Tennis is Elementary is Returning to Winan’s School!

Grades: 1-2nd

Dates: Dec 11, 12 13, and 14 from 3:15-4:15pm

Where: Gym

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

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 $28/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 16 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.

Youth Progression Pathway Launches Jan 1, 2018

USTA has created a “Youth Progression Pathway” nationally that serves as a guide for coaches, parents and players to help ensure that kids 10 and under participate in events using the appropriate ball and court for their skill level.

Players will compete at appropriate levels of play as they progress through stages based on age, participation and achievement. By providing a pathway, young players will have the opportunity to experience suitable levels of competition as well as develop their games tactically and technically.

The progression tracking system rewards players for competing and inspires them to play more often.

It’s not just about winning and losing – it’s about having fun, engaging young children and helping them fall in love with tennis.

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YOUTH PROGRESSION

2018-19 Proposed Slate of Officers and Directors

Notice to USTA-MT member organizations and Community Tennis Associations:

The USTA-MT Nominating Committee met and approved the attached slate for the 2018-2019 term.

According to our bylaws, you may vote by proxy or in person at the annual meeting this weekend, October 21-22 at the Holiday Inn downtown Missoula. We require a quorum of members voting, which is 10% of our member orgs/CTAs. You may send your vote (in favor/not in favor) to lolson.mta@gmail.com.

USTA Montana Proposed Slate of Officers and Directors 2018-19

 

 

2017 Annual Meeting

USTA-MT’s Annual Meeting will be held October 21-22 at the Holiday Inn, downtown Missoula. The meeting is open to the public. For more information please contact Lauren Olson at lolson.mta@gmail.com.

Jim McCarvel (Great Falls) wins Jan Dowse Award

Congratulations to Jim McCarvel (Great Falls) who is the 2017 recipient of the Jan Dowse Award! Named after Jan Dowse, former Executive Director of the Utah Tennis Association, this award is given to Intermountain’s Volunteer or Staff member of the Year to recognize his or her outstanding contributions, personal unselfishness and devotion to the game.

Each year, USTA Intermountain honors individuals and organizations that work to promote and develop the growth of tennis in the Intermountain Section of the United States Tennis Association. Intermountain’s six Districts (Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming) annually nominate candidates for the following recognitions: Organization of the Year; Family of the Year; Barbara Clark/Diversity & Inclusion Community Service Award; Jan Dowse (exemplary volunteer/staff member) Award; Youth Tennis Ambassador; Developmental Coach of the Year; and Nikos Ridle (sportsmanship) Award. Awards given periodically when deemed appropriate are the David Freed (lifetime service) Award and the Jon Messick Leadership Award. Congratulations to all of our recipients!

2017 AWARD WINNERS

USTA Intermountain will announce its 2017 Annual Awards winners at an awards breakfast and ceremony held Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at the Denver Marriott Tech Center.

 

Wheelchair Tennis Training & Clinic

Wheelchair Tennis Training and Clinic will be held on Saturday, June 17 at the Peak Racquet Club in Missoula. Morning session for tennis teaching pros and therapists. Continuing Education Credits may apply. Lunch will be provided.

Afternoon session for players and teachers on court. Hit balls and play games. All ages welcome. Sports chairs provided. Learn how best to set up your grassroots wheelchair tennis program and spread the love for the game!

9am-12pm: Training for teaching pros and therapists. Free!

1pm-3pm: Clinic for players and teachers. All ages welcome. Free!

This event is made possible through grant funding from USTA Wheelchair Tennis and cooperation from USTA-Utah, USTA-Montana, Community Medical Center, and the Peak Health and Wellness Center.

Register here!