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. 

USTA Montana seeks executive director

The Montana Tennis Association (USTA Intermountain Montana) seeks a highly motivated, energetic, knowledgeable individual to serve as the non-profit organization’s full-time executive director (ED).

The mission of the Montana Tennis Association is to promote and grow the game of tennis in Montana. The ED represents tennis throughout Montana. The ED hires and supervises seasonal staff, oversees all programs, and reports to the Board of Directors. This is a work-from-home position. The salary range is $45,000-$55,000. USTA Montana does not offer health insurance benefits.

The tentative start date for this position is March 1, 2022. Applications must be submitted by December 10, 2021.

All candidates must submit their applications and any supporting documentation electronically via this online application form. Mailed applications will not be considered.

For additional information, please email MontanaTennisED@gmail.com.

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES:

  • Oversees the implementation of all USTA programs in Montana, including adult leagues, social and flex leagues, junior team tennis, school tennis, and sanctioning tournaments.
  • Hires and manages the District League Coordinator and other seasonal employees.
  • Builds positive relationships and support throughout Montana with public and private tennis facilities, teaching professionals, community tennis associations (CTAs), Parks & Recreation programs, schools, and players.
  • Builds, trains, and maintains an active base of independent contractors and volunteers who deliver after-school and youth tennis classes.
  • Serves as the point of contact for tournament directors who run USTA-sanctioned tournaments.
  • Monitors volunteer and staff interactions to ensure excellent customer service.
  • Conducts the financial management of the association in order to assure a balanced budget and the investment of reserves.
  • Performs general bookkeeping functions such as paying bills, performing payroll, making deposits, tracking expenses, and preparing financial reports.
  • Secures program sponsorships and other fundraising as needed.
  • Plans quarterly meetings and reports on activities and yearly progress to the USTA Montana President and Board of Directors.
  • Acts as the liaison between USTA Montana and its parent organizations, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and USTA Intermountain (ITA).
  • Represents USTA Montana at sectional and national meetings, workshops, and events.

TRAVEL:

The ED may live anywhere in Montana. He or she must be able to travel regularly within Montana, and as needed to ITA and USTA meetings.

  • USTA Montana Board of Directors in-person or Zoom meetings.
    • Annual meeting (October)
    • Quarterly board meetings (Zoom or conference call)
    • Board retreat (every other year)
  • ITA meetings and trainings as required
    • U.S. Open (September 2022) at least every other year
  • In-state travel on behalf of USTA Montana
  • Must be able to work some weekends
  • USTA Montana events around Montana
    • League
    • Trainings and workshops
    • Fundraising events

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree or 5 years relevant recent work experience
  • Knowledge of tennis
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Willingness and ability to represent USTA Montana in the community
  • Ability to work well with staff and volunteers
  • Self-motivation and strong initiative to create and expand the role
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Proficient computer skills (TennisLink, Serve Tennis, Gmail, Google Drive, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Proficiency with social media (WordPress, Instagram, Facebook, Constant Contact)

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE:

  • Demonstrates deep passion for and loyalty to the sport of tennis.
  • Is familiar with non-profit organization and governance.
  • Is familiar with Montana tennis and the unique characteristics and challenges of USTA Montana leagues and tournaments.
  • Knows how to prioritize responsibilities, manage time, respond to inquiries, prepare written material, organize meetings, and assume a leadership role during meetings.
  • Has experience hiring and supervising staff or volunteers.
  • Has experience preparing budgets and financial statements. Experience with QuickBooks, accounting, and payroll practices preferred.
  • Has knowledge of and experience in fundraising.

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.

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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!

What do the new tournament levels mean?

If you have looked at our tournament schedule you may have noticed that we have added the designations of “Level 5”, “Level 6” or “Level 7” to our adult tournament descriptions. This is due to the new USTA tournament alignment occurring nationally beginning in January 2021. These tournaments have always been designated as levels 5-7, but we have not traditionally added the language. We are adding the language to our tournament descriptions to align and support USTA‘s goal of having a simplified nationwide structure. This will create a standardized system and greater consistency for players, coaches, tournament directors and officials.
Here are some FAQ’s for clarification:
What do the levels listed on the adult tournament schedule mean?
The various numbers reflect the level of events. Level 7 is a local level tournament and a Level 1 is a national championship tournament. Montana has levels 5 – 7 for our adult tournaments. It has nothing to do with needing to be a certain level of player in order to play in the tournament.
What will change in Montana for tournaments?
Nothing is changing in Montana except that we are adding the language of “Level 6” and “Level 7” to our tournament schedule so that we may be consistent with the USTA Tournament Alignment.
Will anything be different with tournament format?
No major changes, except there will no longer be single-elimination format for tournaments in Montana.

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!

2021 Events and Updates

It goes without saying that 2020 has been a year we will not soon forget. We want to especially thank our members for their continued support and understanding to the issues and roadblocks we have faced so far. Although we had to cancel numerous tournaments and leagues, our staff and board have worked hard to find solutions, come up with new ideas, and draw up new schedules to make sure everyone can play tennis safely under these new circumstances. We are grateful to everyone who played a tournament or participated in one of our local flex leagues. To our entire Montana tennis community, thank you for pulling together through this challenging time!

