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​2023/11/25 - SMASH newsletter sent

SMASH NEWSLETTER

As the outdoor season winds down, the TATC community has their eyes on the ball for the 2024 season.  
Below is what you need to know - be sure to read to the very end for your opportunity to help shape next season!
Topics covered include:
  • End of Season
  • Annual General Meeting Highlights
  • Work underway for 2024
  • How to share your voice / influence direction
 
End of Season
 
Permanent Nets will be coming down on Saturday, December 2.  Please reply if you would like to help with the final take-down and clean up.  

End of season tournament was held on October 28.  We had a great turnout with lots of fun matches. Congratulations to the following gold medal players:
  • Robbie and Michael for tennis,
  • Anna and Ben for PB recreational,
  • Richard and Wei and Jennifer and Wayne for PB competitive (tie)

Annual General Meeting Highlights
Our first in-person meeting, post-Covid, was held October 30 at the community centre with 35 in attendance. 
Here are the highlights - official meeting minutes will be made available on the website.

Year in Review:
  • Memberships grew to 234 covering 450 members
  • Events - three successful tournaments / events were held this year
  • Finance - Revenue was up to $29,000.  Expenditures included - line painting, pickleball nets, picnic tables and locks, on-going expenses of booking system, website and hydro.  GICs worth $15,000 were purchased in fulfilment of Motion 1 of 2022 AGM. Total bank balance is around $45,000.
  • Court Usage - Bookings using Skedda (online system) were up with high usage during peak times (weekdays 9 – 11 AM and 6 to 9 PM and weekend mornings and evenings).  With Open Play at peak times, the club is close to full capacity.
  • Maintenance - Club hired a student part-time for clean up of courts and grounds.  There are some cracks to repair. Canada Courts has been the only contractor we could get engaged and response is variable.  This is a topic for ongoing research.

Nomination of Board Members for 2023-2024:
 
A huge thanks to Miguel Perez and Jim Dorrance who are retiring from their roles as President and treasurer respectively. 
Their efforts to foster tennis (and the inclusion of pickleball) are greatly appreciated and will continue!  

For the upcoming year the following members were acclaimed. No elections were needed and we are pleased to welcome many talented and energetic new faces
  • President – Marie Weerasooriya-Epps
  • Vice-President – Roberta Wakerell
  • Secretary – Tammy Kien
  • Treasurer – Jane Langmaid
  • Web – Jing Kwok
  • Directors – Ainsey Shepherd, Benjamin Sas-Trakinsky, Ken Morin, Lisa Capello, Natalie McBride, Phil Parisi, Sandra Blair, Tim Newton and Tim Taylor.
Work underway for 2024
 
The new board committed to work on the following topics raised by members at the AGM:
  • Guest policy for the 2024 session
  • Appointment of Honorary Memberships
  • Improved communication and feedback between members and the board
  • Tennis and pickleball programming including interfacing with other clubs and Associations

The board is engaged in the following additional activities and commitments:
  • Participate with the City of Ottawa initiative to develop a pickleball strategy for all communities. Until this strategy is finalized, the Club has been requested to not make any significant changes regarding pickleball activities.
  • Extend the agreement between the City of Ottawa, The Trend-Arlington Community Association and Trend-Arlington Tennis Club regarding the use and maintenance of the clubhouse located at 50 Bellman Drive, which is owned by the City of Ottawa.
  • Review and renew insurance coverage for the club.
  • Acquire a defibrillator for club members, review lighting needs and access to the community building for washroom access during specified club events.

Share your voice
We need your input and feedback - please complete this TATC member survey by December 10:  <https://forms.gle/7bCtSJ9jy797gHbV6>

The City of Ottawa is also soliciting input on their outdoor tennis and pickleball strategy engaging in consultation with clubs.  
 
 
Thanks to all for playing this season and we look forward to reuniting on the courts after the snow melts!

2023/05/29 - SMASH newsletter sent

Welcome new and returning members to the 2023 season at Trend Arlington Tennis and Pickleball! We are off to a great start with members hitting the courts in record numbers.  To help you make the most of the season we put together some key info.

