NW LA CTA Looking for a Coordinator

Areas of Work

  • Develop and promote programs that will recruit and funnel new and current players into organized play towards the growth and participation goals of the USTA, LTA, and the NWLACTA. 
  • Work directly for CTA President, Executive Board and with other Coordinators on all Adult and Junior Programs such as:
    • Tennis Apprentice and Social Leagues to gain new adult players.  A key part of this responsibility would to see that these new players sign up in 2.5 USTA leagues after completion of the program(s).
    • In junior programming, call on targeted schools to assist in creating new programs and players. 
    • Adaptive & Veterans Programs.  Work with CPSB, BPSB, and other organizations such as Veterans or Wheelchair in developing programs.
    • Develop and work with the other coordinators, tennis facilities and pros on programs to build school leagues to further advance the growth of JTT.
    • Develop and assist in implementing other programs that will create a pathway for adults into USTA leagues (i.e. church leagues, company leagues, etc.).
    • Identifies opportunities and recommends methods to improve service, work processes and financial performance. 
    •  Assists in the implementation of quality improvement initiatives.
    • Assists co-workers in the completion of tasks and assignments to ensure continuity of service
    • Works with and assists the CTA’s Volunteer Committee in the recruitment of local volunteers for various events.
    • Provides courteous and prompt service to all internal and external customers.  
    • Prioritizes and addresses requests and assignments in a professional manner to develop cooperative relationships and to ensure that customer confidentiality is assured.
  • Work with the CTA President and/or Marketing Chair on the following:
    • Monthly and bi-monthly E Newsletter 
      • Collecting information from all organizations, pros, and spotlighting of tennis players and what is going on within tennis community.
      • Face Book – Jot Form – Constant Contact – Marketing – Posters & Handouts
  • Attend monthly CTA meetings with a report summarizing Coordinator activities during the previous month and the schedule of events upcoming.  Communicate planned events and follow up to ensure the CTA calendar and website are always accurate.  
  • Provides written summary of work performed to the NWLA CTA president for payment of services at end of each month.
  • Performs other services as requested and projects and events come up.

Skills 

  • Intermediate to high level knowledge of tennis and general programs in tennis community  
  • Knowledge of Net Generation – Can be learned on Net Generation Website
    • Net Generation Background check, Safe Play Certified, and Legal Acknowledgment with USTA
    • USTA Membership
  • Intermediate to high level of computer knowledge or willingness to learn and be competent in:
    • Microsoft Office Suite
    • Constant Contact
    • Jot Form
    • Excel
    • Google Docs
    • Publisher or other type program

Other Requirements

Local travel is required for the development of new programs.  Training programs annually for staff training, marketing, and the annual LTA Community Development workshop.

September Querbes Tennis Center Update

The Querbes Tennis Center Committee continues to meet with SPAR at least monthly discussing and working on the renovation and plans for the Tennis Center moving forward. 

Although the CTA has received comments and questions about the perceived slow progress, the City and the contractor assures us that we are still on target for completing the project the beginning of January. Much of the work is in preparation for the new items and not immediately visible to someone just looking at the site and/or not familiar with all the prep work required. A listing of all the work that has been completed is provided to the Querbes CTA Committee on a regular basis. 

A summary of items that are of interest to most CTA members are the following;

  • RFP’s (Request for Proposals) for the positions of Tennis Professional – Querbes Tennis Center and Tennis Professional – Southern Hills Tennis Center have been posted and will remain open for 30 days. The following link can be used to access the RFP https://www.shreveportla.gov/DocumentCenter/View/15873/RFP-19-826-Tennis-Prof-for-Querbes- or you can access at www.shreveportla.gov/solicitations
  • NWLA CTA Querbes Committee representatives including USTA Southern TSA Bill Phillips will be involved in the selection process
  • Work expected to be completed within the next 30 days includes; all light pole bases completed, Lights installed, Irrigation completed, Clay court fence completed (other than gates), other fencing started, Mow strip completed, and Hauser Tennis (Clay Court Contractor) is scheduled for the 2ndweek of October. 

The Querbes Tennis Center Committee is excited about the progress and the completely renovated facility that the community will be enjoying in early 2020.

July 15 Querbes Tennis Center Update

The Querbes Tennis Center complete renovation is proceeding as planned and still on schedule to be completed by January 2020.


