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"Most of the time there is a way to win. You just have to gure out what it is.

" -Brad Gilbert

VBTPA

FALL/WINTER 2012 NEWSLETTER

WWW.VBTENNISPATRONS.ORG

Lizette Driscoll, Editor

Presidents Message
by Pam Gallagher
Hi everybody! I hope you are enjoying our newsletters and our NEW website (www.vbtennispatrons.org). We have been receiving outstanding positive feedback on both and we are very happy you are pleased! This issue is jam packed with articles about league and Banana Open results CONGRATS to all winners and finalists and best of luck all heading to the Banana Challenge in Hilton Head and to our teams heading to Nationals (what MAJOR accomplishments!)!!! CONGRATULATIONS to the Virginia Beach 4.0 Ladies Team/West who are the 2012 Mid-Atlantic Sectional Champions heading to USTA Nationals Championships October 19-21, 2012 in Tucson, AZ. Also, for the second consecutive year, the amazing PACC junior team "Legends" will be going to Nationals following their win at the Sectional Championship in College Park, MD! The National Competition will take place in Columbia, SC, October 26-28. GO LEGENDS! Also CONGRATULATIONS to the VA Beach 4.0 Senior Men's Team/Captain Anthony Eady U S TA S e n i o r S e c t i o n a l Pres. Pam Gallagher Champions. They will be and Guy Rule at2006 competing at the USTA Senior Banana Open Nationals in Indian Wells also in October. We are so proud to sponsor you AND we are all rooting for you! Clearly Virginia Beach is being well-represented by these and other non-VBTPA leagues heading to National finals this year!!! A huge note of appreciation to USTA/Virginia Tennis who surprised the VBTPA with a very beautiful appreciation plaque for our sponsorship and our role at the Special Olympics Beach Blast this past Spring. Thank you especially to Donny Weed (Special Projects, USTA/Virginia Tennis), and Ginny McCoy (Special Olympics Tennis) and Wayne McCoy (President, USTA/Virginia Tennis). We greatly look forward to collaborating with you more often continued on page 2 on more worthy tennis endeavors! Thanks to Inside This Issue everyone who generously Thank You Notes 2 donated their old tennis trophies, Guy Rule Tournament 3 clothing and tennis USTA League News 5 bags. We appreciate your Banana Open 8 efforts. Next, be USTA JTT 13 sure to sign up early for our two Calendar of Events 15 Fall VBTPA play days, our NEW Beachfront Play
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Day, October 6, and our regular VBTCC play day October 7th; both FREE to current VBTPA members! See flyers in this newsletter for more information and to find out how to register. It's FREE! Farewell to the following VBTPA board members who are leaving the board after this year: Harry Felton, Craig Gallagher, and Pat Mosley. Thank you for your many years of service to our cause. We will miss you all. Lastly, it has been a tremendous pleasure to be "President Pammy" these past two years (and as the "woman behind the man" wh ile my husband was president for two years before I became president). We have an amazing board and I am excited about next year's slate of officers and feel most positive about your VBTPA and where it's heading. I look forward to focusing solely on membership beginning in 2013.

THANK YOU, USTA/Virginia Tennis!

A very special note of appreciation goes out USTA/ Virginia Tennisfor coordinating the "Beach Blast" Special Olympics Event held earlier this yearin conjunction withour organizationand other sponsors. Specifically and most especially, we thank Donny Weed, and Wayne and Ginny McCoy.The VBTPAis looking forward to partnering with you again for other worthy tennis events! ~Pam Gallagher

THANKS to the VBPTA!

Many thanks again for the check for the registration fee for our team which arrived today!! We are so appreciative of your generosity!! Please see page 14 for an article that I was asked to write by USTA about the benefits of JTT thought you might enjoy it!! It's such an honor to be associated with these wonderful juniors!! Thanks so much again to the Patrons Association!! I will keep you posted of how Nationals goes but for us, just participating is a huge privilege!! All the best, Helen Roberts, MD, Current JTT Captain and Parent Thank You Terry Mahon and Cape Henry Plaza Food Lion Doug Snidow and Claudette Sealy, presented a Plaque of Appreciation to Terry Mahon, Assistant General Manager at Food Lion Cape Henry Plaza, to show our appreciation for their continued support of the Banana Open Tennis Tournaments by donating bananas and water for the past few years.

