COMMUNITY TENNIS ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER  JULY 2014


TOGETHER
SHAPING THE FUTURE OF TENNIS IN TENNESSEE.

Welcome to the July edition of USTA Tennessee's Community Tennis Association Newsletter. We know that Community Tennis Associations are the backbone of our organization. We appreciate the tireless effort of the volunteers and administrators that lead our non-profit CTA organizations in Tennessee.

We hope that you'll find valuable information, announcements and tools in each edition of our newsletter. We appreciate your partnership with our organization, and your work to grow tennis in your community.

Tennis - It's Our Business
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USTA Coaches Workshops

USTA Tennessee knows that behind every great player is a great coach. We have resources and workshops available for continuing or beginning coaches education. Tennessee is lucky to have Karl Davies as the USTA Southern TN Representative. Karl is also a national trainer for the USTA. Karl as well as other USTA TN staff are available to hold workshops and training sessions in your area.

See where we've been already!

April 22nd - Kingsport Coaches Workshop
April 24th - Chattanooga Schools Presentation
June 3rd Kingsport Schools Presentation
June 4th - Chattanooga Coaches Workshop
July 13th - Memphis Coaches Workshop
  
Coming Soon: (Registration Open)
August 11th - Hendersonville 10 and Under Coaches Workshop
  
For more information about upcoming workshops or general inquires, contact davies@sta.usta.com or visit www.coachyouthtennis.com.
 Memphis 10U Workshop July 13, 2014
USTA TN TSR, Karl Davies, along with participants from the 10 and Under Coaches Workshop, held July 13th in Memphis.

Upcoming Tennessee CTA Events  
 
 
Chattanooga Tennis Association
is gearing up for the 2014 Jr. Team Tennis Championships this week on
July 25-27th! Thank you for your hard work ... Everyone is looking forward to a great 3 days of tennis!
 
 Greene County Tennis Association
continues to offer instructional clinics for local youth. Registration is open for sessions held Monday, August 4, 11, 18, 25 ($40 - beginner - 3:30-4:30 pm) and Wednesday, August 6, 13, 20, 27 ($60 - advanced/tournament - 3:30-5 pm).
   
Bradley/Cleveland Tennis Association
Thr newly formed CTA hosted successful registration events on
June 21st for the community's inaugural Jr. Team Tennis/Adult Flex League seasons.
  
META
Tri-cities CTA Organizational Meeting
Tuesday, July 22
6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Civic Auditorium in Kingsport

 

Still seeking volunteers to assist and fill positions on the following:
Junior Committee, Adult Committee, and
Social Tennis Committee

   

Tennis Nashville
will assist in hosting the first S.P.U.D. (Special Populations Unified Doubles) tournament in Nashville on Saturday, July 26th. Participants are still needed. Contact Cathy Harris, Nashville Community Coordinator: cathyharris1116@gmail.com   
 
Cookeville Tennis Association
2014 Summer Junior Clinics continued July 1st & 3rd at
Cookeville Community Center

5-10 year olds ($40) 3:00-4:30 pm

11 year olds & up ($50)  3:00-5:00 pm
 
JACKSON WEST-TN TENNIS ASSOCIATION (JWTTA) 
held another Play Day for participants ages 10 and Under on Friday, July 18, 2014 at Westwood Indoor Courts. The free event served as an excellent opportunity to introduce competition through a non-elimination format.
  
Memphis Tennis Association
Memphis was the host city for the 40 & Over Adult League State Championships that took place over the weekend.
Thank you to all MTA volunteers who helped to make this another great USTA event!
  
Murfreesboro Tennis Association
is set to host the annual Murfreesboro City Tennis Tournament August 16-20 at Old Fort Park. The deadline to enter is Monday, August 11th.
 
Shelbyville Tennis Association
held its 2014 Adult City Open Tennis Tournament over the weekend, July 18-20.

Tellico Lake Tennis Association
congratulates its Men's 3.5 Team for advancing to State!

Tennis Memphis
is set to host the 6th annual "Get Match Tough Jr. Classic" (TN L4/STA L5) August 1-3 at Leftwich Tennis Center. Contact: Kent Smith ksmith@tennismemphis.org
 
GKTA
congratulates 5 state championship teams that will be advancing to the upcoming Southern Sectional Championships!

Shelby County
combines Tennis and Community Service, giving their members the opportunity to enjoy the multiple benefits tennis has to offer, while giving back to the local community Outreach Program.
 
