COMMUNITY TENNIS ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER AUGUST 2014
SHAPING THE FUTURE OF TENNIS IN TENNESSEE.
Welcome to the August 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!
2014 USTA Tennessee Annual Awards
USTA Tennessee is truly grateful to all of the dedicated people that make tennis possible across the state. Tennis would not prosper here if it were not for the organizations, volunteers, players, officials, tennis enthusiasts, parents and the many more who work on a daily basis to
promote the sport we all love!
USTA Tennessee honors those people every year who have gone above and beyond on and off the court to promote and grow tennis in our state!
Below is a list of the awards that will be presented at our 2015 USTA Tennessee Annual Meeting.
The 2014 USTA Tennessee Awards below are available for open nominations online:
Voted on by the USTA Tennessee Awards Committee
*2014 MEMBER ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR
*2014 FAMILY OF THE YEAR
*2014 JUNIOR TOURNAMENT OF THE YEAR
*2014 ADULT TOURNAMENT OF THE YEAR
*2014 SPECIAL TENNIS EVENT OF THE YEAR
*2014 TENNIS PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
*2014 EDUCATIONAL MERIT AWARD
*2014 WHEELCHAIR TENNIS EXCELLENCE AWARD
2014 VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
The 2014 Awards nominated by USTA TN Committees or staff persons:
*2014 CTA OF THE YEAR
*2014 LOCAL LEAGUE COORDINATOR OF THE YEAR
*2014 OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR
2014 JUNIOR SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD-BOY
2014 JUNIOR SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD-GIRL
2014 MOST IMPROVED GIRL PLAYER OF THE YEAR
2014 MOST IMPROVED BOY PLAYER OF THE YEAR
2014 MOST OUTSTANDING GIRL PLAYER OF THE YEAR
2014 MOST OUTSTANDING BOY PLAYER OF THE YEAR
2014 JR. TEAM TENNIS COORDINATOR OF THE YEAR
Please completely fill out the nomination jot form online.
If you have additional information you would like to submit along with your jot form please scan supporting articles, photos, letters, etc. and send to Tara Williams
by Friday, September 26th or you can mail it in to
Attn. Tara Williams
1029 17th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37212
Please keep nominations to a maximum of ten (10), 8 1/2" x 11" pages. If you mail items, please DO NOT staple your pages together. If you are handwriting your nominations, please make sure they are legible. The awards committee WILL NOT accept professionally bound nominations or oversized posters, videotapes, flipcharts, t-shirts, etc.
For more information about the awards nomination process or general questions regarding awards, please contact Tara Williams at email@example.com
2013 USTA TENNESSEE AWARD WINNERS
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
August 11th - Hendersonville 10 and Under Coaches Workshop
Coming Soon: (Registration Open)
September 20th - Cedar Bluff Racquet Club, Knoxville, TN 12pm-3:30 pm - 10U Coaches Workshop
September 25th - ETSU, Johnson City, TN 1pm-4pm - Schools Workshop
ETSU Schools workshop, Johnson City 25th September 1-4pm.
USTA TN TSR, Karl Davies, along with participants from the 10 and Under Coaches Workshop, held July 13th in Memphis.
Do you want to know about upcoming Tennessee CTA Events?
If your CTA has a special event or announcement coming up please send information and pictures to:
Help promote play day events in your area. Below is the link that you can visit to see what play days are going on in your area!
Jr. Team Tennis Fall Registration is in full gear across Tennessee!
Help promote and get the word about about our Jr. Team Tennis leagues!
2014 Junior Tournament Info
The 10 and Under Circuit Series is back. Facilities across the state will be hosting one day tournaments for boys and girls aged 10 and under. Players collect points based on results and participation and the top 4 boys and 4 girls from each area will be invited to play in the Masters Series Final in Nashville. The top 8 finishers in both the boys and girls divisions with the most accumulated points from ALL events (including the Masters Final) will be awarded with a Grand Prize, playing the 10U Grand Slam Final alongside professional tennis players at the Memphis ATP Tour event in February!
In 2014, USTA Tennessee will host 10-and-Under Circuit Series events in four locations: Nashville, Chattanooga, Knoxville, & Memphis.
Each circuit consists of three 10U tournaments that will be offered August - October.
If you have any questions regarding the 10U Circuit Series
please email Kristen Schlukebir, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tennis On Campus
The USTA's Tennis On Campus program is designed to provide college students with opportunities for team camaraderie, social networking, and rivaled competition through tennis without the rigors of a varsity program. Perfect for athletes who have chosen not to make the jump from high school to college varsity, Tennis On Campus offers co-ed team-based play, regional and national championship competition, and helps students maintain active and healthy lifestyles through their college years.
2014 USTA Tennis on Campus Tennessee Championship
September 13th and 14th
Old Fort Park ~ 244 Golf Lane ~ Murfressboro, TN 37129
$30 per person includes player gift, meals, prize for winning team.
Register your team today!
Play Early Start League Tennis This Fall
USTA Tennessee is offering Early Start League in Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville.
Play Adult league tennis this fall!
2014 Adult Tournament Info
It's Time To Play The 2014 TN Adult State Closed!
Sign up now for the 2014 TN Adult State Closed, held in Knoxville at Cedar Bluff Racquet Club, September 5-7, and sponsored by Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Entry deadline is August 31st. Contact David Price at David.Price@cbrctennis.com with questions. Odd, Even, and Open Divisions. Player Party dinner on Friday night included. Percentage of all proceeds will go directly to Susan G. Komen and the fight to end breast cancer.
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
* 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.
SERVING UP ACES
Community Highlight of the month
Jackson West Tennessee Tennis Association
City of Camden
Westwood Indoor Facility in Jackson, TN, hosted a 10 & under match play day event last week. Jackson 10 & Under players were matched up with Camden 10 & under players for the day! Thank you to Jackson West TN Tennis Association and Camden Tennis Association for putting together this fun event for the players!
Would you like to recognize a super volunteer in your CTA or community?
We would like to highlight them in our next newsletter!
CTA Marketing 101
How to effectively market on the local level:
You can utilize the website below for customizable templates when creating fliers, etc.
on the local level
USTA Marketing Site
The marketing materials on the USTA Marketing Resources site are designed to make your life easier...not harder. If you follow these simple steps, you will have great marketing materials in no time.
Your content should include three main items:
a. Headline - the attention grabbing statement that precedes your message.
b. Body Copy - this is where you deliver your main message.
c. Call to action - this tells the consumers what to do/how to engage with your product.
Additional tips for creating successful marketing materials:
1. Deliver a clear and concise message - Consumers want to know immediately what they are buying and from whom they are buying it from.
2. Have a clear call to action - Direct consumers to your web site, e-mail address and/or phone number.
3. Include your logo - If you have a company logo, include it in the white space provided. It will help build brand recognition.
To promote and develop the overall growth of tennis, it all begins in communities at the local level!
Keep up the good work!
Tara Williams - Community Coordinator
615-953-1694, ext. 201
Volunteers are not paid -- not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.