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March 1, 2015
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BUZZ:
  Subaru renews as Official Vehicle of USTA Colorado
  Host a Play Event in March
  Find a tennis job
  Breaking the Barriers: on the web
  Arthur Ashe Essay Contest is Open
  CYTF Program Grant Application deadline April 1
  Funding Available for New and Growing Tennis Programs
  Funding Available for Public Court Improvements
  Youth Special Need and Summer Tennis Camp Scholarship
  Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame Nominations Being Accepted

EVENTS:
  3D Coaches Seminar
  10 and Under Tennis Workshops
  Navratilova to keynote Junior League benefit “Journey” to support literacy efforts in Denver
  CTUA hosting Umpire Certification School

JUNIOR LEAGUES:
  Junior Team Tennis Facility Coordinator Meetings Set
  Additional Time Slot for Denver Metro Local League
  Attention all Jr Team Tennis Coordinators, Captains, Coaches, and Parents

ADULT LEAGUES:
  USTA Flex League
  USTA Mixed 40 & Over
  Changes for the 2015 League Season
  League Calendars

PLAY:
  Find a Team/Find a Player

TOURNAMENTS:
  Finding the right tournament for your junior player
  Rankings
  Upcoming Tournaments


Subaru renews as Official Vehicle of USTA Colorado
USTA Colorado is excited to welcome Subaru of America back as official vehicle of the organization for 2015.
The partnership helps USTA Colorado promote and grow tennis, specifically in the areas of youth and community tennis development and diversity and inclusion. Subaru’s reach extends to the CYTF’s Racquets For All program. As part of the partnership, Subaru will again donate 100 new youth racquets that will be disbursed to youth in need.

Host a Play Event in March
Kick off spring programming with a Play Day or Tennis Carnival during the month of March, in conjunction with World Tennis Day on March 10th, and receive a free $50 Amazon.com gift card!
Find a free Play Event near you!

Find a tennis job
Looking to work in the tennis industry? Check out USTA Colorado’s bulletin board.

Breaking the Barriers: on the web
The USTA Colorado Breaking the Barriers series, which debuted in 2011 with “An Exhibition in Courage” and continued in 2014 with “The Asian Connection” and “¡Vive le Tenis!” has arrived to the USTA Colorado website.

Arthur Ashe Essay Contest is Open
Participants in National Junior Tennis and Learning programs are encouraged to submit an essay on a local hero like Charlie Pasarell, one of the founders of National Junior Tennis League. Ten winners will receive a trip to New York City as VIP guests at the Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day on August 29, 2015. Click here for all the details.

CYTF Program Grant Application deadline April 1
The Colorado Youth Tennis Foundation is committed to providing financial assistance to organizations that want to make tennis programs available to under-served youth throughout the state of Colorado. The application deadline is April 1. Get more information online.

Funding Available for New and Growing Tennis Programs
USTA Colorado provides financial assistance to organizations seeking new and creative approaches to getting more adults involved in tennis. Program grants are due April 1.

Funding Available for Public Court Improvements
Adopt-A-Court grants are available through USTA Colorado to match funds needed for repairing and/or upgrading existing public tennis courts, court equipment or amenities. Deadline is April 1.

Youth Special Need and Summer Tennis Camp Scholarship
The Colorado Youth Foundation is accepting individual player special need scholarship applications. Awards are based on financial need.
The application deadline is April 1. Get more information online.

Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame Nominations Being Accepted
Nominations are being accepted for the Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame through March 31. Get more information online.

3D Coaches Seminar
Brian Gordon, PhD in Biomechanics and developer of 3D Tennis Technologies, will be returning to Colorado to offer his third annual coaches seminar, March 6-7 at Rocky Mountain Tennis Center in Boulder. Brian works out of the Rick Macci Academy. The past two years Brian has conducted seminars to help Colorado tennis professionals become more knowledgeable in biomechanically correct, scientifically based tennis stroke production.
There will be a Level 1 for first timers which will be in a classroom setting. Brian will bring his years of research to share with you via video and discussion. For those professionals who have been to a previous seminar Brian will be holding a Level 2 course which will be on court. Brian will show us what to look for in cause/effect and how to correct. It will be a very hands-on practical application. Each seminar will be a total of six hours of training and the fee is $300. Level 2 participants may also take Level 1 for a combined fee of $450. 30 participant maximum for each level.

