Programs - USTA Excellence Team

About The Excellence Team

Legacy’s primary goal for the Excellence team is to prepare players to compete in the 2017 Orange Bowl International Tournament held in Miami, Florida December 11-20th. The Orange Bowl is one of the oldest and most prestigious junior tennis tournaments in the world. Each year over 1,300 of the top ranked male and female 12-and-under and 14-and-under junior players representing more than 76 countries compete in the tournament.

Legacy’s USTA Excellence Team Experience Schedule

Oct.15 4:00pm – 6:30pm Full Team Practice
Oct. 11 11:59pm Registration deadline for Orange Bowl Tournament
Oct. 20 6:00pm Signed contracts and fee payment due
Oct. 21 10:00am – 12:30pm Full Team Service Project
Oct. 22 4:00pm – 6:30pm Boys Team Practice
Oct. 29 4:00pm – 6:30pm Girls Team Practice
Nov. 5 4:00pm – 6:30pm Boys Team Practice
Nov. 6 Deadline to withdraw from Orange Bowl for $100 refund
Nov. 8 4:00pm – 6:30pm Girls Team Practice
Nov. 19 4:00pm – 6:30pm Boys Team Practice
Nov. 26 4:00pm – 6:30pm Full Team Practice
Dec. 3 4:00pm – 6:30pm Full Team Practice
Dec. 7 Training begins in Florida
Dec. 9 Training ends in Florida
Dec. 10 Orange Bowl Qualifier Begins



Coach – Chad West
“My coaching experience for Legacy’s X Team has been one of the greatest opportunities of my professional tennis career. Growing up in a similar environment experienced by most of the Jr. Players selected for each national X team, I believe that I can sincerely and accurately identify talented Jr. Players who may lack the necessary resources, but demonstrate the capacity to excel on a national level. I have also found that creating a team environment can be a crucial element for Jr. tennis players to experience, that they may not otherwise have. Most Jr. Players do not have the opportunity to experience a team environment in tennis until or unless they privileged enough to play in a college setting. Creating an atmosphere of comradery at this stage helps create a key social aspect that is usually absent in one-on-one sports. This is one important element that makes the USTA Excellence Team so important for the development of Jr. national players here in the U.S.”

Parent – Julia Kelly’s Mom
“The Excellence team training in Florida for the Orange Bowl 2016 was such a different type of environment for my daughter, Julia. Up until that point, she had not been exposed to such a competitive environment. When Julia had to go off and actually play the qualifiers for the Orange, I could tell how nervous she was and she didn’t seem to have the confidence she usually has at home. I initially thought it was going to be a bad experience for her and actually worried that she was going to stop playing tennis. To my surprise, when we returned home from the Orange Bowl, it sparked a bigger fire in her heart. The experience actually pushed her by allowing her to see how much work she would need to put in to improve to the level she wanted to be on. It encouraged a desire to train and play like never before. She met a lot of new tennis friends from all over the country, which was a huge deal in my eyes. I am so pleased that she got so inspired to push to the next level!”