EXCITING NEWS: THE BTA HAS HIRED NAVIN MARIMUTHA AS DIRECTOR OF TENNIS PROGRAMMING FOR SUMMER 2017
Two of the most popular programs nationwide are USTA League and Junior Team Tennis. We have hired former MSU-B #1 Player Navin Marinmuthu to be the BTA Director of Tennis Programming with a major focus being to develop more USTA-sanctioned social and competitive league play for adults and juniors in our region.
1) Adult League Play - Tuesday and Thursday evenings from April 11 through August 31 at Pioneer Park (and MSU-B)
USTA-MT and Billings Tennis Association have teamed together to further develop social and competitive league play in Billings for players of all skill levels who are ready to engage in structured match play. This social league will play twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from April 11 through August 31, and include instruction and team play under the leadership of former MSU-B #1 player Navin Marimuthu. The league will be an avenue for all players to discover new friends and playing partners, and to gain confidence in their match play skills.
Navin will work with those players interested in pursuing a more competitive track, helping to coach existing teams with captains and to form new teams to participate in USTA League, the country’s largest recreational tennis league, which has more than 330,000 players nationwide competing in match play, meeting new people and enjoying the camaraderie of teammates in one of four national divisions (Adult, Senior, Super Senior and Mixed Doubles). Play is based on the NTRP rating system so you will play with and against players of similar ability so even if you are new to the game or a former player, there’s a spot for you providing you are age 18 or older. USTA League also offers you and your teammates a chance to advance from local play to USTA League National Championship events.
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30-7pm at Pioneer Park. MSU-Billingswill be used if necessary.
Questions or assistance, contact Navin at firstname.lastname@example.org, 406-670-9520or contact the Billings Tennis Association at 406-594-3051.
For up-to-minute changes (for example weather cancellations, etc.), be sure to like or bookmark the Billings Tennis Association Facebook page at www.facebook.com/billingstennis
Cost: $20/session. Must enter coupon code: BTA (at checkout).
Session 1: April 11th- May 18
Team/Session ID: 2576253210
Session 2: May 23- June 23
Team/Session ID: 2576253213
Session 3: July 11-August 31
Team/Session ID: 2576253214
To register for each session, visit http://montanatennis.org/social-tennis/ or contact Navin.
Sign up NOW for Session 1 which starts April 11th!
2) JUNIOR TEAM TENNIS - Saturday mornings from June 10 through August 26 at Pioneer Park
What is JTT:
USTA Junior Team Tennis brings together boys and girls, ages 6 to 18, to play singles, doubles and mixed doubles against other coed teams. Beyond being fun and a great form of exercise, Junior Team Tennis is a competitive, level-based environment that promotes individual growth, social growth and life skills. With Junior Team Tennis, players learn about unity, sportsmanship and how to work together to achieve success. They also learn that success isn’t just about winning; it’s about how you play the game and respond to challenges. Nearly 100,000 kids nationwide play Junior Team Tennis annually. Junior Tennis Team follows two tracks to provide opportunities to players of all abilities: Local Junior Team Tennis or Championship Junior Team Tennis. The local track allows kids and team organizers to play on local level with flexible structures, while the championship track provides teams the opportunity to advance to a national championship – the crown jewel of the USTA Junior Team Tennis season. Here in Billings, we will start with Local Junior Team Tennis.
Parents Meeting: On Tuesday, May 30, at 6 p.m. we invite all parents of juniors ages 8-18 to join us in the community room at the Billings Public Library to talk about Junior Team Tennis in Billings.
JTT will be held on Saturday mornings at Pioneer Park from 8-12 p.m. starting June 10 and running through August 26. There will be a nominal cost for all players but the start-up costs for JTT are being generously underwritten by Pepsi/SOBE, and the BTA sponsors.
HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS:
High School Tennis is played April and May. Good luck to all the Billings' teams! FYI, good days to watch high school tennis are the Billings Invite on April 13 and 14, and AA Divisionals are May 11-13.
SOCIAL TENNIS (UNDER THE LIGHTS):
Mark Johns and Laura Rembe have volunteered to put together fun socials for us to play under the fabulous lights at Pioneer once a month during the outside playing season, from May to October. Stay tuned for details! Speaking of lights....now that the temps are rising don't forget you can play til 10:00 p.m. under the lights. Push button in NE corner outside of Court 1 to turn them on and off if you leave before 10. Enjoy!
2017 MONTANA LEAGUE/TOURNAMENTS. The full summer calendar is posted at www.facebook.com/billingstennis
USTA-MT Mixed Doubles League
Billings has been chosen by USTA-MT to host the first competitive USTA-MT league event of the summer June 2-4. This will be an 18 and Over Mixed Doubles Team Event. The winning team from Montana will compete over July 15th weekend in Boise, Idaho. The deadline for teams to register is May 18, which is why we are rushing to get our Adult League practices started so we can identify additional players/teams who may want to compete in this event. If you are interested in playing on a team, and have not yet been contacted by a team captain, Navin will help you form a local team or will work to get you on a team made up of players from around the state. The teams are made up of a minimum three lines of doubles. The teams compete against teams with the same combined USTA rating, for example 7.0, 8.0 or 9.0. An 8.0 team may have a women rated 4.5 playing with a man rated 3.5 for combined rating of 8.0, for example. Navin will help "captain" multiple Billings teams to ensure that everyone who wants to play can!
Eastern Montana Junior Championship: May 27-29 Billings will host top junior players from throughout the Intermountain in a Level 5 tournament (essentially meaning double points for rankings). To register, the tournament ID is: 250020517
Summer Smash Tournament: Also, May 27-29, Billings will host a non-sanctioned adult tournament. This will be a great practice event for the following weekend's sanctioned league event. To register, the tournament ID is 250035417
The Billings Tennis Association sets aside a percentage of all of our revenue for the purpose of youth scholarships. If you are interested in pursuing the possibility of accessing BTA scholarship funds, please contact Carmelita Dominquez, who chairs the BTA scholarship committee, at 406-670-6132.
You should have recently received a 2017 BTA membership request in the mail recently. Thank you for sending in your donation. Dues are $15.00 for individuals, $25.00 for a couple/family, and $50.00 to be a patron. Send checks to PO Box 21381, Billings, MT 59104 or leave at front desk of Elks for attn. Debbie Oliver.
Please support the following businesses and thank the following individuals for sponsoring the BTA in 2017: ??SIgn Products, Desin Family, the Magic City Optimists' Club, Montague's Jewelers, the Elks Tennis Center, Pepsi, First Interstate Bank, Montana Allergy and Asthma Specialists, Al's Bootery and Repair Shop, Northern Industrial Hygiene,Inc., Yellowstone Valley Brewing Company, McDonald's, Tom and Kim Hauptman, Gregory Paul Johnson, P.C., Century 21/Kellie Saville, Salyer Family, Bruce and Eileen Pinkerton, Merrill Lynch/Frank Witt, Jr. and Kristi Sevareid, Russ, Karen, Barclay and Harrison Fagg.
BTA Board: We are always happy to have additional volunteers. If you would like to be involved in any way, please contact Paige Darden (current President) at 694-3051
BILLINGS PARK AND REC TENNIS PROGRAM
The Billings Park and Recreation has a full program of lessons for adults and juniors for the summer. 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.
ELKS TENNIS CENTER:
The Elks Tennis Center offers lessons and programming year round. Non-members are welcomed to take lessons. To learn more, visit www.elkstenniscenter.org
In addition, there is a pro shop, Bounce, at the Elks that sells racquets, shoes, clothes, and provides stringing services.