02/03/2014 - February Tennis Newsletter

February 2014
A monthly newsletter to keep you informed.

  • McEnroe, Courier, Roddick and Philippoussis to Compete at BJCC
  • USTA League
  • Men's USTA League
  • Altadena Valley Country Club Tennis
  • Inverness Country Club Level 4 Junior Tournament 
  • LJCC Tennis
  • Trussville Racquet Club Tennis
  • Gardendale Seeks League Players
  • UAB Women's Tennis Schedule at George Ward
  • UA Men's Tennis Schedule and Junior Program
  • LIFETIME Indoor After-School Tennis
  • LETT Program Seeks Volunteers

McEnroe, Courier, Roddick and Philippoussis to Compete at BJCC

The Champions Shootout will take place Thursday, February 13th at the BJCC Auditorium.  For more information, visit http://www.powersharesseries.com/champions-shootout-birmingham/

USTA League 

     Registration for the Birmingham spring 40 & Over women's league opened on

TennisLink Wednesday, January 29th with the initial team registration deadline being Wednesday, Feb. 19th. The initial 8 players should be registered by the 19th. Maximum

number of player per team is 16.


     The Alabama regulation state that all local league matches for the 40 & over age group must be played and scores entered in TennisLink no later than May 12.


     The 2014 Alabama 40 & Over Championships are scheduled as follows:

40 & Over, levels 3.0 & 4.0 - Auburn May 29-June 1

40 & Over, levels 3.5 & 4.5+ - Pelham June 5-8


     The proposed weeknight play days (6:30 pm) are as follows:

            3.0 - Monday

            3.5 - Tuesday

            4.0 - Monday

            4.5+ - Tuesday


     Saturday - all levels 9:00 am


Birmingham Spring 18 & Over Women's League


            The Birmingham adult women's spring 18 & Over league registration will open on TennisLink Friday, January 31st with the initial team registration deadline being Monday, Feb. 24th. The maximum number of players per team is sixteen.


            The proposed weekday playdays (9:30 am) are as follows:

2.5    - Wednesday

3.0 - Friday

3.5 - Friday

4.0 - Monday

4.5 - Monday


Saturday (12:00 or 2:00) for all levels based upon court availability.


Proposed weeknight (6:30 pm) are as follows:

2.5 - Tuesday

3.0 - Thursday

3.5 - Wednesday

4.0 - Tuesday

4.5 - Wednesday


The 2014 Alabama Adult 18 & Over Championships will be held June 26-29 and hosted by Mobile, AL for all levels.



Birmingham Mixed Doubles Spring Registration


            Registration is open on TennisLink for the Birmingham mixed doubles 18 & over and 40 & over spring league. The initial six players should be registered by the deadline of February 20th. The maximum number of players per team is fourteen. National regulations do state that there can be no more than a 1.0 spread between partner's ratings. Each match should consist of three lines of doubles.


            The levels of play for the 18 & over level are 2.5, 6.0, 7.0, 8.0 and 9.0. The 10.0 level will be played at the state championships as the local league.


            The levels of play for the 40 & over level are 6.0, 7.0, 8.0 and 9.0.


            The majority of matches will be scheduled for Sunday afternoon at 2:00 but there could be some matches scheduled on a different weekday or time in order to finish the league season timely.


            Teams that win their local league are eligible to advance to the 2014 Alabama Mixed Doubles Championships hosted by Dothan, AL September 11-14th.


            Please address any questions to Ruth Anne Bendall, rbendall7@gmail.com or 205-541-1397.






            Gulf Shores, Alabama will host the 2014 Alabama combo doubles 65 & over invitational as well as the mixed doubles 55 & over invitational April 10-13. All teams must be registered on TennisLink with their minimum six players no later than March 15th. The roster addition deadline is March 22nd.


            The facilities hosting matches are The Beach Club, Peninsula Racquet Club and Johnnie Sims at Gulf Shores City Courts. Due to a limited number of softcourts, the draw is limited for each level of play; therefore, please do not wait until March 15th to register your team as the draw could be full!


            The levels of play are as follows:

65 & Over Combo:

6.5 Women

6.5 Men

7.5 Women

7.5 Men


55 & Over Mixed:

7.0 Mixed

8.0 Mixed


            All levels should field three lines of doubles for each match playing a match tiebreak in lieu of a third set.


            If you have any questions, please contact Ruth Anne Bendall at rbendall7@gmail.com or at 205-541-1397.



Men's USTA League  

The 55 & over Spring Registration onTennisLink opened January 23, 2014


Matches for the 55&over league will start in February.


The 18 & over and 40+ Spring Registration onTennisLink will open January 31, 2014


Matches for the 18's and 40+ will start early in March.


Team captains may choose when their home matches are to be scheduled according to facility availability and personal preference.


Any questions? Email USTA Local League Coordinator, Ken Vines, at kvines@pelhamonline.com

Altadena Valley Country Club Tennis 

Altadena Valley County Club has a great new website www.avccgolf.org 

Junior Clinics are all drop in pricing for February and March.

Level 4 Junior Tournament 21st-23rd

Ladies Drop in Clinics are all $ 10.00 for February and March

VIDEO- Private Lesson with video and discussions.  Few places in Birmingham offer video analysis.  This is a great opportunity to see what you need to do to improve.   


For more information, contact Tery Sherer at terysherer@att.net or 205-307-8707.

