Meet Your New ED!

The USTA-MT Board is excited to announce that Lauren Olson has been hired as the new Executive Director for USTA-MT.  Lauren has been with the company for over four years in roles requiring continuing responsibility and involvement.  She was previously the District League Coordinator, responsible for League programs in the state of Montana, and the Schools Program Coordinator, responsible for junior and after-school programs throughout the state.  Lauren will take over for the previous Executive Director in mid-June.

Lauren Photo

Executive Director of USTA-MT to Resign

The board of directors of USTA-Montana (MTA) regretfully announces that Jesse Peach, executive director of the Montana Tennis Association, will be leaving his position this summer to pursue a Ph.D. in Biochemistry at Montana State University. Jesse’s roots are deeply planted in both tennis and science. He has maintained his interest in biochemical research while running the MTA, and has now been given an opportunity that is too good to pass up.

 

The MTA board is grateful to Jesse for his help in making our organization more professional for staff, board, volunteers, and players. MTA now has two full-time staff, and significant programs across Montana. The mission of USTA-Montana is to grow the game of tennis in Montana. Jesse has done more than his share to contribute to that growth.

 

We wish you well, Jesse, and look forward to seeing what amazing discoveries you will be making in your lab. Now you can play league!

 

See you out on the courts!

Junior Tournament Date Changes

Montana Junior Players!

There are 2 date changes in the USTA-MT Tournament Schedule for 2016.  The Ice Cat, originally scheduled for March 11-13 has been changes to March 18-20.  The Eastern Montana Junior Level 5 District Cup has also been changed From May 28-30 to June 3-5.  Please update your calendars and find a way to make these great tournaments fit into your 2016!

Below is a link to the updated schedule!

USTA-MT 2016 Jr Schedule

USTA-MT Mailings

Our mailings should be out for the 2016 tennis season here in Montana!  If you did not receive yours and would like one, please email Jesse at jpeach.mta@gmail.com.  The mailing consists of our 2016 Adult League Schedule, the 2016 Tournament Schedule and a 2016 Junior Schedule.  There are links to all of these schedules in the previous post!

Billings Add 10 and Under Tennis

Check out the article about 10 and Under tennis in Billings!

http://billingsgazette.com/sports/more/area-groups-embrace-new-and-under-regulations-for-tennis/article_21bc14ae-2599-581c-ac13-abee75f8dda6.html

Summer Tennis Camps at the PEAK Racquet Club

Summer Tennis Programs at the Peak Racquet Club, 5000 Blue Mountain Rd. Missoula, MT

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Call: 406-251-3356 Ext. 10 to Sign Up. Sign-ups open all summer. QuickStart tennis camps for 4 to 10-year-olds are Monday through Thursday from Noon to 1pm. Players are split into age groups.

Session Dates: June 16-19, June 23-26, June 30-July 3, July 14-17, July 21-24, July 28-30 (3 days only), August 4-7, August 11-14, August 18-21

QuickStart Tennis is an exciting format for learning tennis, designed to bring kids into the game by utilizing specialized equipment, shorter court dimensions and modified scoring, all tailored to age and size.  It’s the fast, fun way to get kids into tennis and keep them playing. This program is designed for players aged 4-10yrs.  Kids will be divided in 4-7 (use the 36 foot court) & 8-10(use the 60 foot court) year age groups. (Racquets Provided)

Unplug and Play – Tennis Play Day at the PEAK Racquet Club

USTA-MT and PEAK Racquet Club are hosting a Free Tennis Play Day, Saturday, May 10 from 9:30-11am during “Unplug and Play!” week.

Play Days are an informal and fun way to get kids excited and active in tennis. All levels are welcome. Great for students in K-8th grade. Racquets provided. Advance registration encouraged but not required.

Register here!

