August 19, 2017

BTC Swag

Hi everyone! Hope everyone is enjoying the summer and getting out to play some tennis. This email will update you on a number items that you’ll find of interest.

You’ll recall we were looking into providing some swag for purchase, specifically ball caps. Well, THEY HAVE ARRIVED!!! Many thanks to Brian LePage for organizing this on behalf of BTC. The attachment shows the colours and styles; all white, blue and pink, along with a couple of sizes of khaki coloured floppy hats. We didn’t “buy the farm” on swag so there are limited quantities and they are priced to sell. All hats and caps are $20, cash only. Please speak to our Club Pros, Victor or Flavia during the day or Andre during the evenings, to purchase your lid. Let’s see them around the club and around town!!!!

With only a few weeks left in August always means the BTC tournament is back... hope you’ve been honing your tennis skills. If you included your name on the sign-up sheets make sure you drop by the clubhouse early next week to look at the various category draws. Participants will get an email, draws will be uploaded to our website on the "Compete" page and the Club calendar will identify when category round play should be completed. For those categories that have fewer than 6 players the play will be structured around a round robin format.

The Club finals will be held on Saturday, September 16th, play will begin at 10am. The Club will host a BBQ from 11:30am - 1pm. The rain date will be Sunday, September 17th.

For this years’ tournament the Club will provide the tennis balls for all FORMAL MATCH play, including the finals; the round robin style matches will be excluded and those players will be required to provide their own match balls. To ensure the match balls are available for your match you will need to email our Club Pro Victor (victor@acetennis.ca) once the match day and time has been confirmed... please DO NOT copy Victor on any other emails or email threads. Just let him know when you are playing and he can make arrangements to get the match balls to you.

The BTC Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place on Thursday, September 21st beginning at 7:30 p.m., upstairs in the Clubhouse. If you’re interested in the future of the Club, curious about what we’ve done this season or not, what you’d like to see next season or have comments, concerns, complaints or praise, then come and participate.

The AGM is also a time where we look to renew and transform the Club Executive. As a volunteer run organization we can’t provide the environment you’d like to have unless you, the members, step forward and invest some time for the benefit of all members. We’re looking specifically to fill Social and Clubhouse/garden/court maintenance. We can certainly use the support.

As we move closer to our fall season, sorry for the reality check, just a reminder that our Clubhouse operating hours will change.

Beginning on Tuesday, September 5th, the Clubhouse will only be open from 9 a.m. – noon, Monday to Friday and closed Saturdays and Sundays. Evening round robins, Tuesdays and Fridays, will continue through to September 29th. After that date, the Clubhouse will be closed but nets will remain in place while the weather allows for play. You will need a key to access the courts after September 29th so please speak with our Club Pro about an access key... they are $5. Expect the nets to be removed anytime after October 22nd.

Here's hoping you enjoy the rest of your summer and best of luck to the tournament competitors.

Regards,
Brian Opitz

August 8, 2017

Hi everyone! Summer is certainly upon us and hopefully this note finds you enjoying the weather and playing loads of tennis.

This email is about some tournaments that are coming up that you may wish to spectate and others to sign up for.

Coming up this weekend (Saturday and Sunday) BTC is hosting the Under 14 Transition Tour event. As well, there is an adult OTA tournament (levels 3 - 5) taking place. If you can spare some time and want to see some really great play come out and watch. Play starts at 11:30am and runs through to 6pm or earlier dependent on match length.

The last junior tournament is scheduled for the Labour Day weekend and is a Under 10 Provincial Tournament. This is a big event on the summer tournament schedule for the kids and should prove to showcase some up and coming junior players. If anyone wishes to volunteer some time to help make this a great event please speak with or email our Pro, Victor Hoang, or email Pierre Lamarsh at . They would appreciate hearing from you.

Lastly, the signup sheets for our club tournament have been posted in the clubhouse. For all that we have learned and improved over the year, its time to put those skills to the test. There are a number of events being organized. So feel free to sign up and encourage your peers to do the same.

Sign-up sheets will remain up until August 15 with the draw to be posted shortly after. Any event that does not get at least 6 individuals/teams may be discarded this year. So we encourage everyone to sign up ASAP for singles and find that special partner for the doubles events.

Enjoy the rest of your summer and see you on the courts!

