Hello fellow tennis players, we have yet another announcement regarding league play for you from the Intermountain Section.
Due to the continued situation surrounding the COVID-19 virus, the Intermountain Section has made the decision to cancel its 2020 Sectional Championships. This includes Mixed 18’s, 18’s, 40’s and 55’s. Check out this link for more info: https://www.usta.com/en/home/stay-current/intermountain/intermountain-covid-19-updates.html?fbclid=IwAR3nmRkIUH50dODOXVbYQMFpUiNqIxl8Nycl0eXbtJ45pQQ1XkESkjzaBiA
Over the past month, it’s become apparent that we will continue to experience change for some time and it’s very difficult to know when things will improve.
Still, we have a very vibrant community of league players who are optimistic that things will eventually improve and allow league play to begin. We share their optimism but want to assure everyone that our first priority is the health and well-being for all involved in our league programs.
To allow players and facilities to make future plans in regard to leagues and tournaments, we are working on an updated schedule and plan for our 2020 league schedule. Our USTA-Montana Spring Mixed League scheduled for May 29 – 31st in Helena is currently suspended as a result of USTA suspending all league play until after May 31st. We will let you know the status of this tournament as plans develop. As many of you know, Nationals has been canceled. As a result, there is a possibility that Intermountain Sectionals could be canceled. We have not received final word on this yet but will let you know as soon as we know more.
We appreciate your patience and understanding. Know that our goal is to be ready to provide league play to all of you when it is appropriate to do so. Your continued patience throughout this process will be helpful as we are all dealing with so many unknowns. Our No. 1 priority is the health, safety and well-being of all our players.
If you have any questions, please see these FAQ links:
UPDATE: USTA extends suspension of events through May 3rd.
Greetings Montana District Tournament and League Players:
By now many of you may have received notice from USTA National, which effective immediately is suspending all USTA programming including tournaments, league play, and junior events through April 20th.
March Madness Adult tournament in Billings and the Bobcat Spring Break Classic in Bozeman, scheduled for March 20-22, have been canceled. Entry fees will be refunded. We are working with our tournament directors to reschedule events where possible.
Our league events are scheduled as planned and we will continue to accept team registrations. These are changing times and our information is fluid. As we know more, we may need to make further adjustments based on how the situation changes.
USTA-Montana League Refund Policy remains in effect and any player who wishes to withdraw by the player deadline will receive a full refund.
USTA Montana League Refund Policy
All players must pay the league fee regardless of whether they intend to go to the Section Championship. Players who withdraw by the player deadline will receive a refund, minus a processing fee, See Table 3. After the refund deadline, no refunds will be given unless the District League Coordinator and Executive Director determine a refund is warranted due to exceptional circumstances. Examples of exceptional circumstances include injuries that make it impossible to play, a death in the player’s family, or cancellation of the event.
Marcia Anderson, who funded the construction of the new Belgrade tennis courts and two years of high school tennis in Belgrade, passed away on January 31 in Santa Barbara, CA. She was 95.
In 2013, Marcia enthusiastically offered to pay for the new Belgrade courts and the tennis program. The courts were completed in 2014 and the ribbon-cutting ceremony was held in August of 2014.
Marcia was a strong advocate of healthy activities for youth. She was so pleased to hear how many students became involved in the tennis program and the successes they had. As a former tennis player herself, she liked knowing the courts were being used by adults in the community as well.
Marcia’s generosity was evident in many ways throughout Gallatin Co. over the years, as a philanthropist for Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter, the riding arena at the Fairgrounds, the MSU Bobcat/Anderson indoor tennis facility, the Three Forks tennis court, the paddle tennis courts at Riverside and, most recently, the repair costs for the Bogert Pavilion.
Marcia’s vision and generosity will have a positive impact on this valley far into the future. Her selfless commitment to making improvements in her community is an inspiration and an example of what is possible.
2020 Montana, Sectional, and National League dates are here! Download the pdf here:
2020 USTA-MT League Schedule
The Bozeman City Open – the first sanctioned tournament of the year! – is coming up quick! Here is more information:
Compass Draws – First 8 Teams in Each Division will be accepted.
– You must have your partner’s USTA number and both players must be paid to register.
*If you are not one of the first 8 in the division you signed
up for, you will be contacted and offered to play in another division if you want.
All Teams guaranteed 3 matches
Events: 3.5, 4.0, & Open Mens & Womens Doubles 8.0 and Open Mixed Doubles
Entries close January 19
Limit of 2 events
Play begins at 10:30 AM on Friday, January 24th. You must be available to play during the day on Friday.
Draws will be posted on January 21st.
Cost – $35.00/per person/1st event $30.00/2nd event
USTA-MT will hold the annual meeting of members this weekend, October 19 and 20th at the Holiday Inn, downtown Missoula. USTA individual and organizational members are invited to attend committee meetings on Sunday from 10:30-11:45 am. Contact Lauren Olson, email@example.com for more information.
The board will also vote on the 2020-2021 Proposed Slate of Officers and Directors:
USTA-Montana Proposed Slate of At-Large Directors and Officers
(Terms to run from Jan. 1, 2020 – Dec. 31, 2021)
Beth Brennan, Missoula, Secretary – nominated by Scott Potter
Paige Darden, Billings, Treasurer – nominated by Dave Luebbe
Scott Potter, Missoula, Past President
(Terms to run from Jan. 1, 2020– Dec. 31, 2021)
Brad Knutson, Billings – nominated by Scott Potter
Dirk Baker, Great Falls – nominated by Dave Luebbe
Joey Staszcuk, Bozeman – nominated by Beth Brennan
Josh Munro, Kalispell – nominated by Dave Luebbe
Laurie Cripe, Whitefish – nominated by Beth Brennan
Linda Stancil, Bozeman – nominated by Dave Luebbe
Donna Miller, Helena – nominated by Anna Collins and Last Chance Tennis Association
Officers whose terms end Dec. 31, 2020
Dave Luebbe, Bozeman –President
Gordon Terpe, Missoula –Vice President
At-Large Directors whose terms end Dec. 31, 2020
Kelly Crisp, Missoula
Anna Collins, Bozeman