September 6, 2018

Hi everyone, a reminder that our club Championship Finals will be played this weekend. Come and watch our finalists play and enjoy an end of season of BBQ. Please see the flyer below for more details.

Tournament Day and End of Summer BBQ

BTC Executive

September 3, 2018

Hi everyone, hope you're enjoying the weather on this last long weekend of the summer. That brings us to the club's fall schedule and reduced hours for the clubhouse to be open. The clubhouse will only be open 9a-noon, Monday to Friday, and during the Tuesday and Friday round robin program. The clubhouse will be closed on weekends as will the court access so you'll need to have a key to unlock the gate. If you want a key please email Victor or Flavia and arrange to get one, they are only $5 and this will allow you access into the fall (the club/clubhouse closes for the season on October 1st but some nets will remain for play until the weather gets too unpleasant)

Lastly, a reminder that the AGM is on Thursday, September 20th at 7:30p. There has been no expression of interest to serve on the Executive for the following positons: membership, clubhouse/garden coordinator, ladder/houseleague coordinator or social coordinator. Our club is operated and managed by volunteers and to ensure we have the kind of club, programs and activities you desire we need members to come forward and help us out...more hands make less work!

Here's hoping for a nice long fall and more tennis.

BTC Executive

September 3, 2018

Here is a notice to watch an ITF tournament in the Niagara region. Admission to this event is free.

The White Oaks Tennis Club, in Partnership with Tennis Canada and Performance Acura, would like to extend an invitation for you and your Club Members and Friends to attend and enjoy an ITF Professional Men’s Single and Doubles Event ! The 3rd Annual Bruno Agostinelli Futures Tournament starts this week and runs from Sept. 1 through to Sept. 9th. Free Admission for all guests throughout the week. At the Semi Finals and Finals being held on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday 7th-9th, our appreciation for your support will include free finger food and wine tasting. The schedule is below.

Schedule for the 25,00 Bruno Agostinelli Futures

Main Draw:
Monday, Sept. 3 ( Start time 10 am )
Tuesday, Sept. 4 ( ST 10 am )
Wednesday, Sept. 5 ( ST 10 am )
Thursday, Sept. 6 ( ST 10 am )

Semi and Finals : Free Finger Food & Wine Tasting
Friday, Sept. 7 ( ST 11 am ) Doubles Final ( 6 PM)
Saturday, Sept. 8th ( ST 11 am) Semi Finals
Sunday, Sept. 9th ( 11 am ) Final

Location: The Club at WHITE OAKS Resort & Spa
253 Taylor Road
Niagara On The Lake

BTC Executive

Bruno Agostinelli Futures

August 28, 2018

The Club is hosting the Ontario U10 Championships (under 10 years of age) this long weekend. Games will be played as follows:

  • Friday - 11:30-5:30 on 4 courts
  • Saturday and Sunday - starting at 11am on 4 courts and moving onto 5 courts at 2pm
  • Monday - starting at 11am on 4 courts

Enjoy watching those games and plan your own games accordingly. The court lights are on until 10:30 pm on all 6 courts.

As a reminder, always put your tags on the tag board when playing.

Regards,
BTC Executive

August 17, 2018

This is a reminder to all adult members thats it's time to test your skills and participate in the year end tournament. Everyone gets a chance to play against other members that you may not get to play against otherwise.

We have extended the sign-up deadline to Sunday August 19th with tournament starting by Wednesday August 22nd. We encourage everyone to sign up over the next 2 days and participate in the year end festivities and bragging rights for the winter months over your friends.

Regards,
BTC Executive

August 14, 2018

Hi everyone, please be advised that the Club will hold its AGM on Thursday, September 20th upstairs in the Clubhouse from 7:30p to 9p. At that time we will be holding elections for positions on the Executive. We are looking to fill the following positions:

  • Membership
  • Clubhouse/garden coordinator
  • Ladder/houseleague coordinator
  • Social coordinator
 

If you are interested in volunteering for any of these positions and/or would like more information about what the responsibilities are you can respond to this email.

