May 2017 Highlights
USTA Northern | May 23, 2017
USTA Northern May 2017 Highlights
USTA Northern Individual Memberships
Juniors Adults Total
April 2017 4,571 6,910 11,481
March 2017 4,579 6,889 11,468
USTA Northern Organization Memberships
Clubs CTAs Park & Recs Schools Service Orgs Total
April 2017 25 61 47 76 23 232
March 2017 25 61 48 79 22 235
USTA Northern News & Notes
Website Changes For USTA Northern
On May 22, you will see some major changes with the USTA Northern website. ADVERTISEMENT Gone will be the existing site and url www.northern.usta.com as everything on a local, sectional and national level will be found at one web address – www.usta.com. This new and personalized website experience will be the destination for tennis players in regards to play opportunities, court information, equipment, skill development and much more. All news and social media information will served up based on your location in a much more consumer-friendly manner. At this point, all local information is based on your computer’s IP address and you must allow the site to access your location. If you do not, then you will only be able to see usta.com’s global content and not the content specific to your location. For specific information about Northern programs, visit www.usta.com/northern. For more information about the site, or to offer feedback, please contact Lisa Mushett at email@example.com or at (952) 358-3282.
Isabella Lambert, Jackson Allen Named To USTA National Junior Leadership Team
Congratulations to Isabella Lambert (Minnetonka, Minn.) and Jackson Allen (Shakopee, Minn.) who were two of 32 juniors nationwide named to the USTA Junior Leadership Team, which recognizes the finest U.S. junior tennis players who exhibit leadership, sportsmanship and character on and off the court. Former USTA Northern player Paul McCallie (formerly of Burnsville, Minn., and now of Norcross, Ga.) was also named to the team.
USTA Northern Seeking Nominations for 2017 Hall of Fame Inductees
Recognize those individuals who have given a lifetime to tennis by nominating them for the USTA Northern Hall of Fame. Nominations are currently being accepted online at http://bit.ly/2p5eqE2 until Friday, July 21. For more information about the USTA Northern Hall of Fame or criteria, please contact Lisa Mushett at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (952) 358-3282.
USTA Northern Mourns Deaths of Bill Clayton, Jerry Nachtigal and Paul Stormo
USTA Northern is mourning the losses of Bill Clayton (Sioux Falls, S.D.), Jerry Nachtigal (Sioux Falls, S.D.) and Paul Stormo (Edina, Minn.). Clayton was a long-time tennis supporter in growing the game in South Dakota. Nachtigal was instrumental in the building of the Huether Family Match Pointe in Sioux Falls, while Stormo became a tennis teaching pro in his 50s focusing on novices, seniors and underprivileged youth. You all will be greatly missed.
Recycle Your Unused Devices For Serving Up Love Campaign
Have a couple of old smartphones or tablets taking up space in a drawer somewhere at your office or in your home? Now is the time to clear out the clutter by recycling those devices as USTA Northern is partnering with Minneapolis-based company Tetchy Tech to benefit USTA Northern’s Serving Up Love campaign.
Tetchy Tech will buy back your device, giving you the opportunity to donate up to 100 percent of the buy-back price, if you choose, to the Serving Up Love campaign which supports youth tennis initiatives for under resourced kids in USTA Northern. Tetchy Tech also pledges 5% of all money paid out to sellers who do not choose the Give-Back option to a dedicated Give-Back Fund which also benefits Serving Up Love. No matter what option you choose, USTA Northern and the environment benefit. It is a win-win for everyone!
Tetchy Tech accepts working and broken devices including Apple iphones, ipads, iPods, Apple TVs and Apple Watches. They also accept Android smartphones and tablets from Samsung, LG, Motorola and HTC.
Get started today by visiting www.tetchytech.com/usta to donate your device. For more information, contact Sandy Smith at (952) 358-3288.
Team Northern Trains At USTA National Campus
USTA Northern sent Team Northern - its junior high performance team - to the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla., for a five-day training trip in April. Players who attended included Sydney Wolpert (Hopkins, Minn.), Amanda Diao (Blaine, Minn.) , Paige Sargent (Rochester, Minn.), Ingrid Smith (Edina, Minn.), Emmeline Wang (Hamel, Minn.), Isabella Suk (Minnetonka, Minn.), Allyson Jay (Edina, Minn.), Hugh Perrill (Wayzata, Minn.), Preston Perrill (Wayzata, Minn.), Max Exsted (Shakopee, Minn.), Nolan Ranger (Edina, Minn.), Erik Smith (Edina, Minn.), Jack Allaben (Mahtomedi, Minn.), Sujit Chepuri (Minneapolis, Minn.), Tygen Goldammer (Rosemount, Minn.), Noah Hong (Minneapolis, Minn.) and Emmanuel Alex (Arden Hills, Minn.). Coaches included head coach Scott Boyer (Rochester, Minn.) and assistant coaches Matt Boughton (Eau Claire, Wis.) and Jaime Gaard Chapman (Hopkins, Minn.) and the Manager of Team Northern Tricia Moorhead.
