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  • 24 Sep 2021 9:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As the 2021 tennis season starts to wind down, we have a few important updates to share with the ACTC membership.


    ACTC Wins Gold in Mixed C & Silver in Ladies B at the ICTA Finalist at Aviva Centre


    Congratulations to our Mixed C and Ladies B teams for an incredible competitive season. It is extraordinary that with only two inter county teams BOTH teams made it to the ICTA finals!

    Congratulations to all team members and special thanks  to our team captains (Mixed C Brian Courville & Mariana Sierra and Ladies B  Nancy Beaty & Cindi Stewart) for all the time and effort they put into organizing teams, managing lineups, coordinating logistics with opposing clubs and more!

    Thanks also to our Club Pro, Jordan Master for his assistance with team tryouts, practices, game lineups and support!



    Mixed C Champions



    Ladies B Finalists 

    (More photos from the ICTA finals day available at https://www.auroratennis.ca/resources/Pictures/2021_Intercounty_finals/All.pdf)



    Club Finals This Weekend - Saturday September 25, 2021

    (Rain Date Sunday, Sept. 26)


    After almost a month of intense competition, our club Finals Day schedule is now set! Grab a chair, your hat and some sunscreen and get ready for the ACTC Grand Slam!

    Here is the lineup of matches (games will be played on Court 1 and 3) but may be subject to change based on final results of semi-finals.

    10:00 am - Ladies Doubles

    11:00 am - Ladies & Men’s Singles

    12:00 pm - Men’s Doubles

    1:00 pm -  Mixed Doubles

    We are planning to serve pizza, snacks and drinks (water, etc.).

    If you are planning to attend please register https://www.auroratennis.ca/event-4502560 so that we know how many to expect and for contact tracing purposes.

    AGM - October 20, 2021

    Nominations now open!

    ACTC is a volunteer-run organization and each year at the AGM we elect the Board for the following season (2022). As a reminder, the 2021 ACTC Board is:

    President - vacant

    Vice President - Brian Courville

    Treasurer - Ana Maria Morosanu

    Secretary - David Veitch

    Member at Large - Jennifer Bentley

    Member at Large - Agata Crook

    Member at Large - George Milhaiescu

    If you are interested in running for any of these positions please send your nomination to kevinjgage91@hotmail.com on or before October 10, 2021 and include the following:

    • Your Name

    • Board position you would like to run for

    • Brief paragraph about you to share with the membership 

    One week prior to the AGM we will circulate the list of candidates, Minutes from last year’s AGM and a financial report for 2021. The meeting will take place at the ACTC Club House at 7:00 pm. 

    If you plan to attend the AGM please register here so that we can plan accordingly and facilitate contact tracing.


  • 06 Jul 2021 1:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Now that it is July and we have moved to Stage 2, programs at ACTC will be kicking into high gear. Here is a snapshot of what’s planned.


    1. Summer Court Monitors - please join us in welcoming Melissa Yee and Stefan Comanicou! They will be your primary point of contact when at the club and will be at the club throughout July and August. Be sure to stop by and say hello to them the next time you are there. 

    2. Summer Camps begin today. Camps will run Monday to Friday from 1-4 pm on all three courts through July and August. There are still some weeks with availability, so if you are thinking of signing up contact jordanmaster@hotmail.com as soon as possible.

    3. Friday night social tennis - will begin this coming Friday, July 9 and will run from 7-9 pm every Friday. There is no cost to play but registration will be required. Please register by Thursday 5pm before the day of the game. Players with a level 3 or up are welcome to participate. To learn more about the format and to register go to https://www.auroratennis.ca/calendar or contact Agata Crook at crookagata@gmail.com.

    4. Intercounty competitive teams - will be starting up the week of July 12. Good luck to all of our teams!

    5. Summer Tournaments - we are planning a “Wimbledon” doubles tournament the weekend of July 17. Registration will be open until July 15. For more details and to register go to 
    6. Shoe Tags - if you have not had a chance to pick up your shoe tag stop by the club when our monitors are there and they will be happy to assist you.