 Work Completed:
• Cut out asphalt and disposed of to prepare for hard court post tension overlay.
• Removed interior fencing and cut poles to proposed height to prepare for sleeving.
• Removed existing light poles and disposed of.
• Removed net post poles and anchors.
• Drilled holes in preparation of concrete for light pole bases; install conduit, rebar, and anchor bolts – 41/48 complete (3 of the 7 have an electrical line that may be of conflict. Architect is aware and we will discuss after 811 locate marks site on 7/18). 
• Dirt between clay and hard courts has been removed to allow better drainage. 
• Mow strip has been dug out on south side of clay court. 
• Light fixtures are on site, poles are not finished at the present. 
• Cut out concrete on courts 11 & 12 around net post. 
• Cut out concrete around hard courts in order to pour new ADA handicap ramp. 
• Removed existing sidewalks leading to clay courts.

Work Expected to be complete in next 30 days:
• All light pole bases completed. 
• Light pole electrical conduit trenched and installed to all lights. 
• Lights possibly installed if poles are received. 
• Mow Strip Completed. 
• Clay court irrigation started. 
• Net post bases started possibly completed.


Northwest Louisiana CTA Querbes Committee

April 23 Querbes Tennis Center Update

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An agreement with the City of Shreveport has been signed, sealed, and delivered to completely renovate the Querbes Park Tennis Center!  The facility will be closed for the remainder of this year with a scheduled reopen date of January 2020, weather permitting.

During this past year the Querbes Park Foundation (QPF) and a group from the CTA met with SPAR on a monthly basis to come up with a plan to renovate QTC.  It was agreed to make the clubhouse ADA compliant by adding new bigger bathrooms, paint, flooring, an outside elevator, etc., saving where possible to be able to use the remaining funds for the tennis courts that were in complete disrepair.  The City bid the renovation of the entire facility and the bids came in at slightly over $1,000,000.  However, the remaining funds from the ADA Bond would only cover the soft courts.  The city was $500,000 short of getting this done.  The Querbes Park Foundation offered to put up $250,000 if the city would match that offer with another $250,000 and get the entire facility done at once as it should be.  This budget amendment was passed at the City Council by a vote of 6-1 on December 11, 2018.

Through a very generous grant from the United States Tennis Association (USTA), Southern USTA, LTA, and funds raised to date from QPF, NWLACTA, Caddo Parish and many private donors, we have approximately $150,000 raised and in commitments to date!  

A fundraiser has been set by The Querbes Park Foundation and the NWLACTA.  It will be a dinner fundraiser at the Petroleum Club on Tuesday May 7th.  Happy Hour: 5:30-6:15 and dinner following.  Special Guests will be in attendance.  A night to have some fun and talk about the long history of Tennis at Querbes Park in Shreveport.  Tickets will be $100 each or tables of 8 for $700.  This will be a “fun” one so whether you play tennis or not, you will want to attend.  

An invitation has been sent through the CTA Constant Contact and is on CTA Facebook page (northwest louisiana community tennis association).  You can also go to www.nwlacta.com website and click the registration button.  Here is the direct jot form link as well:  https://www.jotform.com/build/90847304877165 .

The addition of the renovated tennis center will certainly compliment the already renovated golf facility and all together the newly renovated park is certainly a “game changer” for the park itself, the neighborhood and surrounding areas, and the city.  

Many of you have already responded, THANK YOU!!  I am asking each of you not only for your support in the fundraising efforts of QTC but to also reach out to your friends and business associates for support to ensure the completion of this important project.  

If you have any questions, ideas, or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me.  On behalf of the NWLACTA Board and Committee, and QPF, let me thank you in advance and let you know how much we appreciate your dedication, support, and hard work to ensure the Querbes Park and Tennis Center becomes a reality!
— 
Rhonda Rubben
NWLACTA President
rrubben8@gmail.com
318-423-3259

3/6/2019 Querbes Tennis Center Update

The Northwest Louisiana CTA Querbes Tennis Center committee continues regular meetings with SPAR, most recently on 3/6/2019. The tennis center closed effective 2/1/2019. Programs/clinics/lessons/etc. have been moved to either Southern Hills or Cockrell tennis centers. Please contact David Kimball (318-673-7784) with any questions. The projected re-opening date is 12/31/2019. This may seem like a long time (and it is), but when the center reopens we will have a NEW QUERBES. All courts are being redone. This includes 6 soft, 5 hard and two 18-foot courts. Lighting, curbing, fencing, and the building (with wheelchair access to the office and restrooms) are all being completely renovated! The building work is almost complete!

The total cost for all the renovations significantly exceeds a million dollars. This project would not be underway if not for the Querbes Park Foundation and its founder James West, who have stepped up to guarantee a $250,000 line of credit to get the project started now, while we raise the funds to pay off the line of credit. This $250K was matched by the city in addition to its already substantial commitment to the project. We are applying for grants, asking for donations, doing fundraisers, etc. to raise this substantial sum. This can only be accomplished if everyone steps up and participates in a major way. 

