It’s that time of the year again! Please let us know if you are interested in joining the Tennis4All Board.
It was a challenging year due to the pandemic, so we are looking to re-energize our group to improve our core activities while finding new ways to connect with the LGBT+ tennis community. We can only do this with the support and guidance of our volunteer board members.
Do YOU have thoughts on how to make Tennis4All more fun and offer great events?? Well, then put your name in the hat and join the board 😊 The board members are chiefly responsible for planning and managing the various year-round activities (i.e., singles league, doubles league, ladders, socials, team tennis, BTC tournament, etc.) and setting goals on how to improve the organization for years to come.
If you are a current member of Tennis4All and interested in running for one of the 12 board member positions, please e-mail your interest to firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday, August 30th, 2020. Depending on the number of candidates, you may be asked to provide a brief paragraph (fewer than 150 words please) explaining who you are and why you want to hold a position. The final list of candidates will be announced and all members will have an opportunity to vote via e-mail if we have more than 12 candidates.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact me or any of the current board members: http://tennis4all.org/contact/
Cliff Gibbons email@example.com
Hey out there on the Summer Challenge Ladder Tour!
A little gray this weekend made for some good tennis weather. Did you play?
Wanted to welcome some new members to the ladder…in recent weeks we have been joined by Jeff Stohlberg, Eric Sprotsky, Andrew Orr-Skirvin and, lets not forget the return of Roman Krasikov! Our ladder is 37 members strong now thanks to your presence. Thanks for joining!
On that note, please let anyone you think might be interested know that there they can still join. We are going to the end of September and there is a lot of tennis to be played. 10 bucks! Damn it.
Mr Ehrlich continues to hold on to the top rung, well done to the man who retrieves EVERY BALL EVER (not bitter)
Some impressive wins in the last week-ish by Daveth Cheth and Gino Galutera. Come on!
Also a special shout out to Alex Vena who is the first player to break 60 points on the points ladder, at 61. Victor Hart is right there under your feet, and I look forward to seeing that see-saw the rest of the way! Or will Scott Enos sneak up on them both? Anything could happen! Its wacky over on the points ladder!
Have a great week all!
Icing my left knee constantly,
After a COVID-induced hiatus, I am delighted to share with you the details of the Fall 2020 Singles Season by Tennis4All!
The details are as follows:
- This season will consist of 15 weeks, from September 13, 2020 through December 20, 2020. There will not be any weeks where there are no scheduled matches. All scheduled matches will be on Sundays at 6PM.
- The cost will be $210 for the season.
- Each participant will be scheduled to play at least 9 matches.
- We are maxed out at 46 participants.
- We encourage participants to sign up as soon as possible.
- Registration will open on Saturday, August 8 and will remain open until the earlier of (a) member capacity is reached or (b) Monday, August 17.
- We will be sending a reminder email to our membership each day registration is open. In advance, we ask for your patience and understanding regarding multiple emails; these reminders are vital to both reaching our capacity and keeping the league successful and competitive.
- Everyone will be allowed to request up to 2 Sundays off, and we will do our absolute best to accommodate those requests.
- We will be instituting new COVID-19 safety procedures including a BYOB (bring your own balls!) policy, and other steps to ensure social distancing.
- Please note that Winchester Tennis Club has clear rules related to COVID-19 (temperate taken at the door, locker rooms closed, mask requirement, no lingering in the lobby). These must be followed by all participants.
How to sign up:
- Go to the Tennis4All website by clicking HERE.
- Verify your membership is up-to-date. If you are not sure if it is up-to-date, please email your Membership Director, Brian Bartoloni, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Click the big blue “Sign Up!” button at the bottom.
- Complete the application.
- Submit payment.
- Please note that all three of the following must be successfully completed to be considered registered: (a) membership up-to-date; (b) application submitted; and (c) payment received. If you have any questions/concerns, please reach out to Kyle Poyar at email@example.com.
If you’re interested in being a substitute, please email Kyle at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll add you to the list.
I (Kyle Poyar) and John Costello will be the directors of the singles season.
As always, if you have any questions/concerns, please let me know.
A very brief update to let you know that we have decided to Extend the Challenge Ladder Season to Sunday September 27. Along with that, it is still Totally fine to join now! It costs only $10 to participate. Plenty of time and nice weather to play on. Visit the challenge ladder page/rules etc to find out how it works and send me an email if you have questions.
Greetings Ladder Participants!
A brief update to let you know that Dan Ehrlich defeated Conor McCormack last night in a riveting 3 set match to take over the top spot on the Standings Ladder.