Burlington Tennis Club

July 13, 2017

It is with deep sadness that we learned of the passing of our member, Bob Isard, on Monday. Our collective condolences to Bob's family. Follow this link for the service details:
http://www.smithsfh.com/book-of-memories/2980502/Isard-Robert/service-details.php

Burlington Tennis Club

June 29, 2017

Hi all. During the Canada 150 weekend BTC will be hosting another set of tournament play on Saturday and Sunday. This will be an Under 9 and an Adult tournament.

Play will start on Saturday at 11am for the U9 players on 3 courts. This will be followed by the adult event at 12pm. A similar arrangement will take place on Sunday.

If you're around town and looking to watch some talented players come down to BTC!

A clarification on the tournament organization. Our partner, ACE Tennis, organizes these tournaments and BTC hosts during the long weekends in the summer; traditionally these weekends have seen low usership. These are not BTC club events rather they are sanctioned Ontario Tennis Association (OTA) tournaments and registration is open through the OTA. BTC is an OTA member and our members can register to play in the tournament if they choose and can be done through the OTA site. BTC as an organization is not involved in the tournament.

Have a safe and great long weekend everyone!

Happy Birthday CANADA!!!

Burlington Tennis Club

June 29, 2017

Hi evening round robin players. We've heard from a number of players that the 6p start time is too early and others have commented that few players stay longer making it difficult to get interesting matches going. Therefore, we'd like to get change things a bit for the month of July.

Starting on evening, July 4th, for every Tuesday and Friday evening round robin through the month of July we will start play at 7p and end at as usual at 9p. Many long term players will remember that this was the schedule in the past.

We'll keep an eye on how this works. We hope this will get more players out during the same block of time and add to better pairings. This may also help to keep the courts in use for continued play after the round robin ends at 9p.

Burlington Tennis Club

June 23, 2017

Many of you responded positively to our call out for comments about the Club making BTC hats available for purchase. Based on that response we will move ahead with providing club swag, cost will be $25 (HST included). We would like to get some sense of numbers as some colours / styles will probably be more popular than others.

Email us and indicate your interest in # of caps and colour, and/or # of hats. We'll keep track of requests up to Friday next week and then place an order reflective of the levels of interest. We should have product available during the week of July 11th.

Buy some swag and promote your club by wearing it around town!

June 23, 2017

Hi all. Now that we're officially into summer we hope you're making it out to play some tennis....between the rain storms! Here's hoping for better playing weather.

We're swiftly coming up to an important national celebration, Canada's 150 year anniversary of nationhood. In addition, today BTC received special recognition of its own....50 year anniversary of being a club, WOO HOO!!!! So let's celebrate these milestones!

Since we've heard from members that Friday celebrations into long weekends limits member participation we're organizing our Canada-BTC 150/50 during the Round Robin this coming Tuesday, June 27th. We'll celebrate by wearing Red and White, eat some cake and play some tennis. Just checked the extended forecast and it looks perfect.

Hope to see you Tuesday nite!

May 31, 2017

Hi all,

Here are the ball cap options. Let us know if these are of interest.

Burlington Tennis Club

June 2, 2017

This is to make everyone aware that the Lawn Bowling Club next to BTC is hosting the Provincial Lawn Bowls Competition this weekend, June 3rd and 4th, and will be televised. This will mean that the parking will be full. Would advise anyone to use the public parking lot behind Central Arena and not the YMCA parking lot, it is private and for Y members only.

Burlington Tennis Club

May 31, 2017

Hi all,

Here are the ball cap options. Let us know if these are of interest.

Burlington Tennis Club

May 26, 2017

Hi everyone,

Some of you have asked if the we ever thought of making BTC styled caps and shirts available.... well, we have. In fact, at one point we had t-shirts and sweatshirts with the club logo printed on them and I still have a couple. Anyway, we recently looked at some options and felt caps might be a good place to start since they a reasonable price point; most people now lean toward "dry-fit" athletic wear and away from traditional cotton T's which is a much more costly alternative.

Attached is a photo of a sample floppy hat. We would look to keep prices in the $20 range or less. We are looking at ball caps and visors, although the latter can't accommodate the club logo but more likely the stitched club name. Colours would be white, navy, taupe and a light pink which are to be confirmed.

Let us know what you think. Would you be interested in something like this or ideas for something else? How much would be too much to pay? We'll let you know what we find out.

Hope you're enjoying some tennis in between the showers!

Regards,

Brian Opitz
President

BTC hat

May 18, 2017

Hi everyone,

With the club programs in full swing and the warm weather, YEA!, along with the MAY 24 weekend upon us we're all certainly thinking summer is well on its way. As we are looking forward to getting to BTC for some tennis it's a good time to make everyone aware of the emergency equipment we have available, but hopefully never have to use.

