The Country Carnival is held in early January and all HTA players are invited to get a team together and enter. It is a relaxed competition where Country Associations field teams who come together to play against each other in either a Men’s Only Trad, Women’s Only Trad or Mixed Doubles Competition (as well as the Junior Boys and Girls Competitions).
Country Carnival runs from Sat 6th to Tues 9th January for teams, plus the option to nominate for the individual event on Wednesday 10th January (doubles and/or singles). This year the event will be held at Kensington Gardens Tennis Club, while the Tennis SA Centre is being redeveloped.
If you wish to enter a senior team, please email player names to Ian Barry at firstname.lastname@example.org NO LATER THAN Sunday 10th December.
Junior team nominations as per the previous post.
Basic fact sheet attached.
The 2018 Country Carnival will be held from Saturday 6th to Tuesday the 9th of January.
Due to the Redevelopment of Memorial Drive the event will be held at Kensington Gardens TC (cnr Parade/East Tce Kensington).
Juniors team event, age groups 10, 12, 14 and 16 and Under. This age is at the 31st January 2018.
There will be no trials this year.
Registrations are NOW OPEN.
Please register using the online form HERE.
The SAC hopes that you and your team have had a great start to the season. A couple of reminders regarding seniors results entry:
Firstly, we’d like to congratulate all of those people involved in scores entry on the wonderful job they have done to date – there have been very few issues and only a couple of reminders sent. Penalties will apply from next week onwards, so make sure your scores entry people are on the ball!
Match Result Deadline
All matches must be entered on the system (either via Match Centre or League Manager) by 6.00pm Sunday evening following the match. The first 4 weeks were an “easing in” period and from now on, clubs will be fined $20 per match not entered on the system by the deadline. It is vital that results reach the system in time – this allows The Courier Newspaper to access our results and also sets up the timeline for confirmation of results so that everything is finalised by the following week.
Player names entry
All player names must appear for each match. The only exception would be where a player/team forfeits one or more rubbers – the names of players for the club which is initiating the forfeit do not need to appear, but the names of those players RECEIVING the forfeit should still be entered into the system. As of next week a 2 point premiership deduction will occur for Senior matches where a player name has been left unspecified AND where the club has not contacted the SAC if they are experiencing issues with the system/entry. We are not keen to take premiership points away, but need clubs and results enterers to appreciate the importance of getting all player names entered into the system. If there are any issues in entering player names, please contact the SAC and we will assist.
Doubles – Div 2 (8 player teams)
The SAC would like to clarify the gender requirement for the 8 player teams in Div 2. There are 32 player positions in an 8 player doubles team (16 sets) At least 12 player positions throughout the day must be filled by male players and at least 12 player positions must be filled by female players. This equates to the minimum of 3 men and 3 women required, as per our rule changes this season. The remaining 8 player positions can be played by either gender.
Order of merit
Please keep an eye on player statistics – particularly your higher level female players. It may be appropriate to change your order of merit to reflect ability, rather than gender, if a female player has high stats and is playing below a male player with lowish stats.
Please keep sending the SAC your feedback – we love hearing about what’s working well and potential areas for improvement! Enjoy your 6 matches leading up to Christmas.
Jo Casey and the SAC
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All HTA Clubs should be affiliated with Tennis SA by 31st October each year. If you are a club official can you please check that you have completed the affiliation process for this season? This is important for player insurance purposes, to keep abreast of all tennis-related matters and to allow for Tennis SA backing if you are ever applying for grants or funding.
HTA Management Committee
Juniors and Traditional Senior Players – Just a reminder to make sure that your highest ranked player in the team’s order of merit MUST play in the top double. If that player (for whatever reason) does not play singles on the day, they must still play in the top double, as per Rule 10.2, because they are the strongest player in the team. If you don’t do this, the bottom double where that player played will be forfeited.
The summer season is about to start!
