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(11/13/08)  

Executive Director’s Report, November 10, 2009

It’s hard to believe that a year has already passed since I officially took over as the Executive Director.  This first year brought numerous challenges. While I had been training and preparing for the job for the past 2 years, there are always areas that you’re never quite sure of until you plunge in.  My transition into a position that requires knowledge of every area of the WTA was made easier by the talents of our 3 staff people, Judy Veloff, Linda Freedman and Christy Etten.

• Judy Veloff, is administering the most important program of the WTA, USTA League Tennis, which has grown to record participation.  Judy has proven herself a talented and capable administrator as league tennis has continued to grow and flourish in the past 12 months, virtually without missing a beat.

• Our Media/Marketing Coordinator, Linda Freedman, has demonstrated the necessary marketing and communication skills needed to promote, grow and service Wisconsin grass roots programs, and increase the visibility of tennis, the WTA, and specifically those programs to the general public.

• With the retirement of John Frausto we were fortunate to bring Christy Etten of Appleton on board as our new Junior Team Tennis District Coordinator.  Christy came in at a time when national and sectional emphasis has been put on JTT. As of November 1st we have taken the JTT position to a half-time staff employee.

• Our Wisconsin Tennis Service Representative, Erika Wentz, has canvassed the state logging thousands of miles in order to expand and improve WTA programs and events and activities.  Erika will highlight the specifics in her report. 

• Along with our staff, volunteer support has made this transition much easier.  Since we are a service organization, our volunteers continue to be the driving force behind the success of our programs and initiatives.  And it all begins with the president.  The WTA was fortunate to have Lloyd Cook step up and volunteer for a second term as president when he was called upon.  I couldn’t ask for a more supportive, hard working individual who truly cares about this organization. Lloyd, along with our many volunteers form a strong base that makes the state of our association what it is today, a leader in the USTA and the Midwest Section.  So to that I say thanks to all of you for your hours of dedication to the WTA. 

MEMBERSHIP
Wisconsin’s current USTA memberships as of October is 11,364, ranking us 3rd in the Section overall.  Adult memberships are 7,598, second in the section to Ohio Valley, which is only 50 members higher. Our junior membership ranks 4th in the section with 3,729 junior members. 

MEMBERSHIP REBATE PROGRAM 
The membership rebate program that began on February 1, 2008 has given us 125 new memberships thru November 9, where either adults or juniors have taken advantage of our rebate program.  Here is the breakdown:  The rebate program will be offered through December 31, 2008.
 
 Adult – 5 yr. =  10             Jr. – 1 yr. = 74
 Adult – 3 yr. =   6              Jr. -  3 yr. =   3
 Adult – 1 yr. = 30
 Adult – Fam =   2 

TOURNAMENT SANCTIONING PROCESS FOR 2009
The sanctioning of the adult and junior tournaments for 2009 is nearly complete with 121 adult and junior tournaments on next year’s schedule. We’re still trying to work with Brian from Club West to sanction 2 of his tournaments for next November.  Tom Chorney, Sanction & Schedule Chairman and his committee will determine if we will use the Wisconsin Points Per Round or adopt the Midwest table instead.  I would encourage tournament directors to promote one day tournaments at their clubs.  If any club is interested in holding a one-day or Show-Down tournament this next year, please let me know.  The Midwest Section will reimburse tournament directors their $50 Sanction fee.

MIDWEST SECTION ANNUAL MEETING
The 115th USTA Midwest Section Annual Meeting will be held December 5-7, at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago.  The meeting format will consist of various working committee meetings, presentations and new this year, the first Midwest Youth Tennis & Education Foundation Charity Gala, including the Awards Dinner and Midwest Hall of Fame Induction.  Wisconsin’s own Barb Mueller, from Oconomowoc will be inducted in the Hall of Fame.  The WTA gave a $1,000 donation to this Charity Gala, along with a $250 Grab Bag item for the raffle. In addition, we purchased a table for 10 for $1,500.

If there are any board members interested in attending the event in Chicago, please let me know.  As of now, we have approximately 25 WTA staff and volunteers attending. Again, we encourage those in leadership positions to attend. 

Also being honored that same evening at the Awards Dinner is the Bill Van Lieshout Family from Oshkosh. They have been selected the 2009 Midwest Family of the Year.   In addition the Oshkosh Tennis Association will be honored as the Midwest National Junior Tennis League Chapter of the Year Award.  The Midwest will automatically nominate both of these recipients for the National Awards.

Please contact Nancy Massart, Executive Director at nmassart@wi.rr.com if you have any questions.

(6/6/08)  

Return, Rejoin, Rebate
WTA Extends Membership Rebate Program



The Wisconsin Tennis Association is pleased to announce the extension of the Membership Rebate Program in 2008.

