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Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame Gala registration now open
Registration is now open for the Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame Gala, set for January 20, 2016. Come on out and be part of the celebration. Inductees include Dave Benson, Mary Jane Metcalf Donnalley, Dennis Ralston and Don Willsie.

Support the CYTF on Colorado Gives Day
Help change lives through tennis by supporting the Colorado Youth Tennis Foundation on Colorado Gives Day, Tuesday, December 6, 2016. Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy through online giving. You don't have to wait until Colorado Gives Day though, you can schedule your gift today. Donate here.

2017 Big Book advertising reservations being accepted
It’s hard to believe, but the 2017 Big Book of Colorado Tennis is just a few months away. Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to reach potential customers. More than 23,000 USTA members receive this publication directly in their mailbox, and thousands of additional copies are delivered to tennis and fitness facilities across the state where non-USTA members can enjoy tennis-related content. Contact Karen Engel by December 12. The 2017 Media Kit can be downloaded here.

Colorado Tennis Fall/Winter 2016 now available on newsstand
The Spring 2016 issue of Colorado Tennis newspaper is now available on the USTA Colorado newsstand. Read online or download to your computer or tablet for later viewing. Miss an issue? More than a half dozen years of Colorado Tennis can be viewed and/or downloaded.

Subaru paves way for grassroots tennis
As longtime official vehicle of USTA Colorado, Subaru of America continues to make sure that people from all parts of Colorado are being exposed to and experience the lifetime sport of tennis. See how their partnership is making a difference here.

Fossil Ridge High School Takes RFA High School Challenge Title
Fossil Ridge boys’ tennis has re-claimed the winning Racquets for All High School Challenge title from Arapahoe this past season. Thanks to the team and the coaches for their efforts to gather equipment that will be shared with other high school players and youth programs that are in need of racquets. In addition to the Sabercats, kudos to the teams from Arapahoe, Valor and Columbine high schools who are also making a difference through the program!

Looking for a tennis job?
USTA Colorado has several job postings from area facilities that will help you fulfill your dreams of working in the tennis industry! Find your tennis career here.

2016 Year-end NTRP Ratings are now available
USTA National has published 2016 year-end NTRP Ratings (not to be confused with tournament ‘rankings’). To look up your rating, go to Find a Rating on TennisLink and input your USTA number in the top box. If you are interested in appealing your rating, please see the information below on the procedure for appeals. You can also visit the NTRP section on our website for more information about the NTRP system. Remember – "tennisleaguestats" (TLS) ratings are not NTRP Ratings, so please do not confuse the websites. The only valid place to see your NTRP rating is on TennisLink.

If you have questions about NTRP ratings and appeals, please see our website as we have answers to most questions there.

Procedure for Appealing your NTRP Rating
All appeals, except “medical appeals” must follow the automated appeal process in TennisLink. This process allows players to appeal their rating online and find out automatically if their appeal has been granted or denied. Players may only attempt to appeal their own rating. Once an appeal is submitted, the decision is final, so do not attempt to appeal your rating unless you truly want to appeal.

Instructions on how to file an automated appeal:
1. Go to Tennislink and login to your account.
2. The appeal link is located next to the player' s NTRP level listing in the upper right hand corner of the League page or My Tennis Page.
3. Select whether you would like to appeal Up or Down and click Submit.
4. The screen will refresh and indicate whether your appeal is granted or denied. Remember, if you are successful with an automated appeal, it cannot be changed back, so it is not something that should be done ‘just to see if you get granted or not.’ If your appeal is denied, there is no further appeal that can be filed except a medical appeal (if applicable).

Medical Appeals
Should you wish to file a medical appeal, note that your injury / illness must be permanent and disabling, and must have happened after your last match in 2015 was played. Medical appeals that are requesting to appeal “up” are not accepted for any reason. Should you wish to file a medical appeal, the forms can be downloaded here.

If you have questions about NTRP ratings and appeals, please see our website as we have answers to most questions there.