Regards,
BTC Executive

August 11, 2018

Hi everyone, hope your enjoying the summer to its fullest! This email is to announce that our annual club tournament is now about to begin. The signup sheets have been posted in the clubhouse for singles and doubles. Don't delay, the signup sheets will remain posted until Saturday, August 18th; let us know if you're vacationing and wish to be included, please identify which draw(s) you want be included in...if doubles then you'll need to identify your partner, plus relevant contact info. Shortly thereafter, the various draws will be posted in the clubhouse and will forward via email as well. The club will host a SUPER TOURNEY WEEKEND for the finals, Saturday, Sept 8th for all doubles (men's, woman's and mixed), and Sunday, Sept 9th for men's and women's singles. The rain date for either or both finals will be the following weekend.

Here's the process....once the draws have been posted it will be the player(s) responsibility to arrange their matches with opponents by the dates identified for each round. PLEASE BE AWARE, if matches have not be completed by the round deadlines then players will be disqualified....please keep our tournament director Ari Khaihra aware at this email address of any issues regarding scheduling matches. Also, players will need to supply their own match balls for rounds leading up to the finals. The Club will provide balls for all the final play. When matches are arranged please inform the club manager/associate that your playing a tourney match so that the appropriate tag can be placed on the tag board, court booking rules will not apply to courts in use to tournament play.

Hope that covers it all, sign up and get playing!

BTC

July 27, 2018

Hi all...just a quick note to advise that the club will be hosting a junior tournament this Saturday and Sunday. Play will begin at 11:30a and will use 4 courts. Come and enjoy watching some amazing junior players.

BTC

July 2, 2018

HAPPY CANADA DAY everyone!! A quick reminder about our event during tomorrow evening's round robin. There'll be a Canada and tennis quiz, 50/50 draw for prizes and some Canada Day treats. Don't forget to wear your best red and white outfit which might get you a prize!!

If you've been on the BTC website in the last couple of days you may have noticed a "members only" button on the main page. Indeed it is a password protected page where you can access member contact phone numbers. Longer term members will recall the printed booklet that the Club published, but with the heightened information privacy requirements that had to be stopped. As a result we've looking at a solution to re-offer this is to members, meets the privacy requirements for personal information and is flexible to add or eliminate information based individual member choice. Consequently, based on agreeing to make contact information available on the registration form we will be going through a process to update our contact list and make phone numbers available. Since this a volunteer effort please be patient as we post contact information.

Enjoy the weather and the rest of your long weekend.

Regards, BTC

June 22, 2018

Hi again, correction of the date...the event is on July 3rd, the following Tuesday but still during the round robin.

Sorry for any confusion.

June 22, 2018

Hi all...was going to say something about being into summer but I'm wearing layers for warmth today!

This is to let everyone know that the Club will be hosting a Canada Day social event during the evening round robin on Tuesday, June 26th. We're choosing this early date in order to accommodate anyone who will be away on Friday to take advantage of the long weekend. Shout out to Naushin Kemp who is coordinating this event....a big thank you!

So wear your red and white, play some tennis and enjoy some Canada Day treats!

Thanks to those that signed up, good luck and enjoy...let us know what you think about the format.

See you next Tuesday,
Brian

June 4, 2018

Happy Monday everyone. Thanks to Ari Khaihra for working on this new format and we're ready to rollout the new ladder format...sending this club wide so that everyone can see the structure and consider signing up for the next round sometime in July.

All matches are prescheduled and teams have been formed via lottery; if you signed up check the spreadsheet to identify team/playing partner and when your matches are scheduled. The calendar will be updated to block off the courts required, but it is the players responsibility to track when their playing schedule; emails are provided to communicate.

Main rules:

  • matches will run a total of 1.5 hours and comprise 3 rounds playing a round robin format
  • max 5 minute warmup during the first round is allowed, first serving round will be on a "first-in" format; subsequent rounds the play will start immediately, no warmup.
  • each round will be 30 minutes in duration then teams will switch, teams will self-monitor playing time
  • teams will track games won by each team and note scores on the match sheets provided in the clubhouse (e.g., the final score of 4-3, Team A will record 4 games won and Team B will score 3 games won)
  • if a team wins more than 8 games, max 8 games will be recorded as their score
  • duece games (40-40) will be played as a tie breaker, server can choose which side to serve from
  • please leave the completed sheet at the club house with the score tally
  • in case a player cannot attend a scheduled match, they are solely responsible for requesting a substitute player from other teams or general club membership, game scores for the absent player will be recorded as zero "0"
  • 2 courts will be reserved for play as follows:
    1. Mixed Doubles Houseleague will be played every Thursday night from 7:30 - 9:00 pm as per the schedule attached.
    2. Men's Doubles Houseleague will be played every Saturday morning 9 am - 10:30 am.
    3. Ladies Doubles Houseleague will be played every Saturday morning 10:30 am - 12:00 pm. (waiting for an additional few names to complete the groupings, same matchups as the men's dbls)
 

