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TOURNAMENTS

June 1, 2022

Most of our organized activities are in now in full flight and it's time to start planning for Tournaments. This year we are changing the format of the tournaments to provide a more flexible schedule. Each of them will be played over a 2-week span in which participants will schedule their own matches for the first few rounds, with each round having to be completed in a specific amount of time. Semi-final matches will be scheduled on Saturday at 2 PM and finals on Sunday at 2 PM of the 2-week period (weather permitting).

The dates for the tournaments are as follows:

  • Singles (both Men’s and Ladies’): June 10-26; Semis and Finals: June 25 & 26 (Sat & Sun)
  • Doubles (both Men’s and Ladies’): July 8–23; Semis and Finals: July 22 & 23 (Sat & Sun)
  • Mixed doubles: July 29–August 13; Semis and Finals: August 12 & 13 (Sat & Sun)

Registration links will be sent one week in advance of each tournament. Before you sign up, please ensure that you will be available for most days during the 2-week period and will definitely be available for the semis and finals. We hope that this flexible schedule will make it easier for more members to participate.

Watch out for the registration email for the men’s and ladies’ singles tournaments coming up soon. There is no cost to register as due to the flexible schedule, participants will provide their own balls. Entries will be capped at 32 for singles and 16 for doubles so don’t wait to sign up to secure your spot.

Regards,  

David Garcia
President Richmond Hill Lawn Tennis Club



GAME ON!

May 7, 2022

It has been a hectic couple of weeks getting the club ready, finalizing registrations, and organizing teams. Thank you very much to all of you who came out to help bring up the windscreens and to all volunteers who manage teams or assist organizing activities. It is because of you that the club works as well as it does.

Now it’s time to start enjoying tennis outdoors. Please read this email carefully as it provides context on how the club operates and has a few reminders for those of you participating in organized activities or booking courts.

House League

The House League will start this coming week. Our theme this year is Formula 1. Due to the high number of registrations, we have decided to increase the size of the league this year and run it with 8 teams. This means that we cannot fit all matches on Wednesday evenings, and we have created a fourth shift on Mondays. All teams will rotate through the four shifts creating the opportunity for members to play more regularly.

The teams were finalized last night and captains are reaching out to all players during the weekend to welcome them and request availability for the season. Please respond promptly to their request as it is crucial for them to prepare the lineup every week. Not every player can play every week, but captains will ensure players have a chance to play regularly based on the stated availability.

Intercounty

Intercounty teams are now set with the season kicking off this coming week as well. Matches are played throughout the week based on the league each team plays in and evening mixed teams have practice on Sundays. We encourage players to participate in practice sessions whenever possible to help captains put together the best possible lineups.

Monday Socials

We kicked off Monday Socials this past week with a new format. Remember that in order to participate you must sign up ahead of time. There are 48 spots every Monday evening to give everyone the chance to play at least two 30-minute round robin matches. Sign up forms will be made available in the socials page in our website every Monday night once the previous event is over. If the event is full, you can add your name to the waitlist and you will be notified if others ahead of you cancel and you move up to the top 48.

Looking for Hit Board

This year we are introducing a new feature to help new members find other players at your level. Additionally to the find a player  feature on the members-only section of our site, we have created the looking for a hit board to actively announce your availability to play. Please follow the instructions on the page and use it respectfully. We will monitor it and decide whether it is working for you or not during the season.

Court booking

With all organized activities coming back this summer the number of courts available for booking will be reduced compared to last summer or the month of April. It is imperative that we all respect the booking rules if we want to enjoy a well-functioning club. To build in a bit more flexibility, we have added the ability to book a one-hour singles court on weekday evenings. We have also removed the restriction of only booking for one hour at 6 pm on weekdays. Doubles or singles may now be booked at this time if courts are open.

Please remember that any court that you are not going to use MUST be cancelled and this can be done up to one hour before play. This is not necessary if the courts are wet, and you can check court conditions by looking at the cameras, which can be accessed by members only from the main page of our website after you sign in. If the players change on a booked court, you need to cancel the court and rebook it with all of the correct players. The penalty for booking a court and not being present to use it, is a one-week suspension of booking privileges. This will be enforced when the monitor sees that you are not present for a booked court or when other members notify us. More importantly, we are just asking all of you to be fair to each other and to cancel any courts that you don’t intend on using, so others can book them.

That is all for now. If you ever want to go back to reading this email or any of the previous ones you may have missed, you can find them linked on our welcome page under 2022 Club Updates on our site.

