BLACK HISTORY MONTH

T-Shirt Design Contest

USTA SoCal is calling on all creative Southern California students (elementary, middle, and high school) to submit an original, innovative t-shirt design that represents Black History Month, diversity and inclusion in tennis, and Southern California.

All Southern California students (elementary, middle, and high school) are invited to submit their designs for the Black History Month T-Shirt Design Contest. The winning design will be reproduced on t-shirts and/or may be featured online and in printed materials. 

The winning designer will receive a generous stipend towards attending a high level SoCal tennis summer camp in 2022, a profile on our website, a spotlight on our social media, the glory of seeing USTA SoCal members wearing your art, and of course, a free t-shirt featuring the winning design.

How To Enter

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Download Templates

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Prepare your design according to the Complete Rules

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Submit your entry

Read the COMPLETE RULES for USTA SoCal’s first ever T-Shirt Contest before you start.

Who may Enter

  • All Southern California students (elementary, middle and high school) are eligible and HIGHLY ENCOURAGED to enter!

Important Dates

  • All entries must be submitted by 12:00pm on Friday, December 17, 2021
  • The winner will be announced shortly after the closing of submissions

Design Guidelines

  • Designs should represent Black History Month and include themes of Black History Month, Diversity & Inclusion in tennis, and Southern California

Rules for use of color

  • Designs may contain up to a maximum of three solid primary colors
  • Use of gradients is prohibited
  • Use of textures should be limited to no more than three solid primary colors

Designs may NOT include

  • Any elements that incorporate the copyright, trademark, or intellectual property of any third party (including logos of the USTA)

Other General Rules

  • All participants may submit as many entries as they’d like. For each entry, please number them chronologically.
  • By submitting your design, you grant permission for your design and your name to be used by the USTA Southern California/Southern California Tennis Association Foundation for the purposes of promoting and marketing, as a story in a USTA SoCal publication (print or electronic), a USTA SoCal website, social media, audio, video, television commercial or film.
  • By submitting your artwork/design, you grant permission for your design to be distributed, published, printed, and repurposed by the USTA Southern California/Southern California Tennis Association Foundation.
  • “USTA SoCal” and related names, marks, and images (hereinafter, “USTA SoCal Marks”) are the trademarks of the USTA Southern California/Southern California Tennis Association Foundation (“The Regents”). All rights with respect to any designs, logos, or artwork which you may create which include one or more USTA SoCal Marks or that is used in conjunction with the USTA SoCal Marks shall be deemed the sole and exclusive property of The Regents. In this regard, any designs, logo, or artwork so created by you shall be deemed as work made for hire and shall be owned by The Regents. In the event that such designs, logos, or artwork do not so qualify, as necessary, you agree to assign to The Regents all rights, titles, and interests to and in such designs, logos and artwork, including all copyright and trademark rights associated therewith. You are not permitted to make any copyright claims to any designs or graphics that are used with or otherwise include the USTA SoCal Marks.
  • The winning artist must enter into an Artist Agreement with the USTA Southern California/Southern California Tennis Association Foundation prior to production of the winning t-shirt design, which will be provided when the winner is announced.

Rules for submitting designs for entry

  • Entries must be submitted on the website. If submission file sizes are too big, please email entries to communications@scta.usta.com with the subject line as “LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_TSHIRTDESIGN.”
  • The naming convention of each file should be “LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_TSHIRTDESIGN.” If there are multiple entries, please label them chronologically with the number after “TSHIRT DESIGN”.
  • Designs should fit within the t-shirt template provided on the official contest website.
  • A completed Submission Form must accompany all design entries.
  • Entries may be submitted in the following formats: .png, .ai, .eps, or .psd.

To submit a Photoshop file

  • Create a high resolution version (600 pixels per inch) of your design at the intended printing size.
  • Keep all layers separate.
  • Create a 150 dpi flattened copy of your design
  • Select a PhotoShop template from the T-Shirt Downloads (see Official USTA SoCal T-Shirt Design Contest Website).
  • Drop your flattened copy onto the template you select.
  • Before submitting your entry, ensure that it is 1650 x 1688 pixels and 150 dpi in RGB mode.

To submit an Illustrator file

  • Convert all text into outlines.
  • Save your design as an Illustrator .ai file.
  • Select an Illustrator template from the T-Shirt Downloads (see Official USTA SoCal T-Shirt Design Contest Website).
  • Drop your design onto the template you select.
  • Export the entire file as a jpeg with the following settings: Quality = 9, Color Model = RGB, Resolution Depth = medium.

To submit hand-drawn art

  • Prepare your art at 100% of the size you intend it to be printed on the t-shirt.
  • Scan your artwork and save it as a .png file.

Entry Submission

Thank you for participating in the first annual Black History Month t-shirt design competition! By filling out the following form, you agree

Name(Required)
Max. file size: 40 MB.
Terms & Conditions(Required)

*If submission file sizes are too big, please email entries to communications@scta.usta.com with the subject line as “LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_TSHIRTDESIGN.”