Junior Challenge Ladder- Climb to the Top

Get ready for an exhilarating climb up the ALTA Junior Challenge Ladder this season! from mid-August to early December, juniors can experience a one-of-a-kind event. This special tennis program to promote singles competition for the serious junior player. This isn't just any ladder; it's 14-week marathon of matches where you're in control. Play as many matches as you like when it suits you best. You'll face off against a diverse range of opponents, including players from different age groups you wouldn't typically encounter in regular tournament play or high school matches. But that's not all! There are prizes and awards up for grabs, adding an extra layer of excitement to every game. Plus, participants can also apply for the prestigious ALTA Foundation L. Keith Wood Scholarship when eligible. If you're looking for fierce competition, fun times, and two special events throughout the season, mark July 1 on your calendar when registration opens. Many participants are ranked in the state as well as regionally and nationally. (Please see the important dates below for more detail.)

Junior Challenge Ladder

New Player Requirements:

  • Minimum two USTA/UTR tournaments or varsity team experience
  • Register by the August 12 deadline
  • Must agree to challenge match requests

Age Criteria for Players:

  • Must be 18 or younger during ladder year.
  • Must have reached 10th birthday during ladder year.

Each ladder (one for boys and one for girls) is arranged according to ability, age and previous commitment to the ladder. There is room for 100 boys and 100 girls on each ladder. After placement on the ladder, a player should contact the JCL vice president with contact information. When the season begins, a player can contact their ladder manager to challenge a player above him/her to a match. Match play involves travel to another player's home court and therefore requires a commitment on the part of the parents as well. 

There is a $15 ladder fee, which is in addition to the $15 annual Junior Leagues ALTA membership. Ladder members are eligible to win T-shirts, sweatshirts, towels, as well as other prizes.

Players and parents are expected to understand the rules and procedures of the ALTA Junior Challenge Ladder. In order to participate, players and parents must review and sign the Player and Parent Agreement. The complete set of documents can be accessed by clicking on the ALTA Documents link at the bottom of the page. 

Gina Woods
Gina Woods
Junior Challenge Ladder Vice President
(770) 399-5788 ext. 123

Important Dates


Registration Opens

Registration opens online.

01 Jul Mon

Registration Closes

Registration closes online

12 Aug Mon

Orientation & Party

Member orientation and kick off. Location to be determined.

18 Aug Sun

Ladder Opens

Ladder is open for challenge as per the rules

20 Aug Tue

Ladder Closes

2024 Ladder closes

02 Dec Mon

ALTA Documents

Need ALTA information? You're in the right place for rules, handbooks, guides and season packets that will answer questions and provide necessary instructions for playing ALTA. Document availability is role-based. If you are a captain or other team leader, you will have access to more information than a regular member to help you do your job. ALTA tennis follows the USTA Rules of Tennis found in Friend at Court. ALTA pickleball follows the USA Pickleball Official Rulebook.  You should also consult ALTA's rules for specific guidelines concerning league play and other ALTA-sponsored events. Those rules provide information on ALTA-specific regulations, such as default, forfeiture, retirement, scheduled match, sandbagging, inclement weather, rules specific to each league and the Junior Challenge Ladder.

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Junior Challenge Entry Sign-Up

All Challenge Ladder participants must be ALTA members first. If you (or the participant) have never been an ALTA member please sign up and choose membership for the year of the ladder that interests you.