2013 CTA Highlights and Activities here provided by local Utah District CTA’s for our Annual Report.
KANAB COMMUNITY TENNIS ASSOCIATION - This year Kanab Community Tennis became Kane Community
Tennis. Tennis in the valley (pop. 1,000) began as an idea that we could introduce tennis to children living in rural
Kane County. After all, there were two courts at Valley High School that were built in 1982. It didn’t matter that
there was only one net that was being held up with pieces of wood and that the cracks in the courts were deep and the hot patch had melted and formed ridges. Also, no one had a tennis racquet! We had a wonderful young man named Austin Spencer and he chose quite an Eagle Scout project—playable courts! With the amazing help of
family and friends, a tree was cut down, the ridges were melted back into the cracks, lines were painted, post holes were cleaned, two nets were installed, lights were fixed and the courts were cleaned. Hundreds of hours of work later, 48 kids and moms were ready to hit tennis balls. Thanks to the USTA Utah Equipment Grant we provided everyone with the correct sized racquet, 2 kids nets and 4 ball hoppers filled with red, orange and green balls. At our end of lesson party each family got a can of balls and each player is sporting a Valley Tennis t-shirt.
Tennis in the valley continues to grow with a weekly family night being held at an indoor gym and weekly outdoor
after school clinics that were held through the beginning of December. Thanks to an equipment grant from Utah Jr.
Tennis Foundation, we are providing racquets and balls for the Valley High School Phys. Ed. classes. Soon every
student in the high school will be exposed to tennis. Additionally, our fifth year of summer tennis in Kanab was
rewarding, as 32 kids completed 6 lessons and enjoyed the lesson ending pizza party and skills challenge. We are
currently working with the Kanab Elementary staff to provide tennis activities in conjunction with Phys. Ed. classes to all grades. 2013 was nothing but success in Kane County; we served 85 players with our all-volunteer lessons and clinics. Looking forward to 2014, we are working to partner with our peers in St. George in order to provide a higher level of skill training and some competitive opportunities for our kids and moms. Thanks to USTA Utah and Intermountain, we have been able to offer all the best in Southern Utah.
Submitted by Andi Porter
HEBER VALLEY TENNIS ASSOCIATION – Tennis in Heber City is doing well, if not great. We still have our Saturday walk-on program for men’s tennis. In the summer we have four courts going and many times have 20 plus players showing up at 8 a.m. on Saturday mornings. This is run by Ken Michelson, who is part of our Board. In the winter we switch this to the recreation center where we have two courts to use. The positive thing about this is we now have established good friends with common interests and have many groups playing throughout the week. The same is true for the women. They have a consistent group of eight ladies who play every Friday. During the summer they meet at Valais, that now has two courts and managed by the city of Midway. This also has developed into playing other days during the week. Our local pro, Bill Damron, has multiple times during the week that he does workouts for ladies of all different levels. We had our opening social again this year, hosted by the Wagstaffs. We had just under forty people show up for his and everyone had a great time. We had mixed doubles before the social pot luck hour. Youth tennis is thriving. Utah Tennis sent a representative and we had a 10&U group that was assisted by Bill Damron, our local pro. We had thirty girls show up for high school tennis this year and had a very good team. We had eleven new girls and this next year our 8th grade group turning to the 9th might even be bigger. Unfortunately, Wasatch was moved to 4A division and even though we won many matches, we were not as successful in team victories. The boys from last year advanced four boys past the first round at State. We did win the match with Park City (3A champions). It is so great having a local pro in Heber City. Bill Damron has such a positive and magnetic personality that has created a big demand in all age groups. In reference to high school tennis, I would like to say how grateful we are to Becky Anderson and her staff in keeping coaches informed with the rules and requirements.
