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In 2015, 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)
This facility is managed by our elected officials:
- President: Maria Lecha, Maria.C.Lecha@nasa.gov
- Vice-President: Mike Powers, Michael.K.Powers@nasa.gov
- Treasurer: Andy Negri, ANegri@essic.umd.edu
Other jobs are carried out by volunteers:
- Ladder, grounds, and web: Dennis Chesters, Dennis.Chesters@nasa.gov
- Tournaments: Andy Negri, ANegri@essic.umd.edu
- Sprinklers & Hard Courts: Dan Mandl, Daniel.J.Mandl@nasa.gov
The Labor Day Weekend 2014 singles tournament was won by Justin Lazear, who defeated Dave Groff in the final (6-4, 6-0).
The Goddard Tennis Club (GTC) will host a singles tournament over the Memorial Day Holiday weekend, Saturday May 23, and Sunday May 24, with two matches each morning. (Rain date: Monday, May 25). All levels of play are welcome. The GTC tournament is a "Swiss-style" round-robin: winners-play-winners and non-winners-play-non-winners every round, so eventually everybody plays opponents near their own ability. All Goddardand affiliate (badged) employees and their families are welcome to participate. The cost is $5, to cover trophies and refreshments, payable before the start of play at 9 am May 23 at the Goddard courts. Please express your interest in participating by registering IN ADVANCE via an email to email@example.com by May 20. Participation may be limited to the first 20 registrants, and day-of registration cannot be accommodated.
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 [firstname.lastname@example.org].
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 bananas fig newtons pretzels ice ice chests cups towels pencils 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.
Advanced Beginners/Intermediates will hit on Mondays and Wednesdays; and Beginners on Tuesdays and Thursdays, if there are enough participants to justify two separate groups. The GTC will supply balls and racquets during the lesson period, if necessary.
The cost of the lessons is $60, payable at the first lesson (cash or check only). Early registration will be held on Friday, April 24, at the courts from 12 noon to 1p.m., rain or shine, on a first-come-first-served basis.
As of April 30, 18 people have signed up for the 2015 lessons.
For questions, contact George Kallarakal [email@example.com], 301-614-6954.
For more information and the application form, download the Tennis Lesson Application Form 2015.
To get on/off the casual players list, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Goddard Tennis Club Meeting Notes, March 24, 2015, 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 only one larger expense for a ball machine replacement. The membership increased from last year. Discussion led to maintaining the membership cost rates the same as last year. The membership form on the Website will be updated for 2015. Donations are encouraged. Two club members went to a GEWA Council meeting three years ago. GEWA was not in position to assist financially. Har-tru may be needed later this year. Two nets will be replaced with two that the club already has on hand. More nets may be needed later this year, approximately $150 each. 3. The maintenance cart frame has a lot of rust. Gordon Labow will investigate repair of the frame by the Auto Club. He may be looking for assistance. There is the possibility of replacing the cart - approximately $12K for a new cart or about $7K for a used cart. The carts are a retrofitted specialty cart for Har-tru tennis court maintenance. 4. 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 one guest privilege for a fee. 5. The Har-tru courts are in good shape from the winter. Courts 1 thru 4 are now open, but a little soft. The other Har-tru courts will be open with a week or two. The hard courts have some sticks and debris from the winter. Hopefully someone will use a leaf blower to clear some of the loose debris. The water will not be turned on for several weeks. 6. Martin Perrine will initiate a notice in Dateline about the Tennis Courts opening for the season. 7. Dan Mandl and a group of members did some repair of the cracks on the hard courts last fall. The repairs did fairly well over the winter. Dan is interested in looking into renting a large power washer and some additional repair by member work parties. Some quotes for repair and painting by contractors from Fall 2013 were in the range of $15 to $20K. 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. 8. The scaffold used to work on the electric lights on the hard court needs rust removal and painting. This item remains from last year. The scaffold is in the shed. 9. Mike Flick is interested in providing lessons starting about April 20 or April 27, at lunch time, similar date to last year. He is looking for someone to help with running the ads and helping with the sign-ups. Keiji Tasaki will help, depending on his travel schedule. Ads will be run in DATELINE and on the Goddard Community Web page. Email will be sent the Tennis Club email list. 10. There is still a request for volunteers to teach lessons after work. Please contact Kim Cousler if interested. 11. The weeds can be more easily dealt with the new sprayer that goes on the cart. 12. Andy Negri is organizing the Singles Tournaments for Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. 13. Other possible activities that need volunteers to initiate and lead are Open House Night(s)/Lunchtime(s), other (Doubles) Tournaments, etc. If anyone is interested in initiating a fun activity or a maintenance activity, there are members that can assist and advise.
You can get a membership application from the bulletin board at courtside, or download the GTC membership application form from this page.
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