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2022 Intermountain Award Nominations is now open!

The USTA/ Intermountain Awards Committee is pleased to announce they are accepting nominations for our 2022 Awards.  This year they will be presenting the following Awards.   Diversity & Inclusion, Family of the Year, Nikos Ridle (Junior Sportsmanship), David Freed (Lifetime), and Jon Messick Leadership Award.

Nomination forms are live on Survey Monkey; the deadline for submission is 5:00 p.m MST on August 29, 2022.   The deadline for the Jon Messick Award is 5:00 p.m MST on August 12, 2022.   If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Adele Sobieski at asobieski@ita.usta.com






Know of anyone?!  Let’s get some Montana nominees on the list!

Introducing League Recruiters!!!

Hello tennis players!  We have exciting news!   USTA Montana now has 3 league recruiters.   Please welcome them!  We are so fortunate to have their help and support in recruiting for leagues.    They will cover various areas of the state as indicated below.  Please let them know if you want to captain a team or are looking for team.  We would love to have you!

Terri Ruthruff – Western Montana
Phone Number: 406-493-4938
Email: truthruff@hotmail.com
Major cities/areas: Missoula, Kalispell, Hamilton, Whitefish
Counties: Flathead, Lake, Lincoln, Mineral, Missoula, Ravalli, Sanders

Byron Boyd – Northeast Montana
Phone Number: 406 -788-7226
Email: boyd22mt@yahoo.com
Major cities/areas: Great Falls, Helena, Havre
Counties: Blaine, Cascade, Chouteau, Daniels, Glacier, Hill, Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, Liberty, Phillips, Pondera, Roosevelt, Sheridan, Teton, Toole, Valley

Jane Wagner – Southwest Montana
Phone Number: 406-581-5141
Email: jane.dodd.wagner@gmail.com
Major cities/areas: Bozeman/Belgrade, Butte, Dillon, Livingston
Counties: Beaverhead, Broadwater, Deer Lodge, Fergus, Gallatin, Granite, Judith Basin, Madison, Meagher, Park, Powell, Silver Bow, Sweet Grass, Wheatland

Terri Ruthruff, Byron Boyd, Jane Wagner – Southeast Montana
Major cities/areas: Billings, Miles City
Counties: Big Horn, Carbon, Carter, Custer, Dawson, Fallon, Garfield, Golden Valley, McCone, Musselshell, Petroleum, Powder River, Prairie, Richland, Rosebud, Stillwater, Treasure, Wibaux, Yellowstone

Social Tennis is beginning May 26th!

Hello Missoula and surrounding area tennis players!   We are beginning social tennis on Thursday, May 26th at 5:45 – 7:15  p.m. at Playfair Park.   This is for anyone who is just getting back into tennis, beginners or anyone who wants to come out and play in a low-key, low-stress environment.  We will begin with a clinic and then will break off to play or hit for the remaining time.

Register at: https://playtennis.usta.com/ustamontana0/SocialLeagues/League/2dd9f873-2f45-4d3d-8096-6a52e9514ecd


Announcing: Area League Recruiter Positions for USTA MT!


TITLE: Area League Recruiter
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.   

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. 

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. 

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. 

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

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

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. 

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. 

Happy New Year!

May the New Year bless you with health, happiness and lots of amazing tennis!  The first tournament of the year is a junior tournament in Bozeman.  The deadline is approaching fast – January 2nd.  Be sure to register asap!   Register. 

Slate of At-Large Directors and Officers for 2022

USTA Montana Board of Directors and Staff had their annual meeting Sunday, October 10th from 9 am – 4 pm over Zoom. Items on the agenda included discussion of improving junior participation across Montana, tournament and league schedule, statewide community tennis updates, the new Serve Tennis program and updates from ITA.

An item on the agenda each year is to nominate and vote on old and new board members. We added three new members to the board for 2022 & 2023 – , Clayton Harris, Kenny Sheehan, Devon Sikora, and Amber Sparks   Warm welcome to each of them!
2022 USTA Board of Directors and Staff
Dave Luebbe, Bozeman –President
Gordon Terpe, Missoula -Vice President
Beth Brennan, Missoula, Secretary
Joey Staszcuk, Bozeman, Treasurer
Scott Potter, Missoula, Past President
Dirk Baker, Great Falls
Laurie Cripe, Whitefish
Kelly Crisp, Missoula
Anna Collins, Bozeman
Dorothy Filson, Belgrade
Clayton Harris, Bozeman
Brad Knutson, Billings

Josh Munro, Kalispell
Amber Sparks, Billings
Kenny Sheehan, Bozeman
Devon Sikora, Missoula
Andrea Johnson, Interim Executive Director & District Lead Coordinator