Put Me in Coach…or at Least on the Team
Every season we have people who are new to tennis or new to Athens looking for teams to play on, but every season we have players unable to find a team. Even though taking on a new player may be daunting at first, more players make our leagues better!!
To encourage teams, captains in particular, to take these new players, COTA is offering an incentive!
For every new player, a captain takes who is referred to him or her from a COTA league coordinator or through the COTA Player Forum, that captain’s name will go into drawing for a $50 Gift Card. The more players a captain takes, the more times that captain’s name will be entered!
The first drawing will be done at the conclusion of the fall season leagues and announced at the January Captains Meeting. There will be a drawing for the men leagues and the women leagues.
Special Olympics & Aces For Athens
COTA is partnering with Aces for Athens, a student service organization at the University of Georgia, to provide a Special Olympics Tennis Clinic for elementary aged students in Clarke County School District’s Adaptive PE program. The event is set for Friday, Sept 25 at Bishop Park from 9:30 to 11:30 AM.
Volunteers are needed help with on-court activities with these special needs students. No training or experience required – just a good heart, patience and a willingness to give a couple of hours of your time. It may be one of the most rewarding times you’ll have on the courts!
Congrats to the following captains and teams for winning their respective flights. Captains will receive their bag tags at Wednesday's Captains' Meeting at 6 PM at the Athens Country Club.
Spring Women 18 & Over
Day 3.0 – Brook Peppers
Bus. 3.0 – Kay Mitchell
Day 3.5 – Sue Williams
Bus. 3.5 – Lyn Bennett
Day 4.0 – Tonya Bell
Bus. 4.0 – Kellie Borders
Bus. 4.5 – Joni Parham
Spring Men 18 & Over
3.5 – Josh Dillard
4.0 Low – John L. Campbell
4.0 – Jimmy Blose
Spring 40 & Over Women
3.0 – Day Sharon Reid
3.5 – Bus Sandy Himsl
4.0 – Bus Lisa Bowen
Spring 40 & Over Men
3.5 – Troy Bassett
4.0 – Dave Cooper
Spring 55 & Over
Day 3.0 – Zeba Najak
Day 3.5 – Linda Pickering
3.5 – HD Cannington
Summer 18 & Over Mixed
MXD 7.0 – Phyllis Hunt
MXD 8.0 – Kristina Turner
40 & Over
MXD 7.0 – Gary Avants
MXD 8.0 – Nick Nickerson
18 and Over Men
Men 7.5 - John Turner
Men 8.5 – William Lynch
18 and Over Day
Women 6.5 – Judy Bruning
Women 7.5 – Terry Gattiker
18 and Over Business League
Women 6.5 – Sandy Himsl
Women 7.5 – Kellie Borders/Emily Evilsizor
Good evening, COTA players and captains!
As reflected in our online calendar, registration for 18 & Over and 40 & Over fall tennis is just days away! Registration runs from 8/10-8/21. The season will tentatively open play for the week of 8/31/2015.
Ratings: Please check your rating online via TennisLink after 8/5 to see if your NTRP rating changed.
Captains’ Meeting: Our Captains’ Meeting will be held at Athens Country Club on August 19 at 6 PM - please note this change. Team captains will receive an exclusive gift and are expected to attend. Prizes and giveaways will be available. Spring and summer league winners will be recognized. Additionally, changes within the Rules and Regulations will be reviewed. Captains and co-captains are expected to attend. Please RVSP here -http://goo.gl/forms/HVkHzYzySj
Pre-registration: Reserve your facility prior to team registration in TennisLink. I will need email confirmation of court reservations from facility coordinators to ensure your team is scheduled.
Due to court constraints, most facilities have restrictions on the number of teams allowed to play there.
Clarke County Facilities, including Bishop Park, Satterfield Park and SE Clarke Park*: click here
Jennings Mill Country Club: Debbie Beck
Madison County High School: Keith Strickland
Morgan County: Chris Sides
Oconee Parks and Rec: Cindy Hardigree
UGA’s Intramural Courts are not an option for league play. If you have a neighborhood court that would be suitable for league play, please email me directly.
Registration: Once facility approval has been secured, team creation in TennisLink is the appropriate measure.
If you are in doubt as to whether you are clear to register in TennisLink, email me.
Here is a helpful resource to all COTA captains in regard to registration/team creation -http://cotatennis.net/images/Docs/Adult/Captain101.pdf.
