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goddard racket The Goddard Tennis Club is one of the many social clubs sponsored by the Goddard Employees Welfare Association (GEWA).
The Goddard Tennis Club (GTC) is built and maintained by its members, who work at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD.


members Goddard Tennis Club Membership for 2014 PDF icon

All badge-carrying employees of GSFC (contractors, civil servants and retirees) and their immediate family members are eligable to join the Goddard Tennis Club. Members may bring one guest (if the guest is eligable to enter a federal site). See the Club flyer for a summary.

In 2014, annual dues remain $60 for basic membership to cover the annual construction and maintenance costs (no longer paid by GEWA):
- $60 basic membership ($30 after August 15; $25 for summer interns/students)
- $20 per family member (optional)
- $15 per guest card (optional, limit 1)
- $15 per ball machine privilege and key (optional)

wimbledon man Where to get GTC membership applications wimbledon woman
Fill out the PAPER form and snail-mail it to Andy Negri c/o Stephen Palm at GSFC Code 612.

claycourts Goddard Tennis Facility (click to visit)

GTC has 8 Har-Tru and 2 lighted hard courts in a sheltered area. Click on the courts pictured above to get: a map and directions, a tour, a description of court procedures and services, a history of the club, and GTC court maintenance.

This facility is managed by our elected officials:
- President: Maria Lecha,
- Vice-President: Mike Powers,
- Treasurer: Andy Negri,

Other jobs are carried out by volunteers:
- Ladder, grounds, and web: Dennis Chesters,
- Tournaments: Andy Negri,
- Sprinklers: Dan Mandl,

tennis.ladder GTC Ladder (click for standings)

The GTC ladder season opens on April 15th and ends October 31st, inclusive. Traditionally, anyone can challenge anyone during the first month, with the 10-rung limit imposed for matches played after May 15th. Tournament play also counts as a ladder match, unlimited by the players' standings on the ladder. You can start your own community tennis ladder using the web site to organize a membership list and manage the standings.

sport_tennis GTC Tournaments

- Spring Singles - Memorial Day weekend, give or take a week
- Fall Singles - Labor Day weekend, give or take a week

Past winners of GTC singles tournaments (click to view).

The Memorial Day Weekend 2014 singles tournament was won by Justin Lazear, who defeated John Cannizzo in the final (6-1, 6-2).

The Labor Day Weekend 2014 singles tournament was won by Justin Lazear, who defeated Dave Groff in the final (6-4, 6-0).

The GTC tournaments are Swiss-style round-robin: winners-play-winners and losers-play-losers every round, so everybody eventually plays opponents on their own level.

The tournaments are usually open to anyone qualified to play on the GTC courts: members, family members, and guests.

Tournament play counts as a ladder match, unless one of the players explicitly says "no" before the tournament match begins.

At the discretion of the ladder chairman, ladder members playing in and completing the GTC singles tournaments are promoted to the top of the ladder, in the order that they finish in the tournament. Ladder members who receive this promotion are subject to unrestricted challenges for the next 4 weeks.

Tournament registration is on a sheet posted at courtside a few weeks before the tournament, or via phone or e-mail to the tournament director.

The tournament director is responsible for seeding, based on ladder standings and best judgement of skill. Please don't argue with him/her/it.

Andy Negri, UMd/ESSIC, is the tournament director [].

Here are Andy's recommendations for running a tournament:
Among the things I bring are:

Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite
Gal OJ
2 gal water with spigot
fig newtons
ice chests
plexiglass to cover paperwork
index cards to do matchups
cans new tennis balls for sale
plastic tablecloth (nice touch)

Attached are the flyer from 2005 Labor Day tourney (WORD)
and spreadsheet for ranking the players/recording the matches (EXCEL). 
This latter should print out on 11 by 17 paper if you select a tabloid-capable printer. 

