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P.O. Box 21381

Billings, MT 59104

   

 

Paige Darden

BTA President

406-694-3051

btatennis@gmail.com 

 

Monday, September 26, 2016 
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BTA LEAGUE AT PIONEER PARK

Tuesday, June 7:  The BTA free summer doubles league starts at Pioneer Park. Come down at 6 p.m. and check in with me and I'll send you out to play one set of doubles, and then we can mix up teams and play another set. I'll be there tomorrow and will provide balls, but after tomorrow I am hoping that one of the participants will take over organizing and the players will contribute a dollar each for to help pay for balls.  Tuesday has traditionally been reserved for 3.0-3.5 (ish) players.  But, of course, we welcome everyone and will try to make the matches competitive.  
 
Thursday, June 9, Paul Dunphy is organizing Thursday night doubles, which has traditionally been the 4.0 (ish) crowd.  Paul can be reached at 861-1529.  Text or call him if you have any questions; otherwise just show up ready to play Thursday at 6.

 
BILLINGS PARK AND REC TENNIS PROGRAM
Today, the youth instruction provided by the Billings Parks and Rec Department started at Pioneer, Rose and Castle Rock. There are lessons for 10 and under beginners, 10 and under intermediate, and 11 & over at all three sites, with lessons starting at 8 a.m. til 12:30 daily.

There are also youth lessons for 10 and under daily at Pioneer in the evening from 5:30 -6:30 and for 11 and over from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. every night.  To sign up, visit www.billingsparks.org.
 
High School players and competitive elem to middle school players, are playing at the Central Tennis Courts in a high performance program led by Brad Knutson from 9:30-10-45 a.m. for elem/ms and from 11 - 12:30 for the high school kids.  
 
SATURDAY MORNINGS:   SOBE TENNIS

Every Saturday morning all summer, the generous Dimich Family is sponsoring a FREE youth tennis tournament, SOBE Tennis Touraments.  Play begins at 8 a.m.  Be there at 7:45 a.m. to register.  This is a great way to support lessons with invaluable match play experience.  All juniors should participate in this fun and free opportunity.  Thank Bill Dimich for his continued support of this BTA program.  
 
FRIDAY NIGHT UNDER THE LIGHTS
 
Our next Friday Night Under the Lights mixer will be a potluck dinner and doubles starting a 6 p.m. on Friday, June 17.  More details to follow.  
 
ONE COURT AT A TIME FUNDRAISER
 
Every summer, the BTA partners with Yellowstone Valley Brewing to host a fun party with music, food and a silent auction to raise money for the resurfacing of our public courts.  This year's party is Saturday, June 18 from 4-8 p.m.  Ed Kemmick's awesome band the Peach Pickers will be playing their great blue grass music, the BTA board with support from all of you has been collecting awesome auction items including a flight over the Yellowstone Valley with Dan Darkenwald, artwork from Shannon Burns Johnson, a beautiful Nambe serving piece from Montagues Silver, a 5 x 8 wall map of the Beartooth Mountains from MyTopo, and a fantastic basket of children's tennis equipment and summer fun items from our sponsor Montana Allergy and Asthma.   Please mark your calendars to attend this family-friendly event that raises money for our courts.  It's a perpetual challenge to keep our courts playable, and we hope you'll support us.  Call  Lynn George to volunteer to help set up, take money, to donate an item, etc.  She can be reached at 223-7638.

 
BTA LESSONS - EXCITING NEWS!  

The Billings Tennis Association has partnered with Sean Harris to offer lessons at the MSU-B courts this summer for junior tournament-level players.  

When: On select Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays this summer beginning THIS WEEKEND.  June 10 - 12.  


What:  Individual lesson ($35 an hour), 2-person lesson (e.g. doubles team, $40 an hour/20 each) or  3-4 person group lesson ($50 an hour) 

About the Instructor Sean Harris:     

Sean Harris is one of the finest tennis players to ever come out of Billings Montana.  He was a 3-time undefeated Class AA singles champion at Billings Senior (2003-2005).  He then played 4 years of Division I tennis at U.S. Military Academy (West Point).  As a junior player, he competed extensively on the junior tournament circuit, achieving USTA rankings as high as 69thin country in singles and 19th in country in doubles, and  2nd in singles in the USTA Intermountain Section (MT, WY, ID, CO, NV, and UT). After college, Sean served five years as an active-duty army officer May 2009 – April 2014 (final rank of Captain) with one deployment to Afghanistan.  Since returning, he has served as assistant coach to Billings Senior Boys’ Tennis Team.  He completed his M.S. at UC Berkeley in May 2015, and is currently a Ph.D. student at MSU in Bozeman.  

Who should take lessons from Sean Harris:  Sean Harris wants to work with junior players who are serious about improving their tournament play.  All drills and instruction will focus on match strategy for single and/or doubles play.  Juniors who are serious about wanting to improve their rankings, competitiveness and upgrade their level of play will benefit from Sean's extensive competitive tennis experience.  
 

 If you are interested in working with Sean this summer, please send an email to sean.harris1@msu.montana.edu

 

 

USTA TOURNAMENTS/LEAGUES:

 

There are sanctioned tournaments and team league matches for all age groups and levels scheduled all summer.  To learn more or sign up, visit www.montanatennis.org.  

 

The next Adult tournament is this weekend in Bozeman at Riverside Country Club.  The next junior tournament is in Great Falls at Meadowlark Country Club June 15-17

 

Of course, Big Sky State Games is always fun...and this year both the juniors and adults is non-sanctioned.  It will be July 15-17.  

 

 

BTA Pancake Breakfast 

 

July 16, the Saturday morning of the Big Sky State Games.  We are looking for volunteers for this fun annual event!  Let us know if you are interested in helping serve pancakes to the masses to benefit the BTA!    

 

 

ANNUAL DUES:

 

If you have not paid your2016 annual dues of $15.00 a person or $25.00 per family, please do so. Give a check to our treasure Debbie Oliver if you see her on the courts or mail it to 

Billings Tennis Association 

P.O. Box 21381

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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