We currently have 3 divisions of women’s traditional teams ready to roll. We are looking for interested females (young or old!) to join together with others to form a Div 3 Women’s team to fill the BYE that currently exists in that division. We do have a number of interested players, but just need 1 or 2 more to make a viable team. If you are female and are interested in playing tennis at a lower level (no pressure!) – maybe to get back into it after a few years break, or maybe you know a junior player who would like to play seniors in the afternoon, please let Jo Casey know (details below).
Don’t want to play singles? That’s fine! We also have a club looking for doubles-only players (either men or women) to fill their team. This would be for the Division 2 Doubles competition (this is the lowest division) and again, there would be no great expectations of pressure – we just love having people on the court!
Please contact Jo Casey at the Senior Activities Committee via email – email@example.com or phone 0417 867 105.
The annual Littlehampton Junior ranking points tournament is being held from Monday 9th October to Friday 13th October at Anembo Park.
Registrations are now open and close at 11.59pm this Monday 25th September. It is a Gold level tournament and there will be 18’s and under, 16’s and under, 14’s and under, 12’s and under and 10’s and under in both boys and girls singles and doubles events.
This will be a great opportunity to get some competition practice in before our season starts.
To register go to Tennis Australia and search for tournaments or login with your tennis account and go to the tournaments tab.
Contact Sue Hutson 0421 705 302 or Ann Langman 0431 482 035 for further information.
Hi Presidents and Secretaries,
I am pleased to inform that I am your new Participation Leader and I will be your first point of call for any matter relating to our programs and services.
I would also like to take opportunity to inform that Tennis SA welcomes our latest staff member to the Participation Team, Matthew Fitzgerald, who will be leading the Participation Team as the Participation Manager. At the same time, the Participation Team has also done a review on the PLs’ regions and has re-allocated the respective PL’s regions.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me by phone 0466 572 424 or by email (eloh@Tennis.com.au), and I look forward to meeting you and your committee.
Thank you and have a great week ahead.
FYI, the Participation Team is:
· Matthew Fitzgerald (Participation Manager) – SDTA, GDTA and Fleurieu Peninsula Region
· Anne-Marie Handke – WDTA, NETA, Mid North, Barossa and Riverland Regions
· MT Smith – EDTA, Eyre Peninsula, Upper North and Yorke Peninsula Regions
· Egon Loh – Lawn Clubs and Tennis Seniors, Hills, Murraylands and South East Region
To all of the clubs and Associations I have had the pleasure of getting to know and work with since I started at Tennis SA, this is farewell. Staffing changes within Tennis SA has seen me moved to look after the Yorke Peninsula, Northern and West Coast region.
I have really enjoyed being a part of your tennis world and I thank you for the confidence you have shown in me as your Participation Leader.
Egon Loh will now be your go to man for all things tennis. As a work colleague Egon has been fantastic in helping me learn my role as he has a wealth of knowledge in the participation space, particularly inclusion and diversity. I’m sure you will find him very approachable and easy to work with.
Egon’s contact details are: firstname.lastname@example.org or 0466 572 424
I hope you all enjoy a successful coming summer season both on and off the court.
I’m sure I’ll continue to see many of you around the traps
Thank you for your Club’s ball order – your balls are now ready for collection.
The HTA has an agreement with Slazenger and we buy in bulk for the Association but we pass the balls on to your Club entirely at cost. The idea behind this is that all HTA Clubs benefit from the lowest bulk pricing possible for their balls. Thanks to Slazenger and to Bruce Tucker from Tucker Tennis (SA distributor).
This season we are trialing a new and hopefully more administratively efficient ball distribution process, as follows:
To collect your Club’s balls over the next 14 days or so, please:
EXTRA ‘TOP UP’ BALLS?
If your Club finds that it needs a few extra tins of additional balls throughout the season, please feel free to contact Tuckers directly to order and pay for any ‘top up’ orders you may require and these balls will be supplied at the same discount price as your primary order. For Clubs who may be GST registered, if you want a Tax Invoice, please obtain this from Bruce at the time of collection.
All the best for the coming season.
Hi players, parents and interested onlookers!
