What to Know: Covid-19 and Resumption of Play

Announcing: Area League Recruiter Positions for USTA MT!

JOB DESCRIPTION: USTA MT AREA LEAGUE RECRUITER 

TITLE: Area League Recruiter
NUMBER OF POSITIONS: 4
REPORTS TO: Executive Director
WORK SCHEDULE: May 1st – October 1st, Monday – Friday, plus some weekends and night on occasion during June, August & September, ~10-16 hours per week.   

SUMMARY OF FUNCTIONS:
Recruit and promote participation to new and existing USTA members to play opportunities in the various league programs. This includes assisting with implementing all National, Section and District league regulations.  Developing and growing USTA MT social tennis programs is a priority of this position. 

DUTIES OF AREA LEAGUE RECRUITER
1. Recruit and train captains. Encourage successful team creation at all NTRP levels.
2. Educate and train captains and players to ensure conformity to the USTA, Section and District regulations.
3. Train captains and players in the use of Tennis Link.
4. Develop positive working partnerships/relationships with tennis facilities, teaching professionals and the local tennis community.
5. Recruiters should familiarize themselves with Tennis Link.
6. Each recruiter should be prepared to work a minimum of one league weekend.
7. Assist ED at various events.
8. Be available to promptly answer captain and player questions within 48 hours.
9. Assist players and captains in finding and creating teams.
10.Identify and work to resolve local league challenges while keeping the executive director informed.
11. Scorecards:
a. Monitor Tennis Link to ensure captains input the scores within the time frame.
b. Resolve disputed scorecards by contacting appropriate captains.
c. Review scorecards to determine that defaults/forfeits are recorded correctly.
12. Comply with deadlines established by USTA Montana for Championships and any other deadlines required.
13. Recruiting efforts may include attending local community tennis association meetings, cold call players, captains, and other potential new player candidates, emailing previous captains and players and attending social tennis events in local tennis community.
14. Support USTA League Tennis and USTA Montana in an objective and unbiased manner. 

TIME COMMITMENT
The time commitment for an Area League Recruiter is dependent on the size of the local league program. There are no set hours established by USTA Montana, though 8-16 hours per week is expected of the league recruiter to work during the months of May – September. 

SUGGESTED SKILLS
Knowledge of USTA National, Section, and District League regulations and procedures.
Access to computer and internet, computer experience in Microsoft Programs.  

QUALIFICATIONS
College Degree, preferable.
Tennis knowledge, knowledge of USTA League rules, tournament desk organization and Tennis Link experience, preferable.
Experience with computers and MS Office. 

Helpful:
Strong organizational skills.
Customer service skills and ability to manage difficult situations.
Innovative and creative thinking.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Highly motivated self-starter, enthusiastic personality with passion for promoting and growing tennis.  

How to Be Considered: Please send resume and cover letter including why you are interested and qualified for this position to Andrea Johnson at ajohnson.mta@gmail.com. 

COMPENSATION PACKAGE 
This is an independent contractor position.
Salary: ~ $5,000 per recruiter position.
Travel and job-related expenses will be reimbursed. 

USTA Intermountain Montana is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws. This policy applies to all employment practices within our organization, including but not limited to hiring, recruiting, promotion, termination, compensation, benefits, and training. 

Are you playing League this year? Take our survey!

The league season is close and we are making a strong attempt at “planning” for 2021. Currently, our league events are still happening as scheduled as well as the corresponding sectional and national events. Please let us know if and which leagues you plan to play in this four question survey. We are grateful for your feedback!

50% discount for returning league players

You already know that tennis is the perfect sport for staying social while physically distancing. Now, we at the USTA are happy to offer you one more reason to get out and play.

Our USTA League players are the most passionate players in the United States and we appreciate you. Given that, all USTA League players are now eligible for a 50-percent discount on their USTA membership renewal. To secure your discount, use the promo code GOPLAY50 during the checkout process.

We hope you’ll take advantage of this offer as a sign of our appreciation. Please stay safe and get your family and friends out on the courts for THE perfect sport!

