We will hold our Spring Captain's Meeting at 7pm at Athens Country Club on January 16, 2014. We'll give out bag tags, recognize league winners, review dates of play for spring and summer and have give-aways. It is imperative that captains attend or send a representative to the meeting.
We will also have a 6:30 informational session in regard to volunteers neede for the COTA Board, the 40 & Over State Tournament, and more.
You may RSVP here.
COTA has been awarded one of the 40 & Over League State Championships for 2014 and 2015. The 2014 tournament is set for May 30-June 2 and will involve approximately 750 players from across the state. "COTA has long wanted to host one of these tournaments and is quite pleased that we were given a tournament on our first bid attempt," said COTA President Robin Stevens.
Athens has been an area that USTA Georgia has considered for a tournament site because of its location in the state and the appeal it has as a visitor destination, but until the arrival of the new Athens Tennis Center, the area did not have enough courts. State championships have minimum court requirements that must be achieved in a limited number of sites. In the 40 & Over Championships, 42 courts are required in not more than five sites.
The new Athens Tennis Center will serve as the main site. Courts at Athens Country Club, Oconee County Veterens Park, Oconee County High School and Jennings Mill Country Club will also be used.
While the tournament is a wonderful opportunity for COTA to showcase its local tennis program and facilities to the local community as well as to players from across the state, it will take many volunteers to plan and run the tournament.
On the planning side, volunteers are needed to help with sponsorships, graphic design, and printing/program design. During the 4-day tournament, dozens of volunteers are needed to help with a variety of tasks such as registration, player hospitality, site preparation, score entry and general assistance to the tournament staff.
Kellie Borders has been named USTA's Female Captain of the Month for September. Kellie has been a captain for 3 years. She started playing tennis in high school and played for fun while in college then took a 20-year break. Kellie started playing again to have a hobby with her husband. Playing tennis quickly turned from a hobby to a love and she usually plays 5-7 days a week now. As a captain she believes that good communication with your players and other captains is very important. She says the key to being a good captain is to be familiar with the rules and to be a captain who is accessible and who will listen. On occasion being a captain can be a little stressful, but the positives outweigh any negatives. Kellie plays in both Mixed League and Adult League. Her teams are comprised of a great group of players who have become friends both on and off the court. She says, “I feel fortunate to play with such an outstanding group of people and my favorite part, if you haven’t picked up on it yet, is playing with people who I really like.” Her team enjoys lunch together after matches, if possible. Her mixed team has been together for 4 years. Her ladies team is a mix of players who have played together for a while and of new players – but they have quickly come together as a close, supportive team. Kellie won a $30 gift card to the USTA GA apparel store!
The interview is published on the USTA website.
The 2014 COTA Local Rules and Regulations have been approved. Please download a copy and review.
Due to maintenance of the OVP tennis courts, Oconee County will not accept any reservations or rentals of the courts during the period of November 10, 2013 through January 10, 2014. This will affect COTA/USTA league play for the Winter season. Please keep this in mind when you are making arrangements for COTA's Winter league.
The Low 4.0 eligibility list has been released (here). Low 4.0 teams must meet 60/40 team ratios in order to be eligible for State Championship contention. Women play on Tuesday mornings and men play Wednesday evenings.
Ever thought, "if I were in charge of COTA, I would..."? Here is the opportunity to put those thoughts into action! The following positions will be open on the COTA Board of Directors in 2014:
- Vice President
- Clarke County Representative
- Morgan County Representative
- Barrow County Representative
- Jackson County Representative
Join the efforts of other dedicated volunteers and get involved. Not only is it fun, but it's also rewarding knowing that you are helping others learn and enjoy a sport we all love.
The COTA Board of Directors meets monthly and oversees all efforts of COTA toward promoting the game of tennis in our six-county area. Primary responsibilities include supporting the Adult and Junior Coordinators in running their respective leagues and hosting special events/tournaments that promote tennis in our community.
We are pleased to release the 2014 Championship Calendar for local league play. While these dates are not set in stone, this should provide you with time to plan accordingly for your seasons of play.
Please note, all 18 & Over Women's leagues, including Low 4.0, will assume the 4 doubles/1 singles format; 18 & Over Men will play the 3 doubles/2 singles format.
Based on demand, we will be able to offer two 40 & Over seasons — fall and spring. The format of play will be 2 doubles/1 singles. We hope to move this league to a five-line format for 2015.
55 & Over league play will be offered in spring, the dates are tentative as USTA Georgia has yet to release the date of the State Championships for that league, but an April-May league is probable. This league will use the 3 doubles format.
Player ratings for Championship Year 2014 are set to be released during the first week of August, prior to COTA's local league registration. Be sure to check your rating when the new ratings are released. For those interested in Low 4.0 play, the eligibility list will be released shortly after the new ratings.
We look forward to offering you another exciting year of local league tennis!