"One Team, One Goal!”
This was the battle cry of former USTA Chairman of the Board and President Lucy Garvin as she addressed USTA Northern members at the 2009 Hall of Fame Banquet in ensuring the long-term success of the USTA and tennis in general.
Now is the time! Do you want to get involved with helping grow the game of tennis? Whether you are a player, parent, teaching professional, coach or just a fan, there are numerous opportunities available to volunteer with USTA Northern.
“If we are not working together, we will not accomplish much,” Garvin said. “For a time, we moved away from utilizing the skills of our members and volunteers. It is time for all of us to come together for the growth and development of tennis throughout the United States and the world.”
Here is your chance to give back to the community and the game of tennis!
Become A USTA League Tennis Captain
USTA League Tennis is the largest recreational tennis program in the United States with over 325,000 total participants and 5,000 in USTA Northern. But USTA League Tennis would not be successful without its captains! There are over 500 dedicated captains within USTA Northern serving teams and giving back to the game each season.
What does it take to be a captain? Anyone with a little time and some organizational skills is an excellent candidate to give back in this capacity. USTA League Captains organize their teams, set the line-up, help enforce the rules and regulations of the Section, record the scores and encourage their teammates and opponents to have fun and good sportsmanship while playing.
“I have captained 29 teams over the past seven years,” Twin Cities player Dale Collette said. “The reason I captain is it allows me to provide more tennis opportunities to my tennis friends on a regular basis. I would definitely recommend captaining as a way to meet a lot of new people and make a lot of friends!”
To learn more about being a USTA League Captain in your community, contact your Area League Coordinator or contact Nancy Lundberg at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (952) 358-3286.
Serve On A USTA Northern Council or Committee
USTA Northern is a volunteer-run organization that depends on input and representation of its members. The Section is always looking for individuals to serve on its Councils and Committees. Candidates serve two-year terms and are welcomed from all geographical areas of the Section, varied ethnic and cultural backgrounds and diverse tennis backgrounds.
The primary roles of a council and committee member include:
1. Recommending ideas, thoughts and changes to Council/ Committee Chair and Staff Liaison on any new or existing programs, services or initiatives the Council/Committee oversee.
2. Review, monitor and evaluate those programs and activities connected to Council/Committee duties to ensure the Council/Committee and Staff Liaison meet its goals.
3. Work together with volunteers and staff in the spirit of cooperation and teamwork.
There are six Councils and 14 Committees that make up USTA Northern including:
Adult Tennis Council –
To advise and support staff and volunteers at all levels with promoting and expanding adult tennis programming which include collegiate initiatives, innovative play, adult/senior tournaments and USTA Leagues.
• Leagues Committee
• Leagues Grievance Committee
• Tournament Play Committee
• Twin Cities League Committee
Community Development Council –
To advise and support staff and volunteers at all levels with promoting and expanding community development initiatives which include Section awards, Community Tennis Association’s and NJTL Chapters, section grants and Public Facility Assistance.
• CTA/NJTL Committee
• Grants Committee
Diversity Council –
To advise and support staff and volunteers at all levels with promoting and expanding diversity as an integral part in all facets of our organization, as well as tennis programs throughout the section.
Junior Tennis Council –
To advise and support staff and volunteers at all levels with promoting and expanding junior tennis programming via Jr. Team Tennis and Player Development.
• Jr. Team Tennis Committee
• Junior Competition Committee
• Talent ID & Development Committee
• Tennis On Campus Committee
Membership Council –
To advise and support staff and volunteers at all levels in their efforts to increase membership, both individual and organizational, to retain existing members and to add value to member benefits.
Officials Council –
To advise and support staff and volunteers at all levels with promoting and expanding our officials initiatives which include assignments, recruitment, tournaments and training. Act as the Officials Appeal Committee.
• Tournaments and Assignments Committee
• Training and Recruitment Committee
• Disciplinary Committee
For more information about the Councils and Committees or serving in this capacity with the Section, please contact Mike Goldammer at email@example.com or at (952) 887-5001.
Get Involved With 10 and Under or USTA Jr. Team Tennis In Your Community
Do your children participate in 10 and Under Tennis or Jr. Team Tennis in your community? There are many ways parents can get involved. As an organizer or coach, be specific with what role you would like parents and volunteers to play and what the commitment level will be. Make sure they know what their responsibilities are and what your duties as the coach or organizer are. As a parent or volunteer, ask where you might be needed. Here are some examples of how you can get involved!
Become a Team Manager and assist the coach or organizer with some of the following details
• Administration duties for their team(s)
• Complete and submit necessary league forms to USTA Northern office
• Register teams and players on TennisLink
• Work with the coach and the Area League Coordinator to schedule matches against opposing teams
• Register team(s) for any tournaments they wish to participate in
• Record scores in TennisLink after each match
• Provide information to coaches, players, and parents in regard to rules, practice and match schedules, uniforms, equipment, required forms, etc.
• Coordinate transportation to and from each away match
• Assist coach at tournaments and matches
• Conduct player and coach evaluations at the end of the season
• Assure coaches comply with committee and USTA Jr. Team Tennis league policies
• Check player eligibility in accordance with USTA Northern league policies
Promotion – Public Relations Coordinator
• Help promote the program in the community to increase participation
• Submit pictures and results to local newspapers, as well as to the tennis organization’s Web site
• Schedule and coordinate an end-of-the-year party
• Prepare certificates and awards for an end of the season party (if applicable)
• Ensure that all players have a way to get to the matches
• Provide transportation, if needed
• Distribute information when needed to the other parents (i.e. - if a match time/location changes, inclement weather, etc.)
Serve Your Local CTA or NJTL – Or Start Your Own
Many communities boast a Community Tennis Association or National Junior Tennis & Learning program to help grow tennis locally. A Community Tennis Association is any incorporated, geographically defined, not-for-profit, volunteer-based organization that supports or provides programs which promote and develop the game of tennis. There are many different types of CTAs, depending on the needs of your community. To learn if there is a CTA in your community or how to start a CTA, visit www.usta. com/cta or contact Christine Nickels at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (952) 358-3290.
The National Junior Tennis & Learning program was founded in 1969 by Arthur Ashe, Charlie Pasarell and Sheridan Snyder and is a nationwide network of community tennis organizations seeking to develop the character of young people through tennis and education. NJTL’s are unique because they offer a variety of on-court programming, as well as educational and life skills components designed to enhance a player’s overall development. To find an NJTL in your community or to start one, please visit www.usta.com/njtl or contact Christine Nickels at email@example.com or at (952) 358-3290.
Be A Part Of The Big Serve Advocacy Initiative
The Big Serve is the USTA’s advocacy initiative. The effort is aimed at connecting the passion of USTA members and the larger tennis community with the public policy needs of the communities in which they live. We know that tennis is a sport that can change lives and improve communities, but our charge as tennis advocates is to convince community leaders of this in order to gain their support for:
1. The building or renovating of places to play
2. Creating new opportunities to play during after-school hours
3. Protecting varsity tennis and creating opportunities to play recreational tennis on college campuses.
4. Adopting-A-School – learn more about this initiative at www.usta.com/USTA/Home/Coaches/AdoptASchool.aspx
If you are currently involved in a local campaign for any of the above, the USTA may be able to help. Explore resources and stories of inspiration at http://thebigserve.usta.com or contact Christine Nickels at USTA Northern to set up a consultation regarding your specific situation.
For more information on other ways you can give back to the game and volunteer within the Section, please call (952) 887-5001 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.