In This Issue:
Amador World Team Tennis
Rapid Rally Wrapup
Youth Camps This Summer
Jr. Tournament in July
Fall Jr. Team Tennis
Board Meeting Minutes
Flashpoints & Slime Balls
The Amador Tennis Club (ATC) is a public
nonprofit corporation recognized by the IRS as
a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Our mission is to promote tennis as an enriching, healthy,
lifelong sport to all people without
Membership is open to all, free of charge.
Donations enable us to continue promoting
tennis in Amador County. Your tax-deductible,
voluntary annual dues and court improvement
donations can be sent to:
11180 Ranchette Dr.,
Jackson CA 95642
Board of Directors
President: Rosalie Pryor Escamilla
Vice President: John Escamilla
Treasurer: Vera Ferguson
Secretary: Benita Asher
Members-at-Large: Derek Madden, Christian DuCray & Jim DuCray
Spring JTT Photos
Welcome to our New Look!
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Amador World Team Tennis
All “adult” players are invited to participate in our fun, recreational league patterned after
World Team Tennis.
Each team has 4-6 players, and each match consists of 5 events: Men and Women’s singles; Men and Women’s doubles; Mixed Doubles.
We'll play a couple rounds of matches at times agreed upon by both teams, then regroup to see if we want to do another short "season".
It's all flexible...you can step up as captain and gather a team. If you are willing to be a captain, but need players, we can help! If you want to play, but need a team, we can do that!
Check out our Amador World Team Tennis page for more details and
contact Rosalie Escamilla to sign up!
Boys Dominate Rapid Rally
On May 9th at Detert Park, local boys stole the show in Rapid Rally, the tennis portion of the Junior Olympic Skills
competition. They served a low-compression
tennis ball and continued to hit
against a wall above the net line as many times as possible in 30 seconds.
Sebastien Dumesnil-Fernandez of Railroad Flat won the Boys 8-9 group, Brady Eckhart of Ione took the Boys 10-11, and longtime Rapid Rally
star Justin Maciel of Valley Springs won the Boys 12-13 with a high score of 20. All three boys now head
to the Regionals in Sacramento on June 7th, where they will compete for an all expenses paid trip to the National
Finals in July.
Click here for more info on Rapid Rally
Summer Youth Tennis Camp Opportunities
Many of our junior tennis parents have inquired about opportunities for their kids to continue playing this summer.
Amador Tennis Club is teaming up with the City of Jackson and Brad Harris, Men's Tennis Coach at Sierra College
to offer two 2-day camps in Jackson this summer. Open to kids ages 5-14, the sessions will focus on tennis fundamentals, stroke production and FUN.
Snacks and water will be provided each day. Download the flyer and registration form.
Additionally, The Court Works in Calaveras County is offering seven week-long sessions beginning in June. Download the Court Works brochure and registration form.
Jr. Tourney Set for July 17-19
Many of our local youngsters have been encouraged by their involvement in Junior Team Tennis. Others are playing on the high school tennis teams.
Amador Tennis Club is happy to announce an opportunity for local youth to test your competitive tennis skills in our summer Junior Tennis Tournament.
The event will be held on July 17 (if needed), July 18 and July 19, with tournament headquarters at the Argonaut High School courts.
The tournament is open to all junior players ages 18 and under and each player
is guaranteed at least two matches, making this format is ideal for first time tournament play. The format will be full court play with
regulation tennis balls.
Download the tournament flyer and registration form.
If you would like to volunteer to help with logistics and other tournament tasks, please email us.
Jr. Team Tennis Returns This Fall
Mark your calendars now -- our next season of USTA Junior Team Tennis will take place from mid-September to late October.
Co-ed teams ages 7-15 will play doubles tennis in three ability levels: beginning, intermediate and advanced. Beginners use foam balls and
a short court format, intermediates play full court with low-compression balls, and advanced is regular doubles play with
rotation of teammates. No tennis experience is necessary and this is a great opportunity for beginners to learn to play the game in a fun, team setting.
Registration will open in August, so watch your email and our web site for more information.
If you would like to volunteer to with the league as a coach, organizer or "support staff", please email us
so we can include you in the planning sessions which are already underway. This league is entirely run by volunteers, so we appreciate your support!
ATC Board Meeting Minutes
On May 19th, the ATC Board of Directors met to review the Spring Jr. Team Tennis season, receive coach input, and make plans
for local tennis activities for the rest of the year. Other topics discussed included finances, capital improvement projects for the courts, and
improvements for the Fall Jr. Team Tennis season. The next board meeting will take place in early November -- date TBD.
Read the complete meeting minutes here.
You know, I show up on those courts and see funny things happening…like the time “bird-man-Todd” got in an argument with his own doubles partner AND the opponents over a tennis technicality. I mean, it wasn’t funny at the time, it was kind of heated, but in retrospect, these things make me laugh. How quickly we forget that tennis is a game—our “game for life” and we are out there to celebrate that fact. Okay, that said, JohnE Rocket got his first dose of dealing with volunteers, parents, competitive coaches and kids by assisting with the coaching of one of the junior tennis teams. It must have been okay, because he’s willing to help with the next junior event. No doubt Jerry Bee also saw a few things during the high school tennis season, serving as Dave Harris’ assistant coach. Applause to these guys, and the other adult tennis players, who give of their time and tennis talent to assist our youngsters along the tennis path. It’s not that easy to play tennis several times a week AND show up for the juniors. Age might be a factor in those feet breaking down, but Sandiland put a lot of hours in on the courts, as did Derek Madden (JTTL Director). Of course others, but when I’m out hitting balls, I’m a terrible name-taker.
Wednesday and Friday drop-ins have become family night with our juniors playing at a level to spark some fun with or without the oldsters. We’ve been able to work in players as young as eleven and as old as… well, pretty old! Erin and Sierra Madden, Christian DuCray, Josh Harder, and the Casillas boys (and Jessica) have all added to the variety and our good tennis over the past few months. No worries, though, you competition junkies! We know how to manipulate the rotation to ensure you’ll get your competitive doubles matches.
We have some newcomers to Amador tennis and I hope you’ll run into them on the World Team Tennis trail, beginning in June. Teams are forming at a fairly wide range of abilities but as with the juniors, sometimes those “up-coming” players can surprise you. Don’t be a wimp. Drop me a note if you want to join a team. Low pressure, flexible and fun.
Behind the scenes, Benita Asher continues to keep our website up-to-date, coordinates junior tennis paperwork and runs much of the Condrashoff business while Bill watches over water issues in his capacity as Water Agency Board Member. Fortunately the political arena had not pulled him completely under and he’s able to keep his head above water enough to get out and play with us.
From the women’s side of things, there have been reported sightings of Backboard Bennie getting out on the court after knee and shoulder issues. Lily Sferra dropped in from Idaho and that even got me onto the court for ladies’ dubs. The gals have a regular assemblage at Argonaut 2-3 mornings a week. If you play and want to connect, try dropping in and you may find your match. Other morning regulars are those lucky retirees, John S., Gene, Jerry x 2, Dale, David and David. Hey, that reminds me: Where IS David returned from Ohio or somewhere Hunt? You can hide but you cannot run, David!
After a retreat to the northwest, we’ll be back for a summer of tennis fun with all of the Amador Tennis Club players. Don’t be shy. Check the AmadorTennisClub.org website and drop in on Wednesdays and Fridays at Argonaut. Stay tuned for updates on the ATC court improvement project slated for later this year and our JTTL Fall Season. Meanwhile, keep on swinging those racquets…