I’d like to be one of the first to wish everyone a Happy and Safe New Year. Here’s hoping 2021 brings back some degree of normalcy, including more tennis opportunities. Towards that end I’d ask you to Save The Date for the first ever virtual NJTC Annual Meeting, Tuesday evening January 26th at 5:30 pm.
We’ll be providing answers to:
- Are NJTC membership fees changing?
- What will USTA and CTA league play look like in 2021?
- Will we be doing IntraClub?
- Will there be a fundraiser this year? If, so when?
- Will the Keystone trip run this year? If, so when?
- Is Tennis Palooza happening in September?
- Who will be on the NJTC Board this year?
These and other topics will be discussed as you tune in from the comfort of your own home. Information and instructions for the meeting will be sent on January 19th. Those in attendance will be entered into a drawing for one of three complimentary Full NJTC memberships.
Please mark you calendars. I look forward to chatting with you on the 26th.
Until then, stay healthy and safe,
Message about Colorado Gives Day
I hope this holiday greeting finds you and your family happy and healthy after such a crazy year. In the spirit of the season I thought I’d also pass along an opportunity for those who are feeling generous as we close out 2020. December 9th was Colorado Gives Day and Cindy McLemore with the Colorado Youth Tennis Foundation is still looking for a little support in providing the gift of tennis to children who might never have the chance to learn the sport without financial assistance. The link below will take you the Colorado Gives website where you can read more about Cindy’s mission. The CYTF is a great nonprofit which does a wonderful job in promoting tennis to the next generation of players. Donations can be made anytime through the rest of the month so there is still time if you’d like help.Thank you for your consideration.
Here is your monthly update regarding the non-fiction, ongoing saga known as
NJTC vs COVID-19
When we last left our merry band of NJTC members their battle against COVID was raging on. COVID had dealt a blow to the club by forcing them to cancel their beloved Keystone trip. However, this setback did not dampen the club’s spirits as they continued to enjoy the fruits of 18+ Intra Club play. In fact they are still reveling in this improvised league with playoffs to be held next week, and finals the week after. COVID cannot prevent champions being named at each participating NTRP level.
Frustrated that NJTC is remaining strong and resilient, COVID increased its force and attacked aggressively again. Palooza 2020 being the recent casualty, unfortunately. No matter how hard NJTC tried to resuscitate the event, the excitement, camaraderie, and pure joy was drained out of it. COVID is proving to be unpredictable and formidable but NJTC will ultimately prevail by keeping its members safe and out of harms way.
Not to be deterred, while some are participating in the USTA second season, many NJTC members will play their second round of Intra Club (IC)…. this time for Twilight. Surely it will not please COVID that they are turning IC Twilight to their advantage by offering all teams Home matches under lights in the increasing darkness, and will be conducting 4 lines of play verse 3, giving more people the chance to escape the isolating and depressing grip of COVID.
In the coming months this chapter and book will close. However, know this is not the last volume in the series as COVID will most likely not yet be defeated (spoiler alert). After a much needed rest, next year we shall start anew. Sadly, some of the main characters will not be returning for the sequel. There are some in the NJTC upper ranks who will hang up their shield in January. Exactly which positions will be open is intel for September, but I just wanted to give you a teaser to get you thinking about how you might contribute to this elite team leading the charge to ensure NJTC remains strong, influential, and most importantly, entertaining.
Until then, do what you can to help defeat COVID while staying healthy and safe!
Hello NJTC Family,
Yes…..it’s me again!
Who would have thought at the beginning of the year we would become so familiar with the words masks, virus, quarantine, incubation, cough, social, distancing, Fauci, spike, handwashing, fever, pandemic, isolation, curve, sanitizer, antibodies, and the measurement of six feet…..but here we are. Until NJTC tennis gets a little closer to normal we won’t be publishing monthly Magazines. Instead you’ll just receive email blasts from me with pertinent information.
At this time I need to pass on a recent decision regarding Keystone. After much discussion we find it necessary to cancel this years annual mountain getaway weekend. We did look at modifying the trip by adding precautions for everyones health and safety. However, in the end the trip was going to look too different from what we have come to know and love. This event is just as much about socializing as it is tennis. What made it harder to plan is the fact that operations at the Keystone Resort are in a constant state of flux given the ever changing landscape of COVID-19. Cancelling the trip this year seems like the safest most responsible move to ensure everyones well being. We’ll make it twice as fun next year!!!
Our sights are now set on Tennis Palooza 2020, September 25 – 27. We have pushed the decision whether or not to hold this event back another month. We will continue to monitor State and City health guidelines, and will look for what restrictions the ATC has in place at that time. Proactively we are discussing how we can modify this tournament so that it can take place in a safe environment. More to follow as we see what happens with the spread of COVID through the summer.
In the meantime, I hope that everyone playing in our first ever Intra Club League is having a great time!!! Personally, having Home matches every week is fine by me! I also think it’s pretty cool that all Intra Club teams have decided to participate in the Mini Tourney we set up for the last two weeks of play. It’s not Districts…..but it keeps our competitive juices flowing 🙂
I understand USTA will most likely run a Season 2 after Season 1 concludes in mid August. Season 2 would include Twilight, ITA Mixed, 65+(?) and Summer Daytime. I have to assume COUSTA will be monitoring the situation to ensure safe play can continue from Mid August into September. If something should preclude USTA from running a Season 2, know that we can run another Intra Club session now that we have the hang of it!