Beginning February 1, 2008 through December, 2008 all new adult and senior players, lapsed members (cannot have been a member in 2007) and all junior members are invited to join the USTA and benefit from this extended rebate program. Please note, this program is a promotion solely by the Wisconsin Tennis Association, not the USTA, and is for Wisconsin members only.

Register today at www.usta.com at the regular rate and submit your receipt and mail-in rebate form found here on our website. Submit the completed rebate form along with a copy of your USTA Membership receipt to the WTA office at W131 N8008 Country Club Drive, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051.

Membership Regular Rate Rebate
1 Year Adult $ 40 $10
3 Year Adult $110 $55
5 Year Adult $160 $80
1 Year Junior $ 18 $ 5
Multiple Year Junior $ 48/72 $10
Family $ 65 $15

By taking advantage of this outstanding limited offering, members may be eligible for the many discounts and benefits of your USTA Membership including:

• Play in USTA Adult League Tennis
• Play in USTA Junior Team Tennis
• Membership discounts to participating stores, hotels and more
• Receive USTA Tennis Magazine
• Discounts at USTA Member Events Programs

Questions or Concerns? Please call 1-800-WIS-TENN.
Thank you for joining the USTA and the Wisconsin Tennis Association. See you on the court!

WTA Official Mail in Rebate Form 2008 (pdf) 42kb

(1/31/08)  

Return, Rejoin, Rebate
WTA Extends Membership Rebate Program



The Wisconsin Tennis Association is pleased to announce the extension of the Membership Rebate Program in 2008.

Beginning February 1, 2008 through December, 2008 all new adult and senior players, lapsed members and all junior members are invited to join the USTA and benefit from this extended rebate program.

Register today at www.usta.com at the regular rate and submit your receipt and mail-in rebate form found here on our website. Submit the completed rebate form along with a copy of your USTA Membership receipt to the WTA office at W131 N8008 Country Club Drive, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051.

Membership Regular Rate Rebate
1 Year Adult $ 40 $10
3 Year Adult $110 $55
5 Year Adult $160 $80
1 Year Junior $ 18 $ 5
Multiple Year Junior $ 48/72 $10
Family $ 65 $15

By taking advantage of this outstanding limited offering, members are eligible for the many discounts and benefits of USTA Membership including:

• Play in USTA Adult League Tennis
• Play in USTA Junior Team Tennis
• Membership discounts to participating stores, hotels and more
• Receive USTA Tennis Magazine
• Discounts at USTA Member Events Programs

Questions or Concerns? Please call 1-800-WIS-TENN.
Thank you for joining the USTA and the Wisconsin Tennis Association. See you on the court!

WTA Official Mail in Rebate Form 2008 (pdf) 41kb

(11/26/07)  
Seasons Greetings,

As of November 1, I officially took over as Executive Director of the Wisconsin Tennis Association, upon the retirement of John Jansky, who served the WTA for the past decade.  Filling John’s shoes will be no easy task as he skillfully guided the WTA through numerous changes at the state level.  However, I will do my best as I listen, learn, and digest the vast amount of information necessary to help run our organization as ED, which will include working with my team of staff and terrific volunteers. 

I will miss my role as WTA District League Coordinator for USTA Adult League Tennis, a role which I held for 8 years.  Back in March of 2000 when I first came on board there were approximately 6,500 league players. With the help of numerous local league coordinators throughout the state that number is now over 9,300 participants.  I leave the DLC position in the hands of Judy Veloff, Madison, who herself has been an LLC for the past 5 years.  Please join me in welcoming Judy to her new position. 

Also new to our staff this year as Junior Team Tennis District Coordinator is Christy Etten from Appleton. A former Neenah High School tennis player, Christy has recently come back to the game through her children and spent this past summer as the Local League Coordinator in the Fox Valley area.  She succeeds John Frausto, who we thank for his years of service to the WTA and Junior Team Tennis.

Continuing in her role as our Sales & Marketing Coordinator is Linda Freedman, from Glendale.  Linda’s dedication and knowledge of our organization insures media relations and helping communities to promote and publicize their tennis programming and events.

In his third year as the #1 volunteer for the WTA is President Lloyd Cook.  Lloyd’s “Every Member Get a Member” campaign has helped the WTA Adult and Junior Membership rise to an all-time high of 11,687. Thanks, Lloyd.  And thanks to the many volunteers who help make the Wisconsin Tennis Association the best in the Midwest.

(9/19/07)  
Congratulations to the following winning teams and their captains, who recently won the Wisconsin State Mixed Doubles Tournament and will advance to Sectionals in Indianapolis September 21-23.

WISCONSIN MIXED DOUBLES STATE CHAMPIONS
6.0 LAL-Hot Shots Audrey Kader
7.0 MALT-Mixed Emotions Tom Blau
8.0 MALT-Busted Strings John Montognese
9.0 GML-Hart Park Tom Hooper

The following three teams won their respective flights at the Sectional Tournament in Indianapolis and will now advance to Nationals in the next several weeks.

