Only 12 days until the adult team tennis 1-day tourney and as of yet there are no entries! Round-up 3 of your tennis buds and make a team!
The St. Mary’s County Tennis Association is hosting the 4th Annual Team Tennis Tournament on Saturday, June 17th at St. Mary’s College of Maryland with a start time of 12:00 noon!
In a unique format used by World Team Tennis and the Washington Kastles and modified for our local community, 2 men and 2 women team up to play in 5 divisions: Men's and Women's Singles, Men's and Women's Doubles, and Mixed Doubles. The entry fee is $100/4 member team.
Each player plays in 2 divisions per match in a short set format. Three matches and lots of tennis guaranteed! Team divisions will be based on the total of each team's combined NTRP rating and the total number of entries (maximum of 12 teams). Match wins are determined by the team winning the most games per match.
Gatorade and water provided for all and prizes for winners too!
Local USTA Gender leagues are beginning to form, and will run from late April through June. Regional championships will be held July 7-9 for the .5 levels (3.5), and July 21-23 for the .0 levels (3.0, 4.0).
SMCTA hopes to field teams in the following divisions Women's 3.0 (may play in Charles county), 3.5, 4.0, Men's 3.5 and 4.0.
If you would like to captain, or wish to play but don't yet have a team, contact our League Coordinator Virginia King.
Avoid the wind and cold (yes, it'll still be with us even in March!) and register your children ages 6 to 14 for the Winter Season of Junior Team Tennis. SMCTA is offering a program of instruction and matches on Wednesdays from March 1 to 29, from 4:45-6:45pm inside the Leonard Hall Recreation Center in Leonardtown. The 8 and Under division plays from 5:15-6:15pm, while the older groups attend for the full 4:45-6:45pm period. All player skill levels (including beginners) are welcome, but space is limited.
Prepare for the upcoming outdoor tennis seasons with indoor sessions led by JTT Coordinator Brian Abell and assistants. Multiple 36-ft-long courts will be used for the 8U division, and four 60-ft-long courts will be set up inside the Leonard Hall Recreation Center for the 10U to 14U age groups, The fee for all five weeks of this indoor tennis program is $75. USTA membership is not required for this Winter JTT season. In accompanying photo, JTT players Manasa Iswara (left in background) and Leslie Pope (right in foreground) play doubles in the Dec. 2016 12U Girls JTT Championships.
The St. Mary's College of Md. Tennis Team is hosting a clinic to prepare students to try out for their high school team and get more experience with other players, on Saturday, Feb. 18th. Rain date is Feb. 19th. There will be instruction from the College tennis coaches, games, snacks, and a mini-tournament. The clinic is for high school players planning to try out for their high school tennis team and other high school players who are interested in getting more hitting experience. Entry fee is $30 per player, or two children from same family for $45. There is a limit of 24 players. Check-in is at 12:30pm and the clinic will run from 1-5pm with breaks in between.
Warm weather enabled the fall after school Kids' Tennis Club (KTC) at G. W. Carver ES in Lexington Park to continue through November 18. St. Mary's County Tennis Association partners with the St. Mary's County Public Schools' 21st Century After School Program for Kids' Tennis Clubs. In the accompanying photo, SMCTA volunteers and KTC coaches Julia White, Brian Abell, Jill Huntington and Lucinda Rothwell (l to r in back row) celebrate with 20 KTC players on the playground at G. W. Carver ES. Thanks also to Carver's 21st Century site manager Michelle Donohue and staffers Tricia Herr, Ashley Logsdon and Kathleen Clausius for a great fall of tennis!
The Kids' Tennis Clubs use slower balls, lower nets and smaller courts sized right for age and ability, and give children the opportunity to try tennis in a safe and supportive setting. Tennis is a sport that gets kids moving, improves balance, agility and hand-eye coordination, and can teach self-confidence. The Kids' Tennis Clubs reinforce sportsmanship that includes essential character traits such as respect, honesty, teamwork, caring and responsibility.
The fall Junior Team Tennis season's 12 and Under Girls' winning St. Mary's County team, the SMC Acers, advanced to compete in the Mid-Atlantic Single Gender JTT Championships on Dec. 3 & 4 at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. Team members Abby Fielder, Natalie Fielder, Manasa Iswara, Rinu Patel and Leslie Pope played lots of singles and doubles matches against players on other 12U girls teams. The other teams came from Montgomery County in Maryland and from Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Chesapeake in Virginia. The format of 4 singles and 4 doubles individual sets in each team match enabled all players to get experience playing a large number of opponents from all over Maryland, DC and Virginia. Thanks to JTT coordinator and team coach Brian Abell and all the parents and players who made the weekend a success! In the accompanying photo, SMC Acers Rinu, Natalie, Abby, Leslie and Manasa (left to center) stand with Montgomery County team members (center to right).