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Yeeeeeehaaawww, Cowboys & Cowgirls!


No one could LASSO more players into area leagues than our dearly missed Guy Rule! So, bring your rackets and belly up toNo one could LASSO Tennis Patrons 1st Annual Guy the Virginia Beach more players into area leagues Rule Memorial than our dearly missed benefit Virginia Beach Tennis Tournament to Guy Rule! leagues.
So, bring your rackets and belly up to the VBTPA's 2nd Annual Guy Rule Memorial Tennis Tournament Date: November 11-13, 2011 to benefit Virginia Beach leagues.

Yeeeeeehaaawww, Cowboys & Cowgirls!

Where: Virginia Beach Tennis & Country Club Men's & Women's Doubles & Mixed Doubles Date: November 5.0 & 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 10, 2012 Championship 1st Round Consolation (weather permitting) Please call ClaudetteWhere: 481-7545, ext. 17/Nancy Virginia Beach Tennis & Country Club ext .13 if you would like to play (if you need a partner, we will try Tournie Format: and find you one)

TBA Please call Claudette 481-7545, ext. 17/Nancy ext .13 ENTRANTS: Be sure to attend VBTPAs Happy Hour if you would like to play th

Hoedown, Sat., Nov. 12 , 4pm with drinks that will float a horseshoe, yall! Free t-shirts to participants. Party Time: Awards Be sure to attend VBTPAs Happy Hour Hoedown to winners & finalists! Entry deadline: Tuesday, November 8th to participants. will float a horseshoe, yall! Free t-shirts Entry Fee: $30.00 per to winners & finalists! person for Awards person or $45.00 per two events
Entry deadline: Tuesday, November 8th Sat., Nov. 10th, 4pm with drinks that

GUY RULE
Who is this Guy?????
In the early years of USTA Adult League in Virginia Beach, NO ONE was more instrumental in keeping the leagues running healthy than Guy Rule!! From the early 80s on, he would visit every single tennis complex and court in Hampton Roads on a weekly basis. He was relentless. Visiting city parks, military bases, private clubs, recreation centers, school courts and others... he knew them ALL!!! Always with his notebook and pencil in hand, he watched and analyzed every player and would intercept them as they headed to their cars. He would ask, with his infectious smile, Have you ever considered playing USTA Adult League? Then say, You will love it and I have a team for you. He would then take names and numbers and thus another new league player was born. Many, many people can thank Guy Rule for introducing them to league play! He could be counted on to ll teams looking for players and for creating many teams. If he couldnt recruit a captain, he would do it himself; often captaining 4 teams at a time! He worked as level coordinator and helped with the administrative aspects of the league. For years he organized mixed doubles round robins at Little Creek Amphibious Base, at Owl Creek and Lynnhaven Middle School courts on Friday nights, in addition to other groups. One day Guy heard that the USTA was starting Senior League tennis and he immediately sprang into action. Having already been building up and captaining Adult Leagues, Guy established senior teams as well. In fact, he was SOLELY RESPONSIBLE for bringing Senior League tennis to Virginia Beach! And so it began again creating teams and also even playing on them himself. He was enthusiastic, organized, knowledgeable, driven and efficient. Additionally, he did it all with a great attitude, and, who can forget his great sense of humor??? Guy was on the board of the Virginia Beach Tennis Patrons for many years and he helped with every function and event they sponsored. He only slowed down to care for his dear wife Barbara as her health declined. He also experienced ill health during her illness and after her passing. He however, did not stop!!!!!!!!!! WHY did he do it????????????? Because he loved tennis and the people involved, and he wanted to help them enjoy the game, the sport of a lifetime just as he did. For all that he has done, we dedicate The Guy Rule Memorial Tennis Tournament in his honor!!! We thank his dear wife, Barbara and his children, Paul and Mary for sharing him with us. Guy, thank you for all you did for tennis. We are grateful to have had you in our lives!!!!
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Senior Mens League

