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2004 February Newsletter

Spring Tennis Leagues
The spring season will start the week of March 1st and will end on May 21st. Doubles play for ladies, men, and mixed are offered on weeknights. Doubles for ladies are available Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings as well, and we have a coed singles ladder. Registrations for these leagues must be received by February 20th. Please remember to include your annual membership when you pay for these leagues.

Christmas Party
Our annual Christmas party was held December 5th. Numerous attendees enjoyed Smokey Mo�s barbeque, beverages, games, and prizes. League prizes were awarded to the first and second place finishers from the fall leagues. Our annual business meeting was held after dinner. A vote was held for open board positions, resulting in Jimmy Jackson being elected President, Don Hughes elected Vice President, and Jack Catcott elected Secretary. Many thanks to Tom Cox for serving as President for the past two years. Thanks are also due to Sammie Courington for donating five racquet-stringing jobs as door prizes

2003 November Newsletter

Did you know that a volunteer Board of Directors, which ideally consists of 5 officers and a minimum of 8 at-large members, runs your RRTA? Most members usually hold their position for at least 2 years, and attend meetings approximately once each quarter to facilitate the upcoming leagues, make arrangements for any upcoming events, and discuss all business concerning the association. Many of the current Board members have served the association's interests for many, many years in one capacity or another, so we are looking for new volunteers! If you would like to join the Board, or would like to find out more about what is involved, please send a message to the e-mail link on our website and a Board member will reply ASAP.

Current RRTA Officers
President- Tom Cox
Vice-President- Empty seat
President-Elect- Empty seat
Treasurer- Betty Wickham
Secretary- Jodi Goike

Current At-Large Members
Jack Catcott
Bill Carter
Vicky Champion
Elaine Cox
Jimmy Jackson
Mia Martin
Marsha Pearson
Becky Seale
Sandra Smith
Alan Larsh

The following nominations were presented at the last board meeting for consideration as officers during 2004. Please be prepared to vote at the Christmas party, and feel free to nominate yourself or another member for additional consideration as well:

* Jimmy Jackson for President
* Don Hughes for Vice President
* Jack Catcott for Secretary

Upcoming Leagues
Our annual winter "Polar Bear" Leagues will begin the week of January 5th and end February 14th. There is no fee for our winter leagues, so an application is not necessary. There will be sign-up sheets at the Christmas party. However if you wish to play this winter but will not be able to attend the party, please call the appropriate league ramrod to let him/her know you're planning to play. Balls are NOT furnished by RRTA for winter leagues, so please plan to contribute some during the season.
* Mia Martin for all Ladies' Daytime Leagues- 310-9485
* Elaine Cox for Ladies' Doubles on Monday nights- 246-6689
* Doug Goike for Mens Doubles on Tuesday nights- 218-3933
* Jimmy Jackson for Mixed Doubles on Thursday nights- 635-7123
* Bill Carter for Co-ed Singles Ladder- 244-6555

Spring league dates have been set as beginning the week of March 1st and ending the week of May 21st. Applications for spring leagues will be mailed/ e-mailed to you at a later date.

2003 May Newsletter

Summer leagues are just around the corner, beginning the week of June 9th and ending the week of August 22nd. If you�re receiving this newsletter via the U.S. mail, there is an application enclosed. Be sure your returned application includes an e-mail address if available. Sending newsletters via e-mail saves our association lots of money as well as minimizing time our volunteer board members spend on preparing for the leagues.

Deadline for applications for summer leagues is May 30th so be sure to fill it in and mail it today! Due to the recent popularity of our mixed doubles league and limited courts available we may have to run that league as a dual shift again depending upon the number of applications received. Be prepared to play at 6:30 or 8:15, as required. Although you will not be required to play late every week, please don�t sign up unless you are available at either time.

The following are important dates for other events coming up later this year:

Summer Pre-Season Mixer- Friday, June 6th at 6:30 p.m.
Summer End-of-Season Mixer- Friday, August 22nd at 6:30 p.m.
Fall Leagues- September 8th through November 21st
Fall Tournament- Saturday, November 22nd
Annual Christmas Party- Friday, December 5th @ 6:30 p.m.
Watch our website for further details throughout the year. Have a fun summer filled with lots of quality tennis!