Querbes Tennis Center has played a major role in developing a tennis community in Northwest Louisiana, and we need your help bringing her back to that role once again.

 You can do so by sending a check or by going to nwlacta.com and using PayPal. The CTA is a 501 (c) 3 and all donations are tax deductible. Please memo QUERBES RENOVATIONS. If you would like to help by serving on a committee, please complete the JotForm: https://form.jotform.com/81757964928174 and click Friends of QTC.

Querbes Tennis Center Committee; Jay R. Boyd – chair, Rhonda Rubben, James West, Joey Lawler, Brian Bernard, Rick Holland, and Bill Phillips

NW LA CTA Looking for Junior Coordinator

NLooking for a part time job that is rewarding and will help our children, juniors, and Tennis Community? Check this out!!! If interested, please contact Rhonda Rubben at rrubben8@gmail.com 
Job Responsibilities Include:Works with the Board and Community Coordinator/CTA with community tennis events in schools, neighborhoods and tennis centers.
Plan and promote with Pros Play Days and/or Red Ball Events. 
 Assist Pro’s and facilities with junior programs/planning.
 Network with local schools to provide opportunities for junior play/intro to tennis.
 Attend CTA meetings, provide reports and updates.
Work with LTA/Southern Region for numbers/marketing/planning.

Responsible for player/event information data being submitted to LTA/USTA for junior numbers.

Assists with Junior budget for CTA.

Help plan and work with a committee with the CTA Tournaments.

Recruit and train volunteers for local junior events. 

Promote and market junior events with flyers, jotform, constant contact emails, social media, local clubs and media when needed.

Look for opportunities within the community for junior tennis introductions such as the Revel, church events, Girl Scouts, neighborhood libraries, etc.

November 28 Querbes Tennis Center Update

The Northwest Louisiana CTA Querbes Tennis Center Committee met on November 28, 2018 with Shreveport Parks and Recreation (SPAR) representatives. We were informed that a contract was sent out on November 27th, to be signed and processed by the company that is being awarded the contract. Finalizing this should be done within 2-3 weeks at most. The contract covers all work needed on the soft courts which includes; resurfacing the courts, new fencing, curbs, watering system, and net posts. A separate contract for the ADA compliant lift to the second floor is also being prepared. Construction work continues to the inside of the building to make it ADA compliant. They are behind schedule due to unforeseen issues with the concrete structure and wiring. Plans are also underway to provide shade structures over benches on all 6 soft courts.

Plans to potentially raise the needed funds to redo the hard courts along with the soft courts in 2019 is also being worked on. This would be a joint effort with the city of Shreveport, Querbes Park Foundation and the tennis community through the Northwest Louisiana Community Tennis Association (CTA). This is a very time critical endeavor and we need everyone to come forward and support this effort with your financial contributions and your time.

You can do so by sending a check or by going to nwlacta.com and using PayPal. The CTA is is a 501 (c) 3 and all donations are tax deductible. Please memo QUERBES RENOVATIONS. If you would like to help by serving on a committee, please complete the jotform: https://form.jotform.com/81757964928174 and click Friends of QTC.

This is an effort that requires everyone to step forward!

August 17 Querbes Tennis Center Update

If you have been by Querbes Tennis Center this past week, you have seen the initial signs of implementation of the plans we have been discussing. The temporary buildings with an office and restrooms are in place. This allows work on the physical building as communicated last month to begin.

Bid specs are being finalized by the city for new curbing, fencing, soft court resurfacing, irrigation, lighting and shade covering for benches.

The CTA’s Querbes Tennis Center Committee’s volunteers continue to work with SPAR on all of these items. Our next meeting is scheduled for August 29thwhere we hope to complete the bid package for the soft courts.

The following is a repeat of the June 26 update, but needs to be repeated. We need everyone to be involved. Do as much as you can, even a little will go a long ways. Please sign up and help!


Now we need YOUR HELP! The CTA has a Fall Tennis Tournament set for November 9th-11th and we would like to make this a fundraiser for Querbes Tennis Center renovation efforts. Additional funds may be needed to complete all we would like to do on the soft courts and all funds will have to be raised for the hard courts. The CTA has also applied for court a resurface grant for the soft courts and will apply again for the hard court reconstruction.

If you would like to donate please send a check or go to the donation page at nwlacta.com and use PayPal. The CTA is a 501 (c) 3 and all donations are tax deductible! Please memo QUERBES RENOVATIONS.

If you would like to be on a committee and assist with the fundraiser in the fall and other work in 2019, please complete the jotform: https://form.jotform.com/81757964928174

The CTA is very excited that this project is moving forward and are looking forward for Querbes Tennis Center to be restored and become a great tennis facility for all to enjoy once again!