Senior Mens League Coordinator The Senior Men played their local league at VBTCC at the site of the old bubble. After weeks of spirited play a winner was decided for the two levels of play, 3.5 and 4.0. Teams led by Anthony Eady at 4.0 and Charlie Pittman at 3.5 headed for the mountains to compete at Wintergreen Resort. Both levels consisted of two ights, but the 4.0 men were sending two teams to the Sectional Championships. This meant that the 3.5 men had to win their ight of four teams and then beat the other ight winner for the privilege of representing Virginia at Sectionals. The 4.0 men had to win their ight to secure a spot at the next level. Both teams knew they were in for a battle and gave it their best effort. Anthony Eadys 4.0 men were successful in winning their ight while playing 3 third set tiebreak matches. Charlie Pittmans team won their ight and moved on to the District Championship Finals where they won 2 matches to 1 to secure a place at the Sectionals. Huntington Park was the site for the Sectionals and Virginia Beach was well represented with our two teams vying for a chance to go to Nationals. The competition was very tough and our teams knew they had to play their best in order to win. The 3.5 men lost their rst match 2-1 with one of the matches going to a third set tiebreak. They bounced back to take the second match 3-0, but fell 2-1 in their nal match thereby eliminating themselves from a run at Nationals. The 4.0 team had unbelievably competitive matches and once again had to deal with 3 third set tiebreaks in the three matches they played. Anthony Eadys team persevered and won all three matches 2-1. They will be representing the Mid-Atlantic Section at the National Championships. Congratulations to all who participated this year making it a very successful season. Next season will see some changes with the deletion of the word Senior from the League and raising the minimum age to 55. Keep you eyes and ears open next year for more information on the new Adult 55 League.

by Jack Tucker

(or UN-I-QUE as one of my elementary school friends would say in order to help with spelling tests) Adult League Coordinator

Fall League is Unique

by Karen Tucker

USTA is now offering so many different leagues, all wonderful and allowing opportunities for competition and advancement to district, sectional and national levels. In addition to USTA adult league there are now singles leagues, tri-level, mixed, combo and senior leagues. The senior levels also offer tri-level, combo and mixed. There are more choices to play league than ever before. USTA leagues are ourishing, players are loving and embracing all of it. Tennis truly is a sport of a lifetime. The Virginia Beach Tennis Patrons Fall League is the only league not afliated with USTA thus not requiring membership in USTA, making it basically a low cost, somewhat laid back fun experience. The beauty being that your team can stay together, play as a team while enjoying all the positives. Obviously it is competitive, tennis players never step on a court without that instinct, but at a somewhat different level. It is a great way to gear up for the spring adult USTA league. Instead of heading to districts at the end of the season, we have a PARTY!!!!!!! How great is that?? Not just any party but one loaded with the most fun group anywhere, tennis players. Look forward to seeing you all there. It is not too late to join a team, please contact me if you are interested, there are still some spots available. On another note, as many of you have already heard, USTA will be restructuring the adult league in 2013. We will be attending a meeting next month to

get more information.


It will not impact our spring USTA league, that will remain the same. As we learn more we will pass it on to you.

Wonderful news regarding our 4.0 Virginia Beach Tennis Patrons spring league USTA winning ladies team captained by Jackie West. Not only did they win locally, they won Districts, Sectionals and are now preparing for their journey to Tucson, AZ for Nationals in October. You can follow them on Tennis Link! Congratulations ladies on an outstanding accomplishment!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks again to all of you for what you do!!
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BEACH TENNIS
combine the fun of tennis with sun and sand

One of the hottest new sports on sand has arrived (or should we say is coming) to Virginia Beach!!! We live at the BEACH and our business is TENNIS, so it was inevitable that we play a Tennis League on the Beach!

Experience Beach Tennis at a Virginia Beach Tennis Patrons Play Day!!


Saturday, October 6th, 11am to 2 pm

Beachfront at the Virginia Beach Resort Hotel & Conference Center


(2800 Shore Drive Virginia Beach, VA)

FREE for Current Patron Members ($10 for non-members)


To sign up, contact Claudette - sistaslice@gmail.com | 481-7545 ext. 304

Beach Tennis merges the worlds of Tennis and Beach Volleyball into one exciting sport. It can be played both competitively and recreationally and because it's so simple to play, it appeals to athletes and non-athletes of all ages. Its a perfect way to spend time with your friends and family under the sun!

Serving refreshments and lots of fun on the sand!!

