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December 1, 2014
2015 Big Book reservations close today!
The 2015 Big Book of Colorado Tennis is just a few short months away, and USTA Colorado is accepting reservations for advertising. The deadline to advertise in next year’s Big Book is December 1, 2014. It will be distributed in January.

Help Change Lives Through Tennis
December 9 is Colorado Gives Day, when Colorado comes together to raise dollars for nonprofits including the Colorado Youth Tennis Foundation. But, you don’t have to wait until then to schedule your gift to the CYTF. You can do it today! Kids who play tennis get better grades, develop stronger social connections and are more self confident. Be a real advocate for kids by making sure that those who don’t have access can benefit from all the sport has to offer. Gifts scheduled for Colorado Gives Day will be eligible for the $1 Million Incentive Fund, which proportionally increases the value of every dollar donated.

Play hard, Play fair, Play KIND
Players at 2014 Colorado district league championship tournaments learned about the USTA Colorado/KIND co-branded message – Play hard, Play fair, Play KIND – developed through a new partnership between USTA Colorado and KIND. The partnership promotes healthy snacking and good sportsmanship. KIND products are made from ingredients you can see and pronounce. Join the Play KIND movement and get free bars delivered to your door.

Crestmoor seeking tennis teaching professional
Crestmoor Community Association is seeking a full time tennis teaching professional for the summer season. The successful candidate will join the teaching staff in working with adults and juniors and will conduct team practices, group lessons and some private lessons. Interested parties should send resume to Leanne Palmisano, Crestmoor's Director of Tennis.

USTA Colorado Seeks Like-minded Partners
The explosive popularity of tennis makes it a viable investment for companies seeking exposure among the diverse group of players who frequent the courts. While the sport is reaching people of all backgrounds, our demographic includes those with strong earning power. A partnership with USTA Colorado gives sponsoring businesses the ability to capitalize on this rapidly growing market. For more information on corporate sponsorship opportunities, contact Lisa Schaefer at 303/695-4116 x 201.

Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame Gala
Join us for the 15th annual Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame Gala on Friday, January 23, where four inductees will be enshrined into the Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame and twenty four USTA Colorado Annual Awards will be presented to recognize sportsmanship, achievements and service to the tennis community. For information and tickets.

USPTA hosting conferences
USPTA Intermountain will be hosting a regional Conference at Lifetime Fitness in Centennial, Colorado on February 7-8, 2015. This Conference will combine with the yearly Colorado High School Coaches Workshop. Contact Nora Harrison at 720/281-8422 for more information. Testing/Certification will be offered on Friday, February 6, 2015. Please contact Vicky Tristan at 800/877-8248 ext 108 for testing dates and information.

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. Early Bird Tickets ($125 before February 5, 2015) and Early Bird Patron Tickets ($200 before February 5, 2015) are available now. Additional information is available through the Junior League of Denver website.

Recapping the 2014 Breaking the Barriers 2.0 exhibit in pictures
2014 was an incredible year for the Breaking the Barriers Series, as the second and third chapters focusing on the Asian and Latino communities completed their respective runs at Denver International Airport and the Webb Municipal Building. Relive some of the highlights from the Asian Connection and ¡Vive el Tenis! receptions, and see the portraits, photographed by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Barry Gutierrez.

2014 Year-end NTRP Ratings to be published soon
USTA National plans to have the 2014 year-end NTRP Ratings available by December 2 (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 or send us an email (Jarret Sutphin / Jason Rogers).

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).

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 2014 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. Submit completed forms to Jarret Sutphin.

If you have questions about NTRP ratings and appeals, please see our website or send us an email (Jarret Sutphin / Jason Rogers).

Adult League Facility Coordinator meetings set
The Adult League Department kicks off the 2015 league season with six 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 at each meeting, so please RSVP with the date you plan to attend no later than December 15.

Denver-Metro dates and times:
   Tuesday, January 13 @ 10:00 am
   Wednesday, January 14 @ 10:00 am
   Thursday, January 15 @ 10:00 am
   Wednesday, January 21 @ 10:00 am
   Wednesday, January 21 @ 5:30 pm
   Saturday, January 25 @ 9:00 am

Please RSVP by December 15 via email to Taylor McKinley.

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

Captains' Incentive Program
Captains play a vital role of any successful league program - and Colorado has 3000 of the most dedicated captains in the country. As a means of showing our gratitude for Colorado captains, USTA Colorado has had a "Captain's Incentive Program" for over 10 years. Through the years, the program has changed several times and for that past two years, USTA Colorado has been sending two lucky captains (plus one guest for each captain) to the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, CA. All team captains throughout the state are entered into a random drawing to select one male and one female captain. We will be announcing the the winners of the 2014 drawing later this month. If you didn’t captain a team in 2014, be sure to get involved in 2015!
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