If you haven’t already got a login for Match Centre, now is the perfect time to do it! The Summer season begins in about a month, so get yourself signed up and ready to go.
Access to the website will give you all up-to-date match fixtures, venues, results, ladders and statistics.
Senior players especially will need a login this season as no printed programs or scoresheets will be provided by the HTA – all match information will be accessed via leagues.tennis.com.au.
If you’re a newbie to this, we’ve created a simple “How To” document to get you started.
Check it out and get yourself on the system!
RE: HTA Night Tennis Spring Team Nominations
Spring’s changeable weather is now upon us: and mid week night tennis isn’t far behind.
The Spring season of night tennis will again be run on Tuesday and Wednesday nights and we propose to kick off on Tuesday 3 October and Wednesday 4 October.
Nominations are to be emailed to email@example.com by Friday 15 September 2017.
Nominations are being called for Mixed teams of 2 men and 2 women, but as usual we are flexible on composition (especially during the season if players are unavailable and teams need to mix up the gender composition).
To assist programming and grading, teams are asked if they are prepared to play on the alternative night to their preferred night.
Information about 17/18 night tennis and a nomination form are attached. I will also get this up on HTA website.
If any teams or clubs have “spare” players or not enough players to make a full team, please let us know and we may be able form a composite team.
Best Regards, Rob
Hi all you Senior Players!
Did you know that team nominations for the HTA Senior Summer Saturday comps close this Sunday? Are you keen to play the Traditional or Doubles Only Comp? Have you let your club know of your intentions for this season?
Teams need to be entered by Senior Coordinators (ie not individual players) into League Manager by 5.00pm this Sunday. Please contact the Senior Activities Committee (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any queries.
Latest HTA MC Meeting Minutes are now available for viewing.
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The nomination process for Midweek Tennis for 2017/18 is:
Nominations must be received before Fri 30 Sep. Thank you.
Opinions on how we should go about meeting the needs of our doubles players are wide and varied! Discussions have shown that there is no one clear path that stands out as the best one to follow. It is for this reason that we have come up with a plan that we think is pretty cool! Here’s how it will work.
Division 1 doubles will remain unchanged – 8 player teams (4 men, 4 women), play 4 sets each during a Saturday afternoon.
For Division 2 Doubles (and lower), Clubs will be asked to nominate their teams in whatever format they like! Yes, that’s right. Senior coordinators will submit teams via a different online form, where they can nominate how many players they’d like in the team (4, 6, 8 or something else) AND whether they have any gender requirements or not. Some teams may prefer to have an equal spread of men and women, while others may prefer a gender neutral team which will allow any gender to play in any position, based on order of merit. This second option will allow clubs that have an abundance of one gender and a shortage of the other to field teams without the restriction of having to supply a certain number of men or women. Experience in other competitions and associations has shown that this works well.
What are your intentions for this season? Speak with your senior coordinator and get them to submit what YOU would like for your doubles team. A club may submit 2 or more teams using 2 or more different formats.
Once all nominations are received, the SAC will look at and assess them. The most commonly nominated format will be used to make up the competition for season 17/18. Those teams that don’t fit that make up will be contacted and given options that will still allow them to be part of the competition.
We are excited about this initiative, as it is putting the power to determine how the competition will look back in the hands of the clubs. If you’re keen to play doubles this season, speak with your Senior Coordinator soon about how this might look for you.
Senior Activities Committee
Please note that for efficiency reasons the HTA is trialing three important administrative changes this season.
As of 1 Sep The HTA is NOT renewing our PO Box. Please use electronic communications/email only with the HTA ie please don’t send anything to the old, closed, HTA PO Box.
Consequently, as of 1 Sep the HTA is also no longer excepting payments by post. Electronic payments only please. HTA Bank details are available from the HTA website InfoCentre . We appreciate that for various reasons not all Clubs may have implemented electronic banking yet but most Banks these days can offer you electronic banking products that will satisfy each of the foreseeable needs your Club may have in relation to electronic payments eg to enable your Club to still having ‘two people sign’ for the amount despite the transaction being electronic etc etc. Please check with your Bank or contact the HTA if we can assist.