2003 February Newsletter

Spring leagues are just around the corner, beginning the week of March 3rd and ending the week of May 23rd. If you�re receiving this newsletter via the U.S. mail, there is an application enclosed. Be sure your returned application includes an e-mail address if available. Sending newsletters via e-mail saves our association lots of money as well as minimizing time our volunteer board members spend on preparing for the leagues.

Deadline for applications for spring leagues is Friday, Feb. 21st so be sure to fill it in and mail it today! Due to the recent popularity of our mixed doubles league and limited courts available, we may have to run that league as a dual shift again, depending upon the number of applications received. Be prepared to play at 6:30 or 8:15, as required. Although you will not be required to play late every week, please don�t sign up unless you are available at either time.

For those who missed out, the annual 2002 Christmas party was held December 6th at the SPJST Hall, featuring lots of great food and drinks, Jenga and bingo games, and lots of great tennis prizes. Be sure to plan ahead to attend the first Friday of December each year. It was lots of fun again! We had a special recognition for previous RRTA board members to honor our 20th anniversary. Thanks to everyone who attended, and we hope you had a good time, too.

Be sure to check the website www.rrtennis.com for details of other events throughout the year!

2002 August Newsletter

The Fall Season will be September 9th through November 22nd. The deadline to register for doubles leagues is August 31st. Please send in your application early, especially if you are signing up for mixed doubles because that league fills quickly. See our application page for membership and league fees. Please enter your email address on the application so you may be contacted via Internet, and sign up as a substitute for doubles if you can.

RRTA is considering a rotating mixed doubles league on Wednesday nights. Unlike the "fixed" mixed-gender doubles format on Thursday nights, male and female players would switch partners to form a different co-ed team each set and players would track their scores individually. You would not need a partner to sign up. Anyone interested in playing this proposed league should send an email or call Marsha at 255-9819.

The windscreens at Settler's Park (which we purchased at huge expense) had been returned to the manufacturer for modifications but unfortunately they were lost in shipping. The city has filed with the insurer of the shipping company and has ordered new windscreens. We�re not sure when they will actually be back up on the courts. Judging from our previous experiences it may be quite some time.

News flash! We are now informed that the wind screens will be reinstalled starting on August 21, 2002!!! (Per Robert Vasquez, RR Parks & Rec).

The benches were installed and they are greatly appreciated. RRTA has offered to pay for approximately half of the cost of the benches.

There will be a mixer on Friday evening, September 6th at the Old Settlers Courts from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. It will be our usual fun tennis party and all Association members, spouses, etc. are invited. Please come out and meet the other players in our club. RRTA will provide refreshments and appetizers. There will be an organized mixed-doubles format so be ready to play. Prizes will be given throughout the evening. Winners of the Summer Leagues will be announced and prizes awarded. You do not want to miss this!

The Christmas Party will be on Friday, December 6th at SPJST Hall. Please mark your calendar. More to come in the November Newsletter.

2002 May Newsletter

The Summer Season is scheduled to begin on June 3rd and end the week of August 16th. Please see our application page for membership and league fees. Entries for doubles leagues are due by Friday, May 24th. Please enter your email address on the application so you may be contacted via Internet. Please sign up as a substitute for doubles!

The windscreens at Settler's Park (which we purchased at huge expense) have been returned to the manufacturer to have cut-outs put in and they should be reinstalled by mid-June. The benches are to be installed when the drainage work is complete.

Many of our RRTA players were in San Antonio last weekend for USTA Sectionals. Congratulations to everyone who participated in the Senior Sectional Championships. There will be a mixer on Friday evening, June 7th from 7:00pm to 10:00pm at the Old Settlers Courts. RRTA will provide drinks and appetizers. There will be an organized mixed-doubles format. Prizes will be given throughout the evening. Winners of the Spring Leagues will be announced and prizes awarded. Come out and join the fun!