Regards,  

David Garcia
President Richmond Hill Lawn Tennis Club


SOCIAL NIGHTS ARE BACK ON MONDAYS

April 28, 2022

Social nights are back this year, and we are introducing some changes to enhance your experience. Before getting to it, a reminder that we are bringing the windscreens up this Saturday April 30th at 10.30 AM and we need a few more volunteers. It doesn’t matter the age or gender, everyone can help. Please reply to this email if you can assist. We will have a can of balls as token of appreciation for those of you who help us through the process. Thank you very much to those of you who have already responded.

Social Nights

The club offers an enjoyable social tennis evening every Monday night between 7 and 9 pm. If you sign up in one of the 48 available spots, you are guaranteed to play two half hour matches with social breaks in between. You may play more on evenings when less than 48 members attend.

Matches are set up by our monitors with the goal of trying to put players of similar ability together, but also to vary opponents and partners so that you are all able to meet and play with many members. It is strictly friendly tennis. Scores are kept while playing but are not recorded. You need to be able to rally the ball with a little bit of consistency before attending. If you are a true beginner, you should sign up for group or private lessons before attending social night.

Once the 48 spots have filled up, players will go onto a waitlist. Members may cancel up to 24 hours before. When a cancellation occurs, players on the waitlist will automatically move up to a spot. Any player who does not cancel one day ahead and fails to attend, will incur a two-week penalty and will not be able to attend social night for the following two weeks. We want to ensure that you intend to play if you sign up and do not take a spot away from a player that would have attended.

Sign up sheets will be opened every Monday evening for the following social night. Please indicate your accurate rating level and do not overestimate your skill level. You can figure out your rating by reading the NTRP chart. This helps us to put you with players of a similar level and makes it more enjoyable for all.

Visit our Socials webpage anytime to sign up for future events.

Regards,  

David Garcia
President Richmond Hill Lawn Tennis Club


SCREENS, HOUSE LEAGUE TRYOUTS AND MORE 

April 25, 2022

It has not been a great April for outdoor tennis but hopefully all this rain now means less puddles the rest of the season. We are gearing up to start organized activities next week and it is time to get ready. Please read carefully as this message may require action on your part.

Screens

On Saturday April 30th at 10.30 AM we will install the windscreens to protect the courts on windy days and we need your assistance to do it quickly. The courts will be closed for booking and will be reopen as soon as we are done. The more people that help, the quicker the courts can be re-opened. We will organize volunteers to ensure we work safely. If you are able to assist, please let us know. We need to ensure we have enough volunteers and then we will confirm with you and provide further instructions. If you are new to the club, this is a great opportunity to come, lend a hand, and meet some members and ask any questions you may have.

House League Tryouts

The House League is back this year in its traditional format, with teams, matches, scores, and standings. We have a number of members signed up for House League who are new to the club since 2020 and we don’t have an objective evaluation of their playing level. For that reason, we will be carrying out an assessment session on Friday April 29th, from 7 to 9 PM at the club (make-up date Tuesday May 3rd (7-9 PM) in case of rain, or if you can’t attend on Friday due to conflict or religious reasons). If you want to play House League and were not part of our club prior to 2020, please sign up here.

Social Nights

Social Nights on Mondays are back as well this year starting Monday May 2nd. It is a great opportunity to meet other members and play some casual tennis. Stay tuned for an upcoming communication specific to it.

Court Booking

Many of you are already booking courts. A couple of reminders on the topic:

  1. Those of you who had access to the booking system from last year will be reactivated upon renewal. Those of you who are new will receive access after registration is complete. In both cases, please allow 24 to 48 hours from the time of payment for us to finalize the set up.
  2. With all our programs coming back this year, the number of available booking timeslots is reduced. Please review the court booking rules on our website to ensure we continue to use the system properly and optimize the experience for all.

Don’t forget to renew your membership if you have not done so yet.

That’s all for now. More updates to come shortly. In the meantime, don’t forget to reply if you can help with the screens on Saturday.

Regards,  

David Garcia
President Richmond Hill Lawn Tennis Club


NETS UP, INTERCOUNTY TRYOUTS AND MORE 

April 3, 2022

The groundhog forecasted we would not have early spring this year and it was right. However, we are starting to see some glimpses of good weather and that means that outdoor tennis is around the corner. Yesterday brought up the nets, which means that those who have renewed their membership can start booking courts right away. Thank you to Ron for organizing it, and to Jennifer, Sidd, and Greg for lending a hand. We will need a few more to set up the windscreens in a couple of weeks. Stay tuned for that.