Friday March 6
      Level 1: 6-9pm
      Level 2: 1-4pm

Saturday March 7
      Level 1: 1-4pm
      Level 2: 6-9pm

Email Randy Ross to reserve your space.

10 and Under Tennis Workshops
Don’t miss these high quality, hands-on workshops conducted by USTA-certified trainers to develop coaching skills and help anyone working with kids ensure they have a great time and want to keep playing. Check out the workshops coming up in May. Perfect training opportunity for parks and rec or summer camp staff as well as more experienced coaches pursuing certification with the USPTA or PTR teaching associations. Register now!

Navratilova to keynote Junior League benefit “Journey” to support literacy efforts in Denver
Join the Junior League of Denver (JLD) for The Journey, an evening fundraiser to support literacy efforts in the Denver metro area, on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center.

This year’s keynote speaker is Martina Navratilova, tennis player extraordinaire, who took women's tennis to a new level with her speed, determination, and agility. She won the Wimbledon women's singles title a record 9 times and has been described by many as "the greatest singles, doubles, and mixed doubles player who's ever lived". In all, Martina won 18 Grand Slam singles titles, 31 Grand Slam women's doubles titles (an all-time record), and 10 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles.

All proceeds support the JLD’s community focus, improving literacy rates for children birth through third grade in the Denver metro area. Funds raised by our events enable us to provide substantial financial and volunteer support to our community partners.

CTUA hosting Umpire Certification School
The Colorado Tennis Umpires Association is looking for officials.
  •  Do you enjoy tennis?
  •  Are you interested in giving back to tennis?
  •  Have you considered becoming a tennis official?
The CTUA invites you to attend the USTA Certification School on Saturday, March 14. For more details and to register, contact Jackie Jones, USTA-Colorado District Chair.

Junior Team Tennis Facility Coordinator Meetings Set
All facilities and providers that are interested in offering Junior Team Tennis are required to come to a Facility Coordinator Meeting. The following are the dates, times, and locations for Denver Metro and Southern Colorado. Please email Dan Lewis to RSVP for one of these meetings.

Denver Metro:
   March 17th 10am @ USTA Colorado
   March 19th 10am @ USTA Colorado
   March 25th 6pm @ USTA Colorado

Southern Colorado:
   March 18th 11am @ Flying Horse Club

Additional Time Slot for Denver Metro Local League
The Junior Recreation Committee has voted to add a time slot for 2015 Junior Team Tennis in the Denver Metro area. This addition is due to the growth in all age divisions, so now each age division will have a unique time slot on Mondays.
        10 and Under: 8:00am
        12 and Under: 10:00am
        14 and Under: 12:00pm
        18 and Under: 2:00pm

Attention all Jr Team Tennis Coordinators, Captains, Coaches, and Parents
All coordinators, captains, coaches and parents of JTT teams must complete a mandatory (and free) background check through the USTA. If you completed a background check in 2014, you do not have to do it again in 2015.

USTA Flex League
Join one of the fastest growing leagues in the country - USTA Flex League! This exciting format allows players to set the match date, time and location when it is convenient for their schedules. Singles, doubles and mixed formats are available at all NTRP levels. USTA memberships are not required and matches do not count toward NTRP ratings. So if you are looking for a fun way to meet new tennis players, work on your game, or just have fun playing more tennis, USTA Flex Leagues are for you! Click here to find out more or to register.

USTA Mixed 40 & Over
This is the second year for this league in Denver-Metro. It has been added to the league menu for Southern Colorado this year as well. New for 2015 - this league advances to Sectionals and Nationals! The levels that are offered are combined NTRP levels 6.0, 7.0, 8.0 and 9.0. One difference from the other mixed doubles leagues is that this league is played on Saturdays at noon or 3pm depending on the NTRP level. See the Days and Times by NTRP Level sheet for more information.

