June Status

Time again for a NJTC update

Hello Everyone,

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 🙂

 

Jen Stiebeling

How we can help

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 socials@njtc.com 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,

Jen Stiebeling

Tennis Update

Good morning,

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.

Take care,

Jen Stiebeling

Message from USTA

Hello everyone,

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!

Thanks,

Taylor McKinley

League Operations Director

USTA Colorado

New Year's Eve Social

Halloween Tennis Social Fun

What a fun time sharing food and drink with tennis friends.  Kevin organized another great tennis social at the ATC.  Apex generously donated prizes for the best costumed players. 

Palooza 2019

Tennis Palooza 2019 was a fantastic event and the pictures that follow will prove it! By the numbers: over 4 days we had 178 entries between 139 players, 14 raffle prizes, 5 breweries, 3 food trucks, 2 clothing vendors, 2 50/50 raffle winners, 2 nights of live music and a whole lot of fun!! The weather was nice and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. We collected many racquets for the Colorado Youth Tennis Foundation Racquets for All program and about 100 pairs of shoes for the Soles4Souls charity. It’s heartwarming (and much appreciated) that so many participants donated to those who are considered less fortunate.

Jen Steibeling

NJTC President

For more Palooza pictures please visit this website

Captains Meetings

NJTC’s new League Coordinators, Jessica and Laura, will be conducting our annual, mandatory captain meetings as listed below. Captains and co-captains need to attend one of these two meetings. USTA changes, updates for court usage at the ATC for League play and the new password to the Captains page on our website will be discussed. For 2019 there will also be a new process in place for connecting players with teams with the hope that everyone who wants to play in a league, can.

Saturday February 9th at 10:30am

Tuesday February 19th at 6:30pm

Major

Your North Jeffco Tennis Club has been awarded the

E.L. Griffey Award

as the

Organization of the Year

by USTA Colorado

And not only did your diligent board accomplish this feat, but while in a
year of transition and expecting a drop in membership, they actually
increased our membership over 10% from the past several years to 386
members!

Read more about it in this month’s Newsletter!

4×4 Tennis Tournament

Sign Up Now!  Registration extended until 9/9

Consolation is included, so everyone is guaranteed 2 matches.  We’ll make exceptions for Colorado State Open players for one 4×4 event.

Check out the agenda with a weekend full of excitement for players and spectators.

Don’t be intimidated, it’s the same game just shorter sets.  Here are the easy rules (and we’ll have courtside volunteers to assist):

FAST4 Tennis Rules Overview

  • First to four games wins – It doesn’t matter how you get there, just make sure you do before your opponent does!
  • Tiebreaker at 3 game all – At 3 games all a tiebreak is played to 5 points. A deciding point will be played at 4 points all.
  • No ad scoring – If the score reaches deuce, it’s a sudden death point. The receiver chooses which side to take the serve on. This also applies in doubles with the receiving pair deciding who receives the serve. However the pair cannot change positions. In mixed doubles the player of the same gender shall receive.
  • Don’t play lets – Some FAST4 rules actually play lets, but we are not in this tournament since it causes more issues than it’s worth! 

All finals matches are standard 2/3 sets w/ Coman tiebreaks.  

A set of beautiful Belgian Beer Glasses go to each champion!!!  And raffle prizes are going all weekend long.  

Draws will be posted 9/11

Lakewood and NJTC Social

Our friends at the Lakewood Tennis Association invited NJTC and even challenged us to play against them at Lakewood Park (Kipling and Alameda).  Lakewood always does it right, so good food and drink was in good supply. This inaugural annual challenge was a morning event starting at 8am on a beautiful day.  Lakewood ended up winning the event and the coveted trophy.

Here are some photographs from the day