NEWS:

First off - NEW Pickleball lines have been painted on Tennis Court 3 (T3) and new portable nets are up to serve our growing membership.  Tennis courts 2 and 3 (T2 & T3) will work double duty to support both sports as needed.  T2 hosts P2 and P3 courts and T3 hosts P4 and P5.  Use of these shared resources will be managed by our booking system (https://tatennis.skedda.com/booking).  When reserving courts please be courteous to keep as many courts open for either activity (book PB courts sequentially so when not booked they are available for tennis).  Please try to lift the nets versus dragging them to the fence (2 or 3 people works best) to preserve our resurfacing.


HOLD THE DATE - JUNE 10 - OPENING EVENT AND MIXER

Mark your calendars for June 10 for our opening event.  Sign up on our website.

1:30 - 2:00 pm Orientation session for new members
2:00 - 5:00 pm Friendly Tournament (Tennis and Pickleball)

All are welcome to our friendly tournament and mixer kick off event.   For tournament play we can accommodate 24 players plus three spares for each sport.  Members will be invited to sign up for Pickleball or Tennis - one sport per person for this tournament.  There will be side activities so even if you prefer not to compete you can participate, spectate and cheer.


HOW TO BOOK COURTS

The club website hosts all the information regarding the club including booking privileges for members.    It is easy to book scheduled play in advance on the booking system.  https://tatennis.skedda.com/booking.  In a nutshell you can book 30 min slots per day a few days in advance. Ask your playing partner for their key number and you both should book to get a full hour.  Bookmark these sites if you haven’t already!

COURT ETIQUETTE

While we have your attention here is a reminder of proper court etiquette - everyone will enjoy their play more, when we all keep these points in mind.

 

  1. Efforts to keep the noise level down on and off court is appreciated. Loud conversations / sudden outbursts can distract players. 
  2. Players should be considerate of a game in progress.  Enter and exit via the gate that will minimize disruption to other games.  Keep the gate between P1 and T1 closed.  When waiting your turn to play, stay away from courts that are in play.  When moving to or from courts to play, wait until play has stopped and then walk around the playing area to get to the next court. 
  3. If a ball rolls onto another occupied court, do not chase after it.  If there is a perceived safety concern that someone may trip on the ball, alert the players on that court.  Otherwise, wait for play on that court to stop and kindly ask for your ball to be returned.  If the ball interfered with play the point should be replayed.
  4. Return stray balls to the rear of another court if play is in progress on that court.
  5. It is your responsibility to lock the gates and turn off lights (if on) when you are the last court to finish playing.  

Look forward to seeing you all on the courts!
 

2022/03/30 - SMASH newsletter sent

In this Issue…

  • Welcome
  • Registrations
  • Booking System
  • Club House

Welcome:

Hello returning Members,

The TATC board members are happy to inform you that the club will officially be open for 2022 as soon as the weather allows (we are hoping within the next week or two).  2021 members will have booking privileges until April 30, 2022.  Please ensure you register and submit payment before that to maintain playing privileges.

We wish you all a fun and safe 2022 tennis and pickleball season. If you have questions or concerns please contact info@tatennis.ca. 

Registration

  • Online registrations will begin on Tuesday March 29th, 2022
  • Registration fees for 2022 will remain the same as 2021
  • TATC has setup an email account and will only be accepting e-transfer payment for Tennis memberships.
  • Membership information can be found at tatennis.ca on the registration page
  • The TATC Treasurer will issue an e-receipt for payments received from members on a weekly basis
  • Please ensure the courts are locked if you are the last one leaving the courts (regardless of time of day).
  • Returning members will be able to continue to use their keys but be aware a rekeying is set for later this year.
  • New members will need to contact info@tatennis.ca to request a key and pay a key deposit of $20.00 via e-transfer.

Booking System:

  • Players will require advanced reservation to use the courts. Your paid registration will allow you access to the reservation system found online at tatennis.skedda.com. Please note that certain times may be blocked out due to club activities such as club doubles, lessons or special events.
  • We ask that you follow and adhere to these guidelines and always refer to tatennis.ca for the latest information.

Club House:

  • The clubhouse (including washrooms) remain closed until further notice.  Please prepare yourself accordingly before coming out to play.
 