Renew now!

Local Mixed Doubles Flex League Coming in September

Local and flexible mixed doubles leagues will be organized in Billings, Bozeman, and Missoula for levels 3.0-4.5. You don’t have to be a current USTA member to play. Sign up with a doubles partner to play or contact us if you need a partner.

Play begins September 8th and ends October 18th.

Registration Deadline: Friday, August 28th.

Contact Andrea Johnson at ajohnson.mta@gmail.com to register and for more information.

How it works: We publish the schedule and it is up to each doubles team to contact their opponents and get their matches played before October 18. When you play is up to you! Bring your own balls and enter your scores on TennisLink using your match ID number. The match ID number can be found on your match schedule, which will be posted to TennisLink on or before September 8.

 

Local Summer Flex League

Flex Leagues are LOCAL, FUN and FLEXIBLE and allow you to play at your own pace and time, so you can fit tennis into your busy schedule.
6 Weeks: July 13 – August 23 Registration Deadline: July 7th
USTA Montana is offering a summer flex league in Billings, Bozeman, and Missoula for levels 3.0 – 4.5 for both men and women.
KEY POINTS about Flex League:
  • You are provided with a weekly suggested “play by date” schedule, but you and your opponents decide WHEN and WHERE you will play. (The FUN of leagues with the convenience of FLEX.)
  • Round Robin Format.
  • You can play the week 6 match the first week, or you can play 2 matches (or more) in a week, or none. You just need to complete the matches by the end of the season which ends.
  • The league consists of doubles teams for men and women at the 3.0 – 4.5 level.
  • The number of matches/weeks in a schedule depends on the number of persons/teams who register for your flight level, but we typically do not schedule fewer than four or more than seven matches in a “season.”
  • You can use a SUB when you need to because of travel, injury, or whatever. You do not need to tell us unless you are getting a “permanent sub.”
  • You do not have to be a USTA member to play FLEX league.
  • You can select the NTRP rating level you wish to play, even if you have a current USTA rating. So, you can play UP and you can play DOWN; we just want you to select the best competitive level for all.
  • Your Flex matches NEVER calculate in your USTA rating.

FAQ:

How many players on a team? 2 players to form doubles teams. Subs are allowed.

Do winners from local areas move on anywhere? No, this is just local play.

Do we report scores? Yes, players report their own scores into Tennislink using their match ID.

USTA Membership is not required for these leagues, however, the cost is $10 for the flex league season. This covers administrative fees,
How to Register: Contact Andrea Johnson for team number for you and your partner at ajohnson.mta@gmail.com

USTA MONTANA CANCELS 2020 DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIPS

Due to the continued situation surrounding the COVID-19 virus, the USTA Montana Board and Staff has made the difficult decision to cancel its 2020 District League Tournaments which include the Spring Mixed, 18 and over, 55 and over, 40 and over and Mixed 40 & over leagues. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. The health and safety of our players is our top priority and of the utmost importance. Currently, the USTA has extended the suspension of USTA sanctioned products and events through May 31, 2020, which includes USTA Leagues. Additionally, the USTA has canceled the 2020 USTA League National Championships and the Intermountain section has canceled all Sectional Championships.  Recognizing the evolving and fast-changing nature of this situation, USTA Montana will continue to monitor and assess conditions to make future determinations about our Tri-level, 65 & Over and ITA Mixed league tournaments. These tournaments are considered to be invitational events and the decision to cancel these at the sectional level has yet to be decided. We will continue to keep you updated as we know more.
We remain hopeful that we can go forward with various types of local league play once the suspension has been lifted. Our focus for the remainder of this 2020 season is to provide support for as many local play opportunities as possible as a way to continue the social and exercise benefits that tennis provides for so many of us.

Intermountain Sectionals Canceled

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

Scheduling Update

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:
https://www.usta.com/en/home/stay-current/national/usta-faqs-regarding-coronavirus-and-covid-19.html
https://www.usta.com/en/home/stay-current/intermountain/intermountain-covid-19-updates.html