The team arrived on Thursday to a tour of the new home of American tennis, followed by an on-court training on the red clay courts. The next morning, the team met with USTA National Coach Johnny Parkes, before learning about the Play Sight Training System with USTA staffer Marco Matteucci. The team then had a morning practice before eating at the Net-Post Grill on campus and returning to the courts in the afternoon to work with USTA National Player Development Coach Ola Malmqvist. The team then met in the indoor facility with the USTA Director of Player Development Martin Blackman, who spoke on being what it takes to be champions in life and remaining grateful for the opportunities all have been afforded. That was followed by watching Team USA professionals Reilly Opelka and Tommy Paul practice with coaches Nico Todero and Casey Clagett on the red clay. Saturday featured match play as USTA Northern played both doubles and singles matches against players who train at the National Campus. Each player received six matches.
Alex Exsted Named Boys Sportsmanship Award Winner In Tucson
Congrats to Alex Exsted (Shakopee, Minn.), who was the Boys Sportsmanship Award winner at the USTA National Level 3 Tournament in Tucson, Ariz. Exsted and Jake Kuhlman (Grand Forks, N.D.) also took third place at the tournament in doubles, while Isabella Lambert (Minnetonka, Minn.) and partner Isabella Dunlap (Edmond, Okla.) finished fourth in the Girls 18s doubles.
Two-Time State Champ Grace Zumwinkle Named National Girls Hockey Player of the Year
Congratulations to two-time Minnesota Class A Doubles Champion Grace Zumwinkle (Excelsior, Minn.), who was named the All-USA Girls Hockey Player of the Year by USA Today.
Registration Open Now For Team Tennis!
Registration for traditional Junior Team Tennis and World Team Tennis is open now. For more information, visit www.usta.com/northernteamtennis. In addition to JTT as you know it, USTA Northern is offering a new, different and fun team tennis offering in 2017 called World Team Tennis. All you need are 2 courts, 2 girls, 2 boys and 90 minutes for this fast-paced format played at any level. There are no individual match requirements, organizers do not have to use TennisLink, and best of all - IT IS EASY & INEXPENSIVE TO ADMINISTER. Also...No USTA Membership is required. To learn more about either program, contact Brandon Jackson at (952) 358-3291.
Stars & Trophies 10U Youth Progression For Kids Ages 7-10
USTA Northern is mandating a new system of play for kids ages 7-10 years called the Stars & Trophies 10U Pathway. Designed to help players develop their fundamentals and get the most out of tennis, the Stars & Trophies 10U Pathway rewards kids for competing and inspires them to play more often. The mission is to clear each level by collecting a combination of 20 virtual participation stars and/or trophies. Players are able to collect stars and trophies through Play Days, Stars & Trophies 10U Orange and Green Ball Tournaments and 10U Junior/World Team Tennis. To learn more about the Stars & Trophies 10U Pathway, to register for your FREE Player account and to see how your child can earn stars and trophies, click here. For a schedule of events around the Section, click here. Questions? Contact Tricia Moorhead or Pat Colbert.
6.0 Men’s 65 & Over Team Place Second At Nationals
Congratulations to the Twin Cities men’s 65 & Over 6.0 team, captained by Eric Narvaez, who earned finalists honors May 5-7 at the USTA League National Championships in Surprise, Ariz. Northern finished tied for first in its flight with Pacific Northwest with a 2-1 record. In round-robin play, Northern defeated Southern 3-0, before falling to Northern California 2-1. They then rallied to defeat Pacific Northwest 2-1, eventually winning the flight in the matches-won tiebreaker 6-5. Northern then faced Southern in the semifinals, defeating them 3-0. In the championship match, Northern took the first set at the #1 and #3 doubles position against a tough Southern California team, but could not win the second set, sending both matches into a third-set tie breaker. Northern came out on the short end of both matches and lost at the #2 doubles position for a 3-0 defeat. Members of the team included Narvaez, John Goulett, Greg Headrick, Patrick Ledray, Kenneth Cram, Gary Bilbrey, Michael Schneider, Allen Miller and Kenneth Borle.
