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Frequently Asked Questions About USTA Memberships

Q.         I heard something about a dues increase – please explain?

 

A.         The USTA has not raised dues in 4 years.  The modest dues increase, which averages 5%, is necessary to help offset growing operational, postage and printing costs, but more importantly, to continue to provide great benefits, programs and services to our members. USTA membership remains a great value.  The dues increase goes into effect on January 1, 2010.

 

Q.         Why is a membership dues increase necessary?  I heard the US Open was the most successful ever so why are new costs being passed on to members?

 

A.         We have grown the membership program to continue to provide more opportunities for participation and more benefits in the last decade.  Since that time, the rising costs of providing benefits and services have been absorbed entirely by the USTA.  The dues increase is necessary to help offset growing operational, postage and printing costs, but more importantly, to continue to provide great benefits, programs and services to our members.  USTA membership remains a great value – for instance, the increase for an adult one-year membership is only $2.00.  That’s less than 17 cents a month!

 

Q.         Why increase membership dues? 

 

A.         The dues increase is necessary to help offset growing operational costs, but more importantly, to continue to provide great benefits, programs and services to our members. USTA memberships remain a great value. The best way to lower the cost of membership is to upgrade to a 3 or 5 year membership. Joining or renewing to a 3 or 5-year membership takes advantage of significant discounts. You also lock-in your rate for a longer period of time and won’t have to worry about renewing each year.


Q.         When will I see the increase/new dues?

A.         The new rates take effect upon renewal of your current membership.  You will receive your renewal notice about two months before your membership is due to expire.  When you renew, we encourage you to upgrade your membership to a 3 or 5-year term. You can take advantage of significant discounts and lock in the rate for a longer period with the added convenience of renewing only every 3 or 5 years.   


Q.         Why did I hear about the dues increase in the media (Newspaper, Magazine, TV, etc.)?  Why didn’t I hear about the increase from you/USTA?

A.         Since the dues increase only affects members at the time of renewal, we felt that personally notifying members through their renewal notices was more appropriate. We also want to manage the volume of calls coming into the Section office and the USTA Member Service Hotline, so lines can be kept open to service our members more effectively. 

Q.         How much is the increase?  How much are the new dues?

A.         The increase depends on your category of membership (see chart below) – on average, the dues

Increase is 5%.  For an adult one-year membership, it’s only 17 cents a month!

Membership Category

Current Dues

New Dues after January 1, 2010

Increase

% of Increase

Junior, 1 Year

$18

$19

$1

6%

Junior, 3 Year

$48

$52

$4

8%

Junior, 5 Year

$72

$76

$4

6%

Adult, 1 Year

$40

$42

$2

5%

Adult, 3 Year

$110

$115

$5

5%

Adult, 5 Year

$160

$168

$8

5%

Family, 1 Year

$65

$68

$3

5%

Family, 3 Year

$175

$184

$9

5%

Family, 5 Year

$260

$272

$12

5%

Life Membership

$750

$750

$0

0%

Q.         Is there any way I can lower my membership dues?

 

A.         The best way to lower the cost of membership is to increase the length of the term. Upgrade to a 3 or 5-year membership and take advantage of significant discounts. You also lock-in your rate for a longer period of time and you will experience the added convenience of only renewing every 3 to 5 years.  Here are the rates:

 

Membership Category

One Year

Dues

Upgrade to

3 Years

 

Upgrade to

5 Years

 

 

Adults

 

$42

$115

Save $11

$168

Pay for 4 years, get the 5th year FREE!

Save $42!

 

Junior

 

$19

$52

Save $5

$76

Pay for 4 years, get the 5th year FREE!

Save $19!

 

Family

 

$68

 $184

Save $20

$272

Pay for 4 years, get the 5th year FREE!

Save $68!

Q.         I’m a lifetime member.  Will the dues increase affect me?

 

A.         Thank you for your support as a Lifetime Member! Because you have already paid your life member dues, there is no impact to you.  For new life members, there will be no increase in 2010.   

Q.         What are the benefits of USTA membership?

 

A.         USTA member benefits are as follows:

 

  • Ability to play in USTA Leagues and Tournaments, USTA Jr. Team Tennis (a national youth tennis league for kids ages 6-18) as well as college play, adaptive play formats, USTA Flex Leagues and more;

 

  • Subscriptions to TENNIS magazine and to USTA Magazine for Adult and Family members and SMASH magazine for Junior members;
  • Preferred access and discounts on tickets to professional tennis tournaments throughout the country including the US Open as well as Member Appreciation Days;
  • Discounts on tennis merchandise and apparel at USOpenShop.org and USTAshop.com;
  • Discounts on tennis travel (destinations include major tennis tournaments around the world including the four Grand Slams) and tennis instruction;
  • Member savings program providing discounts on travel, sports gear, hotels, entertainment, dining and more;
  • Membership dues support NJTL chapters, Jr. Team Tennis, USTA League, refurbishing public courts in inner cities around the country and more.  And it’s working!  Our efforts have resulted in more people playing tennis.  In fact, in 2009 we surpassed 30 million players!

Q.         How does the USTA compare with other membership organizations?

 

A.         USTA membership is a great value, especially when compared to other membership organizations. We are proud of the benefits we give our members and our support of American Tennis through the Davis Cup, the Fed Cup and the US Open, as well as the tennis programs and grants we offer throughout our communities.   Monies raised through USTA membership benefit thousands of adults, seniors and children across the country. 

 

In addition, our market research informs us that existing USTA members believe our membership offers good value for the money.     

Q.         How can I replace a lost or destroyed card?

 

A.         If you have lost your USTA membership card, contact USTA Member Services at 800-990-8782 to request a replacement fee for a nominal fee.

 

Q.         What if I renew my current membership before its expiration date?

 

A.         If you decide to renew a membership before its expiration, the additional years are added onto the end of the membership. For example, if your membership is set to expire on May 31, 2007 but you renew at an event on March 18, 2007 for 3 years- the new expiration date of your membership will be May 31, 2010 .

 


Q.         What if I change my membership before its expiration date?

 

A.         If you decide during the time of a membership to change the type of deal (ex: Adult to Family) before its expiration date, the new membership type will begin from the day you sign up and any remaining balances will be due or refunded. Your new time period will begin from the day of sign up. For example, if you have an adult membership set to expire on May 31, 2007 but in March decide to change to a family 1 year membership, you will owe $25 and the membership will expire on March 31, 2008.

 

Q.         What does my membership fee go towards?

 

A.         Memberships play a major role in increasing and expanding the tennis programs and services provided throughout the Southern Section. A portion of Adult and Junior membership fees are returned and used to promote and enhance local tennis programs. They allow us to assist in the repair and maintenance of public park tennis facilities. We also are able to provide player grants and scholarships to those who may not otherwise be able to play. The USTA Grant received each year is partially based upon our total USTA enrollment among the section’s nine state.

Q.         Is there someone I can contact with other questions about my membership?

 

A.         USTA Member Services can help you with all other membership questions.  Feel free to call the Member Service Center at 1-800-990-USTA (8782) between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Eastern time Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Eastern time on Saturday, or email questions to: memberservices@usta.com.

 

 


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