WINNING ADULT & SENIOR TEAMS AT SECTIONALS
4.5 Adult Women GML - Greenfield H.S. Tricia Ward
3.5 Adult Men GML - Barca (Homestead) Juan Fernandez
4.5 Sr. Women GML - Rush & Crush Debbie Burgess

(8/16/07)   WISCONSIN USTA LEAGUE TENNIS REPORT

USTA LEAGUE TENNIS

Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison was the site for the USTA League Tennis Wisconsin State Championships where adults and seniors competed in a three-day tournament.  Players from around the state,  including La Crosse, Madison, Milwaukee, the Northcentral area and Northeastern League weathered the 90+ degree heat and humidity, competing in over 350 matches. Sixty teams took part in the competition and several new champions were named at the conclusion of the tournament.  The following teams will advance to the USTA League Tennis Section Tournament in Indianapolis, IN August 17-19 for Adults, and August 24-26 for Seniors.

Congratulations to all the winning teams. (* denotes advancing to Nationals)

WINNING CAPTAINS AND TEAMS
Sue Connor - 2.5  Highlander, GML
Susan Stoehr - 3.0  Wine After Tennis, MALT
Mary Jo Tillquist -  3.5 Breakers, MALT
Kelly Lagman -  4.0 Busted Strings, MALT
*Tricia Ward - 4.5 Greenfield, GML
 
Evie Reddin  - 3.0 SR  Fox Cities, NEL
Agnes Bayer - 3.5 SR Stevens Point, NCL
Deb Heller - 4.0  SR Kenosha Athletic, GML
Debbie Burgess - 4.5  SR Rush & Crush, GML (advanced directly)
 
Richard Doll - 3.0 Avenue Bar, MALT
*Juan Fernandez - 3.5 BARCA, GML
Bruce Hutson - 4.0 Nicolet, GML
Judd Stevenson - 4.5 Lombardi's NEL
Scott Ansay - 5.0 Mequon, GML  (advanced directly)
Jim Slonac - 5.5 North Shore (advanced directly)
 
Jim Schwai - 3.0 SR  Elm Grove, GML
Ron Leberfing - 3.5 SR Grafton, GML
Jeff Stang - 4.0 SR Lake Country, GML
Bob Gressen - 4.5 SR Highlander, GML (advanced directly)

(7/25/07)   WISCONSIN USTA LEAGUE TENNIS REPORT
As of July 25, the Wisconsin USTA League Tennis Program has 7,955 players.  This is up over 550 players from last year at this time.  We still have Combo Doubles, Senior Mixed Doubles, Sr. Combo Doubles, and Tri-Level left to register.  The new Metro League is now registering players for the second session, which will begin the second week in August and run through September.

Eleven disqualifications have taken place thus far this year, mostly from the Milwaukee League. In all but one case, these are self rated players who are considered to be rated too low.  In addition to the 11 DQ’s, there were 5 inappropriate self rates. 

Local League Playoffs for Madison, Milwaukee and Northeast are August 3-5, which is the weekend just prior to the State Championship.   

The schedule for the State Championships in Madison is the weekend of August 10-13. We are expecting 60 teams from around the state to attend the three-day tournament. Dick Arnold is in place as the co-Head Referee along with Jan Hammelman. 

The Mixed Doubles State Championships are set for September 8-9, at Heyer Park in Milwaukee.  La Crosse, Milwaukee, Madison and Northeast will participate.  Super Seniors State will be moved from September 8-9th to November 2, 3 and held at Powless Tennis Center in Madison.  Judy Veloff is set to be the tournament director.  Sectional and National Tournaments for Super Seniors are held the following calendar year.

(6/20/07)
Hi USTA League Players,
 
The Adult and Senior State Championship will take place August 10-12 at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison.  Please take a look at the schedule and rules  for 2007 and be sure to pass along the information to your players.  We're geared up for a great event, and I look forward to seeing players from 60 winning teams from the local leagues.
 
There's still time to sign up a new USTA Member and take advantage of the rebate Wisconsin Tennis Association is offering.  New USTA Members can receive a $10 rebate on a one-year, $40 membership.  Or, try a three-year membership for $110 and receive a $55 rebate.  A 5-year $160 membership entitles you to a rebate of $80.  So far Wisconsin has signed up over 210 NEW USTA MEMBERS.

If you're a captain of a USTA League Team we have a special offer for you!
 
CAPTAINS..win a TRIP TO THE 2007 US OPEN!
Every time you have two new players join the USTA and sign up for your 2007 USTA League team, or have two former players renew their membership (not an active member since June 2006), and sign up for your 2007 team, we will submit your name for the USTA/Midwest Section League US Open Captain Trip contest. And….for every two additional new players you do sign up by August 1, 2007, you get more chances to win.