 

2021/07/17 - Email sent - Court Resurfacing

We have been informed by our contractor that will work begin on Friday July 23rd. The work is very weather related and the contractor has estimated it will take 10 to 12 days to complete. There will be no access to any of the courts during the resurfacing.

 

2021/07/02 - SMASH newsletter sent

In this Issue…

  • Doubles Pickleball
  • Tennis Club Doubles
  • Booking System Tips
  • Quick hits (Miscellaneous)

 Updated City of Ottawa Guide Lines for Pickleball :

We received clarification from the city that doubles pickleball, while permitted, is encouraged to be played with members of the same household sharing one side of the court.  As a club, we would  encourage the same but would also remind that a 3 metre distance during play between members of different households should be maintained.

Tennis Club Doubles:

With the restrictions on leagues being lifted for Stage 2, we are once again able to host club doubles for tennis (Pickleball may follow soon).  For new members, these are blocks of time set aside for a more social round robin where you can play with new partners and meet other members.  3 metre distancing should still be observed.  Two sessions a week will take place 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM on Tuesdays and 9:30AM to 11:30 AM on Saturdays.  In order to meet the covid tracing and reservation requirement, participants will be required to fill in a form on tatennis.ca by either using the following link https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScTpw0JAzS6Sba-24h1TH_qahDKt6t0LA2y8I5HzmWs7HrZIw/viewform  or by accessing from the homepage of tatennis.ca the day of the event.  The first of these will take place on July 3rd.

TATC Advanced Booking System:

Thanks to everyone who has used the booking system correctly.  A few reminders: partners should be listed in the space provided.  This acts as our required covid tracing info.  It is not acceptable to play without a prior reservation.  This is again against the covid tracing requirement of the city. For additional information visit the tatennis.ca website.

 
Quick hits (miscellaneous):

  • Due to a couple of disagreeable incidents in the past few weeks, please be reminded that pets are not allowed on the courts at any time. 
  • Resurfacing of the courts is still expected this summer.  An update will be provided when available
  • Please don’t gather around the garden box near tennis court 1 and the dedicated pickleball entrance between games as this creates a potential accident hazard. 
  • Arrangements have been made for weeding and minor clean up around the courts.  Thanks to those who have gone out of their way to help out in this area.  

If you see Lynn and Holly around the club (look on the reservation system), please make sure to thank them for planting and upkeeping the lovely flowers in front of the clubhouse.  Thank you, Ladies


2021/03/25 - Directive from city -

--- Changes moving into Red-Control status - Tennis ---
---- No Doubles Play ----

The City has received clarification from By-Law and our legal department on questions brought forward to help clarify key points under O.REG 263/20, regulations for operating while in Red-Control status in the Provincial COVID-19 Response Framework.  The regulations include restrictions on the number of people allowed in indoor and outdoor facilities, as well as restrictions on game play for team sports.

Doubles Play
Under O.REG 263/20 sports/ fitness activities must be modified to ensure physical distancing which would not be possible in a doubles tennis/ pickleball activity.  Doubles tennis and pickleball, as team sports, are not allowed under the regulations. Single play, lessons and training are permitted with modifications to ensure physical distancing requirements are maintained.  

...
 
Doubles play by members of the same household is not permitted, individuals/groups will run the risk of bylaw being called. If by-law gets a call or witnesses any doubles play, they will take action as necessary.
 
I understand that frustration of members of the same family wanting to play, but as you can likely understand, the ability to monitor same household is next to impossible, but not only that, unlike restaurants there actually is no exemption in the regs for members of the same household to play team sports.  I hope that things will start to turn around and we will see improvement as Spring progresses, and we will be able to move to a scenario that allows for doubles play, unfortunately, for now, we are not there.

Kelly Bean
 
Portfolio Manager | Gestionnaire de portefeuilles
City Wide Sports | Sports à l’échelle de la ville 


2021/03/27 - SMASH newsletter sent

In this Issue…

  • Welcome
  • Return-to-Safe-Play Rules
  • Registrations
  • Club House
  • Resurfacing


Welcome:

Hello returning Members,

The TATC board members are happy to inform you that the club will officially be open for 2021 starting Sunday April 4th.  New for this year are city mandated changes like the collection of contact information and the implementation of an online reservation system due to the City of Ottawa being in the red zone. 