All the weekly match sheets along with schedules will be posted in the clubhouse on Monday. We will run the schedule thru June and use the game wins to split the groupings into seeds, with hopes of getting additional members to signup. We are waiting for some additional ladies When communicating with players please refrain from using the club email address.

Thanks to those that signed up, good luck and enjoy...let us know what you think about the format.

Download BTC Ladder 2018.

BTC

June 1, 2018

A reminder that the club will be hosting it's 2nd annual Tennis Day tmrw starting at 10a with round robin, hit for prizes and free BBQ. Stay after 1p and watch the Provincial U18 tournament!!

See you tmrw!!
BTC

May 28, 2018

Hi everyone...summer has arrived and we're ready to host our 2nd annual Tennis Day at the club this Saturday, June 2nd. Come out to meet other members and enjoy some fun time on the courts, test your skill for prizes and then enjoy a BBQ. The last free junior clinic will go from 9-10a and then the fun starts...the attached flier provides all the details.

Hope to see you this Saturday!!
BTC

2nd Annual BTC Tennis Day

May 28, 2018

Hi again, sorry, forgot to include that starting around 1p our club will be hosting the U18 Provincial tournament. So while you're enjoying the BBQ you can enjoy watching some amazingly talented kids playing the game.

See you Saturday....

May 23, 2018

Hi all. A number of folks have signed up and we can use a number more for all categories. We're extending the sign-up period to this Friday evening. This is a great way to play some tennis and meet other members...sign up and join in!

BTC

May 18, 2018

Just a quick reminder that the men's, women's and mixed dbls sign-up sheets are posted in the clubhouse...back wall board past the tag board. Being a Round Robin nite take the time to write down your name. You can sign-up with a playing partner or as a single and get a partner thru a lottery pick. This is a great way to get some competitive play and meet other members.

Sign-up soon!

May 10, 2018

Hi all. We recently heard of Mark Donelan's passing on March 12th of this year. He was a long time past member of BTC and some of our long term members would remember Mark. Our collective condolences go out to Mark's family. Attached is the obituary for your review.

The family will hold a celebration of Mark's life on Wednesday, August 8th at the BTC clubhouse. More details will follow closer to the date. All members who knew Mark are welcome. If you wish to get in touch with the family you can connect at: dancingcreek@amtelecom.net

Regards,
BTC Executive

May 8, 2018

Hi everyone. We're still a bit short of players to field a team, specifically, we need 5 women. This is an intermediate level division and provides some great competition. Play is either Monday or Wednesday evening throughout the summer, with half the play at other clubs in the Burlington/Mississauga area so some travel is required but carpooling makes it easy. We need to know by Sunday so that we can get things organized. The Club has paid the registration fee in the hope that a few more players will step forward and keep this team going.

If you're interested/willing to be involved then reply back to this email....by Sunday!!!

Thanks,
BTC

May 7, 2018

Hello All,

Just a reminder to all that our adult and junior programs start this week! Below is a reminder of the programs we will be offering:

Adults

  • Cardio Tennis - Tuesday's 6-7pm ($10 Drop in fee)
  • Adult Instructional Clinic - Thursday's from 7-8pm ($15 drop in fee)

To register please email Flavia at flavia@acetennis.ca

Juniors (Spring Drop in Clinics)

  • Mini Tennis (4-7 years of age) - Monday/Wednesdays 5-6pm
  • Smashing Aces (8-11 years of age) - Tuesday/Thursdays 5-6pm
  • High School (12-16 years of age) - Friday 5-6pm

All spring drop in clinics are $10 for members. In order to register please email victor@acetennis.