Also, if you are playing 18+ Intra Club but have already paid for USTA 18+, remember you can move those USTA fee’s to another league or ask for a refund by the deadline of August 20th.
That’s the state of the union for now. Know that my email inbox is always open should you have questions or comments. And remember…….
Do what you can to stay active while doing what you must to stay safe.
PS We have a NJTC member who is looking to sell their Fall PCT time on Monday mornings, 9-11am. Let me know if you are interested.
Time again for a NJTC update
Colorado USTA continues to analyze the situation surrounding COVID-19 including which facilities are open for league play, and to what degree. We should be hearing news from them soon.
As we wait for a USTA update we are running or our Intra Club league which starts this Sunday. If you were looking for a team but have not been contacted by a captain it means that teams are currently full. We are keeping your requests, however, in case space does become available.
Our goal with this league is to get as many people playing as possible, therefore we aren’t being as restrictive as USTA, but I would ask that everyone make their best effort to play on the night or day they are scheduled. Otherwise we would have structured this similar to T-2 or a Flex league. If you do need to reschedule however:
- Please call the ATC to cancel the court you were scheduled on.
- When booking your new court remember to mention you are rescheduling an Intra Club match so you won’t be asked to pay for the court.
- If you chose to reschedule on an indoor court, that will cost you $20 per hour at the time of reservation. Cancelation of indoor courts require at least 24 hours notice for a refund or credit.
The “Fine Print” regarding our in house league includes:
- With COVID-19 in mind everyone is playing at their own risk, with some people choosing to be more cautious. If a partner or opponent desires to play with their own can of balls (per USTA recommendation) please accommodate them. Players who wish to play with their own can, please bring your own and initial two balls.
- HOME teams are responsible for balls for the rest of the group and will report scores. Names of players are not required, just team names and level of play.
- At this time no socializing is allowed after matches. No Food No Beverage.
If USTA does not start their leagues, or if they do and there is time left, we might consider organizing Intra Club play for some of the Leagues USTA had to cancel. If it comes to that we’ll probably send out a Survey to see who is interested which will determine if the effort is worthwhile.
As always, we’ll keep you posted regarding ongoing developments. And remember…
Do want you can to stay active while doing what you must to stay safe 🙂
Update regarding reopening of Arvada City Tennis Courts and the Apex Tennis Center
With the ATC reopening on Saturday, many have asked me when the city courts will be unlocked and open for play. Knowing that the City of Arvada has extended their facility closure till May 30th, I sent an email asking for clarification regarding the reopening of tennis courts specifically. Their response is as follows:
Hi, Jennifer. While our facilities closure is currently in place until May 30, our City recovery team is currently exploring ways to lift the restrictions on some recreational activities, including tennis courts, sooner. We will provide updates here: https://arvada.org/residents/resilient-arvada/coronavirus-covid-19/city-services-update-covid-19. I will include your request in the citizen request log, which helps leadership consider the needs of our residents. Thanks for reaching out. If we can be of further assistance, let us know. Be well. Cindy
I responded back to Cindy with a plea, on behalf of all tennis players in Arvada, that the courts be opened sooner than later. After sending that plea I received very good news from the ATC regarding their position on masked play, which I know has been a concern for some players. Apex has amended their language on this subject to read:
To help ensure the safety of ATC staff and the community, masks are required when entering or exiting the facility. All players are encouraged to wear a face mask (including while playing) on the indoor and outdoor courts.
It should be expected that we all wear masks when entering or exiting the facility for the safety of the staff. However the language has now softened regarding masks while playing. If you feel more comfortable wearing a mask while playing, please do so!!!, but it is no longer “required”.
Hope to see you all out on the court soon. I’m booking my court for next week shortly!!!
Do what you can to stay active while doing what you must to stay safe,
Hello NJTC Members,
If you reside in the Apex Park and Rec District you have most likely received information regarding the opening of the Arvada Tennis Center. If you missed it, or if you live outside the District, I have included a link here which will give you a plethora of information regarding new policy and procedures which will be enforced once they open on May 9th. As time goes on and our health forecast improves, I hope that some of these precautions will be eased, but for now all players at the ATC must abide.
I don’t have an update on other Arvada city courts other than they seem to mirror the Jefferson County Stay-at-Home order which has been extended through May 8.
As you know USTA league play has been suspended through May 31st. We remain hopeful that play will resume before June 7th, in which case we will be able to play most leagues in two “Seasons”.
USTA Mixed 18 & Over
USTA Adult 18 & Over **
USTA Adult 55 & Over
CTA Women’s Daytime Doubles
**NOTE: The Roster Deadline for USTA Adult 18 & Over is this Friday, May 1st
CTA Adult 65 & Over
CTA Women’s Summer Daytime
Sure is an interesting time we live in! Please stay healthy and we’ll get through this together.
