By Greg McAfee, Men’s League Vice President
Every season I get asked by many players and captains, “How can I find more players,” or “How can I find a team to play on?”
Recruiting tennis players can be a fun and rewarding experience, but it also can be a challenge. Finding the right players who are committed, skilled, and enthusiastic can take time and effort. Perhaps you are looking for a team to join but don’t know where to start. You can start by using ALTA’s website to search for players looking for teams or teams looking for players, but here are a few tips and strategies for recruiting new players to join your team or finding a team to join.
Network within your community: One of the best ways to find new players is to reach out to your local tennis community. Attend local tournaments, clinics, and yes, some other leagues (shh, I didn’t say that), and talk to other players about your team. Let them know about your team’s goals, practice schedule, and skill level. You also can ask other players to refer potential recruits to you.
Advertise on social media: Social media can be a powerful tool for recruiting players. Use platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to post about your team and your need for new players. You also can create a flier or poster and share it on social media or local tennis clubs.
Host a recruitment event: Consider hosting a recruitment event, such as a round-robin tournament or a social mixer. Invite players from your community to attend. Use the event to showcase your team, introduce players to each other, and recruit new members.
Create a team website: Creating a website for your team can be a great way to attract new players. Include information about your team’s history, goals, practice schedule, and contact information. You also can use the website to showcase your team’s accomplishments with photos and videos.
Reach out to local colleges: Many schools have recreational tennis programs and reaching out to them can be a great way to find new players. Contact the coach or athletic director and let them know about your team. You also can ask if they can share your team’s information with their players.
Offer incentives: Consider offering incentives to new players who join your team. This can include discounted fees, free gear, or social events. Incentives can help motivate potential recruits and make them feel welcome.
With a little luck and some effort, you will have a full squad ready to take on the fall Men’s League ALTA season.