Hope to see you all there!
Kind regards,
BTC

May 4, 2018

Hello All,

Due to the severe wind that is suppose to come our way shortly and leading into the evening, the club will be closed for the rest of the day. We had one of the trees come down on one of the fence a month back when we also had similar weather and so we are taking precaution today for everyone's safety. Therefore tonight's round robin will be cancelled. Sorry for the inconvenience and stay safe out there!

Kind regards,
BTC

May 3, 2018

Hello All,

This Saturday May 5th, will be our 1st of 4 free clinics for New Junior Members. The clinic will be held from 9-10 am for ALL new junior members. The weather looks to be great for Saturday, we hope to see all of you there!

Kind regards,
BTC

May 2, 2018

Hi everyone. The court light maintenance is mostly complete with 2 light post still requiring attention on the north end (court 1) and south end (court 6). For safety we will close those specific courts, while courts 2-5 will be open; play will need to be stopped when the lift has to move from one end to other. Your patience has been much appreciated during this period.

The inspection of the fixtures has identified some serious deterioration within the fixture and the wiring. Fifty years of use has taken its toll on the wiring and will be replaced tomorrow.

Next, anyone who is playing at Level 3 (can rally consistently, control ball direction, able to volley, full motion on serve and reasonably successful on 1st serves) and is interested in trying out for our Division 5 Lakeshore houseleague team should come out on Monday, May 7th at 7p and sign up; league play is doubles and mixed playing either on Monday or Wednesday nites throughout the summer with some travel to clubs in the Oakville and Mississauga areas. We are holding another opportunity in hopes of generating more interest for the team, we require a minimum of 7-8 players for both the men and women.

Lastly, a reminder that the free junior group lesson kicks-off this Saturday. Check our website calendar for age group lesson times.

Bring on the summer!
Brian

April 28, 2018

Hi all. Just a quick info update. The court lights are being replaced today and in the process found additional items to be replaced that needed to be brought in from the supplier and will be delivered later this afternoon. Unfortunately this means the work cannot be completed today and will require the courts to be closed again for tomorrow morning...sorry for the inconvenience but this work needs to be done. Let's hope the weather stays true to the forecast and the rain holds off until the afternoon...or just doesn't materialize.

FYI...tennis fit Monday sessions have been moved to Tuesdays, same time from 6-7p. Please check the online club calendar as we keep this as current as is possible.

Lastly, a shout out to ALL NEW ADULT MEMBERS! As part of registering the club offers 2 free lessons, with the first one taking place on May 16th. Please confirm your attendance by emailing our Pro Victor, victor@acetennis.ca, so he has a sense of the numbers and add extra sessions if required.

Hope you're all enjoying the spring/summer weather!
Brian

April 28, 2018

Will it ever end, the miserable weather that is. Checking the weather forecast for tmrw shows this rain will continue for most of the day and Sunday is expected to have this system clear the area....let's hope that sticks and we reschedule the cleanup and hanging the windscreens on Sunday morning at 9a.

Faithfully hopeful...
BTC Exec.

April 27, 2018

Please be advised that the courts will be closed on Tuesday, May 1st from 8am to 1pm for maintenance of the court lights. Since this work requires the use of a lifting device the courts will remain closed for safety reasons.

Sorry for the inconvenience, but on the bright side.....!

Regards,
BTC Executive

April 27, 2018

Hi all, just a quick note to inform that I'll be a bit late this evening to get things going...somewhere closer to 7:30p. There will be a sign-up sheet so please enter your name and particulars. Also, we'll have 2 teams in Division 5 this year with a new team managed Jun Wu but we require a Manager/Coordinator for the other team. To be viable, a team should have a minimum of 6 male and 6 female players to allow for some substitutions during the season, more if possible. Since there is another team in the same division there cannot be any substitutions between teams.

The gates will be unlocked to access the courts, however the clubhouse will be closed. Lights will be turned on after 7:30p.

We'll have a short meeting once I arrive to ensure everyone has signed up and I can speak with the team reps, then you can get out and play.

See you tonite,
Brian Opitz

April 26, 2018

Hi all, just a few quick reminders and notes.

Those interested in playing Lakeshore house-league here's a reminder that Teams 1 & 2 are holding their meet, greet and play this evening from 7-9p. This is for +3.5 players. Team 3 is holding their session tmrw nite for players at the 3 level or less.