BTC has an Automated Electronic Defibulator (AED) located on the back wall in the entry area of the clubhouse (see attached photos). This device is foolproof, once it is turned on the unit will speak and walk the user through the necessary steps. In addition, there are illustrations to show where the shock pads need to be placed.

Also, if you've been on the court you may have noticed an "IN CASE OF EMERGENCY" sign affixed to the gate door between courts 3 and 4 (see attached photos). This sign identifies what a caller to 9-1-1 should say should if there is an emergency on the court. With cell phones readily accessible and the ability to make calls from the courts it is useful to have this information guide readily available. There are land line phones available in the clubhouse (Pro Office and on the wall next to the stairs to the second floor).

For those minor cuts and scrapes we have a First Aid kit located in the Pro's Office. Ice is generally available in our kitchen fridge on the second floor.


Next time you visit the Club please take a moment to familiarize yourself with these items. It is important that all members understand what to do, where to go and what to say in the case of an emergency, you may be in a situation where someone's life depends on your knowledge and quick action.

If you have any questions please see our Pros, Victor or Flavia.

Burlington Tennis Club

May 12, 2017

Hi all,

Just a reminder that Saturday is the Tennis Day in Canada event at BTC. If you can spare some time tomorrow come join us to see some tennis, play some tennis and have some lunch and talk tennis. Come on folks, it's a day to celebrate tennis!

See you tomorrow,
Burlington Tennis Club

May 10, 2017

Hi all,

Our activities are in full swing despite the weather. Kudos to the diehards who keep venturing out on the still cool, more exactly cold, evenings for round robin play. If you're still wondering what's happening at BTC just a reminder to check the Events Calendar on the splash page of our website.

For our new Adult Members the free "Let's get started" group clinics are scheduled tomorrow and next Thursday, May 11 & 18, from 7p - 8p.

Let's continue to think warm thoughts..... and pack a pair of hand warmers!

Regards,
Burlington Tennis Club

May 6, 2017

Tennis Day in Canada

Dear BTC Members,

On Saturday, May 13th, 2017 our Club, along with all the tennis clubs in Burlington and over 150 tennis clubs in Ontario, will be participating in the first-ever Tennis Day in Canada. This is a celebration of tennis organized in partnership with the Tennis Professionals Association, Tennis Canada and the Ontario Tennis Association.

To kick off our season, we will be hosting free tennis activities to encourage new and returning players to get out and play, showcasing how easy and fun it is to get involved. Come and enjoy tennis games and activities in a Pro-Am format. Not only will our Pros, the dynamic duo of Victor and Flavia, get out and play, but several of the high-performance junior players will join in as well... oh, and did we mention a free BBQ!

The schedule of activities will be:

10 -11am: All ages junior tennis activities accompanied by our Pros Victor and Flavia, including several high-performance coaches and players
11-noon: Adult Pro-Am round robin, get matched with a "Pro"
Noon - 1:30pm: Enjoy a free BBQ and watch an Exhibition match between some elite players and then take a chance to hit some targets and win a prize

Participants can qualify to win 4 tickets to attend Opening Night of the Rogers Cup in Toronto or Montreal (including flights and one night accommodation) by sharing your Tennis Day in Canada photos on social media with the hashtag #Tennisday. Each post earns one ballot entry into the draw.

Tennis Day in Canada promises to be a fun-filled day that will get everyone moving, playing tennis and enjoying time with others in our tennis community. Whether you are celebrating your lifelong love for the game or experiencing tennis for the first time, this festive event is sure to become a special day on the Tennis Calendar that you won’t want to miss!

See you at BTC on Saturday, May 13th!

May 4, 2017

Hi, due to the rain the tryout is postponed to next Thursday, May 11 from 7p-8:30p.

Also, a request. We are working to provide WiFi at the club and a website posted court cam, but the cellphone we were using has ceased to function. If you have an old cellphone that you can donate we would really appreciate the gesture. Please email Emil (emil@sekerinski.net) and let him know....thank you so much in advance.

