Welcome to BOC Tennis 2013 Season!
The tennis season begins at the end of April and lasts through October. Members are asked to help get the courts ready: lay down the lines, set up nets, clean up the winter debris, and prepare the clubhouse. Your help keeps the maintenance cost for the club down. The hours you contribute will be recognized through a reduction in your dues.
Tennis membership dues include a $50 volunteer fee, to be refunded as a credit towards the next year’s dues. Credit is earned for four hours of approved volunteer time, usually two hours each at the spring and fall workdays. If you would like to participate but can’t make it to the workdays, or you wish to contribute in a different way, contact John Donaldson, facilities manager, or Hyam Siegel, tennis committee chair. Many volunteer opportunities are available.
The BOC online court reservation system is accessible at brattlebororeservations.com. Please go to this site and sign in. If you are a new member, you will be given login information as soon as your registration and payment have been processed. The site will lead you through the steps to reserve a court. In addition, there is a computer in the clubhouse with 24/7 DSL access to the reservation system. This system and both websites have proven to be a successful mechanism for members to make and cancel court reservations, communicate club news, and provide forms for league, ladder, tournament, and summer program registration.
Finding people to play with
There are a number of ways to meet other players. You can participate in the club events and programs listed below. You can sign up for a clinic or a lesson. Our club pros and Program Coordinator Bob Madrigan know most of the members and have the knowledge and experience to match players of similar abilities. At mixers and other social events you will meet other players. Often members post contact information seeking partners of similar ability level on the bulletin board at the clubhouse. Lastly, this is a friendly community and if you just sit on the clubhouse porch in your tennis cloths it likely won’t be long before someone asks if you want to hit with them or a threesome invites you to be their fourth.
The holiday mixers run from 10am to 3pm on Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day. They offer round robin doubles play for everyone and a barbecue cookout. Club pros and volunteers facilitate the round robin until 2pm. Members do their own matching for the last hour. The club provides the cookout main course food (burgers, hot dogs, rolls, soda, chips, condiments, etc.) and members bring a salad or dessert to share. The holiday mixers provide an excellent opportunity to meet new tennis partners while enjoying a fun day of tennis. If it rains the mixers are not rescheduled.
Doubles and singles leagues
The doubles league is equally fun and rewarding. If you need information, or help finding a doubles partner, email Joe Meyer or call him at 257-0611. Play starts Saturday, June 1, and ends Wednesday, July 31. WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE EARLY REGISTRATION AND EARLY PARTICIPATION.
Youth Tennis Program
Programs for children are an important part in the development of the BOC. Please remember that children are granted membership at no additional charge when they are signed up with an adult membership. The BOC allows tennis members who are Big Brothers/Big Sisters through the local program to include their little sister/brother as a family member at no cost. A membership for a youth not connected to any adult membership is only $40 for the season.
Youth programs intended for beginners through advanced junior players are very active. Programs run most of the summer (camps are signed up for one week at a time). Look at the Tennis Programs – Youth on the website for detailed information. Contact Julia Chase for further information.
Tennis club rules and meetings
This is a casual club and there are not many rules. The rules we have are largely common sense. Club policies and rules are created by the tennis committee based upon feedback from the membership. We welcome new ideas. Feel free to contact any member of the committee to discuss ideas for improving the club, express concerns, request clarification, or to tell us what you love and want to be sure is not changed about the club. Feel free to share your thoughts with any committee member.
You are also welcome to attend and speak at committee meetings. If you would like to have an item on the agenda please contact the chair, Hyam Siegel, prior to the meeting. We are looking for new committee members. If you are interested in volunteering your time in this way you should contact Hyam or any other committee member. Committee members with contact information are listed at the bottom of this page.
We wish to expand the availability of club programs through scholarships to a broader youth demographic in our community, and with this goal in mind, we initiated the annual Pro-Am Fundraiser last year. Featured are exhibition play by pros from throughout New England, opportunities to buy an inexpensive round of play with one of the pros, dinner, and a big raffle. Last year the grand prize was a pair of tickets to the US Open. The tickets were center Court premium box seats Friday evening of Labor Day Weekend. This fundraiser takes place in mid July. Keep your eye on the website for the exact date.
The BOC clubhouse is not a staffed facility and cannot offer full-service amenities at all times. That said, Julia Chase is very helpful and can often be found in the office as she administers the youth programs. Please contact our facilities manager, John Donaldson, or one of the tennis committee members with any concerns about the clubhouse, courts, programs, or operations.
Each membership comes with two free guest passes. To use this benefit, simply write your name in the ‘Free Guest Pass Book’ at the club house. There is nothing more to it. There are no vouchers to keep track of.
To make the season more fun for everyone, please cancel your court reservations on the computer system promptly when you do not intend to use the court. It can be helpful to others even if you cancel only an hour before your reservation starts. For those who want a court when they are all booked it is a good idea to check the reservation calendar frequently. Also, please make sure your footwear is flat-soled and made for soft court play. Running and workout shoes have soles that are too aggressive and will damage clay courts. Making repairs to the courts is time consuming, sometimes expensive, and renders the courts unusable until the work is finished.
Happy Tennis Season 2013!
BOC Tennis Committee
Pam Bolduc, treasurer & club contact person: 387-2109
Hyam Siegel, chair: 257-0691
Cecilie French, hospitality & events: 254-8566
Michelle Immler, secretary: 257-2619
Andrew MacFarland, vice-chair: 254-5150
David Mischke, volunteer coordinator: 387-4168
Gwynn Yandow, hospitality, events, USTA match scheduler: 257-0074