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Goddard Tennis Club
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.
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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 2018, 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)
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: Joe Miko,
- Treasurer: Andy Negri,
Other jobs are carried out by volunteers:
- Ladder, grounds, and web: Dennis Chesters,
- Tournaments: Andy Negri,
- Hard Courts: Dan Mandl,
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 TennisEngine.com to organize a membership list and manage the standings.
- Spring Singles - Memorial Day weekend, give or take a week
- Fall Singles - Labor Day weekend, give or take a week
The Memorial Day Weekend 2017 singles tournament was won by Tom Kallarakal, who defeated Rahul Majaran in the final.
The Labor Day Weekend (plus one week) 2017 singles tournament was won by Jinan Zeng, who defeated Rahul Mahajan in the final 6-2, 6-2.
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 [firstname.lastname@example.org].
Here are Andy's recommendations for running a tournament:
The Club frequently offers tennis lessons in May-June, by a Club member who volunteers to manage the sessions.
In 2018, 12 lessons for beginners will be offered at noontime on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from May 1 to June 12.
The lessons are "free" to participants who join the club for the basic $60 annual membership fee.
Details are listed on the 2018 Tennis Instruction Application for Beginners
GTC holds occasional fun get-togethers for players at all levels.
Drills, lessons, pick-up games, singles and doubles are options.
It is up to the GTC members to organize these.
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 email@example.com
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 https://lists.nasa.gov/mailman/listinfo/goddard-tennis-club, subject to approval by the GTC list administrators (the club officials).
Treasurer's Report, start of 2017 (click to view).
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).
- Har-Tru Tennis (formerly Lee Tennis)
- HT Tennis
- How to lay lines on a clay court
- Clay court line pegs (2007 PDF)
- Har-Tru Reconditioning Catalog (2011 PDF)
- Har-Tru Manual (2011 PDF)
- Har-Tru Maintenance Guide (2012 PDF)
- Country Club of Virginia maintenance advice (2010 PDF)
- Certified Tennis Court Builders
- Sport Builders
- American Tennis Courts
- Guardian Crack Repair
- Tennis Universal Court Supplies
- No Fault Sports
- Midwest Sports
- Nike Tennis shoe recycling
- 10-S Tennis Supplies
- Welch Tennis
- SportMaster Court Surfacing
- Putnam Tennis
- NovaSports hard court construction
- Plastic Tile Courts
- Rebound Ace
- Reference: "Clay Tennis Court Maintenance" by Michael R. Humphrey, 1982, 74 pages, softcover by Bacon Street Press, Sherborn, MA.
- Reference: "Tennis Courts, A Construction and Maintenance Manual" edited by Carol Shaner, 2001, 206 pages, spiral-bound softcover by US Tennis Court and Track Builders Association, and US Tennis Association.
- Local Tennis Clubs
- Local Tennis Supplies
- Local Tennis Resorts
- The Goddard Tennis Club's 2 outdoor lighted hard courts are open year-round.
- The College Park Tennis Club (CPTC) has a 12-court indoor tennis facility, 4 Har-Tru and 8 DecoTurf.
- The Fairland Sports and Aquatic Complex near Laurel MD has a tennis bubble with 6 hard courts.
They offer contracts for September-to-April time-slots, or on-demand spot-time during the winter.
- Watkins Regional Park Tennis Bubble in Upper Marlboro MD has 5 indoor hard courts.
- TennisLink of Maryland, plays at Georgetown Prep, in Washington DC.
- SportFit tennis bubble in Bowie MD. Sportfit is a group of commercial facilities (tennis, racketball, etc.) scattered around the eastern suburbs of Washington DC. The Bowie facility has 3 indoor and 4 outdoor hard courts.
- Severn Valley Tennis and Fitness Club, in Gambrills MD is reported to have 4 indoor hard courts, and 3 HarTru clay courts that are covered by a tennis bubble during the winter.
- Big Vanilla Athletic Club, in Arnold MD has 4 indoor hard courts.
- The Owen Brown Tennis Bubble in Columbia MD has 9 indoor courts.
There are 24 outdoor courts at Wilde Lake Tennis Club, Owen Brown Club and Racquet Club at Hobbit's Glen.
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GTC Constitution, 1981
GTC Rules, 1981