Board of Directors is the policymaking body of USTA Texas and is the only group that can initiate or make changes to the Bylaws. The committee is made up of 12 elected members, four (4) members appointed by the President, and the members of the Management Committee who serve as its officers and all Past Presidents of the section. Each year the Membership (representatives from member organizations) elect one new Board member from each of the four zones in Texas for a term of three years. Other than the officers, elected members may not serve two consecutive terms.
Management Committee members are the officers of the Board of Directors and are elected by that body for two (2) year terms but are not limited by the number of terms that they may serve. The committee carries out the directives of the Board of Directors that also authorizes them to carry on the day to day operations that are required between meetings of the Board of Directors. ADVERTISEMENT The officers include: President, one or more Vice Presidents (currently there are three), Secretary, Treasurer, USTA Delegate and the Chairman of the Nominating Committee.
Nominating Committee acts to identify, recruit and nominate the most qualified individuals in USTA Texas for leadership positions. It reviews recommendations, interviews potential candidates for the next Nominating Committee and the Management Committee and finally presents slates of nominees for the Board of Directors, the Management Committee and the Nominating Committee to be considered by the appropriate bodies for election. Nominees for the Nominating Committee are normally leaders that have served extensively within the USTA Texas organization. In addition to the chairman, one member from each zone is elected for a two-year term by the Board of Directors. Members may not serve consecutive terms with the exception of one who may be carried over for a second term to provide a historical perspective. The “carry-over” member may not be from the same zone as the new chairperson.
Community Resource Development Council is comprised of five appointed committees: Advocacy, Awards, Hispanic Engagement, Leadership Development and Local Participation.
Junior Development Council is comprised of four appointed committees: Junior Competitive, Junior Team Tennis, NJTL and Schools/High Schools.
All members of the following committees and their Chairperson are appointed by the President to serve during the two year term of that president. New committees for 2019-2020 are italicized.
USTA Texas Appointed Committees 2019-2020
Adaptive/Wheelchair Committee serves the mission to provide all populations including those with intellectual and/or physical disabilities the opportunity to participate in all aspects of the game of tennis. The goal is to promote and develop recreational tennis opportunities for individuals through inclusion and support by providing programming, equipment, and teaching techniques. Promotes wheelchair tennis in Texas by recruiting and instructing new players, developing new wheelchair programs and facilitating the integration of wheelchair tennis players into the existing recreational and tournament structure.
Adult Tennis Council promotes tennis participation in all adult, senior and super senior categories. Supports and develops competitive programs for those players, collaborating with other organizations to maximize participation. In addition, supports and develops recreational tennis opportunities for adults and seniors with an emphasis on social tennis clubs for young adults.
Advocacy Committee promotes the growth of tennis programs and facilities by encouraging vital partnerships between tennis providers and local politicians, parks and recreation departments, school districts and after-school providers. In addition, this committee seeks to broaden tennis exposure throughout the state, educating state legislators about the health, educational and social benefits of this great sport. This committee also supports the partnerships with the military service members, veterans, and their families, and military bases.
Awards Committee acts to recognize tennis enthusiasts, volunteers and players throughout Texas for their contributions to the game of tennis. The committee solicits and evaluates recommendations, selects award recipients and arranges for awards and their presentation ceremonies.
Budget & Finance Committee is responsible for the preparation and general oversight of the budget for USTA Texas. The committee reviews and evaluates annual budget requests from the committee Chairpersons and administrative staff and recommends appropriate funding allocations to the Board of Directors. The committee also oversees the investment portfolio and makes long-term projections of the financial obligations and needs of USTA Texas.
Collegiate Committee promotes the development of tennis programs on college campuses primarily through the Tennis on Campus program. This committee also works to help ensure the growth, maintenance and protection of collegiate varsity tennis programs.
Constitution & Rules Committee helps interpret the existing constitution and rules of the USTA Texas Section. Reviews proposed amendments and changes to those rules to see that they are in order and do not conflict with other sections of our documents. Clarify wording in our official documents so that they are easily understandable.
Discipline & Grievance Committee receives and adjudicates complaints against USTA players and sanctioned tournaments. Grievances are investigated by the committee and the committee determines sanctions that will be applied when they are appropriate.
Diversity & Inclusion Committee works to achieve diversity in all USTA Texas programming, among staff, volunteers, and membership that will reflect the demographics of the general population of Texas.