Team Names: As a reminder, team names should be entered in the following format: Facility Name/Captain's Last Name. Example: Bishop Park/Maslow/Self-Actualized - I will place an asterisk to denote teams which received facility approval.
Please register promptly. Many captains and potential captains often write me indicating they are interested in forming a team, but wait for another team or teams to sign up for their flight. The desire to wait and see can certainly become appealing; however, securing a facility can often become more difficult later in the registration process and the waiting game leads to some flights not making at all.
It is the captain's duty to ensure his/her team meets the minimum player requirement prior to the registration deadline. You must meet the minimum number of players to field a match line up at the close of registration; captains who do not will face a formal Grievance.
For 18 & Over Men, this number is eight (8) players; for 18 & Over women and 40 & Over women (all leagues and flights, except 2.5 and 4.5, which play with 1 singles/2 doubles -- 5 players), this number is nine (9). For 40 & Over men, this number is five (5). Remind your players to register in a timely manner, so scheduling runs smoothly.
Season duties: Captains will be responsible for ensuring a balance of players at the proper NTRP level is maintained on their team by the midpoint of the season. As such, 60% of players registered on a team must be at the level of play. Only 40% of the players on a team may be below that level of play.
As a sidenote, our teams and leagues have been far more competitive locally and in post-season play since this Rule was adopted in 2012.
Midpoints: To eliminate any confusion due to discrepancies in the various ways that teams calculate the season's midpoint, I will set a midpoint date of the season for each flight as the deadline for the addition of new players. These dates will be posted on our webpage and in TennisLink.
Scores must be posted within 48 hours of a match’s completion by the winning captain. While rain and scheduling make up matches can be arduous, scores must be recorded in a timely fashion.
Early matches must be articulated to the Local League Coordinator.
Matches rescheduled due to inclement weather must be articulated to the respective league coordinator.
Fall State Championships: Any team involved in a USTA League State, Sectional, or National match, regardless of the league, must notify their coordinator if requesting from their opponent consideration in rescheduling their USTA Local League match prior to the original scheduled day of the match. A team with this concern must notify their coordinator and the affected opponents at least two weeks prior to the scheduled match to reschedule individual matches. Opposing teams are required to cooperate fully in these circumstances. Only positions involving players attending said championship need be rescheduled.
Summer State Championships: Likewise, it is imperative to communicate to your players the expenses and time commitment required to participate in the State Championships. Teams opting out of going to the State Championships should communicate this to me ASAP.
18 & Over information can be found here -http://www.ustageorgia.com/lsc/adult18/
40 & Over information can be found here -http://www.ustageorgia.com/lsc/adult40/
55 & Over information can be found here - http://www.ustageorgia.com/lsc/adult55and65/
55 & Over: Registration opens 8/31 and closes on 9/11. Our season will tentatively start the week of 9/21 and run through the week of 11/8. Stay tuned for more details. This league will continue to run with three doubles.
Thank you for your continued support of local league play. Please email me with questions along the way. I'm looking forward to seeing you on the courts and wishing you all a successful and enriching Championship Year 2016!
Local League Coordinator, COTA
COTA players, captains, and volunteers:
With our Combo and Mixed seasons nearing their respective conclusions, I wanted to share some news and numbers in anticipation of next season.
We had 936 unique players registered for COTA adult programing during Championship Year 2015. The players had opportunities to take part in play for 18 & Over, 40 & Over and 55 & Over, in addition to 18 & Over and 40 and & Over Mixed and Combo seasons.
COTA was once again able to host a fantastic Adult State Championship this past month and we had 536 players registered. We're grateful to our sponsors, volunteers and players for making it happen. Visiting players consistently complimented our area facilities and remarked upon what an exciting city Athens is to visit.
COTA President Robin Stevens coordinated the work leading up to the event and acted as tournament director. Kudos to Robin!
Not only did COTA host a State Championship Tournament, it sent 30 teams from across levels to their respective State Championships. Photos from those State Championships can be found on our Facebook page.
The League Committee has met to evaluate player feedback, participation numbers, our Rules and Regulations and formats for play for 2016. This group of volunteer ambassadors includes Joseph Allen, Paul Allen, Ronnie Boggs, Kellie Borders, Lisa Bowen, Teresa Davis, and Becky Terns. Each member has lent their expertise, time and energy throughout the year to address questions in regard to the rules, and to thoroughly vet all items under examination.