Hadley Park 
continues its summer program for
Boys & Girls  / Ages 5 - 18
(All skill levels welcome!)
June 2 - August 1, 2014  / Monday - Friday

Camden
wishes its 4 teams advancing to the Jr. Team Tennis State Championships good luck this weekend!
 
If your CTA has a special event or announcement coming up please send information and pictures to: 
Tara Williams at tarawilliams@ustatn.com

 Jr. Team Tennis Championships this weekend in Chattanooga!
 
The wait is over for Jr. Team Tennis teams from across the state that have competed throughout the year to qualify for the 2014 USTA Jr. Team Tennis Tennessee State Championships. This year the prestigious event will be held in Chattanooga. Good luck to all teams participating! 
  
For more information on the Jr. Team Tennis Championships please visit the link below:
 
  
    
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Summer 2014 Tournament Info
 
Summer 2014 Junior Tennis Tournaments  
 
Use the power of Nickelodeon and celebrate Worldwide Day of Play to grow your programs. Events can be for kids and families of all ages and skill levels or host a Play Day to introduce kids to the thrill of competition. Registration enhancements to YouthTennis.com allow parents to sign-up their kids before your event so you can track attendance. 

  

To Register, visit: YouthTennis.com/host or call 1.800.990.8782

 

  

Promotions:

* The first 2,000 play events registered on YouthTennis.com and hosted in September receive a
$50 Amazon.com gift card.

 

 

* USTA Tennessee is also offering an excellent incentive to the organizer/facility with the highest number of play events registered on YouthTennis.com from Now until September 30, 2014. The winning organizer/facility will receive a $750 grant, while the runner up will receive a

$500 grant. The grants awarded must be used toward growing tennis at your facility or in your community.


(All Play Day events that take place after September up until December 31, 2014, will count toward your total number of events as long as they were registered on YouthTennis.com before September 30, 2014.)

 

 *Amazon.com is not a sponsor of this promotion. Except as required by law, Amazon.com Gift Cards ("GCs") cannot be transferred for value or redeemed for cash. GCs may be used only for purchases of eligible goods at Amazon.com or certain of its affiliated websites. For complete terms and conditions, see www.amazon.com/gc-legal. GCs are issued by ACI Gift Cards, Inc., a Washington corporation. All Amazon , ™ & are IP of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. No expiration date or service fees.

 

**No purchase necessary. Registration on YouthTennis.com starts at 12:01 on July 15, 2014 and ends at 12:01 on September 30, 2014. United States Tennis Association Incorporated reserves the right to substitute in its soled discretion, limited quantities available to the first 2,000 registered events. USTA is not responsible for delivery or redemption. 2014 Viacom International Inc. All Rights Reserved. Nickelodeon, Worldwide Day of Play, and all related titles, logos and characters are trademarks of Viacom International Inc. 2014 United States Tennis Association Incorporated. All rights reserved. 

 
Do you want to recognize a super volunteer in your CTA or community?
We would like to highlight them in our next newsletter
  
Contact Tara Williams at tarawilliams@ustatn.com

Grant  and Scholarship Opportunities
 

Tennessee Tennis Patrons Foundation Junior Player Financial Assistance

 

USTA Southern Grants and Scholarships available to CTAs


USTA National Grants available to CTAs

  

Facility Assistance Program


 

CTA Resources

From Insurance and Benefits to Tennis Advocacy and adopting a military unit. 

You can find the resources here!


CTA Marketing 101

How to effectively market on the local level: 

   
Marketing your programs locally can take many different forms. Over the years, many of the following tactics have been implemented by other tennis organizations with great success.

  

1. Word of Mouth - A satisfied customer will tell their friends about your programs.
  
2. Advertising - People tend to look for their recreational activities online (i.e. local community sites) and in their local community papers.
  
3. Email - Send an email to past and existing contacts, friends, and business associates about upcoming programs. Ask them to forward to a friend or colleague who may be interested. 

   

4. Posters and Flyers - Distribute these items through schools, fitness centers, retailers, tennis facilities, etc. 

  

5. Partner with other organizations such as YMCA or Boys and Girls Club. 

   

6. Public Relations - Create awareness for your programs by developing relationships with the local media.

To promote and develop the overall growth of tennis, it all begins in communities at the local level!

Keep up the good work!

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Tara Williams - Community Coordinator
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Volunteers are not paid -- not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.