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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

 

 

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!

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

Officers:

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.