Urgent Please Read
I trust this finds you happy, healthy and doing what you can to help stop the spread of this terrible virus. Hopefully, the worst is behind us and we’ll be back to “a new” normal soon. League play, however, may take a little longer.
The USTA has now suspended play through May 31st. I know that COUSTA is working on match schedules for Mixed 18+, Daytime Doubles, and 55+. After May 1st, which is the deadline for Adult 18+, they will begin working on those matches, as well, so all will be ready to go once USTA gives the green light.
During these trying times the NJTC Board recognizes this virus has disrupted events of greater importance than our passion for tennis. Although we don’t know of any illnesses among our membership, we do know many who own and operate small businesses which have been significantly impacted. We value the well-being of our members and want to do what we can to help.
Therefore, our plan is to repurpose our May NJTC Magazine by making it a “Special Edition” in an effort to help those businesses that are struggling. We haven’t been sending monthly magazines due to inactivity. However, now is the time to publish our next edition as a resource for those who are in need of a little assistance, and for those who would like to provide it.
If you own/operate a small business and would like to be included in this issue:
Please submit a short paragraph to firstname.lastname@example.org answering the following questions by Tuesday April 21st
- Who you are
- What business you own
- How COVID-19 has impacted your business
- What people can do to help
If you would like to help
Please open and read the magazine coming your way later this month and frequent those businesses listed when possible.
We have a tight knit community and I know many in our club would like to reach out in support. This is an unprecedented, unusual and unsettling time for all, however, with generosity and compassion we can get through this together successfully.
I hope our May magazine will provide a little relief, and that we’ll all be back together on the court soon.
Take good care,
Here are a couple of updates in case you are not aware:
1) The Apex Tennis center has extended their closure through April 30th. All refunds and questions about Permanent Court Time are handled by Apex, not NJTC. Players are using other outside public courts which may be busy on nice days. Surely everyone is adhering to “social distancing” as much as possible and taking precautions, even during play.
2) The Colorado USTA has an update below. As you’ll read, the situation is very fluid. Fee’s paid for a specific league can be refunded or moved to a different league. Remember, if you move your fee from one league to another the whole amount is applied. If you ask for a refund, your money will be returned to you minus the $3 processing fee. Our league coordinators Jess Mitchell (evening leagues) and Laura Pivovar (daytime leagues) can submit those requests for you. Refunds will not be issued until each league is either canceled or played. Refunds for Trio, which was canceled completely, will be handled in the near future, no exact date. I’d recommend being patient if requesting a refund. USTA has their hands full right now. They will make everyone whole in the end.
We’ll send out blasts with further updates from COUSTA whenever we receive them. In the meantime, please continue to do what you can to keep yourself, your family, and the general public safe and healthy.
Message from USTA
USTA National issued a statement today to all USTA Members that due to COVID-19, the USTA has decided to suspend all USTA-sanctioned leagues and local tournaments through May 3. In Colorado, the majority of tennis facilities have closures that extend beyond May 3 due to State, City, County or other official mandates. These suspensions obviously have an impact on the entire industry, including our USTA Colorado League programs. The waters we’re all trying to navigate can change (and often do). USTA Colorado will work through this in a thoughtful and prudent manner – collaborating with players, captains and providers alike. Our goal is to provide players the opportunity to play in our league programs. We will do our best to keep you informed and are sending you this update with the most current information available at this time. As this is a fluid situation with changes happening daily, there could be additional changes depending on a variety of external factors. Please see below for more details.
USTA Mixed 18 & Over
League remains suspended (on hold) indefinitely, until we have a better idea of when play will be able to resume.
USTA Adult 18 & Over
Since many facilities are closed well into May, this league is on hold until we have a better idea of when play will be able to resume. We are evaluating all options and will provide more information when it becomes available. Unless things change with Sectional dates (which are being reviewed), this league would have to have an abbreviated season.
CTA Daytime Doubles
The Minimum Roster Requirement Deadline has been extended to April 10. We are planning to start the league season two weeks later than published, on May 26, and will hopefully be able to provide players with a 6-7 week league season. Since it takes multiple weeks to schedule, there is a chance that changes will have to be made to the league season while in the process of scheduling the league. Please have the minimum number of players registered by the deadline if you would like to participate in this league, knowing that further modifications may become necessary. We will not have the ability to remove teams once the scheduling process has begun, so if your entire team does not want to commit to play, please send an email to Taylor McKinley by April 10. If any individual players do not want to commit to play, please submit a move or deletion request by April 10.
USTA Adult 55 & Over
The Minimum Roster Requirement Deadline has been extended to April 10. We are planning to start the league season two weeks later than published, on May 27, and will hopefully be able to provide players with a 6-7 week league season. Since it takes multiple weeks to schedule, there is a chance that changes will have to be made to the league season while in the process of scheduling the league. Please have the minimum number of players registered by the deadline if you would like to participate in this league, knowing that further modifications may become necessary. We will not have the ability to remove teams once the scheduling process has begun, so if your entire team does not want to commit to play, please send an email to Taylor McKinley by April 10. If any individual players do not want to commit to play, please submit a move or deletion request by April 10.
Wishing you all good health!
League Operations Director