The Peak Racquet Club is located at 5000 Blue Mountain Rd, Missoula, MT 59804

About Unplug and Play Week:

Let’s Move! Missoula is encouraging kids to “Unplug and Play!”  May 4 – 11.  This is a challenge to families to limit recreational screens for the week of May 4 – 11 and reap the many benefits.  The program encourages kids to get outside, spend more time at unstructured play, re-connect with friends and neighbors, and take advantage of Missoula’s endless opportunities for screen-free fun and relaxation.  “Unplug and Play!” is part of a global campaign to educate families about the detrimental effects of too much screen time from television, computers, gaming systems, portable music players, and cell phones.

Several local organizations are hosting free or low-cost events during “Unplug and Play!” week. Kids and their parents can give fishing a try with Parks and Recreation, move and grove with Oula, listen to a favorite story at Missoula Public Library, A full schedule is available at www.unplugmissoula.org .

Families are invited to the Let’s Move! Missoula: Unplug and Play! kickoff event on Sunday, May 4, from 1 – 4 pm, at McCormick Park.  Missoula Parks and Recreation is hosting a day of over 20 outside fun activities for kids.  Shoot some hoops with Lady Griz BB stars, try your hand at fencing, pickleball shouldn’t be missed, how about an obstacle course, jump roping, folf, climbing wall….way too much to cover.  It’s FREE!

USTA-Montana to Host a 10 and Under Tennis Play Day on March 1, 2014 in Celebration of World Tennis Day

CANCELLED DUE TO THE BLIZZARD

RESCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, MARCH 8, 9-11am

February 17, 2014 – The USTA-Montana will host a Tennis Play Day on Saturday, March 1 at University of Montana’s Schreiber Gym (32 Campus Drive, Missoula) from 9-11am in celebration of World Tennis Day, a nationwide effort to get kids excited and active in tennis. Play Days are a great way for Kids 10 and Under to play tennis in a fun, non-threatening, non-elimination and competitive environment.

Cost: $5 per player.

Studies have shown that an early, positive experience in sports is vital to combatting physical inactivity and creating a lifelong commitment to an active lifestyle. More than a thousand facilities will host USTA Tennis Play Events this March, each showcasing how fun and easy it now is for families to get into the sport. These events will allow parents to sign up their children for spring and summer tennis programs.

“USTA Tennis Play Events provide an opportunity to engage children in a fun environment, as well as inspiring them to love physical activity and sports for life,” said Kurt Kamperman, USTA Chief Executive, Community Tennis. “These efforts are part of USTA’s strong commitment to making it easier for kids to get into the game—and stay in the game.”

World Tennis Day on March 3 serves as a kick-off to the Play Events. It is a celebration of tennis around the world that includes professional tennis matches in New York City, Hong Kong and London. The World Tennis Day celebration in New York’s Madison Square Garden will feature Novak Djokovic squaring off against Andy Murray, and Bob and Mike Bryan taking on John and Patrick McEnroe.

 

 

TiE at Chief Charlo in April

Grades: K-5

Dates: Mondays, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21 and 5/5  from 3:30-4:30pm (no class 4/28 due to no school)

Contact: Lauren Olson, lolson.mta@gmail.com or 406.579.2716

Register!

The Tennis is Elementary program provides young players the chance to learn basic fundamentals, teamwork, and sportsmanship from qualified tennis instructors. Using smaller racquets, nets, and court sizes, QuickStart tennis gives kids the opportunity to learn and start to play right away. This popular nationwide program teaches life skills, tennis and teamwork in a fun environment that allows your students to stay active while learning the fastest growing lifetime sport in the country.

Participants in the afterschool camp get (4) focused 1-hour lessons that meet once a week after school in the gym or multipurpose room. The cost is $25/participant, plus an online registration fee. There are a number of scholarships available per camp.

All equipment needed to run the camp is provided, and the coach to player ratio is usually about 8:1. The number of participants depends on the size of the gym. On average, our camps number 25 players.

Each session focuses on a specific shot taught in the QuickStart method. The sessions are broken down into an intro activity, fitness component, lesson focus, and games. The camp uses stations to ensure that kids are moving the whole time and are not standing in line.

All Instructors and Site Directors have attended a QuickStart Tennis training session and have submitted to a background check prior to starting work.