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It’s A Winner – Junior Match Play!

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Covid-19 brought about a pause to many of our junior players favorite activities including Junior Interclub and USTA tournaments. But our junior players didn’t let that halt their tennis competition! With many schools providing kids a “flex day” on Wednesdays, Aspen Hill Club saw an opportunity to return the kids to safe and fun match play. We’ve been hosting many of our juniors to play several matches and inputting results into the UTR database. These matches are played in a safe environment—kids are socially distanced throughout the event and each have their own set of tennis balls labeled with their initials. This way, players only have to handle their own tennis balls when serving.

 

Many important life skills are learned through competition including: interacting with others, problem solving, and never giving up! It has been wonderful to see our junior players growing on and off of the court through our match play program.

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Summer Junior Tennis Wrap Up!

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Summer has come to a close—and I have to say… it was something! It was a challenging couple of months for all of us. But I know that your tennis staff had an incredibly positive experience with our members these past few months. We ended August on such a high note—with 25 juniors joining us for our Friday match play!

 

In June, we came out of our houses and hit the courts. The pros have had a fabulous experience getting our adults and juniors ACTIVE in a safe and happy way. Tennis has gained national attention as one of the safest activities that one can participate in. We all know that getting outside and running around is a vital component of being healthy, as is the social interaction of meeting old and new friends at the Club!

 

All Summer long more members joined us on the courts, and this resulted in additional classes being added to our schedules! We were so happy to have our members trusting us to offer classes in a safe way. I can tell you that nearly every day your team of coaches smiled while we chatted about the improvement of our players.

 

With the Club’s Covid-19 safety protocols, we shifted to total outdoor play with small groups. These small groups allowed your tennis staff to get to know everyone on a more personal level and provide a new level of individualized instruction. This was exciting for our team of coaches—and we’ve received such positive feedback from many of our members that they are delighted with our coaches and classes. These small groups will continue into Fall!

 

Tennis at the Club this season is going to be exciting with new offerings, and I can’t wait! It’s a very exciting time to be a member of The Aspen Hill Club!

 

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Congrats to Coach Elliott!

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This award is provided to the individual whom continued to encourage all players to stay connected to tennis during the Covid-19 pandemic.  As you know, Elliott engaged many of you with his “Winners On Wednesday” highlights of past and present tennis professionals.  His stories were filled with energy and excitement for the sport of tennis.

Elliott began his “Covid-19 At Home” tennis by finding a hitting wall at Olney Manor Park and giving Aspen Hill Club members tips on what to practice while hitting on a wall, any wall!  He also provided fun games for kids while we were all quarantined at home.

His motivation to keep you engaged during this very difficult time was prompted by his willingness to ensure tennis would be back… And he has done just that!

Elliott received his award during a virtual cermony hosted by USTA Mid-Atlantic. The Aspen Hill Club is incredibly proud of Elliott and his commitment and dedication to the sport of tennis!

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USTA Parent’s Meeting Overview

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Hello Tennis Parents,

On Wednesday, December 17 we had a very special guest—Rachel Kros from USTA/ MAS! Rachel is Senior Manager of Youth Competition. Rachel oversees all junior tennis tournaments, and she came to Aspen Hill Club to educate our families on changes to the way USTA junior tennis tournaments will work! Below I’ve outlined a couple of important changes that all of our families should be aware of:

ONE Nationwide Structure of Tournaments. The 17 sectional structures and one national structure will be replaced with ONE nationwide structure of junior tournaments. The structure will consist of seven levels of ranking tournaments, with the lowest level of intermediate tournament classified as a Level 7 and USTA National Championships classified as Level 1. For entry-level to intermediate players of all ages, a non-ranking series of events called the Net Generation Circuit will focus on age-appropriate competition, development and fun.

ONE Nationwide Points-Per-Round Ranking System. The 17 sectional ranking systems and one national ranking system will be replaced with

ONE nationwide ranking system for the Level 1-7 ranking tournaments. One set of nationwide ranking tables will determine the points earned in all ranking tournaments.

ONE Standings List. At least monthly, the USTA will continue to publish National Standings Lists (NSLs), using the same Best of 6 singles and Best of 6 doubles results system, with 15% of a player’s doubles results counting toward a player’s standing. Points will count up and count down as they have in the past. These lists will be filtered by section or district when they are used for selection into closed tournaments and team competitions.

EVERYTHING Counts. While sections will continue to hold two Closed Level 3s and four Closed 4s, and in some cases Closed Level 5s, all other tournaments sanctioned by the sections will be open to all players and all results will count in the ranking system. This also permits sections to hold Open Level 4s. This means that, for example, if you are vacationing out of section and play a tournament, it will count. It also allows players who live near section borders to play across section lines and have their results count.

ONE Quota list criteria for every Section. no more endorsement requirements for Nationals. Sections will no longer impose minimum requirements to appear on a section’s endorsement list. Sections will continue to get a minimum Quota number of players into USTA National

Championships, but these lists will all have the same criteria and will be published on a monthly basis so players better understand their chances of making Nationals. The criteria provides an incentive for players to compete in-section as follows:

  • In the BG 18, 16 and 14 divisions, no more than three singles and three doubles results can be from tournaments sanctioned by an entity other than the Sectional Association; and
  • • In the BG 12 divisions, no more than two singles and two doubles results can be from tournaments sanctioned by an entity other than the Sectional Association.

 

It All Starts in 2021. All of the changes will take effect in January 2021. In the coming months, be on the lookout for webinars and other educational materials that will take a deeper dive into the details of the new structure.