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Sounds like a lot of fun...count me in!
I am interested too, but why don't we just form a USTA team? It's where the real competition is. My husband will also be interested if we have a USTA team. He is around 4.5, and I am a 3.0. Thanks for the great idea, I am looking forward to meet some of the members at the drop in soon.
Hi Dudleyk thank you so much for your quick response. I totally understand what you are saying, but I guess we will have the same problem no matter what kind of team we are forming. As for court reservation, The tennis park in Pleasanton do accept advanced group reservation for recognized tennis entity like USTA, so that's may be a plus of USTA over Tennisopolis.
Hope this information help :)
Maybe it's best to consider first the goal of this. Is this just for having fun, friendly games, or is it going to be competitive? I've only been to 2 drop ins, but from my impression is that most people just want to play to have fun.
I personally don't mind both. I can play for fun or competitively, but I think it's better to clear it up in the first place.
Also Rebecca, I thought USTA partners can't have more than 1.0 rating difference?
The other thing to consider is the location and number of teams on Tennisopolis. I just did a quick check on all the team in N.Cal, there are only 9 of them and some of them are pretty far to drive. I am afraid that is going to be a problem even we can put a team together.
Hi Rebecca, thanks for looking up the local teams. You are right about distance being a time factor. Do you recall inner-club or was it intra-club competition? This is what I was hoping for and to play against the closer east bay teams. I don't think any Tennisopolis group has a team and for that matter, I don't think many have on going activities like TVTA. I was hoping to create some interaction and friendly competition.
Hi Dudley, the tennis club I belong to has formed a private club association with other clubs in this area to create more matches opportunities to the members. But as far as I know, it is not doing very well. Many leagues got cancelled because of low participation. I think most people would rather stick with USTA because it is more organized.
I am also playing in the Contra Costa League, it is a social league but most matches are in the daytime. I am not sure if they will take a team without a home facility though.. otherwise it will be great for TVTA.
Besides Tennisopolis, I also see a few tennis groups on meetup.com. Check this out http://tennis.meetup.com/cities/us/94566/, may be you can contact their organizers and form our own league.
Personally, I think as long as the goal of the team is clear, it doesn't matter which league we play. You can join USTA and still play for fun.
We can also start with a single / double flex league within TVTA. .. just a suggestion :)