - OUR MISSION
Our mission at UYT is to make tennis affordable and accessible for every child and help tennis popularity EXPLODE in Utah. The level of tennis interest in Utah and throughout the country has always been low compared to other sports, especially for kids. This is mostly because of lack of accessibility. In the past, a child looking to learn and compete in tennis has had very few options. They basically had to pay a private instructor or join a local tennis club. It can be very expensive, and until now there has been very few options to compete outside of USTA tournaments, and not many real options to compete in tennis on a team before high school.
We at UYT are trying to change all of that. In 2016 we launched the Utah Youth Team Tennis League. We started in the Provo area, and formed middle school teams that could play against other teams (in a very similar format to high school tennis). We finished the season with some awesome post-season tournaments. We had huge turnouts from kids of all skill levels, and the kids and parents absolutely loved it. We've now expanded into almost all the junior high/middle schools in the Alpine School district (Orem to Alpine to Eagle Mountain), Provo School District, Nebo School District, and many schools in the South Salt Lake County. We've expanded our programs to include classes/leagues for grades K-12, as well as some adult classes. We have now worked with thousands of players of all ages and skill levels, and have grown to the largest private tennis organization in the state of Utah, and one of the largest in the U.S.
Our goal is to give every child the opportunity to play organized team tennis and to learn and excel in a safe and fun sport that they can play for their entire life.
Rob Allen - Founding Director
With an outstanding background as a player and professional coach, and with many years of teaching experience, Coach Allen brings both his passion and his expertise to the court, helping players believe & achieve!
Rob is a full-time USPTA Nationally certified professional tennis instructor and works as the head tennis coach and program director at Provo High School. He has also been an adjunct faculty tennis instructor at BYU. Rob has been a disciplined student of the game of tennis for a long time, having worked with some of the best tennis minds in the state. He is a strong believer in the benefits of team sports and competition.
Megan Day - Assistant Director
UYT - Our Coaches
Each team is assigned a head coach that runs practices and matches and is in charge of player placement and development. The coaches are hired as independent contractors from a pool of local tennis coaches and competitive tennis players. Only the best candidates are selected. There are also paid and volunteer assistant coaches who help the kids throughout the season.
What some happy participants said:
"Isabel LOVED everything about this experience. Carmelle and Rob were incredible. It was great to see the girls wanting to play together on the weekends."
"INCREDIBLE! First, she improved more than she ever has. Second, she made great friends, even one from another middle school. Third, she got to play so much."
"Match practice is hard to come by. So playing against other schools is a rare treat. We anxiously wait for next season."