Querbes Tennis Center Fall Fundraiser

Querbes Park was developed in 1925 as the Broadmoor Golf Club by A. C. Steere, developer. In 1944 the city took over the ownership of the property and renamed it in honor of former Mayor Andrew Querbes who served two terms beginning in 1902 and accomplished great strides in improving Shreveport. In 1964, the Capital Investment Committee, Mrs. Justin Querbes, Sr., and J. Robert Welsh both members, recommended to SPAR council, headed by A. E. Haynes, to build the Querbes Tennis Center in 1964. Clyde Fant was mayor at this time.

Thousands of people have played at these courts and have treasured memories from social and league play, junior tournaments, state tournaments, and the famous City Tennis Tournament that began somewhere in the early thirties at Princess Park and moved to Querbes Tennis Center in 1965. This tournament was one of the most anticipated local events of the year drawing huge crowds from the 1950’s to the early 1990’s. Hundreds of people would come out to watch players like Kay McDaniel, Stephanie Fess, Lauren Cotter, Andy Lloyd, Pat Harrison, Mark Weaver, Kenneth Myers, and now ranked 80 in the world but child at the time, Ryan Harrison! The tournament also held a Junior/Pro event where up-and-coming juniors took on local pro veterans. It was great times and memories had by all.

In 2011 a bond issue was passed by the city for the sole purpose of making Querbes Tennis Center ADA compliant. Those plans have now been drawn, approved, and signed off on by the mayor, and construction will begin in August. There are also funds to redo the six soft courts and will include new lighting, fencing, curbing, and shade. This will deplete the 2011 bond funds.

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT to complete Querbes Tennis Center
And to make it one of the top sought after courts to play on once again!

Additional funds will be needed for complete renovation of the five hard courts, lighting, fencing, shade, etc. All monies raised for this tournament will be restricted to the renovation and improvements of Querbes Tennis Center.

Our weekend will not only consist of a two person team tennis tournament for all levels, but will also include a junior/pro player exhibition, open divisions for men and women that include junior players, food, drinks, hit for prizes, drawings, player prizes, wine pull, and more!

We invite you to a sponsorship opportunity that will help us provide a wonderful weekend while raising funds for this legend of a facility, QUERBES TENNIS CENTER!

Please let us know if you have any questions. Click here for the information on sponsorship and donations.

We thank you in advance for your support!

Querbes Tennis Center Tournament Planning Committee

Joey Lawler,
Sponsorship Chair

June 26 Querbes Tennis Center Update

GREAT NEWS!!

The bids have come back and have been accepted to begin the ADA compliance work on the Querbes Tennis Center! The bonds and contracts are being processed and signed and work should begin on the clubhouse mid to late July!

A temporary building with restrooms will be put out front during the renovation.

As you can see from the drawing the men’s and women’s restrooms have been flipped and both now have 3 restrooms and double sinks in each. There will also be storage beside and behind them for janitorial and miscellaneous supplies. The lower area and the manager’s office will remain the same and the counter space has been shortened. The area will also be painted with new flooring and counter tops. A wheelchair/Platform Lift will be installed outside facing court 7.

As a result of much planning, scaling back on the clubhouse renovations, and prioritizing court surface improvements, funds from the bond will be available to resurface the soft courts, and make improvements to the fences, lights, net posts and shade coverage! SPAR and the CTA are working on these plans and will meet again in late July to hopefully finalize with a target start date of late summer to early fall with a 90-120 day turnaround, weather permitting!

The hard courts, fencing, curbs, lights, etc., reconstruction work cannot be completed with the current dollars left in the budget. The soft courts are the immediate prior, but work on the hard courts is also needed. We will have to access all possible funding sources to complete the hard court work. We are hopeful this can be done in 2019, but will need everyone’s efforts to accomplish this goal.

Now we need YOUR HELP!

The CTA has a Fall Tennis Tournament set for November 9th-11th and we would like to make this a fundraiser for Querbes Tennis Center renovation efforts. Additional funds may be needed to complete all we would like to do on the soft courts and all funds will have to be raised for the hard courts. The CTA has also applied for court a resurface grant for the soft courts and will apply again for the hard court reconstruction.

If you would like to donate please send a check or go to www.nwlacta website page and use pay pal. The CTA is a 501 (c) 3 and all donations are tax deductible! Please memo QUERBES RENOVATIONS.

If you would like to be on a committee and assist with the fundraiser in the fall and other work in 2019, please complete the jotform:

The CTA is very excited that this project is moving forward and are looking forward for Querbes Tennis Center to be restored and become a great tennis facility for all to enjoy once again!