2017 Spring Newsletter

Update to Spring Newsletter - March 30, 2017

A few items didn't make the first edition of our 2017 Spring Newsletter. Thanks to those members who let me know what needed adding or correcting. 

Ladies A Team Tryouts

The Ladies A team was not included in the first email. Here is their date and time for their team tryout. Sunday April 9th,10:00 a.m. to 12 noon at the MRTC. Each player is to contribute $10 to cover cost of the Certified Instructor assisting in the tryout.

ACTC Pickleball Schedule

The program times for pickleball is MondayTuesday andFriday from 10:30 to 1:00 p.m. In the Spring Update, it was9 - 12 noon. Further details about our 2017 pickleball program will be sent out in a few weeks.

Social tennis for ACTC members at the MRTC

A small correction in the time block for our social tennis afternoon. The event will run from 2 - 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 8th at the MRTC. Also to help defray costs for 3 hours of tennis on 3 courts each person is asked to contribute $10.Phil Huxley our past Board Treasurer will be on site to take payment.  

Please send a confirmation of attendance to Brent. This will help us plan for the social - tennis event. With 3 courts and 3 hours of play time, you will have plenty of time to play and socialize. 

All members are welcome to participate in this social event. There are 3 courts booked for 3 hours on Saturday, April 8, 2017. A past Board Director,  Phil Huxley will be on site and organizing the courts for play. 

Our Social Director Alla Marchenko will facilitate the table setup for the event. Members can bring the beverage of their choice (beer or wine is OK) and snack items for a shared pot luck table.  

Ladies Friendlies 

A group of advanced-intermediate women who want to play games without the pressure of teams and travelling. There is no commitment and the sign up is weekly. Three courts are used and we play 8:30-10am Friday mornings. If interested, contact Jane Salhani.

55 Plus Mixed Team

This is an over 55 years of age mixed team playing in the Inter - County Tennis Association. Tryouts for this team are on:

Saturday April 22nd from 11 pm to 1:00 pm. If it rains, the tryout will be on Saturday, April 29 from 11 pm to 1:00 pm.

Games are on Thursday morning and practice is every Fridayat 10 a.m. on 2 courts. A small fee covers the purchase of balls. The players take turns in organizing the post league snacks. Contact Ken Kondar if you would like to learn more about the team. 

Thats all for now ACTC'ers,

Brent MacKinnon

ACTC Board of Directors


The ACTC Board of Directors, welcomes you to the 2017 season. This is our 80th year of operation at the McMahon Park. We have a proud history of organizing affordable community tennis in Aurora. 

The ACTC programs began at the turn of the century at the Historic Hilary House then moved to space adjacent to Trinity Anglican Church. In 1937, we moved to historic McMahon Park. A thank you goes out to John Stephenson, VP of the Board for contributing his graphic art skills in the creation of our 80th anniversary banner. 

In this historic 80th year the Board of Directors will implement new programs and facility improvements. Some of our improvements will be highlighted in this Spring Update while others will have to wait until we learn the results of funding request to various government departments. 

Please review our 2016 Board of Directors year end update (governance & facility improvements) by clicking here.

Registration – Fee Increase of $10 for adult membership

The Board reviewed pricing for membership in community tennis clubs across York Region (see below). ACTC has the lowest membership fee. By increasing our adult membership by $10. 

We would still be the least expensive club as compared to our neighbors. And we would be working towards building a reserve fund for improving our lighting for the 100 members of the House Leagues and 50 members of the evening Inter- County Leagues. 

King City : adult $110 plus $20 House League = $130

Richmond Hill: adult $ 105 plus $20 House
League = $125

Newmarket : adult $120 plus $25 House League = $145

Aurora : adult $90 plus  $15 House League
= $105

Inter-County Teams and Tryouts

The evening Inter-County mixed teams will be 2 C teams playing on Thursday evening and 1 B team playing on Tuesday evenings. 

The daytime ladies teams will play on Wednesday and Thursday morning. There may be an adjustment to the Thursday schedule as it is unknown whether there will be enough players to field 2 B teams.

Inter-County Tryouts:

Our date for the 3 evening teams (2 C & 1 B team) is Saturday, April 29th and Sunday, April 30th at the MRTC in Aurora. 

The two C team tryouts will be from 1 – 3 pm and 3 to 5 pm on Saturday. 

The B team tryout is from 1 – 3 pm on Sunday, April 30th. All court fees will be paid by the ACTC. 

The Ladies daytime teams tryouts at MRTC, for the Wednesday B1 and Thursday B2 Ladies, is set for April 7th from 9-11 a.m. 

A fee of $10 a person will be collected to pay for the certified instructor assisting in team selection.

Please review the information below that explains our ACTC policy and process for team selection. 

