Monday, May 16, 2016

Lottery Edition

Seasonal Reservations
Current seasonal reservations will end on May 31. The lottery for the 2016-2017 season will open on June 1, and close on July 15. If you’re on the email list for this newsletter, you’ll receive notification on June 1 that the lottery signups are open. If you're not subscribed to this newsletter and you'd like to receive the seasonal email, please send a request to

What is the Lottery?
The bad news: there’s no cash prize. The good news is: you won’t get stoned to death like in that Shirley Jackson story you read in high school. The other good news is that the lottery is your opportunity to purchase a standing court reservation for approximately 20 weeks, from September 1-January 18. You have the option to renew your time from January 19-May 31.

 How Does it Work?
While the lottery is open, between June 1 and July 15, fill out the signup form. The form will not be available until June 1. You will be asked for the names of two people who will be available to receive a phone call on July 20-21. One of those people can be you, if you’re available. The other person could be your spouse, playing partner, someone in your group, or anyone who can make the decision about which time slot you’d like. When you submit the form, you’ll receive a confirmation email.

When the lottery closes on July 15, we draw names and the phone calls begin on July 20. If yours is the first name drawn, you (or your designated person) will receive the first call and have first pick of available times. Then the second name will be called. You get the idea. It’s very important that you and/or your designee(s) are available to take the call. Once you select your time, you provide a credit card and we charge you the normal hourly rate ($20) for the reservation. You pay for the 20-ish weeks up front.

A few things to note:

1.      We don’t refund seasonal reservations, but we will work with you to find a new time if it turns out the one you chose won’t work after all.

2.      Your seasonal reservation includes holidays. If you purchase a seasonal on Sundays, that includes Christmas Day in 2016. You don’t have to use the court, obviously, but that day is included in the reservation, and you are certainly welcome to use it if you choose.

3.      You are responsible for accessing your reserved court. If your reservation falls on a holiday and the Tennis Center office is closed, or if it’s outside normal office hours, you will definitely need a card key. It’s a good idea for at least one person in your group to have a card key, anyway, because the door could be locked due to staff illness, inclement weather, or other unforeseeable events.

The lottery is by far our most popular offering. This is your opportunity to guarantee yourself a court in those dark, rainy months when indoor court time is hard to come by.

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Hello World!

Welcome to the inaugural issue of the LOve the Game Newsletter!

I wanted to start a newsletter to make it easier to communicate with you about what's going on at the Tennis Center, including class registration information, events, and programs you may not know about, USTA team deadlines, plus any other exciting news about the Tennis Center. My plan is to get an issue posted every month, but sometimes there will be updates within the month (there will be a Lottery Edition published in the next week or so, to tell you everything you need to know about seasonal reservations, whether you're a lottery veteran, or this is your first time entering the lottery). I'll be expanding the newsletter as we go. I'm working on a "___ Spotlight" feature which might highlight a pro, staff person, program, feature of the Tennis Center you might not know about, player, or anything else that might be noteworthy.

In the meantime, I hope you find news you can use in the first issue. If there's anything you'd like to see here, if you have any questions about how something works, or if there's anything you'd like to touch base about, feel free to email me or give me a call.

Lisa West
Tennis Center Coordinator
503-697-2832 (direct)
503-635-5550 (front desk)

Special Olympics
We’re really, really proud of our Special Olympics program. It’s the only one of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. Every Saturday from 4-5, with the assistance of instructor Gerri Allen and our many dedicated volunteers, the Tennis Center hosts 22 wonderful athletes, our highest number ever! We love to see their progress as the weeks go by, but more than that, we love to see how much fun they have. The positive energy in the building is contagious! The current season ends on May 21, and we’ll start up again the fall. Come by some Saturday and watch. It will make your day!
Masters Tennis

On Wednesday June 8, from 10a-2p, we'll be hosting a Masters Tennis demo. This will be happening during our Head racquet demo day (see above). 

Masters Tennis is played on a smaller 60’ court with a lower-compression orange ball. It’s perfect for adults wanting to try or learn tennis, players returning from injury or with mobility issues, or experienced players who no longer want to play full-court tennis, or for anyone interested in a new challenge. It’s easy to learn and fun to play, so come to our demo day and try it for yourself!

If you’re interested in attending the demo, please call the Tennis Center to sign up, so we know how many people to expect. There is no charge.

Head Racquet Demo Day 

On Wednesday June 8, from 10a-2p, come join the fun and check out the new line of Head racquets. We'll have on-court drills, giveaways, and lots of fun. At the same time, we'll have a Masters Tennis demo (see below). Everyone is welcome to come try the new racquets. We'd love having our regulars, as well as wannabe players, join us!  There's no charge, but please call to register ahead if you can. Either way, join us!

Discounted Summer Evening Adult Classes
If you have room in your schedule for some evening tennis this summer, we have a deal for you! We have adult classes for all levels, and we’re offering big discounts this summer! These classes are taught by our fabulous summer instructor, Barb Menze. Whether you want to brush up on your skills, meet new people, or just play some tennis, our summer evening adult classes have what you’re looking for. Take a look at our schedule and register here, check the summer catalog, or give us a call at 503-635-5550 and we’ll help you find your class and get you registered. 

Stroke of the Day Clinics
We’re trying something new this summer—Stroke of the Day clinics. These one-day clinics are exactly what they sound like: each one focuses on a different shot and strategy. Perfect if you can’t commit to a multi-week class. Register only for the dates you want, $20 each. Wednesdays 9-10:30am from 6/29-7/27, taught by Ellen MacPherson.
Summer Jr. Classes
Our summer junior classes (ages 5-18) will be in the same format as last year: 1-week sessions, running Monday-Thursday (exception: there is no class on Monday, July 4). We’re offering all levels and we expect them to fill up quickly, so take a look at the schedule and register here, check the summer catalog, or give us a call at 503-635-5550 and reserve your spot!

Summer Jr. Competitive Program
Our summer junior competitive program will be in the same format as last year: 1-week sessions, running Monday-Thursday (exception: there is no class on Monday, July 4). Level 1 will be from 12-1:30p, and Level 2 will be from 1:30-3p. Take a look at the schedule and register here, check the summer catalog, or give us a call at 503-635-5550 and we'll answer your questions about levels, and help you get signed up.

Private Lessons
Some of the most frequently asked questions at the Tennis Center is about private lessons: How do they work? We do offer private lessons for individuals and groups of all ages. They are taught only by our City instructors. You can call the front desk or email to request contact information for the instructors. From there, you contact who you’d like as a teacher, and work out the details, such as cost and time, with them. Then, you can get to work on that devastating forehand.
Ladies’ City League Tennis
If you love to play tennis, then Lake Oswego City League is for you!
Come join the 100+ women who get together weekly to enjoy competitive tennis, share lunch, and meet other players from around the Portland metro area.
We have eight teams of varying levels, and there are currently openings at every level (2.5-4.0). For more information, contact Laurie Lamont at

The next issue will be a lottery edition, and it will have everything you need to know about the seasonal lottery!

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