Tennis Welcome Letter2020-05-30T12:08:34-04:00

Tennis Welcome Letter

Welcome to BOC Tennis 2020 Season!

The tennis season begins at the end of April and lasts through October. In addition to ample court availability to play with your friends, we provide many opportunities to meet new players, work on improving your game, and also test your game in competitive play.

Volunteering
The BOC has a long history of being a volunteer organization where the volunteer efforts of the members result in a strong sense of community, and the cost of operating a first class club are kept reasonable. The big push is at the beginning of the year when we need to prepare the club for the upcoming season. This includes laying down the lines, setting up nets, cleaning up the winter debris, and preparing the clubhouse. Your help keeps the maintenance cost down for the club.

However, many volunteer opportunities are available throughout the year. If you would like to participate but can’t make it to the workdays, or you wish to contribute in a different way, contact any member of the tennis committee.

We are phasing out our former work credit program. For this year you may ask for a credit against your 2020 dues for work completed in 2019, although we ask those that can afford to consider foregoing the credit as we are on a tight budget and make every effort to keep our dues as low as possible. To receive the credit please pay the full dues amount and send an email to tennisboc@gmail to request a rebate check.

Dues

We are maintaining our dues at $225 for the 2020 season, which is considered an excellent rate for a club like ours. We intentionally keep as affordable as possible while still being able to maintain the facility and programming we’re all used to.

Court reservations
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.

How To activate your online BOC tennis reservations privileges

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 Jacob Miller , and the tennis committee members, 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.

Holiday mixers
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.)  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 leagues
The doubles league is equally fun and rewarding.  Check on the BOC website to see when the doubles leagues will start. Doubles team schedule their own matches.  Play is two sets with a 10-point tie break in lieu of a 3rd set. We will be setting singles evenings for those players who prefer singles, but don’t have regular partners.

Clinics
Adult clinics are offered by club pro and program coordinator Jacob Miller. 603-313-7672.

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.

TENNIS CLUB RULES AND MEETINGS
This is a casual club and there are not many rules. The rules we have are largely common sense. We welcome new ideas. Feel free to contact any member of the committee to discuss ideas for improving the club, express concerns, request clarification.

We have an easy-to-adhere-to dress code, which we’ve found allows us to be casual and expressive while still being respective of others. Here it is:
We ask that everyone wear a shirt.
We ask that clothing not be offensive.
We ask that appropriate footwear be worn so as to protect our playing surfaces.

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, Joe Meyer, 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 a committee member.  Meetings are held first Monday of the month, 6:15 p.m.

BOC clubhouse
Questions regarding the daily upkeep of the clubhouse can be addressed to any committee member.

Final reminder
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.

BOC Tennis Committee

Joe Meyer – tennis committee member: tennisboc@gmail.com
Gwynn andow – tennis committee member: gwynn56@comcast.net
Susan Madrigan – tennis committee member: smadrigan@gmail.com
Ed Powers – tennis committee member: edpowersvt@gmail.com
Deborah Panzica – tennis committee member: dapyeti@gmail.com
Roni Byrne – – tennis committee member: r0ni55@sover.net
Jon Secrest – tennis committee member: jsecrest01@yahoo.com
John Zeber – tennis committee member: jezeber@gmail.com

Volunteer Workdays

TO BE ANNOUNCED

We need you! Volunteerism has been a tradition at the BOC since its inception. For the tennis club this means  members volunteer their time and labor to help prepare and set up the courts for the upcoming season, and they clean up and take down the courts in the fall. Tennis workdays are the main vehicle for members to fulfill their volunteer hours requirement.

Each year the work days and times are listed in the spring BOC Newsletter and on the BOC website. The work days usually fall on the middle to late weekends in April and the last weekend in October (and the first weekend of November, if necessary). The times are generally 9am to 12pm in the spring and 10am to 1pm in the fall. Work day schedules may vary according to the weather forecasts near the selected dates; last minute changes are posted here. Members can also call the BOC tennis clubhouse at 254-8906 to see if work is in progress for that day.

The tasks are mostly the same each year, although special projects will occasionally make additional labor necessary. Spring work involves a lot of raking and clearing winter debris; cleaning the clubhouse and appliances; hanging windscreens; shoveling and spreading slate coat; and setting court tapes, which  means nailing, nailing, nailing! Though the club has a small inventory of tools, members are requested to bring gloves, rakes, hammers, and shovels. The fall work also involves raking leaves; cleaning the clubhouse; removing nets and windscreens; and pulling up the court tapes, de-nailing them, and rolling them up for storage. Bring gloves, rakes, and warm clothing as it’s often quite cool at this time of the year.

Club Workdays are also a great way to reconnect with tennis friends you haven’t seen all winter, to make new friendships, or, if you’re new to the club, to meet members and make connections for summer play. Please join us!