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Tennis Briefs(2): ROGY; USTA Facility Awards Deadline

May 19, 2014 02:57 PM
Kids and Parents ROGY Together at Tampa Tennis Event

ROGY-LOGO-3B_ARCHEDParents and kids together took to the tennis court this past weekend during the ROGY May Challenge, held on May 17, 2014 at the Tampa Tennis Club at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Fla.

USTA Florida ROGY (for the Red, Orange, Green, and Yellow ball progressions) "Tourn-events" are three-hour play periods where children age 8-18 hone their tennis skills in a fun, no-pressure format using modified equipment. Depending on a child's age and experience, they play with the correct racquet size (smaller for kid's hands) and court size (36-foot for beginners or very young children, up to 60-foot and regulation 78-foot courts), and with lower-compression balls that bounce in a child's hitting zone rather than over their head.

Kids and parents warmed-up with a jumbo inflatable beach ball on a full-sized tennis court, keeping the ball aloft with their hands.

"We actually had two balls going at the same time," said Kevin Brundle, director of tennis at TTC. "The parents jumped in and played as well, and the atmosphere was great with the music playing."

Age groups for the event included 10s, 12s and 14s. Each group had court monitors to assist with scoring and rules.

"Burgers, hot dogs, and chips were served right after the tennis, and everyone found some shade to relax," Brundle said. "Awards during the awards ceremony included Biggest and Baddest Forehand; Smoothest and Scariest Backhand; Most Dangerous and Wicked Overhead; and The Speedy Gonzales Hustle Award; and the Sportsmanship Award. Each player was called up and received their ROGY medal, ROGY tattoo, and ROGY sticker. Parents loved the awards ceremony."

ROGY events are designed for rookie-level players who can serve, volley and keep score. By removing the rankings, and focusing on gaining experience playing against kids of the same level rather than winning, ROGY events provide a more fun way for youth players to participate.

To learn more about ROGY Tennis for kids, or to find upcoming events, go to www.FloridaRogy.com.

Deadline Approaching for 2014 USTA Outstanding Facility Awards

USTA_2c_sec_wmThe USTA national body annually recognizes facilities that encourage increasingly high standards for construction and/or renovation of tennis facilities throughout the country, and host quality USTA programs. Large and small tennis facilities, public and private, along with schools (elementary through universities) are encouraged to apply.

The USTA evaluates nominations based on:

Facility: quality of each court area and surface, quality of the court enclosure and lighting, overall layout and adaptation to site, accessories and amenities, and evidence of good/green maintenance.

Tennis Program(s): Various USTA programs, 10 and Under Tennis formats, other tennis-related programs, and important contribution to the game of tennis.

The number of recipients selected annually depends on the quality of applicants. Recipients are selected by the USTA Facility Awards Committee, a subcommittee of the Technical Committee.

Facility award categories are:
Public Courts: Small Tennis Centers 2-10 courts;
Public Courts: Large Tennis Centers 11 or more courts and/or stadiums;
Educational Institutions: colleges, universities, elementary schools, middle schools, or high schools;
Private Facilities: supporting the USTA and other growth of the game programs.

Florida Outstanding Facility Award winners since 2005:
2013 -- Boca West Country Club, Boca Raton (private facility award)
2013 -- The Sports Club at Mediterra, Naples (private facility award)
2011 -- Jonesville Tennis Center, Gainesville (2011 Featured Facility and large facility award)
2010 -- Palm Coast Tennis Center, Palm Coast (small facility award)
2009 -- The Tennis Gardens at Longboat Key Club and Resort, Longboat Key (private facility award)
2009 -- Seaview Park Tennis Facility, Palm Beach (small facility award)
2007 -- Frank Veltri Tennis Center, Plantation (large facility award)
2007 -- Whispering Pines Tennis Center, Port St. Lucie (large facility award)
2006 -- Forestmeadows Park and Athletic Center, Tallahassee (large facility award)
2005 -- Swim and Racquet Center, Boca Raton (large facility award)

The deadline for application is May 30, 2014. Facilities can apply at www.usta.com/facilityawards.






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