Apparently spring will make an appearance this Saturday so here's our chance to finish the clubhouse and court clean-up and put up the windscreens. If you can spare an hour or two then come to the club this Saturday starting at 9a...bring a rake, clippers, leaf blower, tarp and/or a ladder to help get things hung, raked, trimmed, swept and blown clean!

Over the next week we will be getting our court light bulbs replaced. Because of the weather, past and upcoming, it's unlikely that this will be completed before this weekend. Consequently, we will need to close the courts for 1 day at some point soon to have this high elevation work completed. Once we know the day for sure we'll send out a notice and post it on the club calendar....just a reminder that you'll find the full schedule of club programs and events on the calendar, the link is on our website splash page.

OPENING DAY is MONDAY, APRIL 30TH which means the clubhouse and courts will be open daily and tennis programs will begin. Let's continue our "group think" for warmer weather!!!

Lastly, we have encountered a broken water pipe in the men's washroom. Investigation so far is leading us to a leak within the building floor slab; the lines servicing both main floor bathrooms run under the slab...the answer to question is that the building is 50 years and at the time this made sense. Anyway, for the time being we will need to keep the water off. Should anyone require a bathroom respite one of the pros will turn the water on for a short period and then shut it off again. Sorry for the inconvenience.

That's all for now...keep thinking spring!

BTC Executive

April 17, 2018

Hi all! So what's up with the weather?!! Since spring has been delayed and the courts are blanketed with snow, it's snowing while I'm writing this note, we will need to postpone the court clean-up to sometime next week. Consequently, the house-league meet and greet will be tentatively pushed to the rain dates on Thursday and Friday next week (see the BTC calendar) for now...stay tuned.

Here's hoping for something close to representing spring....

BTC Executive

April 13, 2018

Hi everyone! With the anticipated foul weather this weekend we will shorten our registration today from 9:30 - 11am. However, the court setup will be postponed to another weekend.

Here's hoping that spring is coming...SOON!

BTC Executive

April 11, 2018

Hi everyone! Opening Day is only a few short weeks away and fingers crossed that spring weather and warmer temperatures will welcome us. With the weather being what has been we've delayed putting up the nets and doing a general clean-up...it's still been snowing! However, we will press on to begin the process of getting the place tennis ready.

Let's start with a reminder that our in-person registration is this Saturday, April 14th from 9am to 12:30pm. We will also hold a registration nite on Wednesday, April 18th from 7-9pm. If you're planning on coming on those days we will accept payment by cheque or cash (exact change is very welcome), we don't accept credit cards at the in-person registration. Our on-line registration portal on our website is open and a convenient and secure way to register any time by using your credit card. Register now as the early bird rates end after opening day.

If you're coming out to register why not spend an extra few minutes, roll up your sleeves and lend a hand to clean up the courts of debris and help put up the nets. We'll be using the time to get the place ready so bring a rake, a broom, some gardening tools and gloves...more hands make quick work! Last year we had a number of hardy souls come out and we were done in a little over 90 minutes.

A quick update on our ladders. Last year there was a bit of a malaise in competitive play during the season so we've done some thinking about how we can re-energize the competitive spirit. Our ladder lead, Ari Khaihra, has worked out an outline that looks promising. The system he's working on will establish pre-scheduled play between ladder players on Thursday evenings. Two courts will be set aside from 7p-9p for play. To get as many playing as possible the matches will be capped at 30 mins and the person leading by games wins; the person leading during a game at the end of time will be awarded the game and deuces will be sudden death by playing one additional point, the receiver can choose which side to receive. The goal is to amass as many games as possible during the rounds of play, the winner will be the one with the most games. The ladders will be for singles and doubles with Thursday play alternating between ladders on a bi-weekly basis. There will be more details coming as we're sure there a questions about format, teams, etc. Sign-up will start at the in-person registration and run through the first of May.

That's it for now. Think warmer weather and hope to see you for the clean-up on Saturday.

Regards,
BTC Executive

March 28, 2018

Hi everyone! We've completed our work and the 2018 www.btc1.ca is up and running, as is the e-registration portal. Thanks for your patience. You can now acquire your membership online as well as register for junior tennis camps.