We wish you all a fun and safe 2021 tennis and pickleball season. If you have questions or concerns please contact info@tatennis.ca. 

Return-to-Safe-Play Rules:

  • TATC will adhere to all city and province mandated requirements due to the covid 19 pandemic.  The first of these is the collection of contact information for those playing on the courts.  Every player will be required to provide their key number, name, phone number, date, time & duration of play, partners as required by sending an email to CovidContactTracing@tatennis.ca.  More than one player can be included in a single email.
  • Players will require advanced reservation to use the courts. Your paid registration will allow you access to the reservation system found online at tatennis.skedda.com. Please note that certain times may be blocked out due to club activities such as club doubles, lessons or special events when we exit Red Zone Restrictions.
  • We ask that you follow and adhere to these guidelines and always refer to tatennis.ca for the latest information.

Registration:

  • Online registrations will begin on Saturday April 3rd
  • TATC has setup an email account and will only be accepting e-transfer payment for Tennis memberships.
  • Membership information can be found at on the tatennis.ca registration page
  • The TATC Treasurer will issue an e-receipt for payments received from members on a weekly basis
  • Please ensure the courts are locked if you are the last one leaving the courts (regardless of time of day).
  • Returning members will be able to continue to use their keys.
  • New members will need to contact info@tatennis.ca to request a key and pay a key deposit of $20.00 via e-transfer.


Club House:

  • The clubhouse (including washrooms) remain closed until further notice.  Please prepare yourself accordingly before coming out to play.

Resurfacing of the Courts:

  • The courts are tentatively scheduled to be re-surfaced either the last week of May or the first week of June. When we have the exact dates we will inform the membership.


2021/03/23 - Red Zone Sign posted at gates 

MEMBERS ONLY
  1. ADVANCE RESERVATION 
  2. Contact Information / record keeping
 
ADVANCE RESERVATION
  1. Book at <tatennis.skedda.com>
  2. You will need booking privileges – Please register for a booking Login <here> you will be activated upon paid registration for the 2021 season.
    • As a limited time courtesy for 2020 members, please send email to Request2020BookingPrivilege@tatennis.ca after registering as above.
  3. You are limited to one 30 min booking per day. You and your partner booking two slots will give you an hour of play. You may book up to 7 days in advance. You may not use another member's name to book a court. Violating these rules or "NO SHOWS" will result in your booking privileges suspended. You may continue to play past your timeslot as long as no one else has booked the next timeslot.
  4. Family members may use the same booking Login. Please indicate as such in the Notes section when booking.
  5. See tatennis.ca for further info
Contact Information / record keeping
  1. Please send email to CovidContactTracing@tatennis.ca
  2. Include the following: key number, name, phone number, date, time & duration of play, partners as required.
    • Eg KEY #123, John Doe, 613-123-4567, Mar 23, 2pm, 1hr, Jane Doe

 

 ---- 2020 ----

2020/10/26 - Smash newsletter sent ...

In this Issue…
  • New City Guidelines for Tennis and Pickleball
  • Annual General Meeting
  • Closing of the Courts
  • Resurfacing of the Courts
New City of Ottawa Guide Lines for Pickleball and Tennis:
  • We have been informed that the recent restriction by the City of Ottawa to Singles Play Only applies to both outdoor and indoor games. Doubles tennis and doubles pickleball are prohibited at all times in the City of Ottawa right now. There are no exceptions to this rule (not for spouses, not for members of the same household or social bubble, and not for parent and child). The rule applies to both indoor and outdoor play.
  • City By-Law officers will be ticketing those who do not comply with the restrictions.
Annual General Meeting (AGM):
  • The AGM for 2020 has been delayed due to the new restrictions on indoor capacity limits for Ottawa that have been placed by the Ontario government for next 28 days
  • If the restrictions aren’t lifted before the end of the year the board will look into holding the meeting virtually
  • We will be sending out the club reports to all members the first week of November
Closing of the Club
  • The club will remain open as long as the weather permits
Resurfacing of the Courts:
  • Resurfacing is unlikely to happen this year as the weather has turned too cold and other jobs have kept the contractor from starting. It is expected that the work will be done early next spring. The work will involve filling cracks on the four tennis courts and repainting, as opposed to a complete rebuild. We plan to fill the cracks on the pickleball court ourselves in the spring.
2020/08/11 - Smash newsletter sent ...