VBTPA FALL PLAY DAY


To Honor All Patrons and Kick Off the VBTPA Fall League
when: Sunday, October 7, 2012 2:00PM - 5:00PM cost: FREE for current 2012 Patron Members! $10 for non-members (This amount may also be applied toward new membership) includes: 3 rounds of tennis round-robins (2:00PM-2:45PM, 2:45PM-3:30M, 3:30PM-4:15PM) FREE soft drinks, beer, wine, & refreshments! (4:15PM-5:00PM) how to sign up: Deadline is Wednesday, October 3rd Call Claudette Sealy at the VBTCC at 481-7545, ext. 17 OR email sistaslice@gmail.com (be sure to include your name, phone number, and your rating) Sponsored by the Virginia Beach Tennis Patrons Association (VBTPA)) www.vbtennispatrons.org

Banana Open Tournament News 2012


by Claudette Sealy & Doug Snidow Our Sponsors are AW E S O M E ! ! ! Thank you all for helping to support our Tournaments this year. First for t h i s ye a r, o u r BEST BANANA Sponsors were listed on the back of our Tournament T-Shirts this year. A Special Thanks to Beach Eye Care for sponsoring Towels for the Tournament. Food Lion Store #2751 for our Bananas. We denitely needed them for the Daiquiris! You ALL complete us!! All our Sponsors are also posted on our website. Thanks to all our Silent Auction Contributors and Volunteers that help to make this years Tournaments spectacular!!

2012 has been an AWESOME year for our Banana Open Tournament Series! The Banana Open Singles was held in May 18-20th with 116 players. The Mens and Womens Doubles was held in August 3-5th with 264 players, and the Mixed Doubles in August 24-26th with 157 players. May was the perfect time of the year to hold the Singles Tournament, the weather was just right. Playing the doubles and mixed separately was also a wise decision because it would have been very difcult to complete both in one weekend with these many players. We are proud to say that our players do enjoy playing the Banana Open Tournaments so our participation gets larger each year. In joining in with the sprite of the Olympics Games this year, the Winners/Finalists were also awarded Gold/Silver/Bronze Banana Open Medals at the Mixed Doubles. Names of the of the Winners and Finalists and pictures are posted on the VBTPA website and also on Banana OPEN Tournaments and Virginia Beach Tennis Patrons (VBTPA) sites on Facebook. So visit these sites and give them a thumbs up. Winners & Finalists have the opportunity to advance to the Banana Open Challenge in Hilton Head in October 5-7, 2012. CONGRATULATIONS to all our Winners and Finalists! At the Doubles Tournament, Bakers brought their Best Banana Cookie recipes and lots of Cookies and Banana Cupcakes to take part in our Banana Cookie & Cupcake Bake Off WOW!! Can you say YUMMY!! Lots of yummy cookies/cupcakes made with the key ingredient, BANANAS. Loved it! I All were delicious and may it really hard to pick One winner. We had a tie for the "Cookie Bake Off" - Banana Nut Drizzles (Sandra Claxton), and Banana Open Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars (Pamela Faraino). Cupcake Winner - Chocolate Banana w/Cream Cheese Frosting (Beth Marino). A few Honorable Mentions.....Magic Banana Bars, was so close (Laurie Duquette), Banana Cream Sandwich Cookie (Kayle Donahue), Banana Nut Oatmeal Topped w/ Nutella (Laura Morgan) and Banana Chocolate Chip Walnut (Karen Tucker). I have the rights to all the recipes, for a price!

SPONSORS
BEACH EYE CARE BAKERS CRUST ARNOLD GRAPHICS II BAY DISPOSAL & RECYCLING BAY DISPOSAL JUST CUPCAKES dug down under gear LONG JEWELERS (MENS COMFORT APPAREL WWW.DUGLIFE.COM) PRIORITY AUTO GROUP DONNA BOSZE KELLER WILLIAMS ELITE, REALTORS STACEY SEIM ATLANTIC BAYHESTER STATE FARM JESSICA MORTGAGE JUST CUPCAKES WWW.DIVURGENT.COM

BEST Banana Top BANANA

dug down under gear (MENS COMFORT APPAREL WWW.DUGLIFE.COM) Big Banana THE JOHN SAVINO GROUP OF PRUDENTIAL TOWNE REALTY BLOOM STORE #2751 KERI A. MARKIEWICZ, P.C. McINTOSH PORTRAITS LGN ENTERPRISES, INC., LEETSA NOTTINGHAM, PRESIDENT STIHL INCORPORATED WELLS FARGO ADVISORS TIM HARRISON