Hall of Fame Committee acts cooperatively with the Texas Tennis Museum to select and honor members of the Texas Tennis Hall of Fame. It helps collect information from and about the inductees and prepares the biographical video used in the presentation ceremonies. It also promotes support of the Texas Tennis Museum in Waco that helps preserve our tennis history in Texas.
Hispanic Engagement Task Force works to engage communities, participants and providers in pursuit of expanding the number of Hispanic players, volunteers and leaders active in the USTA Texas family and provides resources and marketing strategically aimed at accomplishing this goal.
Junior Competitive promotes and facilitates competitive tennis for juniors. It is responsible for the sanctioning of USTA junior tournaments for Texas and their scheduling; the organization and tier system of tournaments and the player qualifications for participating in them; and the ranking of junior players in Texas and the selection of players to represent Texas in regional and national competition.
Junior Team Tennis Committee works to grow and develop the Junior Team Tennis (JTT) program by supporting local Area League Coordinators, developing new leagues and initiatives, hosting the Section-wide Championships, and creating, revising, and enforcing the rules by which JTT operates.
Leadership Development Committee attempts to identify and facilitate development of potential leaders for USTA Texas. It maintains information on the section’s website in the form of a Volunteer Manual; it presents orientations and workshops for new volunteers and volunteers moving into new leadership positions and sponsors mentoring programs throughout the various levels of the organization.
Leagues Committee promotes and develops the growth of league tennis in Texas by facilitating recruitment and enrollment of league players, organization of USTA leagues in the communities and by providing sectional tournaments for playoffs among local qualifiers.
Local Participation Committee addresses the need for a variety of grassroots tennis programs in Texas communities, sharing information about successful and innovative programs; determines best methods for measuring participation and success; collaborates with TSRs in sharing knowledge of new and existing tennis programs whether USTA-branded or not; catalogs the variety of programs as a resource for USTA Texas.
Millennial Engagement Task Force identifies opportunities and barriers to enhance millennial and Generation Z engagement with Texas tennis. The task force develops inclusive strategies to support recruitment and retention efforts. These strategies are communicated across the Association to create and implement quality initiatives designed to engage these populations as players, volunteers, and advocates.
NJTL Committee promotes the development of the National Junior Tennis and Learning program which upholds the vision of Arthur Ashe by providing year-round free or low-cost tennis and educational opportunities to all youth in Texas.
Officials Committee is responsible for the organization and training of USTA certified officials in Texas and seeing that the rules of tennis are enforced at USTA sanctioned tournaments. The committee also works to recruit new officials. The instruction presented under their jurisdiction includes rules used for non-USTA events (e.g. ATP, WTA, NCAA, UIL) so that the officials may assist in tournaments under the various governing sanctioning bodies.
Schools Committee promotes and supports the growth and development of USTA’s official youth brand, Net Generation, via all School Tennis programs and play opportunities associated with the Youth Tennis Pathway. Its overall mission is "to get more [youth] (ages 5-18) in the game, to get them playing more often, and to keep them playing in the future." This Committee assists USTA Texas staff in engaging directly with Schools and Community providers and "connecting the dots" at the local level. It also strives to foster relationships with and support initiatives of governing bodies and organizations, such as UIL, AHPERD, TTCA, THSADA, etc.
Sport Science Committee acts to distribute valid sport science information and promote the use of good sport science principles at and during our tennis activities in Texas. The primary purposes are to improve performance of our players and to prevent injuries that can be avoided by application of sound sport science and sports medicine principles.
Sportsmanship Task Force drives a culture of sportsmanship in the Texas tennis community and integrates the character-building benefits of tennis at every level.
Strategic Planning Committee evaluates long-term goals of USTA Texas and in accordance with the USTA Texas mission prepares an annual Strategic Plan for approval by the Board of Directors. The Strategic Plan articulates Texas’ vision, major goals, strategic priorities and action plans. If approved by the Board of Directors, the Strategic Planning Committee will monitor progress toward meeting the stated goals and recommend changes as priorities change.
Texas Tennis and Education Foundation Committee catalyzes new thinking to deepen and expand greater inclusion and participation in tennis, particularly to reduce barriers so that all may experience the sport. The committee supports a platform to raise and disburse funds that support innovative programs and projects to advance the growth of tennis as a healthy and lifelong sport.