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4 ways we fixed traditional tennis leagues

1. No teams necessary

You want to play more tennis, but it’s hard to meet new players at your skill level, so you look to join a traditional tennis league. Even though you’re ready to play right now, it’s not that simple - first you have to find a team that will have you.

This process can be rough, think rushing a college sorority - you need the members and the all-mighty team captain’s approval to be awarded a spot on a team. Call us crazy, but we don’t think you should have to go through all of this just to play some tennis.

You can sign up for the Challenge League right now and immediately connect with someone in your area at your skill level. No waiting, no convincing a team captain that you deserve a spot on their team, just more tennis.

2. Simple registration

In traditional leagues, once you’ve jumped through all the necessary hoops to find a team, the registration process begins. Sadly this step is sometimes even harder than finding a team. Registration software can be so out of date and confusing that it feels more like you’re doing your taxes than signing up to play some tennis.

It shouldn’t be this hard to sign up for a tennis league. The Challenge League registration is simple, just enter your zip code and we’ll show you the singles and doubles leagues avail`le in your area.

3. Choose your match times & locations

Now that you’ve gone through the traditional league process of finding a team and completing a registration that’s harder than the S.A.T., it’s time to play some tennis...sort of.

You will get an email from your team captain informing you that your season is somewhere between 8 to 12 weeks long and that all matches will be played at 7pm on Tuesday nights at Nightmare Country Club… you know, that tennis club that’s 28 minutes from your house if there’s no traffic. Ugh.

But you want to play more tennis so you suck it up and go to your calendar to enter in your 8 matches and things just get worse. You have a happy hour that you really don’t want to miss next Tuesday and a parent teacher conference two weeks after that.

We get it. We’re all busy. Committing to a specific time, day, and location for 8-12 weeks isn’t realistic for most of us, and that’s why we don’t ask you to.

When you join the Challenge League, there are no commitments. You can sign up whenever you’re ready and play as much or as little tennis as you want. If you don’t absolutely love the Challenge League you can drop out at any time, no questions asked.

The best part about the Challenge League is convenience. Play your opponents at times and locations that are convenient for you and climb your local rankings at your own pace to qualify for our free tournaments and year-end National. If you’re not the competitive type, simply use the Challenge League to meet and practice against other local players at your same skill level. If you need a week off from tennis, you don’t need to ask some arbitrary team captain for permission, you can just take it.

4. Amazing price & value

By now you’re probably frustrated with just about everything about traditional tennis leagues and you might be wondering how can it get any worse? You have to hunt down a team, drive 28 minutes to play, you can’t even make half the matches, what else could go wrong?


Traditional leagues are very expensive for how little you actually get to play. Seasons are only 8-12 weeks long and then you get billed again to play against the same people in the same inconvenient format. Want to play singles and doubles? That’s going to cost more and you have to go through the same tedious process to find a team and sign up. It’s almost like they don’t want you to play tennis.

At PlayYourCourt our goal is to make it painfully easy for you to play more tennis and that’s why the Challenge League is only $5 a month with absolutely no commitments. This $5 monthly buy-in gives you access to every singles league, doubles league, and tournament we have available in your area, as well as the chance to qualify for our year-end National Championship...

And it gets better...

Not only can you play in all of our leagues for only $4.99 a month, but when you join the PlayYourCourt community you unlock free access to a long list of exclusive members only benefits.

Try the Challenge League for only $4.99 per month

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Your membership is better than free

Our goal is to make sure your membership pays for itself and then some. Here’s just a few of the exclusive membership benefits you unlock when you join the PlayYourCourt community:

Leagues and Tournaments

Free Leagues & Tournaments

Free entry into all Challenge Leagues, tournaments, and a chance to qualify for our year-end National Championship.

Discounts on Lessons

Tennis Lesson Discounts

Discounts on lessons with top-rated local instructors and over 1200+ coaches nationwide.

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Free Video Instruction Library

Free access to our online video library of tennis tips and courses from our elite coaching staff.

Discounts on gear

Discounted Gear & Apparel

Insider discounts and preferred pricing on gear and apparel from some of the biggest brands in the tennis industry.

Exclusive Skills Clinics

VIP Instructional Events

VIP access to a full calendar of extravagant tennis getaways with some of the best coaches in the world.

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Private Talk Tennis Group

Free access to the private PlayYourCourt “Talk Tennis” group where you can interact with top coaches and get feedback on those tough to answer tennis questions.

Founding Member Pricing Ends Soon

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Scott Baxter
CEO & Founder

"The PlayYourCourt Membership already grants you some amazing benefits, but we’re just getting started...

