As I am sure most of you have heard by now, USTA has given the go-ahead to resume USTA programming on June 15th. The authority to do so was passed to the USTA sections and the Southern Tennis Association passed the authority to the individual state associations. The executive committee of the Louisiana Tennis Association has given the authority to the local CTAs to begin USTA programming in Louisiana as of June 15th.
All state championships, southern section championships and national championships have been cancelled for the remainder of 2020. The State league council voted to be liberal with start dates with all leagues, as each local league will be voting to do what is best for their own community. These dates will be published soon.
Our Local League Council made a recommendation to the CTA board that for the 2020 year we complete the Adult Spring League, play Mixed Doubles and Combo in the fall. The CTA board voted on this recommendation at the last meeting and it was approved. The only league that will not be offered this year will be Tri-Level. This is due to the shorten time frame to complete the remainder of leagues and Tri-Level coincides with Adult and Mixed every year creating some scheduling conflicts with a shortened year.
Our Adult League committee will be meeting soon to discuss ways that we can recognize our local league winners, since no championship options will be offered this year!
A few key points to consider regarding USTA local league play and why it’s important to play and support:
- During the last few months the USTA, Southern USTA, LTA, and the local CTA gave significant dollars to our local pros and facilities to assist them during this time financially and to obtain the items, equipment, supplies necessary to reopen. Approximate $75,000.00just in our local community to date.
- USTA, Southern, LTA, CTA and local facilities are committed to resuming play in a safe and healthy manner for all players. A waiver will be required to play USTA league.
- League play is a vital income source for both the Shreveport and Bossier Public Facilities. They depend on these court fees to survive.
- League Play affords the USTA, Southern, LTA, and CTA financial support to promote tennis play and programs in our community for adults and juniors.
The local league coordinator, Tammie Harris, will be working with the teams and the pros very closely as we ease back into scheduling the remainder of the Adult league season. We will be looking at each league/level individually and may make recommendations to shorten the number of the remaining round robins currently scheduled to accommodate season end dates. Season dates will be posted very soon.
We are looking forward to seeing you on the courts again soon!
Northwest Louisiana Community Tennis Association Board
Tammie Harris, Local League Coordinator, Adult & Mixed
Rhonda Rubben, Local League Coordinator, Tri Level & Combo