A letter from the President
Feb. 27, 2002 - I talked to Mr. James Jimenez, RR Parks and Rec Planning Director, about the delay in installing the benches at the tennis center. Mr. Jimenez informed me that the RR Parks and Rec have decided to award the installation of the benches to the contractor who constructed the tennis courts so that the installation would be covered by the warranty. The contractor is also being required to fix the drainage at the courts. This contract is to be awarded the 4th week of March at the Council Meeting. The installation should commence shortly thereafter. Tom

Dec. 26, 2002 - Per directions of the RRTA Board of Directors, I contacted the RR City Parks & Rec Department on Thursday, January 24th and spoke to Park Planner, Mr. James Hearers.
1) Regarding the benches, he informed me that the benches are either here or on the way. He is going to call the construction people to find out when they are going to be installed and get back to me. I haven�t heard back from him yet. I will follow up next week.
2) Regarding the mud on the courts, they are working with the original contractor about the drainage problems. That work should be completed no later than March.
3) Regarding landscaping, there are no immediate plans.
4) Regarding restrooms, there are plans for a swimming area with bathroom facilities at the top of the hill above the tennis courts (long range but within the next 3 years).
5) Regarding a tennis facility pro shop, restrooms and viewing bleachers for a tournament court, there is a long range plan but they have no money and no bond issues were passed for these items.
Please call or send me a message if you have any questions.
Tom

2002 January Newsletter

The Spring Season is scheduled to begin on February 25th and end the week of May 17th. Please see our application page for membership and league fees. Entries are due by Friday, February 15th. Please enter your E-MAIL ADDRESS on the application so you may be contacted via Internet.

DON�T FORGET, WE NEED AS MANY SUBS AS POSSIBLE!

RRTA Board Members
Officers and Board Members for 2002
President Tom Cox
Vice President Richard Beavers
Treasurer Marsha Pearson
Secretary Sandra Smith
Members At Large Elaine Cox, Jodi Goike, Bill Carter, Jack Catcott, Vicky Champion

If you would be interested in serving on the board please contact Tom Cox at 246-6689.

Court News
Tom Cox is communicating with the city about improving the landscaping around the courts. We�re interested in stopping the mud flowing on the courts after heavy rains. We�re also inquiring about the purchase of picnic tables. The city has already ordered benches for the courts and they should be coming in soon.

Website
www.rrtennis.com is the place to go for any updated information on the association. Many thanks again to Bill Carter for our awesome website!

Scoring for Substitute Players
Remember new ruling for subs: Doubles play will deduct 2 points per person for a sub limited to 3 points total per fixed team. If a fixed team with one sub has the highest points minus their deduction of 2, they may advance to the next court. However if the fixed team has two subs they may not advance regardless of the score. Any team with a sub will automatically lose a tie-break.

Look for news about an exciting upcoming members tournament in the next newsletter!

2001 November Newsletter

League Dates
The Fall Season had been scheduled to end November 29th, but since we were unable to play for a couple of weeks due to problems with the lights the Fall league season will be extended through December 6th.

The Polar Bear League is scheduled for January 7th through February 15th. There are no league fees in the winter, if you want to play there will be a sign up sheet at the Christmas Party, you can call Richard Beavers at 246-8960, you can email us from the website, or you can print out a registration form and mail it in.

The Spring League is tentatively scheduled for February 25th through May 17th with no play the week of March 11th due to Spring Break.

Christmas Party
The Christmas Party will be Friday, December 7th at the SPJST Lodge in Round Rock from 7pm to 10 pm. The Lodge is located at 920 Luther Peterson Place. Take 35N to 3406 (EXIT 254) and go East to Sunrise (The 2nd 4-way stop). Turn left (north) onto Sunrise and go about 1/2 mile. Luther Peterson Place is the 1st left. The Lodge will be about one block down on the right across from the RRISD Bus Barn. The Lodge phone number is: 255-1554. Food and drinks will be provided by the Association. This year we will be playing BINGO for the door prizes and other games will be available.

Officers
RRTA needs VOLUNTEERS to serve as Officers and Board Members for next year. Contact Vicky Champion at 251-7356 or send us an email from the website.

2001 September Newsletter

Round Rock/Anderson Mill Challenge Match
The Round Rock team defeated Anderson Mill this year with 12 matches won and 6 lost. The competition was fierce and the weather was excellent (maybe a little warm). We were delighted to see our AM friends, many of whom we have played tennis with for years. The new court facilities gave us plenty of room to work with. It was tremendous fun. We all look forward to the next match, maybe we can do this more often than just once a year?

