What is the ITA?
Originally founded in 1956 by the legendary UCLA men’s tennis coach, J. D. Morgan, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (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. Officially incorporated in 1978 as the Intercollegiate Tennis Coaches Association (ITCA), for over the past four decades the ITA has worked hard to achieve its charter goals: (1) “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.” (2) “To develop among the intercollegiate coaches a deeper sense of responsibility in teaching, promoting, maintaining, and conducting the game of tennis.” And, (3) “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.”
ITA Vision Statement
To ensure the long-term prosperity of college tennis as one of the most vibrant college sports; and, to insure a sustainable, thriving, business model for the ITA as an independent global leader in the tennis/sports world.
ITA Mission (“What” we do)
Serving all of college tennis within the world of higher education, advancing our sport, and returning the leaders of tomorrow.
ITA Transformative Purpose (“Why” we do what we do)
To empower coaches to empower student-athletes to compete (“strive together”) to positively transform lives through tennis.
Who belongs to the ITA?
Comprised of approximately 1,250 men’s and women’s head coaches representing over 1,700 teams across the country from all three NCAA Divisions, the NAIA and Junior and Community Colleges, as well as approximately 1,400 college tennis officials, the ITA oversees activities involving nearly 20,000 varsity college student-athletes. In addition to ITA collegiate coach and officials members, the ITA offers memberships for companies, conferences, junior players, alumni, clubs and facilities, USTA sections, and international federations.
How do I become a member?
The ITA has eight membership categories: collegiate team, corporate, players, conference, USTA section, international federation, and associate/professional for facilities, clubs, and teaching pros. The ITA also offers a free alumni membership through the College Tennis Alumni Network.
The ITA is led daily by a talented and hardworking staff. The ITA’s strategic vision and administrative policy are made by the ITA Board of Directors and its Executive Committee. Tennis policy in all five divisions of collegiate tennis is determined by the respective ITA Divisional Operating Committees, comprised of elected men’s and women’s coaches. In addition to their meetings each December, the ITA Operating Committees hold informal meetings at the men’s and women’s NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA Championships, as well as conference calls throughout the year. 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 the ITA Tour. The ITA Officials Committee makes policy for the 1,400 college tennis officials.
One of the most important ongoing programs administered by the ITA is the robust series of ITA Championships. The ITA Regional Championships serve close to 8,000 men’s and women’s collegiate tennis players 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. Qualifiers from the Small College Regional Championships advance to the ITA Cup(formerly National Small College Championships) in mid-October where Division II, III, NAIA, and JUCO singles and doubles national champions are crowned. Those national champions then join the best Division I singles and doubles players at the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships in early November. In addition to the above-mentioned fall championships, the ITA also administers a year-round calendar of national events:
- Oracle ITA National Summer Championships Powered By UTR
- Oracle ITA Masters
- ITA Men’s All-American Championships
- ITA Women’s All-American Championships
- ITA Cup
- Oracle ITA National Fall Championships
- ITA Division I National Men’s Team Indoor Championship
- ITA Division I National Women’s Team Indoor Championship
- ITA Division II National Men’s Team Indoor Championship
- ITA Division II National Women’s Team Indoor Championship
- ITA Division III National Men’s Team Indoor Championship
- ITA Division III National Women’s Team Indoor Championship
View the ITA Championships Calendar
The ITA Tour features approximately 50 tournaments during the summer as part of the Oracle ITA Summer Circuit – Powered by UTR, and another 200 tournaments as part of the Fall Circuit by UTR. The Oracle ITA National Summer Championships Powered by UTR takes place in early August.
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, NJCAA, and CCCAA.
ITA 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. View the ITA Awards Program listing.
Tennis on Campus
The ITA supports Tennis On Campus, a highly successful program for non-varsity tennis players administered by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) that promotes play by dual-gender teams using a World Team Tennis format.
ITA teams are engaged in a wide variety of community engagement activities on their respective campuses and in their communities.
ITA Coaches Convention
Historically, the ITA Coaches Convention has been held annually 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 that have been led by tennis greats such as Stan Smith, Dennis Van der Meer, Nick Bollettieri, Jim Loehr, Jack Groppel, Patrick McEnroe, Brad Gilbert, Chris Evert, Mark Kovacs, Molly Fletcher, Craig O’Shannessy, Roger Crawford, and Virginia Wade (to name just a few), as well as top coaches and experts in every field. Special activities (e.g., tennis tournaments and the awards luncheon) are also scheduled each year.
On March 31, 2016, the ITA and Arizona State University announced a strategic alliance, which included the ITA moving its headquarters from New Jersey (where they had been since 1978) to Tempe, Arizona. The ITA headquarters were located at the Lenz Tennis Center on the campus of Princeton University for many years and then located in Skillman, NJ prior to the move to Arizona.
Contact the ITA
Mailing address: ITA; 1130 E University Dr., Suite 115, Tempe, AZ 85281