What is the ITA?
is the governing body of college tennis, overseeing men's and women's varsity
tennis at all levels - NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community
College - and over the past three decades has worked hard to achieve its charter
“To foster and encourage the playing of intercollegiate tennis in accordance with the highest tradition of sportsmanship and consistent with the general objectives of higher education.”
“To develop among the intercollegiate coaches a deeper sense of responsibility in teaching, promoting, maintaining and conducting the game of tennis.”
“To educate and serve those individuals and groups who are involved in collegiate tennis: junior and college players, their coaches and parents, and the at-large tennis public.”
belongs to the ITA?
Comprised of nearly 1,700 men's and women's coaches representing over 2,200 teams across the country from all three NCAA Divisions, as well as the NAIA and Junior and Community Colleges, the ITA oversees activities involving over 20,000 varsity college student-athletes. In addition to ITA collegiate coach members, the ITA welcomes collegiate varsity players, junior players, corporate, and affiliated membership of alumni, associate, college parents, conferences & associations, international federations, junior family and professional.
How policy is made?
The ITA administrative policy is made by its Board of Directors, which is comprised of the Executive Director, and more than 20 collegiate tennis coaches - including the Chairs and Associate Chairs of the Men's and Women's Operating Committees - who represent men's and women's tennis from all NCAA Divisions, NAIA and Junior/ Community Colleges.
The ITA Executive Committee, which also functions as the ITA Budget Committee, is comprised of members of the ITA Board of Directors - and serves to advise the Board and the Executive Director. The ITA Executive/Budget Committee and Board of Directors meet annually in December.
Tennis policy in Division I is determined by the ITA Operating Committees, comprised of approximately 40 men's and women's Division I coaches. In addition to its formal meeting each December, the ITA Operating Committees also hold informal meetings at the men's and women's NCAA Championships.
In the "Small Colleges" (NCAA Divisions II, III, NAIA and Junior Colleges), tennis policy is determined by their divisional members on the ITA Small College Operating Committee.
More than 300 coaches volunteer annually on a variety of ITA Committees (in addition to those already described), to help oversee: Awards; Ethics & Infractions; Men's and Women's Collegiate Halls of Fame; ITA National and Regional Tournament Competition; National and Regional Rankings; Rules; Sport Science; and Summer Circuit.
How do I
become a member of the ITA?
We have four categories: collegiate coach, player, corporate, and affiliate. Click here to learn more about membership categories.
What type of events does the ITA administer?
One of the most visible programs administered by the ITA is the ITA Regional Championships Presented by Oracle. Close to 8,000 men's and women's collegiate tennis players participate each year in over 80 regional events (24 for Division I and approx. 60 for small colleges), which are hosted across the country throughout September and October. The singles champion (and finalist in Division I) and doubles champions from each regional event automatically qualify for either the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships (in late October) or the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships (in November).
The ITA also
administers a year-round calendar of national events. Through the selection
process, men and women ITA collegiate team members are eligible to enter
in the main draw, qualifying or pre-qualifying rounds at any of the following
ITA national events:
ITA National Summer Championships
Oracle ITA Masters
Saint Francis Health System ITA Men's All-American Championships
ITA/Riviera Women's All-American Championships
ITA Oracle Cup
USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships
ITA Division I National Men's Team Indoor Championship
ITA Division I National Women's Team Indoor Championship
ITA Division III National Men's Team Indoor Championship
ITA Division III National Women’s Team Indoor Championship
Does the ITA have any events during the summer?
The 2016 ITA Summer Circuit will feature 50 tournaments spread across 24 states this summer, up from 36 in 2015. The summer circuit will run for six weekends, beginning the last weekend in June and continuing through the last weekend in July. Players that advance out of the qualifying tournaments will head to Bloomington, Indiana, to take part in the ITA Summer Nationals, held Aug. 13-16 at Indiana University. Click here for more information.
Does the ITA administer rankings for college tennis?
The ITA administers the Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings (singles/doubles/team) that are designed to track the top men and women teams and singles and doubles players in NCAA Divisions I, II, III, NAIA and Junior Colleges (Division I and II) and California Junior Colleges.
For more information about the Oracle/ITA Collegiate Tennis Rankings, click here.
Does the ITA administer an awards program?
The ITA administers a comprehensive awards program to honor and recognize men's and women's coaches and players in all divisions. All award winners receive a certificate; some receive commemorative plaques as well.
Awards Program honors the following:
ITA David A Benjamin Achievement Award
ITA Meritorious Service Award, Presented by ConantLeadership
ITA Men's & Women's Collegiate Halls of Fame
ITA Arthur Ashe Jr. Leadership & Sportsmanship Award
Wilson/ITA Coaches of the Year
ITA National College Players of the Year
ITA Collegiate All-Star Team
ITA Scholar-Athlete & All-Academic Team
Cissie Leary Sportsmanship Award
Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship Award
ITA National Spring Awards Program
Wilson/ITA National Promoter of the Year Award
Steve Wilkinson Team Sportsmanship Award
Is the ITA
involved with any non-varsity programs?
The ITA and the United States Tennis Association (USTA) have been working together to promote tennis on college campuses through Community Outreach programming that includes Tennis On Campus. Annual grants to support these activities are provided through the ITA and are awarded each fall semester. The tenth annual USTA National Campus Championship, administered in partnership with the USTA, National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA), World TeamTennis (WTT) and the ITA, was held in Surprise, Arizona in April 2009.
Does the ITA
host a coaches' convention?
The ITA hosts its annual Convention each December at the Naples Grande Beach Resort (Naples, FL), where the Wilson/ITA Coaches of the Year are honored at the Welcoming Banquet. In addition to the annual ITA Coaches Membership Meeting, the Convention offers four days of informative and educational clinics (both on-court and in a classroom environment - with workshops led by tennis greats such as Stan Smith, Dennis Van der Meer, Nick Bollettieri, Jim Loehr, Jack Groppel, Patrick McEnroe, Brad Gilbert, Chris Evert and Virginia Wade (to name just a few), as well as top coaches and experts in every field. Special activities (tennis tournaments and dinners) are also scheduled each year.
Where is the
On March 31, 2016, the ITA and Arizona State University announced a strategic alliance, which included the ITA moving its headquarters from Skillman, New Jersey (where they had been since July 2000) to Tempe, Arizona. Prior to Skillman, the ITA headquarters were located at the Lenz Tennis Center on the campus of Princeton University.
How do I contact the ITA?
ITA mailing address: ITA; 1130 E University Dr., Suite 115, Tempe, AZ 85281
E-Mail address: ITA@ITAtennis.com
ITA Website Address: www.ITATennis.com
ITA Phone: 1-888-810-4412
Staff Directory: www.itatennis.com/AboutITA/staff.htm