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
18 & Over Women 6.5, 7.5 - June 1st
18 & Over Men 7.5, 8.5 - June 8th
18 & Over Women Business 6.5, 7.5 - June 15th
40 & Over Women Day, 7.5 - June 15th
40 & Over Women Business, 6.5, 7.5 - June 8th
18 & Over Mixed (Thursdays) 7.0, 8.0 - June 1st
40 & Over Mixed (Mondays) 7.0 - May 29th
40 & Over Mixed (Fridays) 8.0 - June 1st
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!
COTA will offer 55 & Over Women's tennis on Friday mornings @ 9:30 am for all levels and 55 & Over Men’s tennis on Sundays @ 2 PM for all levels.
This league plays three (3) lines of doubles. The seasons will run from March 13 until the first week of May. Based on participation numbers, play offs may apply.
We had a handful of teams this fall, but with more than 200 eligible players for the league and prime times for play, it would appear this offering could grow tremendously.
New COTA Board of Directors
COTA welcomes Angela Alexander, John Campbell, Sam Coon and Emily Evilsizor as new members of the Board of Directors. The new members will join President Robin Stevens, Vice President William Lynch, Secretary Karen Klingel-Yu, Treasurer Lucy Rainey, in addition to Board Members Christine Kozlosky and Lori Settlemyer. Non-voting members JTT Coordinator Heather Chadwick and LLC David Ragsdale round out the Board of Directors.
Members serve two-year terms and may continue to serve for three terms. COTA also wishes to thank Walt Williams and Shari Messer for their years of service to the Board of Directors.
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).