THE JOHN SAVINO GROUP OF PRUDENTIAL TOWNE REALTY KERI A. BANANA TOP MARKIEWICZ, P.C. LGN ENTERPRISES, # 2751 FOOD LION - STORE INC. LONG JEWELERS (GREAT NECK ROAD) PAULS AUTO SERVICE BIG BANANA PRIORITY AUTO GROUP DONNA BOSZE STATE FARM JESSICA HESTER KELLER WILLIAMS ELITE, REALTORS WELLS FARGO ADVISORS TIM HARRISON STACEY SEIM ATLANTIC BAY MORTGAGE WWW.DIVURGENT.COM

RIPE BANANA Special Thanks


STIHL INCORPORATED
TO ALL OUR SPONSORS

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The Virginia Beach Tennis Patrons Congratulates Banana Open Tournaments 2012
Singles, Doubles, Mixed
SINGLES - July 29-31

WINNERS and FINALISTS


SINGLES
4.5 Men - Mike Heisler - Winner Ramel Bautista - Finalist 4.0 Men - Brandon Beavers - Winner Bill Prince - Finalist 4.0 Men - Back Draw Winner Paul Piepoli 3.5 Men - Tycho Knudson - Winner Byungsung Song - Finalist 3.0 Men - Hau Vinh - Winner Chris Gregoire - Finalist 3.0 Men - Back Draw Winner David Hinshaw

4.5 Ladies - Meredith Catchin - Winner Carina Simpson - Finalist 4.0 Ladies - Mart-Mari Von Schlichting - Winner Beverly Farley - Finalist 3.5 Ladies - Melissa Frye - Winner Kimberly Canakci - Finalist 3.5 Ladies - Back Draw Winner Krissie Hugenroth Cole 3.0 Ladies - Alayna Gregoire Jacinthe - Finalist 2.5 Ladies - Kim Craft - Winner Sandra Hanna - Finalist

DOUBLES
Open Men's Winners - Clay Cypert/Ryan Davidson Finalists - Michael Duquette/ Sander Koening 5.0 Men's Winners - Travis Bode/Michael Pfeiffer Finalists - Sonny Dearth/Wayne Clifton 4.5+ Men's Winners - Ramel Bautista/Jason Mueller Finalists - Eric Smith/Mason Smith 4.5 Men's Winners - David Sloane/Pete Withers Finalist - Brandon Beavers/David Slack 4.0+ Men's Winners - Brandon Beavers/Brad Bonney Finalists - David Woods/Carey Hodsden 4.0 Men's Winners - Ed Flanders/ Goodrich Finalists - Josh Viohl/Craig Collins 3.5+ Men's Winners - Omar Peterkin/ George Marino Finalists - Ron Morrison/Todd Woldmoe 3.0 Men's Winners- Will Thomas/Ryan Holland Finalists - George Louzia/Nick Calvin

Continued on next page

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The Virginia Beach Tennis Patrons Congratulates Banana Open Tournaments 2012 Singles, Doubles, Mixed WINNERS and FINALISTS
5.0 Ladies Winners - Bridgett King/Charlene Calvin Finalists - Jennifer Itonyo/Lisa Fanney 4.5+ Ladies Winners - Imee Bautista/Deirda Brinkman Finalists - Laura Stone/Diane Deaton 4.0+ Ladies Winners - Elizabeth Schulz/Kathy Kretz Finalists - Russie Snyder/Whitney Stevens 4.0 Ladies Winners - Diane Sturtevant/Debra Trent Finalists - Laurie Duquette/Donna Bosze

Continued from previous page

DOUBLES

3.5+ Ladies Winners - Maryanne Hill/Nancy Ermini Finalists - Marybeth Slattum/Clare Semler 3.5 Ladies Winners - Teri McCracken/Sara Wilda Finalists - Lauren Harper/Memi Taylor 3.0 Ladies Winners- Miriam Brown/Lizette Driscoll Finalists - Kara Louzia/Charmayne Frazier

