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The El Cerrito Tennis
Club is an independent tennis club operated in close association with the City of El Cerrito, California, intended primarily for the benefit of tennis players and not limited to El Cerrito residents.

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News from ECTC About Dues and Tennis Permits!

What Is New

Our members told us that we need to streamline the process of paying yearly ECTC membership dues and El Cerrito Recreation Department tennis permits. And we listened!

Starting January 2015, members can pay for their membership dues and tennis permit in one simple payment. The Club will take care of registering you with the El Cerrito Recreation Department. Proof of membership and tennis permit will be sent to all participating members.

Membership dues and tennis permits will now run from January to January.

Why We Are Doing This

We want it to be easy for our ECTC-sponsored USTA and BALL teams to have all their team members compliant with our rules — that everyone must be an ECTC member AND have an EC Recreation Department tennis permit.

The city requires everyone who plays on a reserved court to have a tennis permit. However, we also want to encourage all members to get a tennis permit. The money from these permits helps pay for resurfacing the courts as well as for overall maintenance.

We have some of the best public courts in the Bay Area — let's help keep them that way!

We're offering a SPECIAL 2015 RATE for a combined membership and tennis permit if paid by 03/31/2015. It's almost like getting an ECTC membership for free!

So it's a great solution if you play on a USTA or BALL team, Remember, you only pay once a year and can play on as many teams as you'd like during that year — combo, mixed, adult.

And even if you don't play on a USTA or BALL team, having both an ECTC membership and a permit allows you to reserve courts in El Cerrito, including the new EC High School courts!

How It Will Be Implemented

Go to our Join Now page: for details.

Serve Up the New Year!

tennis champagne

The club's New Year's Red-Eye tennis event will once again be held from 9:00 to noon on New Year's morning at Arlington Park tennis courts.

Play will be mixed doubles, round robin. There is no need to get a partner. Just show up and play. Coffee and refreshements will be served. Bring your own water.

At some point in the morning, the club will have its annual membership meeting. In case of rain, the meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m. at the Arlington Park clubhouse. And remember: club memberships will be renewable starting January 1!

Mixed Tournament Goes Off with a Couple of Hitches

mixed2014The club's annual mixed doubles tournament took place on Sunday, September 21, at the Arlington Park courts. Seventeen teams entered in two divisions, 6.5 and lower and 7.5 and lower. Unfortunately, one team in each division failed to show up. The upper division recruited Carol Chihara and Bob Nowacki, both of whom were expecting only to take photos. The lower division managed to rearrange the schedule to accommodate the blank spaces.

Winners in the 7.5 group were Liz Holland and Rajive Aurora in first and Renee Hammond and Ercan Turken in second. In the 6.5 group, it was Julia White and David Stone in first and Geeta Bhatt and John Platt in second. Congratulations to all!

Carol and Bob did manage to fit in some picture taking. See them at this Picasa web album, including a video of the awards ceremony.

Fun Activities Coming Up!

By Terry Cort

ECTC has several exciting announcements for fun activities coming up in the next two months.

Please respond as soon as possible if you are interested in participating in any or all of the events listed below.

Mixed doubles tournament and BBQ. Join us for our fun Round Robin Mixed Doubles Tournament and BBQ on Sunday September 21, 2014. A signup flyer will be sent out via email and is also available on our website with details on how to participate. The tournament offers two levels: 6.5 or 7.5 based on your USTA rating. Don't worry if you don't have an official rating, all levels are welcome, and you may choose your partner, or if you don't have a partner yet, the club will team you up with another player. This event is always exciting and a wonderful way to meet other ECTC members.

ECTC sponsors many USTA and BALL teams thoughout the year. Joining a team is very rewarding and a great way to meet other players. A new exciting USTA season is starting with combo and 55+ mixed teams.

Combo teams are usually two different level players teaming up, and ECTC would like to have men's and women's teams of 6.5 and 7.5 level playing for the club. We cannot register any team with USTA before we know we have enough players on each team and a captain to guide the team through the season.

If you are interested in joining any of the above mentioned USTA teams and or would like to captain a team, please let us know. (

The club already has a women's combo 7.5 starting with two wonderful captains, Liz Zapalac and Rhoda Shaponik.

The deadline for registration is 8/18/2014. We need 14-16 players and a captain to register the team with the USTA. Please respond asap to give us enough time to organize this.

Something new and exciting in El Cerrito: pickle ball! What is pickle ball you may ask? Well, find out and join us on August 7, 2014, at Castro Courts from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Paddles, balls and instruction all provided for FREE! Just wear comfortable clothes and shoes for court activity and bring some water.

Thank you all for creating this club.

summer picnic

Enjoy a great day of informal round robin doubles tennis. This event is open to the public, so bring your friends. Come for tennis and stay for a picnic lunch hosted by El Cerrito Tennis Club!

There is no need to bring a partner: selection of partners for the doubles play is random. Again this year, courts will also be available at Cerrito Vista Park.

Kids' Tennis Play Day March 9

high backhand

On Sunday, March 9, at Cerrito Vista Park, ECTC and the USTA hosted an afternoon of tennis instruction and match play for children ages 7-12. It was geared toward beginning tennis players. See more photos at this Picasa Web Album.


The Games of the 2014th New Year

high backhand

On a sunny, calm morning, about 40 players enjoyed round robin tennis play to welcome in the year 2014. Hot coffee, bagels, mimosas, and homemade coffee cake were likewise welcome. Play continued until well after 1:00.

In the brief annual meeting of the club, the membership approved the board of directors for 2014.

See photos at this Picasa Web Album.

Thursday drop-in

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).

2013 Mixed Doubles Tournament Is a Winner

fall 2013 winners

The club's annual mixed doubles tournament took place on Sunday September 15. There were two divisions, 7.0 or lower and 7.5 or lower, based on the team's combined NTRP ratings.

In the 7.0 division, winners were Marty Jewett and Gary Soto; 2nd: Bob and Barb Guletz. 7.5 winners: Liz Holland and Rich Ying; 2nd: Jan Hall and Gary Wong. Congratulations to all!

Prizes and a picnic lunch followed at Arlington Park.

See photos at this Picasa Web Album.

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 ball shoes

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 to arrange for them to be picked up at your home (El Cerrito, Kensington, or Richmond Annex).

The Club Goes Green

water useEl 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...