Otherwise, stay dry everyone!
Burlington Tennis Club

May 2, 2017

Hi everyone. Just a quick reminder that if you're interested in being considered for play in the Monday/Wednesday nite Lakeshore houseleague we will be holding tryouts as follows:

Wednesday, May 3, 7-8:30p (rain date Wednesday, May 10)
Team 1 - Division 2
Team 2 - Division 3

Thursday, May 4, 7-8:30p (rain date Thursday, May 11)
Team 3, Division 5

Play is once per week, either Monday or Wednesday, and there is some travel in the Hamilton-Burlington-Oakville-Mississauga area. Teams will look to rotate players and have substitutes available to field a team of 4 men and 4 women to play doubles and mixed. If you're interested come out and play.

See you on the court!

Burlington Tennis Club

April 23, 2017

Hi everyone. Yesterday, on a beautiful Saturday morning, over 15 industrious individuals volunteered their time to rake, sweep, cut grass and install wind screens. What could have been a very long day was completed in under 2 hours! Thanks to all those that came out to lend a hand and some muscle, the place looks great!

Attached are some photos and more are posted on the club's Instagram account, @btc501.


Our junior competitive tennis program begins this Friday, April 28th and runs through to Sunday, April 30th, with the U12 & U16 Provincial Circuit Tournament, weather depending. Play is from noon to 6p during those days; one court will be available for members. If you're not playing you should come by the club and watch these kids play, they can really hit the ball!

A reminder that our season officially starts on Monday, May 1st and the reduced membership fee is available until this Sunday. Starting a week Monday our clubhouse will be open and the full slate of tennis programs will be up and running.

Here's hoping the weather continues to get better.... see you on the courts!

Regards,

Burlington Tennis Club
501 Drury Lane
Burlington

April 21, 2017

Hi everyone, just a reminder that tomorrow, Saturday, April 22nd at 9a, we're looking for some assistance to get our wind screens installed. This isn't heavy work, more unrolling and feeding to this on ladders to zip-tie them in place.

If you're handy with a rake and/or lawnmower you can make quick clean up work of the patio area. Some work has already been completed.

The more the merrier, and the quicker we can get the job done.

Regards,
Brian Opitz

April 18, 2017

Hi everyone. Well, two weeks today and it’s all aces for the start of the 2017 season on May 1st!

Spring is definitely in the air as the flowers are beginning to bloom, leaves on the trees are starting to sprout and some intrepid members have already taken advantage of the nice weather to play outside! Over the next couple of weeks the remaining nets and the wind screens will be installed. Anyone willing to lending a hand should send an email ( burltennisclub@gmail.com) and we can let you know when... the more people we have the quicker the installation goes.

The in-person registration days went well with a steady influx of returning and new members. We continue to receive on-line registrations and the mail-ins continue to fill our mailbox. Anyone who put their name down on the sign-up sheets during the in-person registration will be contacted as we move into the season. Once the clubhouse is open there will be sign-up sheets and our Pros, Victor and Flavia, will be available to answer your questions.

There have a number of questions regarding lessons, clinics and the junior program. Please contact our Pros who can fill you in and let you know how to register:
Victor Hoang
Flavia Nayagama

As we get to season opening, here are some updates that you’ll want to be know about:

Hamilton and District Ladies League
This league plays on Monday or Wednesday mornings starting May 8 until the end of June (the playing schedule has not yet been set.). Stella Spisak is the coordinator and is looking for at least 10 players who are at or above the 3.5 level. Email Stella by April 30th about your interest, any questions and when possible tryout/practice sessions are planned.

Lakeshore League
This league plays on the evenings of Monday or Wednesdays and is made up of 3 teams; team 1/Division 2, team 2/Division 3, team 3 Division 5. The schedule starts May 29th and runs through to early September. Tryouts will be Wednesday evening, May 3 (team 1 and 2) from 7-8:30p and Thursday evening, May 4 (team 3) from 7-8:30p. Rain dates are the following Wednesday and Thursday evening. Below are the coordinators for each team:

Team 1 - Teresa Joseph
Team 2 – Manny Dudik
Team 3 – Helen Xiang

Tennis Day in Canada
On Saturday, May 13th, Tennis Canada and the Ontario Tennis Association are spearheading what they hope will become an annual tennis celebration of tennis in Canada. Our Club, along with others in Burlington, will be participating with special activities on that day, BBQ, round robin with our pros, and an exhibition match with a between a couple of the high performance juniors….more to come as we get into the season. Make plans to be at BTC!

Here’s hoping the weather continues to improve and we’ll be in touch.

Burlington Tennis Club

March 21, 2017

With the blast of winter behind us....hopefully....a "warm" welcome to last year's returning members and those looking to join for the 2017 tennis season! This season will bring a number changes to the Burlington Tennis Club (BTC) which we hope you'll agree will add to the positive experience and interactions at BTC.