All our info and calendar is updated for the 2018 season. Some dates to remember:

  • In-person registration Saturday, April 14th from 9am to 12:30pm, and Wednesday, April 18th from 7-9pm
  • Houseleague meet'n greet the last week in April, click the "Compete" button then "Houseleague" from the drop-down menu to find the days and times
  • Official opening day Monday, April 30th
 

We look forward to seeing you soon!

BTC Executive

March 20, 2018

Hi again. Just a quick follow-up to yesterday's email to mention that the online e-registration is under going a slight change as we move to another service provider to save on costs. That is why the online registration on the current site won't work. This update should be completed very shortly along with 2018 website refresh. We will email you to let you know when our site is ready to go. Sorry for the confusion.

In the meantime, our 2018 calendar is loaded on the current site along with information regarding lessons and junior programming that remains relevant for 2018 as well. Any specific questions can be directed to our Pros, Victor and Flavia, their contact information is also on the current site under the "Learn" tab.

Stay tuned, we'll be in touch shortly!

Burlington Tennis Club

March 19, 2018

Hi everyone. The 2018 season is almost here and we're reaching out to last season's members to let you know about registration for this upcoming season.

Regarding registration, the in-person membership registration days will be Saturday, April 14th, 9am to 12:30pm, and Wednesday, April 18th, 7pm to 9pm. We have reduced the in-person times since on-line registration has generated close to 50% of the payment choice, with mail-ins taking a distant 2nd place. The membership rates have not changed and we are continuing with the application of mandatory fees for the club infrastructure reserve fund and tennis ball fees. Just a reminder that we will not process cheques for membership payments that exclude the mandatory fees. As well, all juniors continue to receive 4 free one-hour lessons on successive Saturday mornings beginning May 5th, and new adult members receive 2 free group lessons also in May.

You'll be pleased to know that our Club Pro/Manager, Victor Hoang, and Assistant Pro, Flavia Nayagama, will be returning this season. They are excited to be back and looking forward to seeing you again and running our programs. We've already had several discussions concerning tennis programming, lessons and member care. In an effort to resolve some concerns from last year we will be posting club policies and booking rules in the clubhouse in addition to having them on our website and strictly enforcing the use of the tag board. Please be prepared to be asked for your member tag if you're using a court and have not “tagged-up”. This is part of a more proactive and robust approach to clamp-down on non-member use of our courts. Also, on the weekends the public-facing gate will be locked during the afternoons, but members will be able to access the courts by using their key (available at the Pro's office for $5) and locking the gate should they be the last to leave. The clubhouse and clubhouse patio gate will remain open for member use.

Finally, the official start to the season will be Monday, April 30th. As the weather continues to transition to warmer temperatures we will be starting our spring cleanup and installation of nets and windscreens. Expect to see an email for volunteers to assist with this activity….last spring we had lots of folks help out and we were done in less than 2 hours! Once you see the nets out, and if you have a key, you are welcome to come out and use the courts…the clubhouse will however remain closed until opening day.

Here's hoping for a great spring to get outside and play some tennis.

See you at the Club!

Brian Opitz, President

March 5, 2018

Hi everyone! With the weather beginning to get warmer and with the hint of spring in the air it's time to look ahead to the 2018 season at Burlington Tennis Club.

Our website has been updated, our calendar has much of this coming season's program information listed and, most importantly, our e-registration is open for memberships. Our rates remain the same as do our Club Manager/Pro and Assistant Pro, Victor and Falvia, who are excited to be back to run programs, get your game in gear and get you fit!

We will continue to offer our morning and evening round robins, ladders and tournament play, tennis fitness and a robust junior program and summer camps. All junior members will receive 4 free lessons and new adult members get 2 free lessons in May... great value for joining.

We encourage you to use our convenient e-registration service on the website, but for those wanting the in-person experience you can register on Saturday, April 14th from 9a – noon, and Wednesday, April 18th from 7p-9p. If you can't make those dates and you still wish to register in-person you drop a sealed envelope with your registration form and cheque in our mailbox located at the front of the building.

As the weather continues to get warmer we will be getting the courts ready for play; some new windscreens and nets for this season. Although the clubhouse will remain closed and the court lights will be off until our April 30th opening day, you can use the courts as long as you have a key to unlock the gate. Keys will be available after opening day.

Looking forward to another great season of tennis at BTC. See on the courts!

BTC Executive