Wind Screens
The wind screens have now been fully installed and they make a big difference. Next project is benches. The RRTA is working with the city Parks and Rec department to select and purchase some.

2001 August Newsletter

Fall Season
The fall season will run from September 10th to November 29th with the first week of December as a make up date just in case we have any rain outs. There will be no scheduled play the week of Thanksgiving. Applications for the fall leagues are due by September 4th.

Wind Screens
RRTA has purchased wind screens for the Settler's Park courts and they should be installed by the time the fall season begins. We have also asked the City to provide benches for the courts and RRTA will reimburse the City or make a donation to pay for the benches.

Any Suggestions?
The web site @ www.rrtennis.com has generated interest and the fall league should have more new members. The new courts have finally made it possible to expand the leagues and hopefully have an even more social and competitive tennis experience for our members. If anyone has any suggestions or comments please send us an email.

Challenge Match
A Challenge Match with the Anderson Mill Tennis Association (AMTA) is scheduled for Saturday September 15th from 8:00am-1:00pm at the Round Rock courts. We will play six (6) courts each of womens, mens and mixed doubles. The last two years AMTA has won but this year we have home court advantage. Women interested in playing should contact Marsha Pearson at 255-9819. Men and mixed participants should contact Jack Catcott at 310-8725. Even if you don�t get to play, feel free to come by and cheer for your association. We want the trophy back! Food and drinks will be provided.

Christmas Party
The Christmas Party should be December 7th. Watch the web site for details.

2001 May Newsletter

The Summer League
The Summer League starts June 11th and ends August 24th. There will be no league play during the week of July 4th due to the holiday. Please see the application page for membership and league fees. Entries are due by Friday, June 1st. DON'T FORGET, WE NEED AS MANY SUBS AS POSSIBLE! The Summer League will be played at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock. Please see the application for directions.

Mixer
We will have a mixer at the new Settler's Park courts on Saturday morning June 9th from 9-12 AM. Snacks and drinks will be provided by RRTA. Feel free to invite anyone interested in playing tennis to attend.

New Starting Times
Please note that Women's Doubles will return to Monday night and Ladies Daytime Doubles will begin at 7:30am during the Summer league. Evening doubles matches will now begin at 6:30 PM. Please do not be late! Tardy arrivals have often been a problem, the board considered penalizing players who are late but hopes it will not be neccessary.

Web Site and Email
Many thanks to Bill Carter for setting up and designing the website. Please enter your E-MAIL address on the application so you may be contacted via Internet. This is more convenient all around and makes it easier and less expensive for us to communicate with you. The RRTA will not divulge your email address to any third parties!

New Point Deduction Rules for Subs
Doubles play will deduct 2 points per person for a sub limited to 3 points total per fixed team. If a fixed team with one sub has the highest points minus their deduction of 2 they may advance to the next court. However if the fixed team has two subs they may not advance, regardless of the score.

2001 February Newsletter

The Spring League
The Spring League starts March 5th and ends May 18th. There will be no league play during March 12th through 16th due to spring break. Please see attached application for membership and league fees. Entries are due by February 22nd. DON'T FORGET, WE NEED AS MANY SUBS AS POSSIBLE!

Spring League will be played at the Georgetown Tennis Center. Please see application for directions.

New City Courts are On the Way
RRTA President Vicky Champion has met with the City of Round Rock and there should be 6 new lighted courts for the summer league! They will be at Old Settlers Park. The association has offered to purchase windscreens and other accessories for the new courts. When the new courts are completed there will be a mixer/party to celebrate!! More news on that later!!

Singles League Fees Reduced
Please note that the singles Spring League fees have been lowered to $5.00. The fee may change when we begin play on the new courts. We are hoping to designate a fixed night for singles.

Last Year's Awards
There has been some confusion about awards this past year, sincere apologies. Starting with the spring league awards will be given to the 1st and 2nd place winners (sorry 3rd place, try harder next time). In the future league winners will be announced in the newsletter.

RRTA transitions to E-Mail
Please enter your E-MAIL ADDRESS on the application so you may be contacted via Internet. This reduces our costs and is so much less tedious than stuffing envelopes.



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