As we move into April and warmer weather, the nets will be put in place and wind screens installed to ready the club for the playing season. If you already have a passkey for the court gate lock you are welcome to use the courts prior to the formal opening on May 1st. A reminder to take your litter when leave the court area and lock the gate.

The 2017 season will see BTC continue our partnership with ACE Tennis, the premier junior tennis development and training program in Canada. This partnership provides benefits to BTC aside from bringing a solid junior tennis program framework, a cadre of high performance juniors and elite coaches. BTC is leveraging the relationship to provide club operations management services along with top-end Pros to provide lesson, clinics and camps.

BTC will see a couple from the ACE Tennis program...truly a couple, as in married...coaches who will staff the clubhouse and manage the on-court activities throughout the season. Victor Hoang and Flavia Nagayama are certified tennis coaches with a deep resume of competitive tennis at the amateur, college and professional levels. The Executive is pleased to welcome Victor and Flavia to BTC and wish them a successful season.

You've probably already noticed the change in the website. The new "look and feel" is designed to get you to the information you're looking for more quickly. The intent is for everyone to use the website to get informed on what and when things are happening at BTC. Social media will also play a more prominent role to highlight activities and provide a more immersive and engaged BTC experience.

As for the important information, it is no longer buried in general categories. For example, About Us is about us! For the new visitor that wants to know who we are, what we are, where we are, and how to get here.

Information is categorized specifically for what you require.

Play is all about things you need to know about playing at BTC, whether its rules, code of conduct, how to book courts or recreational tennis programs.

If you want to Learn, whether a beginner or an experienced player how wants make improvements, you'll find information on adult and junior lessons, clinics and summer camps.

Compete is for your competitive spirit and gives you information on our Ladder, House League and Club Championships.

The new Membership page provides information on how to join, fees and our online registration and payment system. Although cash is king we do hope you take advantage of the convenience for safe and security e-Payment; it's simple, it's easy, and saves you, as well as us, from having to process paper.

As we move into the new season it means membership registration time is upon us. Our new 2017 brochure provides a great overview so tell possible new members to visit our website. Along with our easy online e-Payment service we will be hosting the usual in-person sign-up on Saturday, April 8th from 9 a.m. to noon, Sunday, April 9th from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., and Wednesday, April 12th from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Here is the registration form for download.

Our adult membership rates will remain unchanged, however we will include member-wide surcharges to allow BTC to afford specific expenses. The free balls for round robin play are very popular and a challenge to fund while other costs continue to increase, hydro being a major cost. Rather than continue to seek payment from round robin players, who may or may not participate regularly or join in later in the season and skip paying, BTC will charge a separate Ball Fee across all adult membership categories, excluding juniors, at the point of registration. This will allow BTC to continue to provide this service and have any member participate in the program at their choice.

Investing in our playing facility is an ongoing and costly responsibility for which BTC needs to generate funds. We will be instituting an "Infrastructure Investment Fund (IIF)" fee of $30 on all adult members at registration. Last year's resurfacing was expensive, more than budgeted, and we need to rebuild the fund in order to keep the surface playable and safe. Another reason emanates from the Joint Venture Agreement contract with the City of Burlington under which BTC is allowed to operate; they own it and the volunteer Executive manages, operates and maintains it. This agreement requires BTC, its Executive, to ensure that it has funds set aside for general and ongoing maintenance needs and also for any emergency and/or catastrophic damage.

As a result, we have instituted the IIF as a separate fee so that it is a transparent payment designated for a specific purpose. This fee will be applied in the following manner:

  •   All Single and each individual of a Couple membership
  •   All adults of a Family membership, juniors exempted
  •   Regular Junior memberships are exempted

In exchange for exempting the Junior membership category from the IIF fee, we are adding a slight increase to the regular membership of $75; an increase of $10 over the previous season.

We are also instituting a new membership category, High Performance Junior. This new membership coincides with BTC's move to partner with ACE Tennis last season and recognizes a distinct class of elite junior player who will train and make our club their home base for the season through the ACE program. This membership category will ensure that the ACE high performance athletes are paid members of BTC and have access to our facilities on weekdays when they need to train as part of their competitive schedule.

Lastly, at this writing we are working on a cost effective...read very low cost...solution to provide WIFI service in the clubhouse. Stay tuned for updates on this one.

Here's hoping we have great spring weather soon and see you around BTC!

Regards,

Brian Opitz
President