While there will be no changes in format of play, please check the attached calendar for registration dates and days of play – there have been several changes, which are noted in pink on the calendar and are also listed here for your review:
*55 & Over W - Monday AM
*40 & Over Mixed 7.0 - Monday PM
*18 & Over Day W 2.5, 3.0 - Thursday AM
*18 & Over 4.0 Low Men (offered in spring only) - Thursday PM
*55 & Over Men - Saturday AM
We will continue to offer Mixed doubles in early fall to take advantage of the warmer weather.
8-5, 8-10, 8-21
Early start ratings will be captured during the first week of August, so monitor your rating in TennisLink after 8-5-2015.
Initial registration for most fall leagues opens up on 8-10-2015 and closes on 8-21-2015, but will reopen once schedules are published until the respective midpoint of each flight.
Touch base with your captain now regarding fall tennis, or if you're looking for a team, New Player Coordinator Kellie Borders will be glad to help. Another way to get the word out is our Players' Forum on the COTA webpage.
As always, your feedback is meaningful to the Board of Directors and League Committee. We will continue to review and consider your input at our face-to-face meetings and our virtual online meetings.
Looking forward to a great Championship Year 2016!
All the best,
David A. Ragsdale Local League Coordinator, COTA
Happy Spring COTA members!
My name is Lisa Bowen and beginning this Summer Mixed season, I have volunteered to be your new Mixed Coordinator. Several of you may already know me, but for those of you who don't please know that my goal is not only to maintain the league, but also grow it. I will do my best to help create new flights and teams, level number of teams per flight, assist new captains and gather feedback to improve our league. Of course, I will need your help, too. I can not do it alone. Mixed doubles is personally my favorite league. So let's have some SUMMER FUN!!!
Registration begins - MONDAY, APRIL 13
Registration ends - FRIDAY, APRIL 24 **Summer State Championships-see below
Play begins - Week of MAY 4
Play ends - Week of JULY 20 (approximately; date is based on number of teams per flight)
We have two Mixed Leagues:
18 & Over - Thursday evenings
Winter Recap - 7.0 -six teams
8.0 -two teams *Goal to increase to 4 teams
40 & Over - Friday evenings
Winter Recap - 8.0 -two teams *Goal to increase to 4 teams
Team matches consist of THREE doubles lines. Teams MUST have a minimum of 6 players (3 men & 3 women) by the close of registration. Captains with less than the required number of players will face a formal grievance.
Please fill out the court request form found here.
**Summer State Championships: Any team involved in a USTA League State, Sectional, or National match, regardless of the league, must notify their coordinator if requesting from their opponent consideration in rescheduling their USTA Local League match prior to the original scheduled day of the match. A team with this concern must notify their coordinator and the affected opponents at least two weeks prior to the scheduled match to reschedule individual matches. Opposing teams are required to cooperate fully in these circumstances. Only positions involving players attending said championship need be rescheduled.
Let me know upon registering your team if you are seeking consideration, as the State Championships begin immediately after registration closes.
I am looking to grow two flights, as noted above. If you have any players looking for teams and/or captain recommendations, please send them my way. Currently, the word is there will be 4 teams in the 18 & Over- 8.0 flight (Turner, Ingham, Reeves, McDonald). I feel confident this will happen. I am aware of a new 40 & Over team out of JMCC and to create an even flight without byes, it would be great to have one more team. Increasing our Summer flights will ensure additional State berths. Spread the word for SUMMER FUN!!!
Always be sure to visit the COTA website for additional helpful information.
Lastly, please feel free to forward this email. We need to spread the word to grow our league, not just for this Championship Year, but CY 2016 too!
Information on USTA Georgia's state championship tournaments will be updated within the coming weeks.
Forty & Over information can be found here - http://www.ustageorgia.com/lsc/adult40/
18 & Over information can be found here - http://www.ustageorgia.com/lsc/adult18/
55 & Over information can be found here - http://www.ustageorgia.com/lsc/adult55and65/
These photos commemorate the role COTA played in securing a $35,000 grant from USTA to assist with the construction of the Athens Tennis Center, and an original painting of the ATC commissioned and donated by COTA to honor Walt Williams, who played a key role in making the ATC a reality.
L-R: Karen Klingel Yu (COTA Secretary); Robin Stevens (COTA President); Pam Reidy (ACC Leisure Services Department Director; and Walt Williams (COTA Board Member). Children in the photo are participants of COTA's Junior Team Tennis league.
L-R: Robin Stevens (COTA President), Walt Williams (COTA Board Member), and Pam Reidy (ACC Leisure Services Department Director).