As we look into 2021, there appears to be a light at the end of the tunnel. We are cautiously evaluating our events and hope that we can persevere with much fewer interruptions, although it goes without saying that any tournament, league, or sectional championship will be reliant on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic at the time of each event. In order to provide match play opportunities in a safe environment, we will avoid food sharing and player parties.

For our adult players, you may have noticed that we have added level designations to our tournaments. In a move to provide tennis players across the country with more clarity and more opportunities to play in tournaments, the USTA has launched a new, simplified nationwide tournament structure. For the most part, our tournaments were already in line with the new structure and there will be no significant changes. We have simply added the relevant language to reflect the level of event. Level 7 is a local level tournament, and a Level 1 is national championship tournament. We have always offered levels 5-7, and coming in 2021, the adult portion (not junior) of the Western MT Open will be a level 4 Sectional Tournament.

For our 10 and Under Players, the USTA Youth Progression system has evolved into a new junior tennis development journey. The Net Generation PlayTracker is for players aged 5-10 and their parents to track progress at USTA competitive events, all in one place. Players will earn participation (play) points and results (win) points for all eligible play opportunities. Please see our 10 and Under Junior Circuit schedule on the enclosed calendar. Any stars or trophies from Youth Progression have already been converted into play and win points within the Net Generation PlayTracker. For more information on the Net Generation PlayTracker, please visit NetGeneration.com/PlayTracker. Any junior membership (under age 19) is also free starting this year.

Lastly, we are saying goodbye to TennisLink (for tournaments) in 2021. Now, you’ll be able to search for junior and adult tournaments right here. You can use new filters to search events by gender, age, level, distance, and format.

USTA-Montana is governed by a volunteer board of directors. Feel free to contact any of us, or find us at a tournament or league event.

 

USTA-Montana 2021 Board of Directors

 

Dave Luebbe, Bozeman

President

Gordon Terpe, Missoula

Vice-President

Beth Brennan, Missoula

Secretary

USTA-Intermountain board member

Paige Darden Montague, Billings

Treasurer

Scott Potter, Missoula

Past President

Dirk Baker

Great Falls

Laurie Cripe

Whitefish

Josh Munro

Kalispell

Kelly Crisp

Missoula

Brad Knutson

Billings

Anna Collins

Bozeman

Joey Staszcuk

Bozeman

Linda Stancil

Bozeman

Donna Miller

Helena

Dorothy Filson

Belgrade

 

 

Thank you for your support of tennis across the Big Sky and beyond.

Annual Meeting Update

USTA Montana Board of Directors and Staff had their annual meeting Saturday, October 17th from 9 am – 4 pm over Zoom. Items on the agenda included discussion of improving junior participation across the Montana, tournament and league schedule, statewide community tennis updates, the new Serve Tennis program that will replace Tennis Link and updates from ITA.

An item on the agenda each year is to nominate and vote on old and new board members. We added a new member to the board for 2021 – Dorothy Filson! Warm welcome to Dorothy! Dorothy is an avid tennis player, supporter and promoter of growing tennis in Belgrade, MT. We are excited to have her perspective and participation alongside our already outstanding group of board members!
2021 USTA Board of Directors and Staff
Officers:
Dave Luebbe, Bozeman –President
Gordon Terpe, Missoula -Vice President
Beth Brennan, Missoula, Secretary
Paige Darden, Billings, Treasurer
Scott Potter, Missoula, Past President
Directors:
Brad Knutson, Billings
Dirk Baker, Great Falls
Joey Staszcuk, Bozeman
Josh Munro, Kalispell
Laurie Cripe, Whitefish
Linda Stancil, Bozeman
Donna Miller, Helena
Kelly Crisp, Missoula
Anna Collins, Bozeman
Dorothy Filson, Belgrade
 Staff:
Lauren Olson, Executive Director
Andrea Johnson, District Lead Coordinator/Assistant Executive Director

 

Now Accepting Nominations for our Board of Directors

USTA-MT is inviting nominations for the Board of Directors for the 2021-22 term. We are seeking candidates from you who understand our mission and are committed to growing and developing tennis in Montana.  We value diversity in race, age, class, sexual identity, and geographic location, and seek candidates (such as parents) who have junior players or are involved in junior tennis.

USTA-MT has a working board. Our board members are expected to attend 4 meetings a year (1 or 2 in-person events and 2 conference calls) and participate on at least 1 committee.

If you know someone who would make a good board member, or if you’re interested in joining the board yourself, please make a nomination! Only current member organizations and board members may submit nominations.

Submit your nomination here by September 30, 2020

The Nominating Committee will meet in early October to review all nominations and develop a proposed slate of board members and officers. The board of directors will then vote on the slate at the Annual Meeting on October 17, 2020.