01/25/2013 - February Tennis Newsletter

February 2013
A monthly newsletter to keep you informed.

  • Flex League Registration Closes January 27th
  • 25th Annual Polar Bear Tournament
  • Registration is Open for USTA 65 and Over League
  • George Ward Tennis Special
  • USTA Men's Spring Registration
  • "Wilander on Wheels" Comes to Birmingham!!
  • Is Your Pro Certified - Up to Date???
  • Altadena Valley Country Club Tennis
Flex League Registration Closes January 27th

Play tennis on your schedule! Flex league registration closes January 27th. The season will run February 4th to April 28th. This league is perfect for people who can't commit to a specific time to play each week as well as those who want extra practice. One advantage of flex is that results DO NOT count toward one's league rating. Register at www.ustaflex.com. For more information, contact Kevin Theos at theos@sta.usta.com or 205-790-7256.

25th Annual Polar Bear Tournament

Sunday, January 27th 1-4pm

Sign up as an individual and play both regular and mixed doubles in a mini-match, round robin format.

Minimum donation: $25 per person

Monies collected will go to Shelby Humane Society and Two by Two Animal Rescue. Also, there will be a donation box if you would like to donate some dog food, blankets, dog toys, etc......

Please email Ken at kvines@pelhamonline.com or call Pelham Tennis Center (620-6428)

Entries will be limited so get your reservation in early!

Registration is Open for USTA 65 and Over League

Registration is now open on TennisLink for the Birmingham spring women's 65 & over league. Please note that all teams are required to have a home facility with softcourts available for home matches. We are offering weekday play as follows:

3.0 - Tuesday 1:30

3.5 - Thursday 1:30

Please have your initial six players registered no later than January 31. Players can be added to the team throughout the local league season. The maximum number of players is 14!

All teams are eligible to advance to the 2013 Alabama Adult 65 & over Championship hosted by Huntsville October 10-13th regardless of the standings in the local league. Information regarding the event will be forthcoming.

Questions or concerns should be emailed to Ruth Bendall, rbendall7@gmail.com.

George Ward Tennis Special

A special is running through Thursday, 1/31/13, at George Ward. Between the hours of 4pm and 6pm from Monday through Thursday and on Friday from noon to 5:30pm the court cost per player will be $2 per person per hour.

USTA Men's Spring Registration

The Spring league registration on TennisLink for men's USTA will open on Feb 1st. Teams must have a minimum of 8 players registered by Feb 22nd (minimum is 5 players for the 2.5 & 5.0 levels). League matches will begin in late Feb. or early Mar.

This USTA league includes not only the regular league (18&over) but also includes a 40+ league. Players forty and up can play in both leagues if they choose to do so.

Match days/nights are determined by the home-team captains who will coordinate with their home facility. Match format is 2 singles courts and 3 doubles courts (for the 2.5 & 5.0 levels it is one singles and two doubles).

All players must have a current USTA membership which runs through the conclusion of the spring season (May, 2013). Winning teams from the local league go on to compete in the state championship (June) and, if they keep winning, continue onward to Sectionals and then Nationals.

If you have any questions, please contact the Men's Local League Coordinator, Ken Vines. kvines@pelhamonline.com or 620-6428.

"Wilander on Wheels" Comes to Birmingham
Former World #1 Mats Wilander will be bringing his "Wilander-On-Wheels" clinic to Riverchase CC on April 18th. Clinics will be open to the public. To sign up for clinic with Mats or to find out more about the event, please email Johan at tennis@riverchasecc.com or call the Riverchase tennis shop at (205) 988-8165.

Mats Wilander is a former no.#1 in the world (1988), who has won 7 Grand Slam Championships in singles on three different surfaces. He also helped his native country of Sweden win three Davis Cup Trophies.
Is Your Pro Certified - Up to Date???

The Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) and the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) are organizations that certify teaching professionals. To get certified one must demonstrate on-court teaching skills, take a written test and complete an on-court playing skills test. It is generally better to take lessons from certified pros than from individuals who are not certified. It is BEST to take lessons from certified pros who keep their PTR or USPTA membership up to date and avail themselves of educational opportunities the organizations offer. To learn more about certification and to see who is certified, visit www.ptrtennis.org and www.uspta.com.

Altadena Valley Country Club Tennis

To learn more about tennis programs at Altadena Valley Country Club, please visit www.credotennis.com.

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