Register for the Junior Gladiator League (18 & under)!  

Chicagoland - sign up by June 19th

STL - Sign up by June 4th

Get in the game!


Open to kids ages 11-18 who can serve, rally and score with a yellow ball. Beyond being fun and a great form of exercise, this junior league is a competitive, level-based environment that promotes individual growth, social growth and life skills.

This is a flexible individually based format where kids play 7 singles matches and accumulate points throughout the 8 week season. The points determine placement for the championship playoffs at the end of the season. 

Gladiator Tennis is excited to announce has a partnership with UTR (Universal Tennis Rating) which is a great way for young players to start or continue increasing their ratings.

 

 

WHO CAN PLAY?

  • Jr. Players Ages 11- 18
  • Kids Newer to Competition - Kids need to be able to serve, rally, and score with a yellow ball ??
  • Competitive High School Players – JV and Varsity Players
  • Boys Divisions
  • Girls Division

HOW IS THE LEAGUE FLEXIBLE?

  • Kids will be matched up with 7 opponents (singles only) throughout the 8-week season based on location.
  • Parents will contact each other to coordinate the match day and time based on their schedule availablity.
  • Each match will have a score reporting deadline.
  • Court locations (free outdoor parks) will be less than 20 minutes away for convenience.
  • League coordinate is available to help schedule or find convenient courts.
  • Easy score and division tracking

SKILL LEVELS

1.0 - (Jr. high - High School)

  • No prior tournament, league, or team competition.
  • For players who can sustain a rally and know the rules/scoring, but have never competed before.

1.5 - (High school league)

  • Prior tournament, league, or team competition
  • Players who expect to play on their freshman, sophomore or JV high school teams.

2.0 - (High School league)

  • Prior tournament, league, or team competition
  • Players who expect to play on their varsity high school team.

WHAT IS THE LEAGUE FORMAT?

  • 10 minute warm-up 
  • Spin the racquet for first serve
  • All matches are best out of 3 sets of 6  - 3rd set can be played as a 10 point tie-breaker
  • The COVID-19 safe play guidelines suggest that players should bring their own can of balls 

WHAT IS UTR (Universal Tennis Rating)?

  • UTR® to provide is a universal scale for tennis players to self-assess. This is the first time our sport has had one common denominator; whereby a local player starting to engage and love the sport can compare themselves to the top juniors, to the best men’s and women’s open players locally, to each and every college player and program around the country, to pro circuit players, and also compare themselves to the very top pro tennis players like Federer, Nadal, Williams, and Sharapova.
  • UTR is a very straightforward rating system that college coaches generally put a lot of stock in for scouting and recruiting.  
  • UTR is not based on age or gender in any way, it is strictly a measure of level of play.