Changes for the 2015 League Season
Click here to see a summary of the major changes for USTA leagues this season. Please contact the Adult League department if you have any questions.

League Calendars
Don't be fooled by all of the snow on the ground! League tennis is right around the corner. Some of the first team minimum deadlines are approaching rapidly (as early as March 6). There have been some changes with league dates for 2015, primarily moving CTA Twilight to later in the season. In addition, there have been some levels that have been moved to a different day of the week. Be sure to check out the 2015 league deadlines so you don't miss out on all of the fun.

Find a Team/Find a Player
Are you looking for a team to play on or to find players for your existing team? The USTA Colorado league department keeps a list of players looking for teams and teams looking for players. Please visit our find a team page on COLORADOTENNIS.com and submit a player information form to adultleagues@coloradotennis.com or fax to 303/695-6302 if you would like to add your name to our list.

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!

Tournament Rankings
The 2014 Final Junior and Adult Tournament Rankings have been posted.

Upcoming Colorado Sanctioned Tournaments
(Entries closing in the next 45 days)
Tournament Name Entries
Open/Close
Tournament
Start/End
Lewis Tennis Spring Fling Challenger
Challenger: BG(14-18 (78'Court/Yellow Ball) )s,RR; Challenger: BG(10 (60'Court/Orange Ball) )s,RR; Challenger: BG(12 (78'Court/Green Ball) )s,RR
02/04/2015 (Open)
03/31/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
04/04/2015 (Start)
04/04/2015 (End)
JCC Doubles Spring Slam
NMW(3.0-4.5)d,SE; NX(3.5-4.5)d,SE
01/15/2015 (Open)
04/02/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
04/07/2015 (Start)
04/13/2015 (End)
Flying Horse Indoor Clay Derby Challenger
BG(10 (60'Court/Orange Ball) ,12 (78'Court/Green Ball) ,14-18 (78'Court/Yellow Ball) )s
01/01/2015 (Open)
04/03/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
04/10/2015 (Start)
04/12/2015 (End)
Rocky Mountain Tennis Center - Jr. Challenger #1
BG(10 (60'Court/Orange Ball) )sd,RR; BG(12 (78'Court/Green Ball) ,14-18 (78'Court/Yellow Ball) )sd,RR; BG(8 (36'Court/Red Ball) )sd,RR
01/31/2015 (Open)
04/04/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
04/11/2015 (Start)
04/12/2015 (End)
15th Annual Highlands Ranch 4.5, 4.0 Showdown
NMW(4.0-4.5)sd
01/30/2015 (Open)
04/05/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
04/13/2015 (Start)
04/19/2015 (End)
Rolling Hills Junior Indoor Open Championship
Open: BG(12,16 (78'Court/Yellow Ball) )s,SE
02/09/2015 (Open)
04/05/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
04/09/2015 (Start)
04/13/2015 (End)
JCC Spring Junior Open Championship
Open: BG(10 (60'Court/Orange Ball) ,12-18 (78'Court/Yellow Ball) )s,SE
12/31/2014 (Open)
04/08/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
04/13/2015 (Start)
04/20/2015 (End)
Boulder Country Club Adult Open
Open: NMW(3.0-3.5)sd,SE
01/27/2015 (Open)
04/10/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
04/17/2015 (Start)
04/24/2015 (End)
Life Time Jr. Tennis Championships
BG(12-18 (78'Court/Yellow Ball) )s
02/11/2015 (Open)
04/10/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
04/17/2015 (Start)
04/20/2015 (End)
Flying Horse Clay Indoor Championships
NMW(2.5-4.5)sd; NX(2.5-4.5)d
01/10/2015 (Open)
