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February 1, 2015
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BUZZ:
  2015 Big Book now online
  Scenes from the 2015 Hall of Fame Gala
  CYTF debuts new video
  USTA Intermountain garners TIA “Section of the Year” award
  Colorado juniors look strong in SLC
  Host a Play Event in March
  Play hard, Play fair, Play KIND
  City of Colorado Springs Seeking Proposals to Manage Tennis Complex
  Find a tennis job

EVENTS:
  USPTA hosting conferences
  CTUA hosting Umpire Certification School
  Navratilova to keynote Junior League benefit “Journey” to support literacy efforts in Denver

JUNIOR LEAGUES:
  Junior Team Tennis Facility Coordinator Meetings Set
  Additional Time Slot for Denver Metro Local League

ADULT LEAGUES:
  Adult League Registration Now Open
  Changes for the 2015 League Season
  Find a Team/Find a Player

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


2015 Big Book now online
The 2015 Big Book of Colorado Tennis, the Official Publication of Tennis Lovers, has been mailed to USTA member households across Colorado. The Book is also available to view online or as a download.

Scenes from the 2015 Hall of Fame Gala
If you haven't seen the photos from the 2015 Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame Gala, be sure to check them out. It was a special night for tennis in our community, as we look back on a year of special accomplishments, and a lifetime of devotion and excellence in tennis.

CYTF debuts new video
The Colorado Youth Tennis Foundation debuted its new video at the 2015 Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame Gala, held January 23.

USTA Intermountain garners TIA “Section of the Year” award
USTA Intermountain has been named Section of the Year for 2014 by the Tennis Industry Association.

Colorado juniors look strong in SLC
Results from the 2015 USTA Intermountain Level 4 Winter Masters in Salt Lake City, UT.

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!

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.

City of Colorado Springs Seeking Proposals to Manage Tennis Complex
The City of Colorado Springs is soliciting proposals for the purpose of operating racquets sports programs for children and adults under the direction of the City’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department. The successful vendor shall operate, manage and maintain the City’s Memorial Park Tennis and Handball Complex as well as oversee use of tennis courts located at additional sites. A pre-proposal conference is scheduled for this solicitation on February 3, 2015 at 9:00am at the Tennis Complex located in Memorial Park. Proposals are due no later than 3:00pm February 13, 2015. RFP is available online.

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

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 or 720/281-8422 for more information.

Testing/Certification will be offered from Thursday through Friday, February 5 & 6, 2015. Please contact Vicky Tristan or 800/877-8248 ext 108 to register for testing.

A 10&U Workshop will be offered at the USPTA Conference on Friday, February 6 at Life Time Fitness from 3-6:30pm. Cost is $15 per person. To register for this upcoming workshop, please visit the website coachyouthtennis.com.

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 Sunday, February 22, or on Saturday, March 14. For more details and to register, contact Jackie Jones, USTA-Colorado District Chair.

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.

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, Southern Colorado, and Northern Colorado.

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

Northern Colorado:
   February 24th 6pm @ Miramont Lifetime Fitness

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 Monday mornings.
        10 and Under: 8:00am
        12 and Under: 10:00am
        14 and Under: 12:00pm
        18 and Under: 2:00pm

Adult League Registration Now Open
All adult leagues are now open for registration for the 2015 season. If you need a team number, please contact your facility coordinator. League deadlines, as well as match days and times can be found online. For more information please contact the USTA Colorado league department.

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.

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
Meadow Creek Junior Open Championship (DESIGNATED)
Championships: B(12-18 (78'Court/Yellow Ball) )s,SE; G(12-14 (78'Court/Yellow Ball) )s,SE
12/31/2014 (Open)
03/01/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
03/08/2015 (Start)
03/14/2015 (End)
Young Guns Championship
Level 6: BG(10 (60'Court/Orange Ball) )s,FMLC; BG(12-14 (78'Court/Yellow Ball) )s,SE
01/07/2015 (Open)
03/01/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
03/06/2015 (Start)
03/09/2015 (End)
Lewis Tennis March Madness Challenger
Challenger: BG(10 (60'Court/Orange Ball) )s,RR; Challenger: BG(14-18 (78'Court/Yellow Ball) )s,RR; Challenger: BG(12 (78'Court/Green Ball) )s,RR
01/07/2015 (Open)
03/03/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
03/07/2015 (Start)
03/07/2015 (End)
Vail Cascade's Tennis Ninjas Challenger
Challenger: BG(10 (60'Court/Orange Ball) ,12 (78'Court/Green Ball) )sd,NEF
01/26/2015 (Open)
03/11/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
03/21/2015 (Start)
03/22/2015 (End)
Flying Horse Indoor Clay Thoroughbred Champ.
Championships: BG(10 (60'Court/Orange Ball) ,12-18 (78'Court/Yellow Ball) )s
01/19/2015 (Open)
03/13/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
03/20/2015 (Start)
03/22/2015 (End)
Pikes Peak Open
Open: MW(Op)sd,SE; NMW(3.0-4.5)sd,SE; NX(3.0-4.5)d,SE
01/21/2015 (Open)
03/18/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
03/23/2015 (Start)
03/29/2015 (End)
Gates Ladder - Winter Classic
NM(3.0-5.0)s,SE; NW(2.5-4.5)s,SE
01/01/2015 (Open)
03/22/2015 (Close)
at 11:59:00 PM
03/26/2015 (Start)
03/29/2015 (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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
 
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