Minnesota Places 4th At Tennis On Campus Nationals; NDSU 63rd
Congratulations to the University of Minnesota, who placed fourth, and North Dakota State, who was 63rd, at the 2017 Tennis on Campus National Championships at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla. Minnesota went 3-0 in Pool play and then defeated Penn State 27-24 in the round of 16 and followed that with a 27-24 win over Central Florida in the quarterfinals. In the semis, Minnesota lost a heartbreaker to UC-Irvine 23-21 and then lost to UCLA 30-8 in the third-place match. Members of the Minnesota team included Salam Bachour, Sofia Terzic, Kate Rosenow, Ryan van de Linde, Anthony Rosa, Olivia Hultgren, Chloe Hall, Zoe Lindbloom, Elena Cattaneo and Luke Conboy. This marked the second time in three years that Minnesota appeared in the Final Four as the Gophers were second in 2015.
North Dakota State was 0-6 in pool and bracket play before defeating Binghamton 27-21 to finish 63rd. Members of the NDSU team included captain Brett Hultgren, Trevor Kleineschay, Dan Ginderson, Jaden Wirrenga, Joe Jones, Erica Hanson, Kristen Hanson, Gorgan Grinsteiner and Makenzie Marson.
Rochester To Host An Adult Play Day June 4
Join tennis professionals from the Rochester Tennis Connection and tennis enthusiasts in Rochester for a free Tennis Block Party for adults on Sunday, June 4 at Kutzky Park (213 13th Ave. NW) from 2-4 p.m. Players of all ability levels over age 18 are encouraged to attend for tennis and socializing. Whether you have never played, or are an experienced player, please join the fun. Free, no registration necessary, drop in and play! For more information, call the Rochester Tennis Connection at (507) 288-4851 or Rochester Outdoor Tennis Center at (507) 281-6186.
Providers … Make $200 By Starting New 2.5 League Teams
Tennis providers ... help us get new players into the game and hooked on the sport of a lifetime! USTA Northern is offering a $200 incentive to any tennis professional who forms a women’s 2.5 USTA League team for the summer season. Questions? Contact Kelley Okerman at 952-358-3287.
Community Tennis News
USTA Northern Celebrates Volunteer Appreciation Week
USTA Northern recognized the following people during Volunteer Appreciation Week: Lia and Shane Bradley (Dickinson, N.D.), Casey DeJong (Alexandria, Minn.), Theresa Felderman (Mandan, N.D.), Jerry Hartmann (Owatonna, Minn.), Lydia Healy (Sioux Falls, S.D.), Madeline Nguyen (Sioux Falls, S.D.), Carolyn Riley (Minnetonka, Minn.) and Paul Thibedeau (West Fargo, N.D.).
Red, Orange, Green Coach Training on May 30 in Bismarck, N.D.
Instructors, coaches, and parents who spend most of their time with beginning tennis players will learn basic skills, games and techniques on May 30 from 9 a.m. – 12 noon at Capital Racquet & Fitness Center, 3200 North 10th Street, Bismarck, N.D. Cost is $10 per coach. To register, click here. Registration CODE is 10195
Red, Orange, Green Coach Training June 10
Join us for a Red, Orange, Green Coach training for summer tennis coaches June 10 at the Edina Community Center in Edina, Minn., from 9 a.m.–12 Noon. Cost is $15 per coach. To register, click here. For more information contact Mya Smith-Dennis at (952) 358-3289.
Nick Bollettieri and David Wheaton Dedicate New Courts In North Minneapolis
InnerCity Tennis Foundation and Hospitality House Youth Development -- with the help of legendary tennis coach Nick Bollettieri and former ATP Pro David Wheaton – hosted a ribbon-cutting event April 28 at the Hospitality House in Minneapolis to dedicate new outdoor tennis space and programming for kids in North Minneapolis. After the ribbon-cutting, about 75 kids in the Hospitality House after-school program took to their courts for the very first time as Bollettieri and Wheaton, along with staff and volunteer instructors from InnerCity Tennis, hosted a free clinic.
Saint Paul Urban Tennis Takes Over Eastview Recreation Center
The City of Saint Paul announced a new management agreement with Saint Paul Urban Tennis to bring its proven success in providing youth and adult programs to Eastview Recreation Center. Effective immediately, Saint Paul Urban Tennis will assume day-to-day management of the facility, including providing continued recreational opportunities to the surrounding community.
Help Raise $$$ For Serving Up Love By Running Twin Cities Marathon Events
USTA Northern still has openings for runners to participate on its Serving Up Love running team at the Twin Cities 5K, 10K, 10 Mile and Marathon in October. For more information, please contact Christine Nickels at (952) 358-3290.