Team Selection Policy – ACTC Board of Directors

ACTC sponsors teams in our Inter-County leagues. The ACTC Board policy is created with a goal of meeting 2 outcomes - fielding competitive teams and supporting equitable and fair opportunities for participation. 

The Inter-County leagues are meant to be a social league first and a competitive league second. With this in mind, the current ACTC Board created the following team selection system.

A selection committee is formed to evaluate and create a roster of players for each team. The Selection Committee is comprised of:

  1. Each captain from the previous year
  2. The ACTC Club Pro (or designated instructor/coach)
  3. A delegated ACTC Board member (Play Director) will oversee the Selection process and participates in the team selection decisions. When differences of opinion occur, he/she can mediate the situation. 

This is a 3 person selection process. The team roster is to be finalized using a consensus model with each person contributing from their perspective. Our selection system gives new members and developing players opportunities to advance in their competition levels and ensures that the social components (relationships, history etc.) of the selection criteria are considered.  

House League

Our house league program on Monday evening (higher level - social) and Wednesday evening (lower level-social) fill up very quickly. Volunteer Coordinators look after team formation and any issues that arise over the summer. 

The Coordinators will be looking for team captains to organize their respective teams and assign players to their court.  The success of community tennis depends on people stepping forward to help organize so please consider how you might help the club and the house league.

Pickleball at ACTC

Our pickleball program schedule is changing in 2017. The hot weather last year made playing in the afternoon virtually impossible. 

This year we will schedule pickleball on Monday, Tuesday and Friday morning from 9 a.m. to 12 noon

There will be a court monitor on site to ensure the nets are set up and assist pickleball players as needed. The ball curtain will be keep errant balls contained in respective courts. 

Weekly Program Schedule

Members interested in social play with friends should refer to our weekly calendar posted on our website. The calendar will be finalized closer to the start of the season in May. 

ACTC programs will be listed with assigned time slots. We are a small club with limited courts and time slots for social play so please refer to our website for information related to our court schedule.

High Level Junior Tennis Program

The Board is pleased to report that Andres Marco has being designated as an ACTC high performance coach and has given him court booking privileges during low usage times.

 Andres will instruct his junior players (full ACTC members) between 3 and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday on court # 3

Andres has an international reputation in the coaching field and his high level coaching program will increase our stature in the tennis community. 

Andres will also provide skill development services to our Inter-County players.  You can view a short video of Andres with a Adrian Smith, 12 years old junior ranked # 2 in Canada.

Celebrating an ACTC Champion

We are very pleased to report that an ACTC member Stella Iankov has won the Ontario University Championship as a member of Western University tennis team where she is a sophomore in Neuroscience. 

The Canadian University Championships will take part during Rogers Cup in August 2017. 

We extend our congratulations to Stella and her family. Many of you know Stella’s father Nik who is a very active member of ACTC.

Social tennis for ACTC members at the MRTC

To shake out the cobwebs and get us ready for the 2017 season the Board has booked the MRTC for a social afternoon of tennis. This event will run from 2:00 pm to 5:00 p.m

All members are welcome to participate in this social event. There are 3 courts booked for 2 hours on Saturday, April 8, 2017. A Board Director, Play Director John Stephenson will be on site and organizing the courts for play. 

Our Social Director Alla Marchenko will facilitate the table setup for the event. Members can bring the beverage of their choice (beer or wine is OK) and snack items for a shared pot luck table.   

Bookkeeper Hired - for professional accountability

Over the past several years the Board has applied for a variety of funds from government and foundations. We have succeeded in many of these applications and continue to seek funds to build a strong community club. 

To ensure we have professional quality financial reports that accompany our funding proposals, the Board has hired a Bookkeeper to look after our accounting needs.

Court Bubbling Conditions

Our courts were resurfaced last year. We hoped that the resurfacing would decrease the numerous bubbles that form on the courts however we soon learned that bubbles have returned. 

To counter the bubbling problem the Board will implement a plan to glue the bubbles back into the sub-levels of the court surface. This will be labour intensive work. The gluing process appears to be the best option to correct this problem. We may form a team of people to take on this task. Please stay tuned for updates. 

Straightlines Closes its Doors

We are saddened to learn that Straightlines in Aurora has closed. Charlie Glavinic, owner of Straightlines is a stalwart and dedicated member of ACTC. He has served the tennis community across York Region for many years. 

On behalf of the Board of Directors we wish Charlie all the best in his future endeavours. We hope to see Charlie more on the ACTC courts this summer and many more summers to come. 

On behalf of the ACTC Board of Directors, I thank you for your support of community tennis in Aurora.

Brent  MacKinnon

President - Board of Directors

Tennis and/or Pickleball - a game for life 

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