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2004 USTA Annual Meeting Summary for Adult/Senior Competition Committee

May 25, 2008 12:08 PM

COMMITTEE MEETING SUMMARY MINUTES

COMMITTEE Adult/Senior Competition

CHAIRMAN John T. Donelan

DATE/LOCATION March 22-23, 2004/San Juan, Puerto Rico

Decisions Made (and primary rationale)

· A motion was made and passed 15 in favor, 5 opposed to permit each section to hold as many sectional championships as they deem appropriate.

· A motion was made and passed unanimously to submit a Call Item on the September Call renaming the Balboa Tiebreak as the Coman Tiebreak. (This issue was disposed of at the Annual Meeting Call and therefore is now moot.)

· A motion was made and passed unanimously to change the site of the Men’s 65 and 70 Category I Indoor Championships from its current site to the Racquet Club of Irvine on the same dates.

· A motion was made and passed unanimously placing the National Men’s 70 and 75 Category I Indoors Event at the Chancelors Family Center in Houston, TX on probation for a one (1) year period unless certain tournament operations failures are corrected. Jim Nelson, Vice-President of Sanctions and Schedules is to send a letter to the Chancelors Family Center advising them of their probation.

· A motion was made and passed unanimously to amend existing USTA Regulations to provide that players in events 65 years of age and older should not be required to play more than two (2) matches in one (1) day in the same division, no more than one (1) match of which shall be singles.

· A motion was made by the Chairman to create a “Senior Kalamazoo” event to be held annually at the US Open during the Open. This event will be for players ages 30 through 90, men and women, singles and doubles, and an open Father/Son event. The motion passed unanimously and the Chairman advised the Full Committee that a Sub-Committee would be appointed to identify and recommend the specifics for the event. A report would be made to the Full Committee in September by the Chairman and a vote held.

Items Discussed Requiring Future Action

· Larry Huebner, a resident of the Northern Cal Section, won three (3) National Senior/Family Championships with three (3) different children in the same year: a Super Senior Father/Son; a Super Senior Father/Son; and a Super Senior Father/Daughter. The Committee voted to honor Huebner and his three (3) children at the Semi-Annual Meeting. A motion was made and passed unanimously to have the Chairman investigate funding from the USTA and USTA/Nor Cal to celebrate this achievement. Recognition could come via presentation of a plaque at the Semi-Annual Meeting in New York, plane tickets from California to New York for the Open, hotel accommodations for two (2) nights at the Grand Hyatt, and US Open tickets. The Chairman will report on this matter as necessary.

· Tournament prize money for certain tournaments was discussed.

· A review of the PPR Ranking System was held. The Chairman asked Carolyn Nichols to prepare and email a list of items to be considered by the PPR Sub-Committee to be implemented within 35-45 days.

· The Committee recognized the need to develop a primer to educate Category II tournament event applicants how to obtain Category II status. After development, the primer will be published on the Adult/Senior web page.

· The Chair will prepare two (2) Call Items to make former pilot Grandfather/Grandson events Gold Ball Events in 2004.

· Nancy Reed will provide hard data at the Semi-Annual Meeting in September to support her motion to eliminate Women’s 30’s events.

Other Items of Significance

· Patricia Graham was recognized as the 2004 Senior Service Award winner.

· Gold Slam Award winners were recognized as follows: Men’s 30’s Singles Andy Lake; Men’s 60’s Doubles James Parker/Ken Robinson; Women 70’s Doubles Mary Boswell; Women’s 75’s Doubles June Dickey/Elaine Mason; Women’s 80’s Singles Betty Eisenstein; Women’s 85’s Singles Dodo Cheney; and Women’s 85 Doubles Jean Harris/Dodo Cheney.

· Bill Kellogg, Chairman of the Senior International Committee, will attend the ITF’s London Meeting next month. At the Meeting, Bill will propose a list of Category II events for consideration by the ITF for placement on its tournament schedule.

· The Gold, Silver and Bronze Ball awards’ boxes have been redesigned to provide a better visual presentation of the enclosed ball.

Prepared by : John T. Donelan

 

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