Welcome to ECTC!
This year, the club's annual mixed doubles tournament will take place on Sunday, September 15. It is open to adult players, both members and nonmembers. A mixed doubles team is composed of a woman and a man. There will be two divisions, 7.0 or lower and 7.5 or lower, based on the team's combined NTRP ratings. Lunch and prizes will be served at the Arlington Park courts.
The number of participants will be limited, so register early to guarantee a spot! You may register as a team or as a single and we will attempt to match you with someone. Entrance fees are $8.00 per team or $5.00 per single entrant.
Register by mailing in this form. The deadline is September 9.
ONGOING from the El Cerrito Tennis Club! A Thursday Evening Drop-in Round Robin, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Cerrito Vista courts.
Join us every Thursday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for a drop-in round robin at the Cerrito Vista courts.
It's a casual drop-in round robin and open to all (you don't need to be an ECTC member, though we'd love you to join).
Recent Website Problems Fixed
Around the end of May, this website was the victim of a malicious code attack on our hosting company's servers. After a few false starts, I finally changed the server password, deleted all the files, and uploaded them again. That fixed the problem. I apologize for any inconvenience this malware might have caused.
The role of Google in this process was remarkable. It detected the problem and sent us email that suggested next steps. Then it added a warning that people saw when they visited the site. When the clean files were in place, I requested a new scan. A day or two later, Google reported that it didn't find any problems. I presume this was all done by robots. And there was no cost!
Update on USTA Junior Tennis Program in El Cerrito
The El Cerrito Junior Tennis program has just completed its fourth season. We had 32 players playing in four teams ranging in age from 7 to 12 years old. The last match for all the players was held on May 5, and there were many great rallies and serves as the players competed against each other. At least half were returnees from last season and displayed tremendous growth in forehand strokes and overhead serves.
We will be looking forward to a new generation of Serenas and Venuses soon.
Thanks to all the volunteers who gave up their time during the week and on Sundays. This program couldn't exist without you.
2013 Starts Out Happy
Wind chill was definitely a factor, but about 40 players enjoyed clear skies and dry tennis courts to welcome in the year 2013. Hot coffee was welcome, and the bagels and mimosas were well received too. Play continued until well after 1:00.
In the brief annual meeting of the club, the membership approved the board of directors for 2013.
See photos at this Picasa Web Album.
From Your President
2012 was another busy year for tennis on the El Cerrito courts. Thank you to everyone on the ECTC Board, our members, and our teams for their enthusiasm and participation in the great game of tennis! Here are some highlights from 2012. …
The QuickStart Tennis program is now called 10 and Under Tennis-same program, different name. Margo Takemiya coordinated another successful season and is already gearing up for year four. If you know of families with kids that are interested in learning tennis, tell them about the program. Registration information will be on the website in late January. And think about being a volunteer coach … it's a lot of fun, and you get a t-shirt! More...
El Cerrito High School Still Needs Used Balls
El Cerrito High School PTSA is collecting used tennis balls to put on the bottom of chair legs in classrooms on the two upper floors of the buildings so that the noise of moving furniture around to create learning circles doesn't disturb those in the classroom below. The school has four buildings, each with two upper stories, so they need lots of tennis balls. Their goal is 13,000!
Tennis balls can be dropped off at the ECHS main office on Ashbury Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 3:30, during both the summer and the school year. You can also contact Nancy Gordon at (510) 910-7992 or email@example.com to arrange for them to be picked up at your home (El Cerrito, Kensington, or Richmond Annex).
The Club Goes Green
El Cerrito Tennis Club supports our tennis teams in "going green."
We're asking our team captains to reduce the use of bottled water during home matches. ECTC has purchased a big Coleman container for this purpose and is encouraging the team captains to request the visiting teams to bring their own water containers to fill as needed. More...