What is the ITA?
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 – and over the past four decades has worked hard to achieve its charter goals:
“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.”
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 nearly 1,200 men’s and women’s head coaches representing over 1,700 teams across the country from all three NCAA Divisions, as well as the NAIA and Junior and Community Colleges, the ITA oversees activities involving nearly 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 is the policy made?
The ITA administrative policy is made by its Board of Directors. Tennis policy in all five divisions of collegiate tennis is determined by the ITA Divisional Operating Committees, comprised of elected men’s and women’s coaches. In addition to its meeting 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 Summer Circuit.
How do I become a member?
We have four categories: collegiate coach, player, corporate, and affiliate. Learn more about membership categories .
What type of tournaments and championships does the ITA administer?
One of the most visible programs administered by the ITA is the ITA Regional Championships. 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 the ITA Cup (formerly National Small College Championships) in mid-October or the Oracle ITA National Fall 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:
- 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 III National Men’s Team Indoor Championship
- ITA Division III National Women’s Team Indoor Championship
View the ITA Championships Calendar
Does the ITA have any tournaments during the summer?
The Oracle ITA Summer Circuit Powered by UTR features approximately 50 tournaments spread across 23 states during the summer. The ITA Summer Circuit runs for six weekends, beginning the fourth weekend in June and continuing through the last weekend in July. Players that advance out of the qualifying tournaments will head to Fort Worth, Texas, to take part in the Oracle ITA National Summer Championships Powered by UTR.
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?
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. View the ITA Awards Program listing.
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.
Does the ITA host a coaches’ convention?
The ITA Coaches Convention is 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 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.
Where is the ITA located?
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
ITA Website Address: www.ITATennis.com
ITA Phone: 1-888-810-4412