    7. Club House and Court Makeover - a number of volunteers have been hard at work to get the Club summer-ready. Once final renovations are complete we will be opening the clubhouse in accordance with health and safety guidelines. A few of the improvements include:

    • new flowers on courts and around the club house

    • a new leaf blower to keep courts clean

    • new squeegees to keep courts dry

    • a new fridge in the clubhouse

    • extensive wall repairs and patching and a full repainting

    We hope you are enjoying the tennis season and look forward to seeing you at the club.


  • 09 Jun 2021 5:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    C Team Tryout Thursday June 10 

    If you are interested in playing in a competitive league but couldn't make last week's C Team tryout it's not too late! Come tomorrow night (Thursday, June 10) at 7pm.  For more information please contact B. Courville at bcourville221@gmail.com.

    ACTC Courts closed Saturday June 12

    The courts will be closed from 9am to 4pm this coming Saturday for a special event hosted by the Town of Aurora and Sport Aurora. For more information click here.

  • 04 Jun 2021 1:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Access to booking system: By now, everyone should have received their login details for the court booking system. If you have not please send an email to board.actc@gmail.com and we can investigate.

    Updated FAQ for Court Bookings: We have made some updates to the Online Booking System FAQ. Please be sure to review it and if you have any questions send them to board.actc@gmail.com

    House League starting next Monday, June 7. Keep an eye out for more details coming from our House League organizers.

    Shoe Tag pick up times this weekend

    - Saturday, June 5 9:30 - 10:00 am

    - Sunday June 6 11:30-12:00 pm


  • 27 May 2021 3:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thanks to everyone that came up to pick up their shoe tags last weekend. If you have not done so we will be onsite again Thursday, May 27 from 5-7pm and Saturday 11-1pm (weather permitting).

    Here are some other important updates as we move into June:

    • Online Booking System Coming Soon - We are just finalizing a few elements of the system and hope to send out login details very soon! In the interim, please continue to reserve courts by hanging racquets.
    • House League - Monday night House League is now FULL! If you have not signed up for the season or did not indicate interest in playing in the House League but would like to please contact Kevin Gage at kevinjgage91@hotmail.com and he will be happy to help you. To learn more about our House League visit the House League Page.  
    • Intercounty Teams - tryouts will be starting next week. We will have four teams this year - Ladies B, Over 55 and 2 Mixed C Teams. Here are next week's tryout days/times. Please contact team leads if you are interested. 
    • Shoe Tags - Shoe tags are mandatory and must be worn on your shoe. If you can't make it this weekend email board.actc@gmail.com and we can set up a time that works for you.
    • Sport Aurora Day -  June 12,  the club will be closed from 9am - 4pm for a special event hosted by the Town of Aurora.


  • 21 May 2021 8:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are excited to announce that ACTC will open for the season tomorrow morning, May 22, 2021. Based on current information both singles and doubles are allowed!

    Here are some important details to note before you come to the courts:

    • Club Hours will apply starting tomorrow morning! If you have not joined for the 2021 season you will need to do so to access the courts during club hoursNote: for this weekend and next week you will need to hang your racquet to reserve a court but online booking system will be in effect starting next Saturday.
    • Shoe Tags Will be Mandatory - pick up your shoe tags this weekend! We will have a club member at the courts tomorrow, Sunday and Monday to distribute shoe tags from 11am - 1pm (weather permitting).
    • Covid restrictions are in place. Please bring hand sanitizer and wear a mask if you can not maintain social distancing requirements.
    • No access to Club House. At this time there is no access to the club house including washrooms so please plan accordingly before coming to the courts.
    • Online booking system going live next week. 2021 members will receive their login details for our new booking system early next week from Gigasports - make sure you open the email and set up your account. Courts must be booked online effective next Saturday.


  • 10 May 2021 5:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    While we wait to hear when courts will be able to reopen, the Board is hard at work ensuring we will be ready to welcome our members back when they do.

    As preparations continue, there are a few important updates that we'd like to share with you.

    1. We will be extending early bird pricing until our official Opening Day (currently scheduled for May 15 but will likely be delayed at least a few weeks). 

    2. Our Online Booking System will launch when courts reopen. Once it goes live only active 2021 members will be able to book courts during club hours. To learn more read our Online Booking System FAQ document.

    3. We are very excited that we have received grants to hire two summer students who will act as court monitors and facilities coordinators. Interested applicants can learn more by visiting the job posting hereInterested applicants should submit their resume and cover letter to David Veitch via email celtworks@gmail.com  by May 28, 2021.