MIXED DOUBLES
5.0 Winners/Gold - Charlene Calvin/Michael Stoney, Jr. 5.0 Finalists/Silver - Georgina Young/Martin Black 4.5 Winners/Gold - Kristi Kegerreis/Michael Smith 4.5 Finalists/Silver - Tijen Ireland/David Slack 4.0+ Winners/Gold - Sheridan Conley/Jamie Conley 4.0+ Finalists/Silver - Marsha Davis/David Root 4.0 Winners/Gold - Grace Wright/Eulace Malloy 4.0 Finalists/Silver - Anne Pitt/John Olenczak 3.5+ Winners/Gold - Melissa Frye/Trey Hicks 3.5+ Finalists/Silver - Lauray Kennerly/Michael Thacker 3.5 Winners/Gold - Keri Markiewicz/Chris Dimaya 3.5 Finalists/Silver- Laurin Haupt/Steve Pearson 3.0 Winners/Gold - Alayna Gregoire/Will Thomas 3.0 Finalists/Silver - Miriam Brown/Steve Brown 3.0 Bronze Medals Winners - Mardi Bede/Sutton 2.5 Winners/Gold - Bonnie Green/Steve Green 2.5 Finalists/Silver - Kaylie Donahue/Walter Myrdal 2.5 Bronze Winners - Joyce Worthey/Eric Quinones 3.0 Seniors Gold Winners - Betty Bowden/John Ince 3.0 Seniors Silver Winners - Joyce Lawrence/Wilbert Lawrence 3.0 Seniors Bronze Winners - Sarah Williams/Duey Buchert

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Banana Open Silent Auction Contributors


Cruise Control Gear www.cruisecontrolgear.com dug (down under gear) www.duglife.com Michael Stoney Esme beloved style Whitney Stevens Final Cut Carpentry www.fccarpentry.com-Frank Cole FT Fitness Together fitnesstogether.com/ virginiabeach Foot Solutions www.footsolutions.com Earl Mulligan 4Life www.4life.com Ashley Nations G & W Gifts Hoffman Beverage - Scott Burgess Hot house Yoga www.hothouseyogi.com- Jerry Scott Just Cupcakes www.justcupcakes.net The Lake Wright Megan Barry Photography www.meganbarryphotography.com McIntosh Portraits www.mcintoshportraits.com Sandy Claxton Smile By Design Vinita J. Folck, DDS smiles@smilesantos.com String RX Racquet Stringing - Dan Schank Sweet Love Productions(Pottery) Angie C. Tripp, Creator Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group - Stacey Seim Taylor Kelly, Mary Kay Consultant

Special Thanks To Claudette Sealy & Doug Snidow along with all the volunteers, who helped make for another successful 2012 Banana Open!

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THE BENEFITS OF USTA JR. TEAM TENNIS


By Helen E. Roberts, M.D. Current JTT Captain and Parent

PACC 14-and-Under Advanced Dream Team after placing 4th at Nationals

It is a privilege to share our experience with USTA Jr. Team Tennis (JTT) at Princess Anne Country Club (PACC) in Virginia Beach with the rest of the state, and possibly the nation. I hope to convince those who are unfamiliar with JTT, and those who may not fully embrace the concept, that there are many benefits to participating in this junior program. It truly is a unique opportunity that is a winwin for the players, the parents, the pros, and even the country clubs. The most significant benefit of JTT is that it promotes junior match play. Over the past three years, the interest and participation level of JTT has greatly increased at PACC. In spring of 2011 there were only three teams from PACC, but

