Missoula Social Tennis

Missoula Social Tennis (held at Playfair Park or UM Courts)
Thursdays from 5:45-7:15pm
Session 1: May 25-June 29
Session 2: July 20-August 31 (excluding August 10)
Fee:  $36/session

USTA-MT Social Tennis is a program geared toward adult social play for USTA members and NON-USTA members ages 18 and over. The format is social, fun, and includes men’s, women’s and mixed doubles. Social Tennis is for players who just want to play or practice without the structure of organized league play. Balls and beverages are provided and USTA-MT staff will be on-site to organize play. All participants will receive sunglasses and pedometers as favors.

Register here!

Contact: Andrea Johnson, ajohnson.mta@gmail.com, 406-579-9609

World Team Social Tennis Rules & Format


Team Composition & Format

  • Each team match consists of: 1 women’s doubles, 1 men’s doubles, 2 mixed doubles.
  • 4 Teams per session. Minimum of 2 males and 2 females per team
  • There is no limit to how many players are on a team. Recommended to have at least 6 players per team for substitution
  • Men’s and Women’s doubles will be played first, followed by 2 pairs of mixed doubles. Each team will be given 2 courts to play their matches.
  • Unlimited Subs. You may substitute players in at any time during the match.

Match Time

  • Matches are 30 minutes, plus a 10 minute warm up before the start of the team match. After the first round or 1 hour mark, the 2 teams with the most points will play each other. The teams with the second most points will play each other.
  • Buzzer or other indicator when times is up
  • Players can finish the game they are on if the buzzer sounds during the games

Scoring Format

  • No – add game format using the 15, 30, 40 scoring
  • Each court will have a continuous running game total (no definitive sets). Each team gets a point for every game won
    -i.e. a court total can be 11 – 1
    -the team with the most points at the end of the 2 hours wins the match
    -a team match can end in a tie
  • Super tiebreaker: In the event of a tied match, a 13-point Super Tiebreaker, involving a mixed doubles pairing of your choice, decides the outcome of the entire match. A coin toss determines the choice of side, server and receiver. Players change sides after six points. The first team to win seven points is awarded a single game and the match.



General Philosophy

  • Somewhat equal playing time is highly recommended for all teams.
  • Coaching of players on bench and during change-over is allowed
  • Each team will be given 2 courts to play all matches. We encourage both teams to be on the court cheering on their teammates. One big happy family.
  • Primary objective is for all players to have fun!



USTA-MT Awarded Wheelchair/Adaptive Tennis Grant

USTA-MT recently received a $5,000 grant to promote and develop grassroots wheelchair tennis in Missoula! We will be working with the Peak Racquet Club’s program as well as Missoula Parks & Recreation to increase awareness and participation. Planning is underway for a wheelchair tennis expo and coaches’ training this spring. For more information or to volunteer contact Lauren Olson, lolson.mta@gmail.com.


Proposed Slate – USTA-MT Board

The USTA-MT Nominating Committee presents the slate for the 2017-2018 term.  


According to our bylaws, CTA’s and organization members vote by proxy or in person at the annual meeting November 5-6, 2016 at the Grant Creek Best Western in 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


Douglas Morton, Great Falls . . . . . President
Dave Luebbe, Bozeman . . . . . . . . Vice President
Colleen Green, Simms . . . . . . . . . . Treasurer
Beth Brennan, Missoula . . . . . . . . . Secretary
Scott Potter, Missoula . . . . . . . . . . Past President


At-Large Directors (Terms to run from Jan. 1, 2017-Dec. 31, 2018):


Colleen Green, Great Falls – nominated by Great Falls Tennis Association
Dave Luebbe, Bozeman – nominated by Riverside Country Club
Anna Nash, Helena – nominated by Last Chance Tennis Association
Gordon Terpe – nominated by Garden City Tennis Association
Kelly Crisp – nominated by Garden City Tennis Association


Please note the following board members’ terms run from Jan 1, 2016 – Dec. 31, 2017, so will not be voted on at this time.

Joanne Knapp, Missoulausta intermountain logo 2
Brad Knutson, Billings
Mike Ellis, Ronan
Dirk Baker, Great Falls
Joey Staszcuk, Bozeman
Paige Darden, Billings

Announcing our new District League Coordinator/Assistant ED!

It is with great pleasure that the Montana Tennis Association announces the appointment of Andrea Johnson to the position of Montana District League Coordinator & Assistant ED.
AndreaAndrea brings tennis knowledge and experience to MTA from her years of experience as an active board member for the Garden City Tennis Association along with her experience as a participant in leagues and tournaments for the last 5 years.  She has assisted and organized various components of many tournaments with GCTA as well as coordinating and supporting tennis clinics, outreach, building partnerships and fundraising while being a board member of GCTA.
Please join the Montana Tennis Association in congratulating and welcoming Andrea to the MTA family.  Andrea can be contacted at ajohnson.mta@gmail.com or by phone at 406-579-9609

Announcing a new Under 40 League!

UPDATE: The Under 40 League has been postponed due to conflicting events in Bozeman the same weekend. We’ll include an update with new dates/location soon.

A fun, social tennis club for adults of all skill levels to start or continue playing tennis. This club is all about having fun, making new friends, and improving your tennis game while you’re at it! Best of all, the participation fee is probably less than you spent at the bar last weekend. There are no excuses – grab some friends and choose to try something new and fun!

This team format is social, fun and coed. It’s non-advancing and includes any combination of men’s and women’s singles, doubles and mixed, with the option to play at beginner/intermediate or intermediate/advanced level.