    We look forward to seeing everyone on the courts very soon! 

  • 20 Apr 2021 7:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Early Bird Pricing Extended to May 15, 2021!

    Due to the current Ontario lockdown we are extending current membership rates until May 15, 2021. After May 15, there will be a modest price increase to help cover additional costs the club must cover this year due to COVID. For full details on membership levels and fees visit Fees & Registration 

    Online Tennis Petition

    The Ontario Tennis Association (OTA) is endorsing a petition that is requesting the province of Ontario reverse its decision to close tennis facilities. Your ACTC Board is also in support of this petition.

    Please see the letter below from the President of the OTA, and if you agree, please add your voice by clicking here to access and sign the petition.



  • 31 Mar 2021 2:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Registration Now Open - Early Bird Pricing Until May 1, 2021!

    We are excited to announce that registration is now open for the 2021 summer tennis season and early bird pricing will be in effect until May 1, 2021.  Click here to get started. 

    After May 1, there will be a modest price increase to help cover additional costs the club must cover this year due to COVID. For full details on membership levels and fees visit Fees & Registration

    Online Court Booking System Coming Soon!

    This year we are introducing an online booking system to make it easier and more equitable for all members to book and enjoy our courts during club hours. We hope to have the new system up and running mid-April.  View our FAQ document for more information.

    Take Advantage of our Social & Competitive Teams

    House League - Be sure to sign up for our house leagues during registration. To learn more visit House Leagues.

    Intercounty - We are also in the early stages of planning our Intercounty teams so if you are interested in playing on our Ladies B team, Mixed C or Over 55 Mixed please visit our Intercounty page.

    Summer Camp Registration & Lessons

    Finally, if you are thinking about lessons or summer camps check out our Lessons page and download the camp registration form. Camps will be running in July and August. If you'd like more information or want to book a lesson reach out to our club pro Jordan Master for available lesson times jordanmaster@hotmail.com.

    We are excited for the season ahead and look forward to seeing you on the courts!

    Note: we are working closely with the Town of Aurora and the OTA to ensure all public health guidelines are met. Rules and capacity may change so be sure to check the website for updates. Also, as part of registration and court bookings, all members will be required to complete a COVID waiver.


  • 07 Mar 2021 12:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Welcome to March! I wanted to let everyone know that we are working hard behind the scenes to make ACTC a great community tennis club this summer. We are also planning to offer private, semi and mini group lessons similar to last year. We also have a number of monthly and social events planned including: 

    • Our can't miss grand opening in May
    • Parent Child tournament in June
    • Pro AM event in July
    • Wimbledon Doubles Event in August, 
    • Club championships in September
    • Fun Halloween tournament in October, at which we hope to see some great costumes! 
    • House leagues twice a week, Intercounty, group clinics and Friday night socials
    • After school and weekend lessons for everyone

    You can view the full calendar on our calendar page.

    We are also very excited to launch our summer camps! This season we will run half-day camps from 1-4 pm, with option of before care and after care.  You can download the registration form here. If you have questions about the camps or small group/private lessons, please email me at jordanmaster@hotmail.com and be sure to visit the ACTC website frequently where we will be posting updates on a regular basis.

    I look forward to seeing everyone outside soon and keeping active on the tennis court!

    Regards, 

    Jordan Master 


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May 17, 2020

Hello ACTC Members,

We hope everyone is healthy and doing as well as possible in a very challenging time.  We were as pleasantly surprised as all of you to learn on Thursday that tennis is part of Ontario's first stage of reopening.  We have confirmed with the Town of Aurora that the courts will be open for play on Tuesday, May 19, either in the morning, or in the afternoon, depending on which courts are unlocked first around Aurora.

Tennis Safety Guidelines

Tennis Canada has issued guidelines to support the safe and progressive return to playing tennis, which can be found at their website: https://www.tenniscanada.com/tennis-canada-is-committed-to-support-a-progressive-return-to-playing-tennis/.  The Town has advised us that these guidelines are being implemented for all tennis courts in Aurora, as follows:

1. The courts will initially be open for SINGLES play only.  Doubles pairs will only be allowed when both players
    live in the same home.