04/10/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
04/17/2015 (Start)
04/19/2015 (End)
JCC Adult Open
NM(Op,3.0-4.5)s,SE; NW(3.0-4.5)s,SE
12/31/2014 (Open)
04/16/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
04/21/2015 (Start)
04/26/2015 (End)
South Suburban Spring Fling (DESIGNATED 5.0 and 4.0)
NMW(2.5-4.0,5.0)sd; NX(2.5-4.0,5.0)d
02/16/2015 (Open)
04/18/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
04/24/2015 (Start)
04/30/2015 (End)
Rolling Hills Junior Indoor Open Championship
Open: BG(14,18 (78'Court/Yellow Ball) )s,SE
02/21/2015 (Open)
04/19/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
04/23/2015 (Start)
04/27/2015 (End)
Lewis Tennis Summer Super Set Challenger Series #1
Challenger: BG(14-18 (78'Court/Yellow Ball) )s,RR; Challenger: BG(10 (60'Court/Orange Ball) )s,RR; Challenger: BG(12 (78'Court/Green Ball) )s,RR
02/23/2015 (Open)
04/21/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
04/25/2015 (Start)
04/25/2015 (End)
JCC Spring Junior Challenger
Challenger: BG(10 (60'Court/Orange Ball) ,12 (78'Court/Green Ball) ,14-18 (78'Court/Yellow Ball) )s,COMP
12/31/2014 (Open)
04/22/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
04/27/2015 (Start)
05/04/2015 (End)
The 49th Annual Austin Scott Memorial (DESIGNATED 4.5,4.0,3.5,3.0)
MW(Op,50,60,70)sd,SE; X(Op)d,SE; NMW(2.5-5.0)sd,SE; NX(2.5-5.0)d,SE; LMW(A)sd,SE; LMW(B)sd,SE; LMW(C)sd,SE; LQ(A)s,SE; LQ(A)d,SE
02/27/2015 (Open)
04/24/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
05/02/2015 (Start)
05/09/2015 (End)
Boulder Country Club Junior Open Championship
B(12-18 (78'Court/Yellow Ball) )s,FMLC; B(10 (60'Court/Orange Ball) )s,FRLC; G(10 (60'Court/Orange Ball) ,12-14 (78'Court/Yellow Ball) )s,FRLC
02/27/2015 (Open)
04/24/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
04/29/2015 (Start)
05/04/2015 (End)
Aurora May Day Futures Tournament
BG(10 (60'Court/Orange Ball) ,12 (78'Court/Green Ball) ,14,18 (78'Court/Yellow Ball) )sd,RR
02/01/2015 (Open)
04/26/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
05/02/2015 (Start)
05/03/2015 (End)
Pinery NTRP Championships (DESIGNATED 5.0 4.5 4.0 3.5 3.0)
NMW(2.5,3.5,4.5)sd; NX(4.0-5.0)d
03/01/2015 (Open)
04/26/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
05/01/2015 (Start)
05/06/2015 (End)
Glen Hines Memorial Tournament (DESIGNATED)
M(45-90)sd,SE; W(45-80)sd,SE; X(45-85)d,SE
02/26/2015 (Open)
04/27/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
05/04/2015 (Start)
05/10/2015 (End)
Lewis Tennis School May Day Challenger
Challenger: BG(14-18 (78'Court/Yellow Ball) )s,RR; Challenger: BG(10 (60'Court/Orange Ball) )s,RR; Challenger: BG(12 (78'Court/Green Ball) )s,RR
03/02/2015 (Open)
04/28/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
05/02/2015 (Start)
05/02/2015 (End)
Pinery NTRP Championships (DESIGNATED)
NMW(3.0,4.0,5.0)sd; NX(3.0-3.5)d
02/26/2015 (Open)
04/29/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
05/05/2015 (Start)
05/10/2015 (End)
Miramont Open Championship Boys 16
Open: B(16 (78'Court/Yellow Ball) )sd,COMP
03/15/2014 (Open)
05/02/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
05/09/2015 (Start)
05/10/2015 (End)
South Suburban Junior Futures #1
BG(12 (78'Court/Green Ball) ,14 (78'Court/Yellow Ball) )sd,NEF
03/01/2015 (Open)
05/02/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
05/09/2015 (Start)
05/10/2015 (End)
Lewis Tennis Adult Warmup
NMW(3.0-4.0)s,RR
02/27/2015 (Open)