And Scott Enos continues to impress with his Constant match play, thus taking over the top spot over on Point Ladder.
Well done, Gentlemen with last name E!
Movement abounds here and there on the ladder, check out the standings to see for yourself.
August arrives at the end of the week and there is still a lot of Time left to make your move!
Its hot out there folks. Hydrate. Reach high. But don’t hibernate. Its on!
Ladies and Gentleman of the Ladder, as the vanquished #1 player Steve Menichetti himself reported to me in these very words, I have news to share…’There is a New Sheriff in Town’… and his name… is Conor McCormack. He usurped Menichetti 6-4, 6-4 this evening. Well done, Conor!
I would also like to add that a few days earlier Mr McCormack also defeated me in ANOTHER F’ING TIE BREAKER LOSS in the first set (we will not discuss the second set…) But I’m not bitter. Losing tiebreakers can only make me stronger. Ok, I’m a little bitter.
It must also be reported that Mr Conall O’Cleirigh Buzzed up into the #4 position on the ladder after what sounds like a national geographic NIGHTMARE of a match. Onlookers report that Mr O’Cleirigh was chased mid-match by a SWARM of hornets, three of whom managed to sting him (location, unknown) and that it was only the bravery of his opponent, Gino Galutera, that saved Conall from further stings…Gino somehow managed to ‘shoo’ the swarm away. Next, a visibly distraught O’Cleirigh not only recovered but went on to put the biggest ‘sting’ on his opponent, defeating Gino and taking over his spot on the ladder! I only wish there was video of all of this, frankly.
Victor Hart is joined on the top rung of the Points ladder by Alex Vena this week: well done to both of you!
Pretty good weather thru the weekend. Stay hydrated. Stay 6 feet apart. Play tennis!
Lots of changes on the ladder of late. Very pleased so many folks are getting out there and playing, meeting one another, that’s the main thing!
Victor Hart is the first player to break 30 points over on the Points Ladder, though there are quite a few directly below him…keep playing Victor!
Steve Menechetti took over the top spot…for now…well done, Steve!
Alex Vena made a very big leap this week with a grueling 7-6, 7-5 against yours truly. I would also like to point out that I lost to Ryan Losey 7-6, 7-6 last Sunday. Not nice. : )
All kidding about LOSING CLOSE MATCHES aside, I do want to point out one quirky ‘rule’ on the Challenge Ladder. As long as you are in range of one another (6 above, 4 below) When the Challenge is Issued, then the match counts, even if things change on the ladder before you actually play. So for instance, someone (lets call him Frank) could be 6 below me when he issues a challenge to me, and then Frank in the meantime loses to someone 6 below him (call her Julie). Then, Frank and I play and he beats me. He DOES take my spot even though he is now 7 below me (Julie replaced him). He replaces me because when we challenged, he was in range. What you cannot do is INITIALLY challenge someone or be challenged by someone out of range (its why its important to pay attention to the Standings when you issue/receive a challenge.) It can be frustrating too because someone you Just beat might the next day beat someone above you and yep, they rise above you, even though you just double destroyed them! Its Challenge Ladder MADNESS!
Its also perfectly fine to play with someone totally out of your range. We call that a Friendly.
Thanks again for participating this summer and helping keep Tennis 4 All going!
-Commish Long Legs
As we near the end of June, an update:
This week saw some excellent weather and…some dynamic movement on the ladder!
Gino Galutera and Tom Walsh are now assuming the #1 and #2 rungs respectively: well done, gentlemen.
Ryan Losey and Alex Vena also made pretty big leaps this week…and some week 1 revenge today from yours truly on Mr O’Cleirigh. The JP rivalry is REAL. And far from over.
We also have a new leader on the Points Ladder, Victor Hart. Nice work getting out there Victor!
We had a new member to the ladder added just today and yes, please let any friends know that they can still join any time during the summer.
Weather looks good later in the week. Challenge away!
Greetings Tennis Ladder 2020
just a little update after week one to let you know that Mr Victor Hart sits alone in the Points Column, with Mr Meneccheti and Mr Krasikov directly below: well done Gentlemen.
looks like the most nail biting match happened this week between Mr Krasikov and Mr Wood, a 10-8 tie breaker sealed the deal for Mr Krasikov. Well done, Roman.
Early part of the week looks good so let’s get out there and WERK!
I am pleased to say that the Summer Challenge Ladder is already 31 rungs strong, and its not even July!
Please join us (only 10 bucks) and know there is plenty of room all summer for you.
This will be my last All-Members announcement for a while.
Hope to see you out there. The vibe is good. The weather is choice. The price is right.
Are you ready to climb?