Schedule Your Rally The Family Event For June
USTA Northern is encouraging all organizations and providers to host a FREE Rally The Family Event for your community in May or June. This initiative focuses on introducing tennis to all ages and ability levels using modified equipment in a family setting. There are marketing grants available for those providers running an event for the first time. You can also complete a donation request form if you are in need of a visiting pro, prizes, etc. Please let the Section office know your date so we can add it to our master list of events that will be promoted throughout the spring, by contacting Lisa Mushett at (952) 358-3282.
Org Member Discount T-Shirt Program Back
Org Members ... the popular Discount T-shirt Program is back in 2017. T-shirts are only $6. Orders must be completed during the following ordering windows:
• May 26-June 5, 2017 (ship date June 19)
• June 16-26, 2017 (ship date July 10)
For more information, please contact Sandy Smith at (952) 358-3288.
Do You Have High School Players In Need Of Tennis Equipment?
If you have players who do not have the financial resources to purchase tennis equipment, USTA Northern may be able to help. Please communicate their needs by completing this short form.
Tennis Equipment Grants Up To $300 Available
Replenish your tennis equipment with a buy one, get one free matching equipment grant (up to $300). Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Click here for more information.
Need Prize Packs or Marketing Grants For FREE Community Events?
Prize pack coupons or $100 marketing grants are available to communities hosting free community tennis events, such as a Rally the Family or Tennis Block Party events, in the months of May and June. Request support by clicking here.
USTA Northern Still Taking Donations For Play It Forward Campaign
With the upcoming high school tennis season, many teams are still looking for new or gently-used tennis equipment. Please bring any donations to the USTA Northern office at 1001 W 98th Street, Suite 101, Bloomington or contact Sandy Smith. If you know of a high school team in need, please complete the following request form.
Set Up A Tennis Trainings Today
USTA Northern offers many low-cost tennis training opportunities for teachers, coaches, parents and others interested in growing the game. For more information about bringing a training to your school or community, click here or contact Mya Smith-Dennis at (952) 358-3289.
Donate Today To The Urban Youth Tennis & Education Campaign And Have Your Donation Matched
USTA Northern and Youthprise have joined forces to support tennis and education programs targeting underserved youth in the Twin Cities through the Urban Youth Tennis & Education Campaign. This initiative directly supports the collaborative efforts of local partners (InnerCity Tennis, Fred Wells Tennis & Education Center and St. Paul Urban Tennis) that bring tennis to underserved youth and use the sport as a channel for emotional, physical and academic development. Youthprise has pledged to match all donations, up to $125,000!
Contributions collected since the start of the campaign are making an impact this school year by funding a series of free indoor tennis nights, a Level 8 tournament series, shared bus transportation to tennis and leadership programs and a new pathway manager position.
Click here and donate today. Or you can send a check, payable to Youthprise, and note in the memo line: Urban Youth Tennis & Education Fund to Youthprise, 615 First Avenue NE, Suite 125, Minneapolis, MN 55413.
Org Referral Program Back; Receive $5 For Each New Member You Recruit
Want to grow the game of tennis and be rewarded? USTA Northern is offering a Member Referral Program to our Organizational Members. For every new adult or junior USTA member you recruit, USTA Northern will reward you $5. Click here for a bulk membership form.
Want To Volunteer With USTA Northern? Register In Our Volunteer Network
Are you passionate about tennis and interested in giving back to the game you love? Then you've come to the right place. USTA Northern has a rich history of dedicated volunteers, all of whom share the same fundamental drive that gives them the passion to volunteer: they all love tennis. Prior volunteer experience is not required! Fill out a volunteer form today. For additional information, please contact Sandy Smith at 952-358-3288.
New FREE USTA Marketing Resources Site
The USTA has introduced a new Marketing Resources site that is much more robust and easier to use. The site has two areas – Learn and Promote. Through the Learn area of the site, many video and workbook resources are available on a variety of topics including Rules and Regulations, Sales, Tips/Videos/Drills, USTA Program How-To and more. The Promote side offers FREE marketing tools such as posters, flyers, press releases and more. To take advantage of the site, visit www.usta.com/marketingresources.
Other USTA Northern Notes, Special Offers and Promotions
Stay Connected To USTA Northern Via Social Media
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FREE USTA Membership For Kids 10 and Under For 2017
The USTA is offering a free 1-year membership to all first-time members who are 10 and under between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017. To register your child, please visit www.usta.com/membership and enter source code FYF17CNS or call (800) 990-8782.
Kids 10 and Under…Renew Your Membership For Only $10
Kids who took advantage of the free 10U membership can now get a second year for only $10. Visit www.usta.com/membership or call (800) 990-8782 and use source code 10NORTH17.
Contact Us: For more information about USTA Northern information and events, please contact Lisa Mushett at email@example.com or at (952) 358-3282.