Adult & Junior League Facility Coordinator meetings set
The League Department kicks off the 2017 league season with several Denver Metro area Facility Coordinator meetings scheduled in January. It is mandatory for each facility coordinator to attend one of the meetings. All meetings will take place at the USTA Colorado offices. Space is limited to 20 people at each meeting, so an RSVP is required with the date you plan to attend no later than December 15.

Denver-Metro dates and times:
   Tuesday, January 10 @ 10:00 am
   Wednesday, January 11 @ 10:00 am
   Thursday, January 12 @ 10:00 am
   Wednesday, January 18 @ 10:00 am
   Wednesday, January 18 @ 5:00 pm

Please RSVP by December 15 via email to Kent Waryan.

The Northern Colorado Adult League meeting will be held Thursday, January 12 @ 6:00 pm at Highland Meadows Tennis Center. Please RSVP to Diane Westlind by Jan 1.

Meeting times for Southern Colorado, Mountains and Western Slope will be set up and communicated by each Area Coordinator.

Finding the right tournament for your junior player
Parents looking to make plans for the summer tournament season are encouraged to review the complete listings of RED (8 and under), ORANGE (10 and under) and GREEN (12 and under) ball events. And before you sign your child up for their event, be sure you know the answer to the 8 Questions Every Tournament Parent Should Know.

This year, all Level 8/Futures (Entry-level) and Level 7/Challenger (Intermediate) Colorado tournaments will utilize the ACE Format. It’s a better tournament experience, and it’s as easy as 1-2-3!

Upcoming Colorado Sanctioned Tournaments
(Entries closing in the next 45 days)
Tournament Name Entries
Open/Close
Tournament
Start/End
3rd Annual Life Time Holiday Classic
Intermediate: NMW(4.0-4.5)sd,FMLC
01/31/2016 (Open)
12/09/2016 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
12/16/2016 (Start)
12/18/2016 (End)
Inverness Holiday Cup #1
NM(3.0-5.0)s; NW(3.0-4.5)s
01/01/2016 (Open)
12/11/2016 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
12/18/2016 (Start)
12/23/2016 (End)
Pinery Country Club Holiday Jr. Challenger (Level 7)
BG(10 (60'Court/Orange Ball) ,12 (78'Court/Green Ball) ,14-18 (78'Court/Yellow Ball) )s
10/10/2016 (Open)
12/11/2016 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
12/16/2016 (Start)
12/24/2016 (End)
Inverness Holiday Cup #2
NMW(3.0-5.0)d
01/01/2016 (Open)
12/18/2016 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
12/26/2016 (Start)
12/30/2016 (End)
Junior Holiday Open Championship (Level 6)
BG(12-18 (78'Court/Yellow Ball) )s,SE
10/01/2016 (Open)
12/19/2016 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
12/26/2016 (Start)
12/31/2016 (End)
Northern Extreme at The Ranch (Level 6)
Advanced: BG(12-18 (78'Court/Yellow Ball) )sd,SE
11/15/2016 (Open)
12/26/2016 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
01/01/2017 (Start)
01/05/2017 (End)
Rolling Hills Winter Blast - Level 7
BG(12 (78'Court/Green Ball) )s,COMP
11/01/2016 (Open)
12/31/2016 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
01/07/2017 (Start)
01/07/2017 (End)
Rolling Hills Winter Blast - Level 7
BG(14 (78'Court/Yellow Ball) )s,COMP
11/01/2016 (Open)
01/08/2017 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
01/14/2017 (Start)
01/14/2017 (End)
Flying Horse New Year's Clay Championships
NMW(2.5-4.5)sd; NX(2.5-4.5)d
11/28/2016 (Open)
01/13/2017 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
01/20/2017 (Start)
01/22/2017 (End)
Rolling Hills Snow Ball - Level 6
BG(14 (78'Court/Yellow Ball) )s,COMP
11/17/2016 (Open)
01/15/2017 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
01/21/2017 (Start)
01/22/2017 (End)
 
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