05/05/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
05/09/2015 (Start)
05/09/2015 (End)
USTA Intermountain Zone Team Registration (BG) 12s-16s
BG(12-16 (78'Court/Yellow Ball) )s
02/16/2015 (Open)
05/05/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
07/02/2015 (Start)
07/06/2015 (End)
USTA Intermountain Intersectional Registration (BG)14s-(BG)16s
BG(14-16 (78'Court/Yellow Ball) )s
02/16/2015 (Open)
05/05/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
07/04/2015 (Start)
07/08/2015 (End)
USTA Intermountain Level 3 Closed Summer Championships
Level 3: BG(12-18 (78'Court/Yellow Ball) )s,FIC-R16; BG(12-18 (78'Court/Yellow Ball) )d,SE
03/06/2015 (Open)
05/06/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
06/06/2015 (Start)
06/09/2015 (End)
Chester Harris Memorial City Park Tournament -
NM(3.0-5.0)sd,NEF; NW(3.0-5.5)s,NEF; NW(3.0-5.0)d,NEF; NX(3.0-5.0)d,NEF
03/13/2015 (Open)
05/06/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
05/13/2015 (Start)
05/17/2015 (End)
Meadow Creek Junior Challenger (DESIGNATED)
Challenger: B(12 (78'Court/Green Ball) ,14-18 (78'Court/Yellow Ball) )s,RR; G(12 (78'Court/Green Ball) ,14 (78'Court/Yellow Ball) )s,RR
12/31/2014 (Open)
05/07/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
05/14/2015 (Start)
05/17/2015 (End)
Evergreen Sports Center Senior Slam
MW(50-75)d,SE
03/07/2015 (Open)
05/07/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
05/14/2015 (Start)
05/17/2015 (End)
Parker Spring Open
M(Op)s,SE; NM(3.0-4.5)sd,SE; NW(2.5-4.5)sd,SE; NX(3.0-4.5)d,SE
03/02/2015 (Open)
05/07/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
05/14/2015 (Start)
05/17/2015 (End)
Level 5 ITA District Cup Series - 16's
BG(16 (78'Court/Yellow Ball) )sd,COMP
03/23/2015 (Open)
05/09/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
05/23/2015 (Start)
05/26/2015 (End)
Level 5 ITA District Cup Series -14's
BG(14 (78'Court/Yellow Ball) )sd,COMP
03/23/2015 (Open)
05/09/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
05/23/2015 (Start)
05/25/2015 (End)
Level 5 ITA District Cup Series -10's
BG(10 (60'Court/Orange Ball) )sd,COMP
03/23/2015 (Open)
05/09/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
05/23/2015 (Start)
05/26/2015 (End)
Rocky Mountain Tennis Center - Spring Jr. Open #1 sponsored by 5430 Kids' Tennis Foundation
BG(12-18 (78'Court/Yellow Ball) )sd,RR; BG(10 (60'Court/Orange Ball) )sd,RR; BG(8 (36'Court/Red Ball) )sd,RR
02/28/2015 (Open)
05/09/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
05/16/2015 (Start)
05/17/2015 (End)
15th Annual Highlands Ranch Jr. Challenger Showdown
BG(10 (60'Court/Orange Ball) ,14 (78'Court/Green Ball) ,18 (78'Court/Yellow Ball) )s,RR
03/19/2015 (Open)
05/10/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
05/18/2015 (Start)
05/24/2015 (End)
Aurora Spring Challenger Tournament
BG(10 (60'Court/Orange Ball) ,12 (78'Court/Green Ball) ,14,18 (78'Court/Yellow Ball) )sd,RR
02/01/2015 (Open)
05/10/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
05/16/2015 (Start)
05/17/2015 (End)
Spring Slam
BG(14-18 (78'Court/Yellow Ball) )s,SE
03/08/2015 (Open)
05/10/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
05/15/2015 (Start)
05/18/2015 (End)
Fox Hill Spring Challenger
Challenger: BG(12 (78'Court/Green Ball) ,14-18 (78'Court/Yellow Ball) )s
02/28/2015 (Open)
05/11/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
05/15/2015 (Start)
05/17/2015 (End)
 
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