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2008 Tennis Programs and Events

During the 2008 season, the BCTA enjoyed spectacular growth--just over 800 participants!  For a perspective, BCTA brought tennis to about 300 people in 2007.  BCTA coaches and local partners had a large role in the association's success, and many thanks go to them.

In addition to its standard youth and adult beginner and intermediate programs, the BCTA added an inaugural county-wide Flex-Time League as well as a women's doubles and mixed double's leage at Core Creek Park.

In April, the association began the 2008 tennis season with a coaches' training workshop, conducted by USTA clinician Colette Eckert, that offered BCTA coaches hands-on activities to quickly teach tennis to large groups.

Five 5-week sessions at 14 sites were offered throughout 2008 and the programs met with a great deal of success.  Although a second annual BCTA Youth Team Challenge Cup was not held this year, the BCTA is planning numerous "Play Days" for youths participating in BCTA programs in 2009.

The inaugural BCTA Flex-Time League began in late May.  Two singles leagues were held in Upper and Lower Bucks.  Core Creek Park was the host site for Lower Bucks, where 14 men and 14 women competed.  In Upper Bucks,  Camp Curiosity served as the host site, where 7 men and 7 women competed in the singles league.  Due to popular demand, a mixed doubles league was also organized in Upper Bucks.

During the fall of 2008, a women's doubles league was organized for Saturday mornings at Core Creek Park, and a mixed doubles league was scheduled for Sunday mornings at the park's tennis courts.  The BCTA is looking forward to continuing and expanding these leagues for 2009.

Seventeen boys and five girls competed in the 2008 BCTA Junior Classic held at Bucks County Community College tennis courts in early October.  Congratulations to Drew Hoffman and Mara Berzins, who won their respectivedivisions in the Boys' and Girls' 16s singles divisions.

An end-of-the-season celebration dinner was held for the BCTA coaches, at which Bill Mountford, former Director of the USTA National Tennis Center, spoke to the group about the games-approach to teaching tennis and the value of QuickStart Tennis.

The BCTA continued its "good works" projects by providing free tennis programs for the RAP organization and the Doylestown Detention Center, and looks forward to doing so again in 2009.

The BCTA is grateful to its coaches who generously give back to the game.  Thanks to all.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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