In this Issue…
  • Court re-surfacing update
  • Update on access to the club house
  • New:  Reduced memberships for the rest of the season!
Court Resurfacing September 2020.
  • The court resurfacing is scheduled for early September. We will be sending the exact dates when the contractor advises us.
  • We will try to minimize the impact on court usage as much as possible.
  • The resurfacing will take approximately 7 to 10 days and is weather dependent.
Access to the Club House
  • We still don’t have access to the clubhouse and will keep you updated as we receive information from the city.
  • This will most likely impact when we hold the AGM this year similar to when the tornado affected it two years ago.
  • The lights are automatically turned on at 8:00 pm every night, we will have the  city change the time as we move into the fall.
Reduced memberships!
  • All membership fees will be reduced for the remainder of the season. Be sure to tell your friends! 
Membership type 2020 Fee
(reduced in August)
Family (same address) $120 75
Adult $80 50
Senior (65+) $55 40
Junior (17 and under) $25 20
Key deposit $20
 

2020/05/25 - Smash newsletter sent ...

Hello returning Members,
 
The TATC board members are happy to inform you that the club will be officially open for 2020 starting Sunday May 24th.  We would like to thank you all for your patience as we addressed the many challenges associated with club preparations during this health crisis.  There will be a number of measures put in place in order to ensure the safety of everyone playing at the club this year. The current measures will most likely change and/or evolve over the summer.  We ask for everyone’s cooperation and flexibility throughout all of this.
 
Here is what you will need to know to kick-off the season right:
 
Return-to-Safe-Play Recommendations:
  • TATC will adhere to a strict set of guidelines to ensure the safety of all its players.  These recommendations are available on our website and will be posted at the club.
  • Please read these guidelines here: www.tatennis.ca > Rules for Safe Play 2020
  • We ask that you follow and adhere to these guidelines.
Membership:
  • TATC has setup an email account and will only be accepting e-transfer payment for Tennis memberships.
  • Membership information can be found at www.tatennis.ca > Fees
  • Please send your e-transfer to treasurer@tatennis.ca and use tatennis as your security response.
  • The TATC Treasurer will issue an e-receipts for payments received from members on a weekly basis
  • Please ensure the courts are locked if you are the last one leaving the courts (regardless of time of day).
  • Returning members will be able to continue to use their keys.
  • New members will need to contact info@tatennis.ca to request a key and pay a key deposit of $20.00 via e-transfer.
Club House:
  • The clubhouse (including washrooms) remain closed until further notice.  Please prepare yourself accordingly before coming out to play.
  • Tennis court lighting will not be turned on during phase 1 of re-opening. 
We wish you all a fun and safe 2020 tennis season.  If you have questions or concerns please contact info@tatennis.ca.

Thanks for your patience and understanding.
 
Jim Dorrance
Past-president

2020/04/14 - Information to date ...

  • The club would not  have the Tennis and Pickleball nets up until the first week of July and there would be no access to the courts till this time. 
  • The PTI after school program would be cancelled for 2020. 
  • The April 25th registration date would be moved to the first Saturday in July. 
  • Membership fees for all categories would be reduced by 15%.
  • We will strive to make online registration easier with payments by e-transfer or via mail with the club providing receipts electronically. 

2019 Season - Archive :


MARCH, 2019


FEBRUARY, 2019

  • We are hiring! We are currently seeking candidates for the role of Club Supervisor. Please see the job poster here.
  • Deadling to apply is March 1st. Please send a cover letter and resume to our Director of Supervision, Marie at info@tatennis.ca 


SEPTEMBER 22, 2018

  • Due to the damage of yesterday's storm, the year-end tournament is Cancelled.
  • The AGM and dinner will be rescheduled to a later date. Details to come. 


​​MAY 2018


​​MARCH 2018