2. The clubhouse will remain CLOSED for the time being, and will therefore not yet be available for bathroom
    use, refilling water bottles, or hand washing.  Everyone is encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer.

3. Players on each court are asked to use two cans of balls with different numbers or markings so that each
    player (or side) can use their own can of balls when it is their turn to serve.

4. Players are asked, as much as possible, to not handle balls when returning them to the player who is serving.
    Use your racquet and/or feet to send balls to the player who is serving.

There are quite a few other recommendations in the Tennis Canada documents, and we encourage everyone to read the complete text.  A copy of these guidelines will be posted at the courts.

Safety First

We understand how popular doubles play is, and that it will be disappointing to be limited to singles play.  We are very hopeful that this will be an initial limitation that can be revisited soon, but we are not sure yet when that will be.  The best way to think of it is that maintaining everyone's safety and good health is the first priority in this early phase of returning to play.  We should also keep in mind that there are many activities that have not restarted yet, and that we are fortunate that tennis is one of the first to be restarted.

ACTC Programs

The first thing to note is that we are not able to start our Monday and Wednesday house leagues right away.  Rather than try to completely change the format of house league, we will remain active in communication with the Town and other local tennis clubs regarding our ability to play regular doubles, and we will be ready to organize both house leagues as soon as it is safe to do so.

Regarding Inter County tennis, we have not yet had an update from the ICTA.  We will let everyone know once there has been some communication about the possibility of an Inter County season.

As you would expect, we are not able to hold events at the courts at this time.  As a result, the Opening Day scheduled for Sat May 23 is postponed.

ACTC's new pro, Jordan Master is able to begin offering one-on-one private lessons at ACTC.  Feel free to contact Jordan directly at jordanmaster@hotmail.com and (416) 802-2268 for more information.  A schedule of the times when Jordan will be offering lessons will be posted in the near future.

Registration Reopened

We are pleased to note that on-line registration is now available again at our website (auroratennis.ca), where a manual registration form is also available.  If you are interested in house league, feel free to be optimistic and include the extra $15 fee in your registration, as usual.  If you would prefer to wait to register for house league, that is fine as well.  If we do not end up having a house league season, any $15 house league fees paid will be refunded.

You will notice during registration that the annual fee for 2020 has not been adjusted or prorated.  To be up and running in mid-May means we have not really missed too much playing time, especially given the unusually cold weather in the first half of May.  Our ability to offer programming is of course constrained initially, but we are hopeful that will evolve in good time.

New Waiver Form

ACTC has always had a short, generic waiver form that members agreed to by default as part of their registration.  This year, the risks related to outdoor activities are higher, and as a result, we have an updated and more comprehensive waiver form.  We also want to be more thorough this year in collecting signed waiver forms from each member.

After you register, the new waiver form will be e-mailed to you.  If you have registered with a Junior, there will be a second form tailored to juniors as well.  We will ask that you sign the waiver(s) and return them to us, either by scan and e-mail (if possible), or by regular mail.  Having a signed waiver form from each member will be a prerequisite to playing at ACTC this year.  Thanks for your cooperation in this regard,

Reminder to be fair with Timely Court Changes

We should also note that the Town will be posting new signs in the near future regarding revised public hours and ACTC's club hours and court change routine.  As we get back on the courts, they might be quite busy, and we ask that everyone remember that the standard playing time is one hour, with court changes made on the hour.  We also ask everyone to keep a safe distance when waiting for playing time, and during court changes (remembering that there are gates at both Court 1 and Court 3).  It is best for players who are finished to leave the courts first, before the next players move onto the courts to begin play.

Above all, we are looking forward to seeing everyone at the courts, in a socially distant manner, of course.

Best regards,
Kevin Gage
on behalf of the Board

News & Announcements

March 28, 2020

Hello ACTC Members,

Despite the uncertainty about the start of our tennis season, we need to plan for ACTC's intercounty teams for 2020.  Just before recreation activities were closed, time was reserved at MRTC on Sat April 18 for tryouts for the Ladies B, 55+ and Mixed C teams, with a tryout for Ladies A to follow.  We will send out a more detailed e-mail about tryouts once it is clearer when tennis can start.

