June 2006 Tennis Volunteer of the Month
Sam Fields of Tucson, Arizona
Throughout the vast mesas of the Southwest, volunteers like Sam Fields make tennis rise in the heat. Active with USTA Southwest for over 15 years, Sam serves his district, section and the national USTA with equal dedication.
Sam’s tennis involvement began with USTA Leagues and with officiating matches. He played and captained league teams in Southern Arizona, three of his teams advancing to National Championships. He then became chair of both the Tournament Committee and the Adult/Senior Competitive Committee for USTA Southern Arizona.
Soon he became president of Southern Arizona and chair of the Adult/Senior Competitive Committee for USTA Southwest. With the section, he helped implement several innovative changes, including use of the third set tiebreak, introduction of the Point per Round system in Sectional Tournaments and most recently, use of the Coman Tiebreak in league play.
“We are so fortunate to have Sam be part of our organization,” said John Austin, executive director of USTA Southwest. “His vast knowledge is a treasure and he is very insightful and keeps focused on what needs to be done."
Sam has been most involved as Chief of Officials for USTA Southern Arizona, both scheduling umpires and refereeing collegiate tennis matches. He has served as referee of the Copper Bowl National Junior Tournament for the last 15 years and has been Chief Umpire for the Winter National/Super National Junior 12’s and 14’s.
On the national level of the USTA, Sam shares his knowledge as a member of the USTA League committee, the Tennis Rules committee and the Officials committee. As chair of the League Regulation subcommittee, he facilitated the introduction of the Dynamic NTRP system, the elimination of verifiers and the introduction of the self-rate concept for players entering USTA leagues.
“I have been fortunate to work with Sam during his tenure as Chair of the Regulation subcommittee for the past four years,” said Gail Marx, USTA League Tennis National Manager. “His solid base in regulations from umpiring combined with his own personal experience as a league player provided him with the necessary background to handle this very demanding job.”
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