Additionally, from 1 Sep, the HTA doesn’t intend to send any mail via the physical Australia Post postal system and whilst we will proactively attempt to seek out your correct email addresses, the responsibility for keeping your email details current in order to continue to receive HTA Communications from 1 Sep 2017 rests with each Club and with each Member and each individual. If you would like communication from the HTA in the future, please register your email address at any time via the HTA Website InfoCentre , if you are not already registered.
Please direct all future communication to the HTA via email eg email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org etc or committee positions or use the general contact form on the website Thank you.
The HTA sees these trial administrative changes as very positive because they will save the HTA and it’s Club extra money each year and more importantly create far less work for HTA committee members each season but if anyone is particularly disappointed or inconvenienced by any of these changes, please discuss your particular needs with the HTA and we will be happy to help resolve your particular issue together in a mutually satisfactory way. At the end of the season the HTA will review the trial overall and we welcome your feedback as always.
Many thanks to all.
PS Thanks again to outgoing caretaker treasurer Sue Hutson and a special welcome to Margaret Mosely (Hahndorf) who started as our new Treasurer this week at HTA. Welcome aboard.
This survey will be closing soon. Please CLICK HERE to have your say about the number of sets that will be played in an afternoon by Div 2 and below Senior Saturday doubles.
Senior Activities Committee
Thanks for making us feel welcome on Monday night, I enjoyed the trip out to Hahndorf!
I thought the session went well and I hope you did too. It was a great turn out by your clubs and seemed to be well received.
Attached is a copy of the Presentations
“Tennis Australia has a zero tolerance approach to any form of child abuse and is committed to ensuring the sport of tennis is a safe and friendly environment for children and young people. It is imperative that children and young people who access our activities, programs, events or services feel safe and supported.
As part of this commitment Tennis Australia and Tennis SA are providing child-safety workshops this week to educate clubs, coaches and associations on the new Safeguarding Children policies and resources.
While representation from a club is not mandatory at these sessions, Tennis SA will maintain a register of workshop participants as a record of which Clubs attended to listen to what is best practice in Safeguarding Children.
If you haven’t attended a child-safety workshop this week and would like to, please contact Darren Sahb (Tennis SA – Education Officer) to obtain a list of proposed dates in September.”
I have also attached the PowerPoint presentation from the Workshop as well as a very useful presentation I attended recently as part of Child Safe training through the Office of Recreation and Sport. .
Feel free to contact me to discuss this or any other matters in relation to tennis policies.
Good luck with the 2017/2018 season!
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This coming Season, Division 2 and below Doubles teams will have 4 players in them instead of the usual 8. The gender of those 4 players will not be defined – in other words, your team may be made up of 4 men OR 4 women OR any combination of either gender. What we need your input on, is how many sets you would like to play – either 3 or 4 during the afternoon. The sets rotations will be the same as for night tennis – 1&2 and 3&4 will play the first rotation. Then 1&3 and 2&4 will play a set. Then 1&4 and 2&3 will play together. If players are keen to play a fourth set, there will be a repeat of the 1&2 and 3&4 combination as the last set of the day.
If you are intending on playing doubles this season, and you are keen to play Division 2 or lower, please click here to go to a super-quick survey that will allow you to have your say on how things will be.
Senior Activities Committee
**Reminder** HTA Senior Junior Conference Tonight At The Old Mill Main St Hahndorf 7:15pm – two delegates from each Club please
Also, a special note of appreciation to Craig at The Old Mill who says “We do our best to support local community organisations”.
Craig has agreed to make available some of the Old Mill facilities and meeting rooms for our larger HTA events via a special arrangement, which provides all of us at the HTA with a great place to meet and and highly affordable too. Many thanks.
Accordingly, please consider the Old Mill for your next family outing or function and support the local businesses who are supporting the HTA!