Because we know we’re not perfect (yet), we’re currently offering a “Founding Member’s” price of only $4.99 per month. We’re currently working with our founding members to receive the feedback we need to create the perfect tennis community.

As the Challenge League continues to grow and we add more exclusive member benefits, we anticipate the price of membership to more than double by the end of 2018. As a thank you for being a founding member, you will be grandfathered in at this Founding Member’s price of only $4.99 per month."

Lock in founding member pricing of only $4.99 per month

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Why join the challenge league?

  • Meet People
    Meet New People
    The Challenge League is the easiest way to meet new players in your area.
  • Find Opponents
    Play More Matches
    Compete against evenly matched opponents right on your local courts.
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    Get the court hours you need to take your game to the next level.

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How does the challenge league work?

  • Simple Ranking System

    We rank players based on a leapfrog system. If you beat a player ranked ahead of you, you move one spot directly in front of them on your Challenge Ladder.

  • Convenient & Competitive

    Challenge evenly-matched local players on your favorite court, at times that are convenient for you.

  • Flexible Scoring Formats

    We accept three different types of match scoring: 2 out of 3 sets, 2 out of 3 sets with 10 point tiebreaker for the third set, and an 8 game pro set.

Frequently Asked Questions

About The League

Are there Challenge Leagues available in my area?

Enter in your zip code below to see what we have available in your area:

Do you want to play singles or doubles?

Where are matches played?
You and your opponent will agree upon a convenient local court to play your match.
Do you offer a doubles league?
The Challenge League offers both singles and doubles divisions.

Enter in your zip code below to see what we have available in your area:

Do you want to play singles or doubles?

How do I know my opponents will be evenly matched?
We ask preliminary questions to gauge your skill level and place you in the appropriate league. You then play challenge matches to climb the rankings and compete against better players.
How much does it cost?
PlayYourCourt membership, which includes free access to all Challenge Leagues and other exclusive membership benefits is only $4.99 per month. You can cancel at anytime.
How do I cancel my PlayYourCourt membership?
Visit the “My Account” page located in the upper right hand corner of your Challenge League dashboard to cancel in one-click at any time.

Challenge League Rules

How does the ranking system work?

Moving Up
We rank players based on a leap frog system. If you beat a player ranked ahead of you, you move 1 spot directly in front of them on your Challenge Ladder.

Moving Down
If you go two weeks without attempting to play a match (challenging an opponent or accepting a challenge) your ranking will drop 1 spot.

If you don't respond to a challenge within 3 days your ranking will drop 1 spot below the challenger.

How do challenges work?
You may only challenge players ranked within 5 spots ahead of you or 10 spots below you on your ladder. You are not penalized for declining a challenge, only for not responding.
How do I qualify for the season end tournament, regional championship, and national championship?

The Challenge League is divided into 4 seasons, each with a season-end qualifier where the 3 top ranked players on the ladder as well as one wild card (awarded to the player who played the most matches) compete for a spot in the year-end Regional Championship.

At the end of the year, the 4 qualifiers from each season as well as two wildcards (awarded to the player who held the #1 ranking the longest and the player who played the most matches that year) compete in the Regional Championship to see who will move on to the National Championship.

What is the match-scoring format?
We accept three different types of match formats for your Challenge League matches:

2 out of 3 sets

In this format, 2 out of 3 full sets will be played. A set is played first to 6, win by two. At 6-6 a tiebreaker is played to determine the victor of the set. The tiebreaker is a first to 7, win by two format. The first person to win two sets is the victor.

2 out of 3 sets with 10-point tie breaker

This is the same format as 2 out of 3 sets, except that the third set will be replaced with a 10 point tiebreaker. This tiebreaker is first to 10, win by two. The first person to win two sets is the victor.

8 game pro-set with no ad scoring

If players have limited court time, they may opt to play one 8 game pro-set with no ad scoring. This format is first to 8 with a tie breaker at 8-8. The tiebreaker is a first to 7, win by two format. The person who wins the pro-set is the victor.

What if my opponent is late?
For every 10 minutes your opponent is late you will be awarded one game. At 30 minutes it is considered a default.
Where do I report my scores?
Click the “report scores” tab in your Challenge League dashboard, select the respective match, and enter in your scores.
Who brings the balls?
Each player is required to bring a new can of tennis balls to every match. The winning player keeps the unopened can.
Are there court fees?
It depends on where you decide to play. You are welcome to play on any private or public court of your choosing.

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