Submitted by Terry & Abby Wagstaff
SOUTH JORDAN TENNIS ASSOCIATION - 2013 was a big transition year for the SJTA. First, in January the SJTA
received approval as a non-profit association and became registered with the IRS as a 501C3 organization. The main reason for the submission was to offer donors the ability to write off their contributions to the SJTA. The SJTA Board met shortly thereafter to discuss 2013 objectives. It was decided that the main goal of the SJTA would be to raise funds for an indoor tennis facility in the southwestern Salt Lake Valley. Since all donations to the SJTA would have to be given to a public entity and could not be used for a private facility, it was decided to join forces with the City of So. Jordan and donate any and all collected monies to the city to help with construction of the indoor facility, proposed in the master plan to be built by 2015. The SJTA Board was disbanded and a small executive committee was retained consisting of Steve Robbins, Kathy Cameron and Russ Whitehouse. We met with the So. Jordan City Parks & Rec. Director, Don Tingey and his tennis coordinator in February to discuss how we could work together during the coming year to help grow the game of tennis in our area. The city would take over all operations of tennis since the SJTA would not be able to participate in any program supervision of players over 19 years of age, a stipulation as a 501C3 organization. Most of the SJTA programs in the past consisted of adults and the City of So. Jordan already had two youth programs, so SJTA’s entire purpose changed drastically from previous years of running adult tournaments, helping support adult leagues and workouts and running adult tennis socials. Two recreational tournaments were held in 2013 and one sanctioned tournament. The adult league program was well supported with a large number of teams going on to post season play.
Submitted by Steve Robbins, Director
CACHE VALLEY TENNIS ASSOCIATION - In 2013 the Cache Valley Tennis Association made much progress with
their new and improved website. DUO Marketing became our sponsor and gave it a whole new logo and look. These changes also gave us the capability to receive entry fees via Paypal for our fundraiser tennis tournament., The Summer Challenger. The annual poster that we create with the list of all the valley tournaments was designed and printed by DUO Marketing and the officers and members at-large took the posters around to all the valley courts and attached them to the fences. Small handbills were made and taken to the two main facilities. When the tournament director of the Recreation Center tennis tournaments quit his position, the CVTA ran those two tournaments and found volunteers to fill in when necessary. All three summer tournaments (including our Summer Challenger) were very successful and increased participation was noticed. CVTA Officers: Carolee Hammel-President; Matt Braithwaite-Vice-President, Stephanie Dolence-Secretary-Treasurer, Marcie Lyons-Webmaster.
Submitted by Carolee Hammel
UINTAH BASIN TENNIS ASSOCIATION - 2013 was a great year for tennis in Vernal. The Acin’ in the Basin tournament last summer had its largest turnout ever and is expected to continue growing. The Uintah high School
tennis team had further success in the state tournament, having both boys and girls qualify for the semi-finals and earn a tie at 3rd place in their individual positions. Six brand new post-tension concrete tennis courts for construction in mid-May, 2014, to be able to endure the harsh, cold winters here in the Basin. Private lessons and tennis camps have also been added to fulfill the growing demand for tennis in the Basin. We expect there to be continued growth and continued success in 2014. For Roosevelt, after 30 yrs. of workout courts, the community donated approximately $25,000 to resurface our courts this past fall. They look beautiful! It has increased the excitement in tennis here even more. There is rarely a good weather day that you drive past the courts and not find someone playing there. The Union High School girls team was able to have a meet and greet with the BYU women’s tennis team in Provo. This was a great experience for all of the girls, especially those that have never seen collegiate level players. Our 3rd UBIC tournament was a success again this year, bringing in approximately 100 participants from ages 3-80 years old. Participants came from both the Wasatch Front and the Uintah Basin. We were also pleased to have members of the Ute tribe participate as well. One of the highlights of the tournament was the hit for prizes for the youth. They loved it! After about three years of planning we have moved to the final phase of planning for a recreation center in Roosevelt. The field house portion of the plans depends on the amount of fundraising we can achieve. With sufficient funding, we will be able to build a field house that will accommodate our tennis and other sports enthusiasts year round.
Submitted by Dann Battistone and Jared Scow
MARRIOTT-SLATERVILLE TENNIS ASSOCIATION - A 10 & Under summer tennis program was conducted at the two tennis courts located at the Marriott-Slaterville Parks & Rec.; MS Tennis Assoc.; Pepsi and the Utah Tennis Association. This summer program began on June 9 and ended August 9. The program consisted of three cycles which were continuous in nature but new players were welcomed in any of the three cycles. A game day was held at the end of each cycle and a super game was held at the end of the third cycle. All sessions were held in the morning starting at 7:30 a.m. Each block was one hour and about 140 players were involved in the program.
This program was deemed a great success. Many of the players had taken our lessons previously. About half of the players came from surrounding neighborhoods. Some came from as far away as Eden and Kaysville. They heard about our program from family and friends. The program was successful because of the low costs, trained staff, set lesson plans and they had fun. Many of the players went on to play for the high school teams and continue playing tennis by improving their skills through private lessons and joining leagues.
Submitted by James Ito