EarthBall GTC News

tennis_sign GTC Tennis Lessons

Tennis Lessons: Goddard Tennis Club will be offering tennis lessons at the Goddard Tennis Courts located adjacent to the Rec. Center starting on April 21. The particulars for this 6-week session are as follows: Mon. and Wed. 12noon to 1p.m., for beginner and adv. beginners, racquets provided, use of a ball machine, experienced instructors, $60 payable at first lesson (cash or check only). Early registration will be held on Friday, 4/18, at the courts from 12 noon to 1p.m., rain or shine, on a first-come-first served basis.
For more information and application form, download the Tennis Lesson Application Form 2014. PDF icon
For questions, write to

tennis_sign GTC Tennis Socials

GTC holds occasional fun get-togethers for players at all levels. Drills, lessons, pick-up games, singles and doubles are options.

tennis_sign Casual Play

GTC has a contact list for women and/or beginners who are just looking for casual play.

To get on/off the casual players list, contact

tennis_sign GTC Mailing List

GTC uses NASA's "lists" service to send mass-mailings to its members. Once on the GTC list, you receive all the club's broadcast e-mail. You can sign up for the GTC mailing list at, subject to approval by the GTC list administrators (the club officials).

tennis_sign GTC Management Reports

Treasurer's Report, end of 2013 (PDF, click to view). PDF icon

     Goddard Tennis Club Meeting Notes, March 12, 2014, 12 noon

1. There is an open call for Officers (President, Vice President, Treasurer and
Secretary).   By GEWA policy, only one need be a Civil servant.  Contractors and
Retirees can also step up.   Pending no other candidates, the Officers are:
Maria Lecha, President; Mike Powers, Vice President and Andy Negri, Treasurer.   

2. Financially, the club's balance increased last year.   This was helped by
all the volunteer labor, lesson revenue, and no major expenses.   The membership
dropped by about  10 or so members.  Discussion led to maintaining the
membership cost rates the same as last year.   The membership form on the
Website will be updated for 2014.  Donations are encouraged.   Two club members
went to a GEWA Council meeting two years ago.  GEWA was not in position to
assist financially.  

3. Membership is required to use the courts.   Be sure to submit membership
forms and payments before playing on the courts.  Everyone's awareness and help
in monitoring is needed for surveillance.   A membership list is usually posted
on the bulletin board.   Each member is allowed a guest privilege for a fee. 

4. So far the Har-tru courts are in good shape from the winter.   They are
still too wet to play on.   A load of Har-tru is probably not required this
year.    A load of Har-tru will be needed next year and the club needs to budget
for this.   The Roller needs tire and battery work, so it has not been run yet
this year.    The Har-tru courts will not be ready to play on for a several

5. The hard courts are still in need of crack repair and re-painting.   GEWA
requested that the club provide quotes in Fall of 2013.  Two quotes were
provided for about $15K.   There has been no response so far.    As reference, a
few years ago, the Wallops facility group resurfaced their hard courts.    The
club is not in position to fund the repair at this time.   All of the members
would need to donate about $150 each to cover this cost.   Dan Mandl, Mike
Flick, and Steve have some ideas for interim repairs.  They welcome suggestions.  

6. The weeds have started.   There is some Roundup from last year.   Large
weeds are best removed by weed wacker.  Small weeds are treated by sprayer with
Roundup.   The scarifier rake can be used for weeds that are not close to the
fence.   Jesse Maury, who used to be an active club member, has volunteered to
treat all the Har-Tru courts with Roundup throughout the season. 

7. The scaffold used to work on the electric lights on the hard court needs
rust removal and painting.   This item remains from last year.  

8. Long Pham, Mike Flick and Keiji Tasaki are planning to run lessons during
lunch time.   

9. There is still a request for volunteers to teach lessons after work.  Please
contact Keiji if interested.  

10. Andy Negri is organizing the Singles Tournaments for Memorial Day and Labor
Day weekends.  

11.  Other possible activities that need volunteers to initiate and lead are
Open House Night(s)/Lunchtime(s), other Tournaments, etc.

You can get a membership application from the bulletin board at courtside, or download the GTC membership application form from this page.

Old GTC news and chat (click to view).

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