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this season there are going to be 12 teams at all age levels competing in the 2012 Hampton Roads JTT Spring League. Winners of the local leagues advance to compete at the District and Sectional JTT Championships, while the 14-and-Under and 18-and-Under teams are eligible to advance all the way to the National JTT Championships. It was because of this advancement option that helped PACC grow its junior program. We are a proven success story that shows combining dedicated staff and parents with juniors who love playing tennis, will translate into more exposure for the country clubs, tennis facilities, and organizations. Several factors contributed to the growth of JTT at PACC. John Fraser, Director of Tennis at PACC, offered the following insights. First, our team of pros have been huge proponents of JTT because of the improvement they see over a season and by really encouraging all of their young students to get on a team and participate. Then, they talk to the parents after their clinics to educate them on this form of competition and get them on board as well. This creates a wave of excitement and enthusiasm further fueled by the publicity that some of our teams have received over the course of the last three years, particularly our 14and-Under Advanced team from last year. They placed fourth at the National Championships in Arizona, which was truly an amazing accomplishment and experience for all the players and their parents. [For more information on their National Championship run, click here] Princess Anne General Manager Bill Shonk noted, Jr. Team Tennis aligns and synergizes perfectly with Princess Annes focus on youth and family programs. It is clearly value added programming for our membership at virtually no cost to the Club. The growth of JTT here has been inspiring, and is due to the remarkable devotion and tireless efforts of parent volunteers like Sam Steingold and Dr. Helen Roberts. However, non-members are allowed and often encouraged to participate on JTT teams that are based out of PACC. The addition of these players creates a more diverse and often stronger team. All of our JTT players are coached by staff tennis professionals. Both members and non-members attend the practice clinics which generate additional revenue for the pros and the Club. Often times, families will apply to join the Club after experiencing a positive JTT season. Finally, JTT turns an often viewed individual sport into a team sport. It fosters friendships and team camaraderie. In addition, it is the only venue for juniors to form a coed team while competition programs like USTA Junior Tournaments and varsity and junior varsity tennis are gender specic. Having a mixed doubles court in the JTT lineup is a wonderful way to start boys and girls playing tennis together at a young age. My goal for this article is to convince every reader of the many benets of JTT. As a retired pediatrician and a tennis enthusiast, I strongly support JTT and believe that it is a terric way to promote our junior players passion for tennis. It is great fun for both the players and the parents. After all, the children are our futurein more ways than just tennis. If you are still not convinced of the merits of JTT, please feel free to email me at heroberts@cox.net for further information. I can truly say that being a part of JTT has been one of the most rewarding and enjoyable opportunities that I have ever experienced.

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2012 CALENDAR OF EVENTS


September 4 7-9 9 15-16 16 21-23 28-30 October 6 7 12-14 17 26-28 28 November 10 18 Guy Rule Tournament Turkey Classic (1 Day) Intro to Beach Tennis 11-2pm, Beach at VB Resort Conference Center VBTPA Play Day Outing Round Robin VBTCC Ace of Hearts VBTCC Annual Meeting & Election of Officers - 7pm, VBTCC Districts - Singles VBTCC Halloween (1 Day) Fall League Roster Turn In Mid-Atlantic Senior/Senior Mixed/Super Duper VBTPA Fall League begins 15 - 16 Smash Zone at NAS Oceana Air Show Fellowship of Christian Athletes (1 Day) - VBTCC District Combo - VBTCC Play for the Children - VBTCC

December 8 Toys for Tots (1 - Day)

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Virginia Beach Tennis Patrons Association, Inc. Officers & Board Members 2012 Officers
President - Pam Gallagher rcgallagher1@cox.net (h) 496-2500 (c) 478-8817 (Text) Vice-President- Karen Tucker karen10s@msn.com (h) 499-2180 (c) 639-2890 (Text) Treasurer- Jack Tucker jtucker234@aol.com (h) 499-2180 (c) 478-3194 (Text) Secretary - Peggy Winn pawinn@verizon.net (h) 422-3677 (c) 536-9677 (Text)

Board Members
(Note: all Board Members are on the Tournament Committees)
Diane Adamson Website Upgrade Committee Co-Chair (c) 635-5798 (Text) diane.adamson@vbschools.com Pat Alig LIzette Driscoll (c) 406-1079 (Text) Harry Felton Craig Gallagher Pam Gallagher Dave Howell Pat Mosley Claudette Sealy 567-2023 (Text) Doug Snidow (h) 498-3243 (c) 450-7006 (Text) (w) 588-0217 Debra Trent Terry Wendt (h) 463-7814 Vicki Whited At Large Newsletter Editor lizettedriscoll@verizon.net Junior Committee At Large Membership, Website Upgrade Co-Chair, Outreach Co-Chair Junior Committee Co-Chair At Large Banana Open Tournament Co-Chair, Social Committee, Social Media Co-Chair sistaslice@gmail.com Banana Open/Tournaments Co-Chair and Junior Committee Co-Chair, Outreach peganddoug@cox.net

At Large Social Media Dev. Co-Chair, Website Upgrade Co-Chair Web Manager tjwendt@cox.net At Large
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Annual Membership Application or Renewal Form (April)


Virginia Beach Tennis Patrons Association, Inc. P.O. Box 631, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

_____$10.00 Individual
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DONATIONS TO THE VBTPA ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE AND ARE GREATLY APPRECIATED

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Please mail checks to: Virginia Beach Tennis Patrons Association, ATTN: Treasurer, P.O. BOX 631, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

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