2018 Spring Newsletter

ACTC 2018 Spring Newsletter

Welcome to our 2018 season. Our Opening Day celebration will be on Saturday, May 26th,  10:30 a.m. at the ACTC Clubhouse. Our tradition is to have a free “meet and greet” bar-b-cue coupled with social tennis and pickleball. The ACTC Board is hosting the event. Members, old and new will have an opportunity to connect with each other after another cold winter.

Registration opened on March 1, 2018 and our House League and Inter County schedules are getting organized.  For house league players, please register your membership early as the team rosters are capped once our maximum capacity has been reached. Below are updates that will be in place for our 2018 season.

Inter-County Program

We expect the same number of teams for our evening and day teams. Try-out dates & times for our evening teams will be emailed to you in the next few weeks. Day teams (women) and the 55 Plus mixed team will organize their own tryouts. Players not familiar with our try-out policy can review procedures on our website.  

House League Program

The Board is very pleased that our Convenor for our House League has agreed to fill this key volunteer role again this year. Also our Coordinators for our Monday and Wednesday house league programs are also returning to organize the teams and assist players throughout the season.

Please visit our House League website page to learn more about how our house league is organized, player responsibilities, role of the captain etc.

Team captains are needed for all teams. It is very important that at least one team member agrees to fill the captains role. Our house league program depends on having the captain’s role filled. The work is fun, simple and everyone benefits from your contribution.

Monday evening house league is appropriate for more experienced players. Wednesday is more appropriate for less skilled players. Both Monday and Wednesday house leagues are for social play and having a friendly fun experience.

If players are not sure of what level to play, you can contact the coordinators. The coordinator contact information will be sent out in a future email.

Pickleball Program 

Our program will continue with same schedule as last year. Monday 10:30 - 1 pm, Tuesday 1:00 - 3 pm and Friday 10:30 to 1:00 p.m.

The ACTC Pickleball program is self - run by members. That means that players can pull out the pickleball nets from the fence and put them away when there is no one left to play. Net setup only takes 5 minutes. We expect to have a court monitor during the months of July and August. That young person will set up the nets and equipment prior to the arrival of pickleball players.  

Players are encouraged to connect with others and arrange to meet up for pickleball on the posted schedules times. That way players can avoid disappointment if they arrive to play and no players are at the courts.

Our PATS (Performance-Assessment-Training-System) will be an option that all pickleball players can take advantage of. The PATS program will let you develop proper stroke techniques that will improve your game and skills. A SIMON pickleball machine will be set up on one court (during July and August). Four players at a time will use the SIMON machine and rotate through the PATS system. A more complete descriptions of PATS can be found on the PATS website

Website Developments 

The website has added a blog for our Tennis and Pickleball Programs. The theme of both blogs is “Play with Purpose”. Research on learning physical skills such as tennis and pickleball tell us that skill improvement comes with playing and practicing with purpose.

The PATS program provides a researched proven framework for developing 8 core pickleball strokes. Our Play with Purpose blogs will have great instruction articles and videos that will be of interest to those wishing to develop their skills.

An ACTC member, Andres Marco has an international reputation as a junior tennis coach and customizer/technician of tennis strings and racquets. We look forward to having Andres help our recreation players improve their ability to play tennis with purpose. Andres will be featured on our tennis blog along with other great resources and authors.

Looey Tremblay IPTPA (International Pickleball Teaching Professional Association) certified Rating Specialist. Looey has agreed to conduct instructor certification exams with pickleball players sponsored by the ACTC. Looey competes in provincial, national, and international tournaments in the Kitchener-Waterloo area and in Naples, Florida. Our website blog will include video posts from Looey.

Hi-Performance Junior Program

ACTC is fortunate to have Andres Marco oversee the ACTC Hi-Performance Junior Program. Many of Andres’s students have high Canadian ranking (see video on ACTC website). His full time students are registered junior members at the ACTC. If you have the opportunity to observe an Andres Marco instruction session you will learn many “play with purpose” tips that could improve your game.

Summer Student – Federal Grant

The ACTC Board has submitted a Service Canada, summer student grant application. We hope to be successful with our application. As in previous years, the grant comes in mid-June and we hire for July and August (8 weeks).

Club members look after courts and club house maintenance until the student starts. If necessary, the club hires a cleaner to come in a few times before the student begins his/her work. If we are successful with our application, a notice will go out to our membership advertising the position. We do hope we can find a suitable internal candidate, however the job is posted for students across the Region.  

Facility Improvements

We are pleased to inform you that ACTC will have 8 new LED lights on our courts this spring. Six of our new LED luminaires are installed at the Newmarket Bubble. We will remove these lights in the spring and install them at ACTC. We still need another 4 LED luminaires. We will continue looking for support from the Town and other sources to enable us to complete our retrofitting project.

Some of our members played a part in securing these LED luminaires. In 2016, a survey went out to our membership. We wanted to know how players felt about the night time lighting system and if they stopped playing tennis due to seeing and lighting issues. That input helped us develop a plan for purchasing our new LED lights.   

Board of Directors

We are pleased to have a returning slate of Directors for the 2018 season.

Brent MacKinnon - President

John Stephenson - Vice President & Play Director

Paul Jian - Tournament Director

Alla Marchenko - Social Director

Zoran Kulina - Secretary

If you are interested in joining the Board or any volunteer role with ACTC, please contact any of the ACTC Board members. 

Looking forward to seeing you at the courts.

Brent MacKinnon

President, ACTC Board of Directors


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