Come on. Get those players signed up for USTA Leagues, then contact Nancy Massart at nmassart@wi.rr.com and we’ll enter your name in the drawing.

(5/26/07) - CAPTAINS..win a TRIP TO THE 2007 US OPEN!
You ask, "How can I win?”…VERY EASY! Every time you have two new players join the USTA and sign up for your 2007 USTA League team, or have two former players renew their membership (not an active member since June 2006), and sign up for your 2007 team, we will submit your name for the USTA/Midwest Section League US Open Captain Trip contest. And….for every two additional new players you do sign up by August 1, 2007, you get more chances to win.

Come on. Get those players signed up for USTA Leagues, then contact Nancy Massart at nmassart@wi.rr.com and we’ll enter your name in the drawing.

(1/14/07) - MEMBERSHIP REBATE PROGRAM
In 2006, 8,559 players competed in USTA Leagues in eight divisions. While this is an impressive number of participants, I know we in WISCONSIN can do better! So, I’m asking that each of you go out and recruit just ONE NEW MEMBER to take advantage of our new WISCONSIN MEMBERSHIP REBATE PROGRAM and help your new member sign up on a USTA League Tennis team.

The rebate drive, intent on growing Wisconsin’s membership base by enticing new members to join, or lapsed members to rejoin the USTA, will run through August 1, 2007, and will be good for adult and senior tennis players interested in taking out a 1 year, 3 year, or 5 year membership.

New USTA members taking out a one-year membership will receive a $10 rebate. Three and five-year memberships will reflect a saving of 50%, ($55 off of a $110, three-year membership and $80 off of a $160, five-year membership).
To be eligible for this rebate on a lapsed USTA membership you may not have been a member any time in 2006. Don’t wait any longer, register today at www.usta.com at the regular rate, then submit your receipt and mail-in rebate form to the WTA office. For questions, please contact Nancy Massart at 1-877-532-4836.

Let’s get going – and increase our USTA Wisconsin memberships AND our USTA League program.
Captains, read below for an exciting offer from the Midwest Section for signing up 2 NEW MEMBERS on your 2007 USTA League Teams.


WIN A TRIP FOR TWO TO THE US OPEN

How would you like to win a trip for two to the USTA “US OPEN” Finals Weekend in New York, from September 8-9, 2007? The USTA Midwest Section USTA League program is offering a new incentive plan that ONLY a USTA League Captain may win.

Here’s how you, as a Wisconsin USTA League captain can qualify. Every time you have two new players join the USTA and sign up for your 2007 USTA League team, or have two former players renew their membership (not an active member since June, 2006), and sign up for your 2007 team, we will submit your name for the USTA Midwest Section League US Open Captain Trip contest. And …for every two additional new players you do sign up by August 1, 2007, you get more chances to win. For complete details, please go to www.midwest.usta.com. If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Massart at nmassart@wi.rr.com.


TRI-LEVEL LEAGUES FOR 2007

Wisconsin is pleased to announce the Tri-Level League for ALL areas of the district, including La Crosse, Northcentral, Northeastern, Madison and Milwaukee. Tri-level originated in Madison in 2005 as an opportunity for smaller areas to get involved in league play. So, what exactly is this Tri-Level League, and how does it work? The Tri-Level League is a recreational league with three doubles positions per match played at three straight NTRP levels so friends can play together on one team while also competing within their level.

Here is a quick example of how the program can work for your friends and you: One doubles team (always same gender) of 2.5, one doubles team of 3.0 and one doubles team of 3.5 make up a Tri-Level team, who competes against an opposing team of the same levels. (This also works for singles leagues.) Players must be a USTA Member, 19 years or older and will register on TennisLink.

This new league offers flexibility as well as a requirement of only six participants per team. A local playoff and a state championship could be offered with enough participation in local areas.

In the coming months be sure to look for brochures or posters at the facility where you play promoting the Tri-Level League. In the meantime, if you are interested in finding out when the Tri-Level League might be coming to your community, or if you have any other questions pertaining to league play, please contact the appropriate Local League Coordinator listed below.

Lois Darkow Greater Milwaukee League louhan@milwpc.com
Amy Young Greater Milwaukee League amythetennisgal@yahoo.com
Judy Veloff Madison judyveloff@charter.net
Steve Hesinger Madison menstennis@tds.net
Susan Balliet Northcentral Siouxsunb@hotmail.com
Imee Stamm Northeastern HHofmeister@charter.net
Boyd Chessman Northeastern fortylove@new.rr.com
Dale Barclay La Crosse gerwalk@charter.net
Jane Erjave La Crosse erjfam@msn.com

 

 
 
 
 
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