Inverness CC Level 4 Junior Tournament

Inverness CC will be hosting a Level 4 junior tournament February 28th to March 2nd.  For more infomation contact Jerry Nixon at jerry@diamondclubs.com or 205-991-8612.

LJCC Tennis 

The Levite Jewish Community Center is going to open their tennis courts so that non-members, for a fee, may play on teams already formed. The LJCC courts will also be available for lease to those teams looking for home courts in order to play in USTA and LITL league play.

The LJCC's Premier Court Surface provides the best of court cushioning. In comparison cushion values of Premier Court to clay or fast dry type surfaces, the numbers show that the Premier Court provides a cushion surface throughout the court, often time twice as much as the clay or fast dry court! This means that it is easy on the body! Players who do not like playing on a "hard" surface will love these courts! For more information, contact Dale Clark at dclark@bhamjcc.org.


ALSO... FREE tennis 101 clinics (month of March) for ladies that have never played before or very little. Clinic times are Mondays 11am. and Thursdays 7:30pm. Classes are limited to 8. Register on line at www.bhamjcc.org or call Priscilla 879-0411 ext. 257.


AND....Mixed Doubles Round Robin Mixer: Sunday, March 2nd (2pm. - ). FUN event for all levels and you do not need a partner to participate. Fee is $20 for non- JCC members and $16 for members. Snacks, drinks and prizes for winners!

Trussville Racquet Club Tennis
Trussville Racquet Club will start their clinics with Shelley Wirt in February. Clinics are
Monday 4-5pm for beginners and advanced beginners. Monday 5-6:30 are intermediate and
advanced. For information call 661-0861.
Bea Clark is also available for private lessons.
Gardendale Seeks League Players    

Looking for more players for my Mixed Doubles team - if anyone is interested in playing out of Gardendale Park. Contact Marie Zassoda 365-7019 Also looking for spring players for my 3.0 Mens Team and 3.5 Ladies day league - players needed -

UAB Women's Tennis Schedule at George Ward  

 Come see UAB Women's Tennis in action at the George Ward Tennis Center (331 16th Avenue South, Bham). 
Feb 9 (Sun)-11amNorthwestern State
Feb 21 (Fri)-11am North Alabama
Feb 21 (Fri)-3pmJacksonville State
Mar 2 (Sun)-NoonLouisiana Tech
Mar 10 (Mon)-2pm Texas State
Mar 15 (Sat)-11amUNC-Charlotte
Apr 11 (Fri)-2pm Louisiana Monroe
Apr 12 (Sat)-2pmTroy
Apr 13 (Sun)Troy vs ULM
UA Men's Tennis Schedule and Junior Program

Crimson Tide Junior Tennis Academy clinic is offered Monday and Wednesdays 4-6pm (rain or shine) through the school year on our varsity tennis courts. It is open to all players 8-16 years of age and is lead by the Men's Tennis staff (Head Coach George Husack, Assistant Coach Ryler DeHeart). For more information contact George Husack at ghusack@ia.ua.edu.  


UA Men's Tennis Promo Schedule

Feb. 8 vs. Oklahoma State at 1pm - Big Al's Kids Club Day / Post-Match Hit Around


Feb. 9 vs Oklahoma at 11am - Brunch with the Tide


March 9 vs Arkansas/Citadel at 1pm and 6pm - Bama Block Party


March 14 vs Auburn at 5pm - Beat Auburn Day!


March 30 vs Kentucky at 1pm - USTA/ITA Kid's Day / Pizza Party with Alabama Players


Apr. 13 vs Tennessee at 1pm - Senior Day


LIFETIME Indoor After-School Tennis 

LIFETIME TENNIS is offering an after-school indoor tennis program.


Pre-futures (ages 4-5) Mon-Fri 3:30-4:00pm
Futures (ages 6+) Mon-Fri 4:00-5:00pm
Challengers (ages 8+) Mon-Fri 4:00-5:30pm



The Futures is designed or the beginner tennis player who is just geting started in tennis.  They will be introduced to competition and begin to develop the skills necessary to start their journey to beconming a future tennis champion.  Each Futures player will be assessed by our teaching pros and based on age and skill level will train with either the Red or the Orange ball. 



The Challengers is designed for the intermediate tennis player who has begun to master the basics of tennis.  They will contine to develop their playing skills, understanding of tactics and scoring through competition based play and training.  Each Challengers player will be assessed by our teaching pros and based on age and skill level will be traning with either the Red, Orange or Green Balls. 


Champions (ages 9+) Mon-Fri 4:00-6:00pm
Grand Slams (ages 11+) Mon-Fri 4:00-6:00pm
The Champions and Grand Slams play on the outdoor courts.


For more information, call the Tennis Desk at 205-547-3192


OBI Ashley Brooke, Noah, Jackson 180* FHG
OBI Ashley Brooke, Noah, Jackson 180* FHG
LETT Program Seeks Volunteers

The Learning Excellence Through Tennis (LETT) program is seeking paid tennis instructors for its beginner level youth programs.  Training is provided. 


Tennis clinics at West Homewood Park ages 4-18 years Saturdays 9-10:30am.  


Seeking ways to give back to the community? Learning Excellence Through Tennis is looking for volunteers to help teach inner city after school tennis and life skills. Volunteer would be paired with trained tennis instructors. Programs are for youth ages 7-10 and will last for 10 weeks. Volunteer time once a week for an hour!


For more information, contact Jacquelyn Marshall at lett.tennis@gmail.com.


Learn more about the organization at www.lettennis.org.

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