Greater Des Moines Tennis Association

Where tennis players in the Greater Des Moines area find others to play

GDMTA Activities

The Greater Des Moines Tennis Association's (GDMTA) major activity is to organize summer tennis ladders with multiple divisions to accommodate players of all skill levels.  Juniors are welcome to join; we do not have specific junior divisions but they will be competitive at some level.  Our normal registration fee entitles members to participate in as many ladders as they choose (e.g., open and/or age divisions, doubles, mixed doubles) and to participate in both sessions, which together run from mid-April through August with playoffs extending into September.

See the Ladder History for a brief story of the creation of the tennis ladder, including information about Ladder founders Harold and Margaret McCollom and a listing of the numerous prominent Iowans who have played on the ladder through the years.

Walker Johnston Tennis Court


There will be no penalties for not playing, and if you choose to sign up, you are NOT required to play if someone contacts you.

You are welcome to play at your own discretion and at your own risk.  However, the GDMTA will NOT be held responsible for any matches played.

Members playing at Walker Johnston on the annual meeting

Junior Ladder

GDMTA is introducing Junior Ladder for 2024 season. High School varsity and other junior players are welcome to join the ladder. See here for details.

League Registration

People who enroll now will be enrolled in the 2024 season.  Each division/ladder is available on this site, with contact information for setting up matches. Matches are initiated by a player challenging another player in their division.  The most advanced players/teams should sign up for Division 1 and those who are starting out should consider Division 3.  Complete rules are also available on this site and you should familiarize yourself with them. 

Newcomers should note that you can join anytime.  

Get started by clicking Registration Form.

For more details click Rules, and for clarifications contact a ladder coordinator by clicking Contact Us.

Click News & Notes for additional info, comments, suggestions, announcements, etc.