Job Opening – District League Coordinator/Assistant Executive Director



District League Coordinator

The District League Coordinator will coordinate and supervise all USTA League Tennis Activities in the Montana District.  The Assistant Executive Director will work collaboratively with the Executive Director to accomplish the strategic plan of the USTA-MT (Montana Tennis Association)

The DLC will prepare, run and coordinate Leagues in Montana.  Travel is required. These Leagues include:

  • Adult 18 & Over League
  • Adult 40 & Over League
  • Adult 55 & Over League
  • Adult 65 & Over League
  • Adult 18 & Over Mixed League
  • Adult 40 & Over Mixed League
  • ITA Fall Mixed League
  • Young Adult Social League


  • Increase player participation in Leagues to meet USTA-MT goals
  • Recruit and lead Local League Coordinators
  • Assist in the preparation of a program and operating League budget (consider a budget for travel, player parties, and expenses)
  • Prepare orders for balls and other League supplies from ITA and coordinate the order with the USTA-MT Executive Director
  • Maintain timely and accurate League records, including those of all players who are appealing self-ratings online or filing a grievance
  • District, Sectional, and National Championships

Review all paperwork necessary for and verify eligibility in the USTA League Tennis Program.

Responsible for the proper creating and recording of League information in TennisLink

Schedule the team play for all District League Championships and distribute to Captains

Prepare and lead Team Captain Meetings

Lead the training of on-site tournament volunteers

Responsible for the proper recording of all team scores in TennisLink

Determine District Championship Winners.  Create and forward all pertinent paperwork to the Section League Coordinator in the required time frame.

Identify and resolve local league issues with the District League Committee while keeping the District Executive Director and Section League Coordinator apprised of decisions, problems, and issues

Attend appropriate USTA  meetings – one Montana District Meeting and one Sectional Meeting

Assist in running the USTA Adult League Sectional Championships


Assistant Executive Director

The Assistant Executive Director will work directly with the Executive Director to accomplish goals such as fundraising, marketing, accountability and to help manage USTA-MT programs such as Tennis is Elementary.


  • Support the Executive Director in the development, organization and implementation of USTA-MT’s Tennis is Elementary After-School Program and other programs.    
  • Assist with the registration process for participants and fiduciary tasks such as payments and associated paperwork
  • Conduct invoicing for all schools participating in the after-school program
  • Track and update the District’s dashboard for the USTA Schools Registry and CoachYouthTennis.com site
  • Prepare orders for 10 and Under Equipment and other supplies, and coordinate the order with the USTA-MT Executive Director
  • Track and report 10 and Under Memberships to the USTA
  • Assist in recruiting and scheduling instructors. Serve as substitute instructor when needed
  • Assist with the monthly e-Newsletter, update the website, Facebook and other Social Media platforms
  • Help recruit sponsors and send donor letters
  • Administrative reporting, copying, mailing, data entry, phone calls, conference calls, webinars, and trainings as assigned

Qualifications Required: Strong organization and communication skills, both oral and written. Computer skills, administrative and organization skills. Working knowledge of Word and Excel. Ability to work well with and motivate individuals and groups. Able to meet travel demands and work weekends as needed. Experience with and a passion for the game of tennis. Must be a member of the USTA.

Desired: College degree. Working knowledge of TennisLink. Familiarity with USTA Leagues and tennis in Montana.


This position is being offered full time at $21,000-$25,000 per year.


Interested persons please send a cover letter and resume to Lauren Olson at lolson.mta@gmail.com

There is no deadline for this position.  Potential candidates will begin to be reviewed on the 27th of June and applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.


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

PEAK Racquet Club PNB Paribas Trip

Anyone want go to the PNB Paribas Open in March? Sunny, California desert  anyone? Scott Potter (Tennis Director, PEAK Racquet Club in Missoula) is taking a group to the PNB Paribas Open next month, March 10-14. Only 10 spots are left.  Here is the information about the trip:
Dates: March 10-14. (Need to be at the hotel for reception dinner by 5:30pm March 10)
Hotel: JW Marriott – http://www.marriott.com/…/ctdca-jw-marriott-desert-springs…/
Cost: $1,475 per person for Double Occupancy in rooms or $2,982 for couples/families
What is included in your trip fee?
2 nights & 1 day sessions of the Masters 1000 BNP Paribas Open. Lower bowl (15 rows off court for the Night session & upper stadium for the day session(8 matches)
4 nights at the luxurious JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa. (Includes two golf courses and 23 grass, clay & hard courts, 5 restaurants).
3 tennis playing opportunities
1 ½hr clinic with the Marriott Tennis Professionals Staff.
An exchange match/tennis social with the Rancho La Quinta Country Club
Tennis Mixer among ourselves at the JW Marriott Tennis Facility (clay & hard courts)
Welcome Reception Dinner at the JW Marriott.
What is not included?
Airfare, transportation & extra food
How do I reserve my spot?
E-mailing or calling Scott at scott@peakmissoula.com or 251-3356 ext 11 with your request to charge the $400 deposit to secure your spot on the trip.
Can I make payments for the trip?
Yes, once the deposit is made you can make payments against your account up until February 15th when full payment will be required on any remaining balance.
How many spots are available?
There are only 20 spots available for this trip.
If you are interested in getting out of the cold in early March to play and watch some amazing tennis in the Southern California Desert, let Scott know by Feb. 15th!

BNP Paribas Tournament Trip March 2016