Court Booking

A couple of items to note regarding court booking and play in the next couple of weeks:

  1. Even though we have received access to the courts, the City has not completed the de-winterization maintenance yet. We have removed leaves from the playing surface, but it won’t be fully clean until the City does its spring cleanup and court power washing.
  2. At this point only the main gate is open. The City will remove of the locks in the next few days. We have also requested the lights to be connected early in the week, as they are still turned off.
  3. The clubhouse will remain closed until we start organized activities in May. If you need access to washrooms, the closest at this point are in the Centennial Pool building within the Crosby Park. The washrooms at the back of the clubhouse will be open when the City completes their de-winterization procedures.
  4. Those of you who had access to the booking system from last year will be reactivated upon renewal. Those of you who are new will receive access after registration is complete. In both cases, please allow 24 to 48 hours from the time of payment for us to finalize the set up.
  5. In the meantime, please review the court booking rules on our website to ensure we continue to use the system properly and optimize the experience for all.

Evening Mixed Teams Intercounty Tryouts

This year RHLTC will have 6 teams for Evenings Mixed Intercounty Leagues: 2 in A (Thursday evenings), 2 in B (Tuesday evenings) and 2 in C (Thursday evenings). We have scheduled tryouts for these teams this coming Saturday, April 9th, from 3 to 6 PM. All interested in playing need to sign up, though not everyone will need to attend tryouts. Captains will contact you if you need to attend.

Please sign up for the tryouts before end of day Thursday April 7th. Those of you who sign up will receive a communication with instruction and more precise timing based on your selection.

Reminder on Daytime Leagues

In case you missed last week’s email, the interest form for Daytime Leagues (Ladies and Over 55 mixed teams) remains open. Don’t forget to register your name to ensure we get the teams organized.

More to come

Don’t forget to renew your membership if you have not done so yet. It is important that we know who will be playing this summer to properly size activities and teams.

The House League will return to its traditional format this summer and it will played solely on Wednesday evenings. We will organize tryouts at the end of April to assess all of you who are new to the club or want to get reranked. Don’t wait to sign up.

Remember that lessons will start on May 1st and there are a few spots still available.

That’s all for now. We will keep you posted on next steps.

Enjoy playing outdoors but do it safely!

Regards,  

David Garcia
President Richmond Hill Lawn Tennis Club


WELCOME TO THE 2022 SEASON AT RHLTC

February 26. 2022

We are still in the thick of winter, but it is time to start thinking about outdoor tennis. COVID-19 is not yet fully gone, but I believe the worst is behind us and we are planning to run a normal season after two years of limitations. Count on having Social Nights, House League, Intercounty and Tournaments to complement lessons and casual tennis.

We are working with the City of Richmond Hill on the potential of having our courts resurfaced towards the end of the summer. We don’t have a clear timeline yet, but we will do our best to minimize the impact on our programs and playing time overall, while ensuring the project is successfully carried out.

For us to start planning the season, we are opening registration now with our fees remaining at the same level as in previous years, with an early bird discount if you complete your registration before Opening Day (April 30th).

Adult Membership - $105 ($95 early bird rate – before April 30th)

Family Membership - $250 ($230 early bird rate – before April 30th)

Junior Membership - $35 

Take advantage of the early bird fees and register now!    

For those interested in playing in the House League there is an additional charge of $20. Please ensure you select the option to join the House League if you want to play. We will cap the league at 120 players on first come, first serve basis. For Intercounty players, fees will be collected once the rosters are confirmed. Stay tuned for updates on tryouts both for Intercounty and House League as we need to recalibrate levels.

We continue to offer lessons for kids and adults under the supervision of our Pro Adam Johnston. Registration for spring and summer lessons is already open through our website [LINK]. Sign up before it is too late.

Although the season starts officially on April 30th, we will endeavour to have the nets up as soon as the weather allows after April 1st and court booking will be available immediately. We will also try to bring the windscreens up as early as possible so that we can enjoy the better conditions they provide. Stay tuned for our call to assist with the installation.

Looking forward to seeing you on the courts very soon!

Regards,  
David Garcia
President Richmond Hill Lawn Tennis Club

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Email: lessons@rhltc.ca

Telephone: (905) 499-3860

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Address:
161 Newkirk Road,
Richmond Hill, ON
(We're located at Crosby Park)

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