In the meantime, it would be helpful for each team to know how many players are interested in trying out.  This is primarily true of Mixed C.  ACTC is allowed to have two Mixed C teams this year, and so we need to know if there is enough interest to support two competitive teams.  We also need to know if we have captains and co-captains for both teams.  Liz Galluzzo and Linda Graber will co-captain one team, and Phil Huxley is taking a very well-deserved break from this role.

If you are interested in trying out for one or more intercounty teams this year, please respond to the appropriate team captain(s) below:

Ladies A - Joanna Stricker (joannastricker@sympatico.ca)
Ladies B - Nancy Beatty (nancybty@gmail.com)
             - Cindi Stewart (cindi.stewart@hotmail.com)
Mixed C - Liz Galluzzo (galluzzo2914@gmail.com)
55+ - David Veitch (celtworks@gmail.com)

It would be very helpful if everyone who is interested could reply sometime this weekend (March 28-29), especially for Mixed C players and hopefully a second Mixed C captain.

Thanks very much

____________________________________

March 26, 2020

Hello ACTC Members,

Consistent with the current closure of all recreation facilities in Aurora, the Town has confirmed that tennis courts are part of that closure.  Given these uncertain circumstances, registration with ACTC will be postponed until further notice.  We will contact members individually who have already registered for 2020.

We are of course hopeful that Covid-19 will be stopped soon and recreation activities can return to normal.  We will send a separate e-mail regarding our 2020 intercounty teams, and we will keep in touch when there is news about when the courts might open, and when registration can resume.  In the meantime, we will continue planning for as normal a season as possible, including hopefully being able to have an Opening Day event on Saturday May 23.  If you have any questions, please contact us at: board.actc@gmail.com

We hope everyone remains safe and healthy.

____________________________________

January 29, 2020

Hello ACTC Members,

As we get into planning a full 2020 season, there are a number of opportunities for volunteers to participate in ACTC's Board subcommittees.  We would look forward to having as many members as possible contribute their time, energy and ideas to help make ACTC a vibrant and inclusive tennis community.

Areas where volunteers would be much appreciated include:
- Opening Day Committee
- Social Committee
- Marketing/Communications Committee
- Facilities Maintenance Committee

Please reply to board.actc@gmail.com to indicate which area(s) you could help out in.

We look forward to hearing from you!

____________________________________

January 29, 2020

Hello ACTC Members,

As you may have noticed, ACTC's fridge was really on its last legs in 2019, and the Town helped us dispose of it in the Fall.

As a result, ACTC is in need of a new fridge.  We thought we would start the fridge replacement process by asking if anyone has a gently used fridge in good working condition that could be donated to ACTC?  We can arrange to pick it up.  Feel free to keep this in mind in case you might have a fridge that is being replaced over the winter.

Please reply to board.actc@gmail.com if you might have something available.

Thanks very much!

________________________________

January 22, 2020

Happy new year ACTC members!

The new Board is planning lots of exciting changes for the 2020 season.  We are pleased to announce that Jordan Master will be ACTC's club pro this year.  Jordan will provide lessons and clinics for all levels of juniors and adults.  Jordan's schedule will be posted in the near future.

We are looking forward to hosting a number of social events this year.  For starters, the Opening BBQ will be held on Saturday May 23, 2020, and a schedule of the day's activities will be posted soon.

We hope that you are having a great winter, and we look forward to seeing everyone at ACTC in the Spring.

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November 10, 2019

Greetings ACTC Members,

Following the resignation of Brent MacKinnon, Bill Reid and Andres Marco from ACTC’s Board of Directors, we are pleased to announce that the ACTC members who were nominated for the Board at the Annual Meeting on Fri Sep 27 have been confirmed as ACTC’s new Board of Directors.

Your new ACTC Board of Directors includes the following nine members:

President, Kevin Gage
Vice President, Christine Zarebski
Treasurer, Linda Graber
Secretary, Liz Galluzzo
Facilities, Joanna Stricker
Player Development, Jo-Ann Smith
Social, Lee Wilson and Cyntia Vieira
Tournaments, Paul Jian

We would like to thank everyone for their support throughout the season and at the annual meeting.  We are well on the way to planning for next year, and we will look forward to sharing news about what’s in store for next year in the coming months.

We would also like to thank Brent and Bill for their many years of service at ACTC.



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