Vena Trifecta!

The 2020 Summer Challenge Ladder has come to a close and I am here to announce the prizes.

Before I get to those, I wanted to thank everyone for one of the Biggest number of participants in recent memory: 40 players in all. A total of 177 matches played. Thank you for being prompt in reporting your scores and just for keeping the tennis 4 all spirit alive and well here in the unforgettable summer of 2020.

Please consider joining us next summer and lets try and get 50 folks on the ladder!

And now…the prizes. Happy to see lots of new faces on the ladder this year. And there was some interesting matchups and places being traded at all levels. But one person stands out above us all.

The prize for finishing a top the ladder goes to one man: Alex Vena

The prize for making the biggest jump from the beginning of the summer to the end of the summer goes to one man: Alex Vena (from #18 to #1)

And…prizes for the 2 biggest point totals… In second place with 87 points is Scott Enos and in first place with 107 points is yes, you guessed it….Alex Vena.

Congratulations Scott and.. as for you Alex Vena, this is very impressive. Well done.

Prizes will be forthcoming. They will be epic.

Commissioner Longlegs…out.

Space still available to join the T4A membership social

There is still space to register for the 9/12/20 Fall Tennis4All membership social (we will close registration Friday 8pm).  You can sign-up using the following link:  http://tennis4all.org/events/
If you have signed-up, please don’t be a no show!  Please update your attendance by Friday evening as needed. 🙂

Registration for the 9/12/20 Fall Tennis4All membership social is open

Registration for the 9/12/20 Fall Tennis4All membership social is now open.
You can sign-up using the following link:  http://tennis4all.org/events/
This event will be held at The Northeast Tennis Center, Middleton MA.  There are 6 dedicated outdoor green clay courts reserved for our group.
To observe social distancing guidelines we will have 2 sessions available to choose from (24 players each), from 11:30-1:30p & another from 2-4p.  This event is free but limited to members.  If this is your first event you can sign-up for membership prior to registration.
Unlike previous years, we will not be serving food (or signature beverages) and will pair down the activities to focus on getting out on the courts, seeing old friends and connecting with new ones.  Hopefully, when things get back to normal-we can plan a larger event and celebrate!
contact social-events@tennis4all.org with questions.

SAVE the DATE! Saturday 9/12/20 T4A fall member event

Hello T4A members!

Please save the date, 9/12/20 for the Tennis4All fall member event which will be held on the outdoor clay courts of the Northeast Tennis Center in Middleton.  Details and registration will be forthcoming.

This will be a free event to connect and play with members outdoors.  We will be observing social distancing guidelines on the 6 available courts.  Since it will be a limited capacity, we will have 2 sessions from 11:30-1:30 pm and 2-4 pm.  There will be a max capacity of 24 players per session.

Registration for the event will be open this weekend.  We look forward to seeing you on the courts.

Tennis4All Board elections

Tennis4All Members:
REMINDER: It’s that time of the year again!  Please let us know if you are interested in joining the Tennis4All Board.

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 cliffg@gmail.com 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/

Thank you!

Cliff Gibbons cliffg@gmail.com
Tennis4All Clerk

Interested in the 2020-21 Tennis4All Board???

Tennis4All Members:
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 cliffg@gmail.com 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/

Thank you!

Cliff Gibbons cliffg@gmail.com
Tennis4All Clerk

Fall Singles League – Register Now!

All,

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:

  1. Go to the Tennis4All website by clicking HERE.
  2. 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 membership@tennis4all.org.  
  3. Click the big blue “Sign Up!” button at the bottom.
  4. Complete the application.
  5. Submit payment.
  6. 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 poyar.kyle@gmail.com

If you’re interested in being a substitute, please email Kyle at poyar.kyle@gmail.com 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.

-Kyle

Summer Ladder Extension!

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.

cheers,

-Doug

E ‘n E!

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!

As always,

-Commissioner Longlegs