SMCTA launched a fall season of single gender Junior Team Tennis from Oct. 2nd through Nov. 20th on Sunday afternoons at St. Mary's Ryken HS. Teams in 12U Boys, 12U Girls, 18U Girls and 18U Boys divisions practiced and competed in singles and doubles match play. 12U head coach Brian Abell and 18U head coach Derek Sabedra were assisted by able parent volunteers, including Nathan Andaya, Diane Krasznay, Jill Huntington, and Susan Sokoloff. The winning 12U Girls team, the SMC Acers, advanced to the Mid-Atlantic Single Gender JTT Championships on Dec. 3 & 4 at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA (see article). In the accompanying photo, fall JTT players are joined by coaches Dr. Derek Sabedra, Diane Krasznay, Nathan Andaya, Jill Huntington, and Brian Abell (l to r, adults in back row).
The Junior Team Tennis Fall Rally, held on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016 at St. Mary's Ryken HS, had 16 players participate, including 10 players brand new to JTT. The theme was County Fair Favorites, and team names in 18 and Under, 12 and Under and 10 and Under divisions were chosen based on that theme. The St. Mary's Team Team beat the Gators in the 18U division, and the Fries teams beat the Mules teams in the 12U and 10U divisions. A full afternoon of fun action was capped with medals and prizes for all participants. Many players chose to continue with the fall season of Junior Team Tennis that started the following week. In the accompanying photo, Stevie Krasznay (right) reaches for the ball in a match against Julia Andaya (center), while Coach Nathan Andaya (left) encourages play.
The St. Mary's County Tennis Association (SMCTA) showcased rallying over moving tennis nets in the St. Mary's County Fair Parade on Saturday, September 24, 2016. Players in SMCTA's adult USTA League and Junior Team Tennis programs showed their active support for tennis in our community by being a part of this visible parade tradition, in a route starting from the Forrest Tech Center, along Route 5 and continuing into the Fairgrounds. Players participating were Mika Jones, Jason Wynn, Ryan Huntington, Brian Abell, Dr. Derek Sabedra and Jill Huntington. The rallies over the moving portable nets provided action-filled and highly visible marketing for tennis!
As the temps dip in January 2017, we invite you to join us inside the Leonard Hall Recreation Center in Leonardtown for some fun sessions of R&P Adult Tennis and the only indoor tennis offered in St. Mary's, Calvert & Charles Counties.
We have four sessions per week of Adult Cardio Tennis (Sunday evenings 8-9pm starting Jan. 15, Tuesday mornings 8-9am starting Jan. 10, Friday mornings 7-8am and 9:15-10:15am starting Jan. 13). Coach Brian Abell has lots of new drills and games to try this year, and he'll tailor each group's activities based on feedback from the players in that class.
Adult Tennis Lessons are offered Sunday evenings 9-10:15pm and Friday mornings 8-9:15am. You can sign up for the lessons and Cardio classes back-to-back. Each class series meets for six sessions, costs $55 for the six weeks and is available for ages 16 and up.
Senior Orange Ball Tennis is offered Tuesday mornings 9-10:15am for those ages 40 and up and will provide instructional tips and fun match play on 60-ft-long courts. While just a bit slower, it still feels very much like traditional tennis and is a good training vehicle to try new shots and techniques you may eventually bring to the full-size court. The Senior Orange Ball Tennis fee is $40 for the six weekly sessions.
Cardio Tennis is a high energy fitness activity that combines the best features of the sport of tennis with cardiovascular exercise, delivering the ultimate, full body, calorie burning aerobic workout. It is a very fun and social class for players of all ability levels. The one hour class includes a warm-up, cardio segment and cool down and uses music and heart rate monitors (limited number of loaners available). Participants elevate their heart rates into their aerobic training zone. The class leader is Brian Abell, a Cardio Tennis Authorized Provider.
You are invited to the annual SMCTA Member Meeting/Potluck/Doubles Party!!! We have reserved all five indoor courts and a multipurpose room at Watkins Regional Park in Upper Marlboro on Saturday night, November 5th from 7 - 11 pm.
$10 donation requested at the door if you would like to play tennis.
Please mark your calendars now and plan to celebrate our favorite sport - dress for indoor play and get ready for some hard court fun, delicious potluck goodies - and door prizes!!!
This year's potluck theme is "It's a Small World" - Please RSVP by signing up for a dish inspired by your favorite cuisine.
C'mon out to meet your old tennis buddies and make new ones!