LeagueTennis.com Newsletter
February 2008/ Issue 5
SPRING LEAGUES OPEN FOR REGISTRATION!

Winter leagues are under way with almost 2000 players participating in the various leagues and many more anticipated for Spring! We have a few openings due to injuries/withdrawals, so please check our list below if you missed the deadline!

Atlanta singles and Houston / Dallas doubles will be ending soon and players will compete for the coveted City Champion Title! If you are playing in one of these leagues, be sure to mark yourself available on the My Schedule page if you plan to play.

Many of our Spring Leagues are open for registration. All Spring leagues are only $5 (that's $20 off the regular price)! Spring is one of the best seasons to play tennis so don't miss out on the fun :)

And don't forget to to tell your friends and family about our leagues and have them sign up with you as a referral. We have players who have already referred enough friends that they will play free every season their friends do!!

Some of us will be heading to the Pacific Life Open in a few weeks to watch some great tennis and hope that it will rub off on us somehow! There simply is nothing better than planning a vacation around a professional tournament! Our Texas players don't have to go far to find a GREAT professional tournament so be sure to visit the US Clay Court Championships at the River Oaks Country Club in Houston, TX starting April 14th . Fantastic tennis in a storybook setting--just doesn't get any better than that!

Sincerely,

The Staff at
LeagueTennis.com...Tennis on Your Terms!

IN THIS ISSUE:

Spring Leagues
Latest News
Our Sponsors
Netcord
Atlanta Junior Leagues
Tennis & Fitness Tips
In the Spotlight - Local Events
Good Sportsmanship Award Winner - Michael Sims
Portugeuse Kale Soup
Quick Links

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Learn More
Find a Partner
Register for a League
Refer Players

Spread the Word!

Tell all your friends about LeagueTennis.com!

Tennis on your Terms!


SPRING LEAGUES
ONLY $5
($20 SAVINGS!)


LATEST NEWS

WINTER OPENINGS
Contact support@leaguetennis.com

Atlanta

  • Men's Doubles 4.0 - Sandy Springs / E. Cobb
  • Mixed Doubles - 2.5 - Atlanta
  • Mixed Doubles - 3.5 - Alpharetta

Houston

  • Mixed Doubles 3.0 - SW Houston
  • Women's Singles 3.0 - Cypress / Tomball

Dallas / Ft. Worth

  • Women's Singles - 3.0 - Plano Area
  • Women's Singles - 3.5 - Southlake / Irving
  • Men's Singles - 3.5 & 4.0 - NE Tarrant Co., NW Dallas Co.
  • Men's Singles - 4.0 - Central Dallas

 

ATLANTA JUNIOR SINGLES LEAGUES
LeagueTennis.com will launch their Junior Singles Leagues in Atlanta this Spring! Ace Authentic will be sponsoring the leagues and the first 400 juniors to sign up will receive a pack of Ace Authentic Trading Cards!

 

WELCOME AUSTIN & SAN ANTONIO!
LeagueTennis.com is also launching leagues in Austin & San Antonio this Spring. So if you have any friends in that part of Texas, put in a good word for us!

 

WEEKDAY WOMEN'S LEAGUES
We added weekday women's leagues in Atlanta this Winter and will be introducing weekday leagues in Dallas & Houston starting in the Spring. Weekday leagues are especially for the ladies who wish to play weekday mornings and early afternoons. Be sure to tell anyone who might be interested because we will need a good turnout to get this started!

 

NEED A PARTNER?  Find a Partner was launched on our Website in November! So don't let the lack of a partner keep you off the courts! Find a partner for any of our doubles leagues!

ALL LEAGUES $5 THIS SPRING!
All of our leagues will be $5 this Spring ($20 off the regular price of $25) Register Today !

 

 

OUR SPONSORS


Atlanta Fall Tournament Sponsor

I Play Tennis now sells
Kid's Apparel, Shoes & Racquets




Houston Fall Tournament Sponsor

1 Hour Racquet Stringing!


Ace Authentic is the leader in Tennis Collectibles.  Visit them for Tennis Trading Cards and Memorabilia.


Contact marketing@leaguetennis.com
for sponsorship information.

NETCORD
Netcord is your total tennis site! Founded  in 1999, Netcord.com is built, managed and administered by tennis players.  Born in Atlanta, Georgia, home to the world's largest recreational tennis league ALTA, we have grown each year to become the all encompassing tennis site we are today. More than 16,000 USTA and ALTA teams have used our signature service to facilitate team communication since Netcord's inception.

People use Netcord for our service, to participate in our monthly raffles and trivia, to learn about upcoming events, to shop and for the fun. Now we are coming to Texas. Click on the link to view a demonstration of how Netcord.com's signature service can help you manage your league tennis team.

visit www.netcord.com

ATLANTA JUNIOR LEAGUES ARE COMING THIS SPRING!!

We are excited to announce the launch of our Junior Singles Leagues this Spring in Atlanta! We will have 3 ages groups with beginner, intermediate and advanced levels in each age group. Registration will open 3/10/08 at an introductory price of $5.

Ace Authentic will be sponsoring our Junior Leagues and the first 400 players to sign up will receive a pack of Ace Authentic Tennis Trading Cards! Be sure to let everyone know about our Junior Leagues!

TENNIS & FITNESS TIPS
by Jeff Michaud


Tennis Serve: Tips and tricks of The Proper Tennis Serve


Stand side on to the court, hold the ball between thumb and first two finger tips and toss the ball a little higher then the high point that you can hold your racquet up to. On the toss I tell my clients to picture the your self as the Statue of Liberty and toss the ball at the highest point that you can hold up your toss hand up to and release the ball like you might let go of a small bird.

One thing to watch out for is not to stretch to far and simply toss the ball about 8-10 inches in front of your front foot. For the Right handed tennis player picture a giant clock in the sky and toss the ball at 1:00 or off the right post for both the Deuce or the AD side of the court. For the lefty tennis player just the opposite, toss the ball at left post or at a giant clock, this time 11:00. I like to finish my tennis server like a Football quarterback where again for the Righty the right foot should follow the right arm over finishing into the tennis court.

Jeff Michaud is an Atlanta personal trainer and tennis instructor who can help you lose weight, improve your tennis game, train for your next triathlon and meet your personal fitness goals. He is USPTA & AMFPT CERTIFIED


Visit www.FitnessWithJeff.com

IN THE SPOTLIGHT - LOCAL EVENTS

These events were just too good not to mention one more time :)

ATLANTA SPOTLIGHT


Netcord Ladies' Day at White Columns Country Club

Information:   Netcord Ladies Day

Dates/Times: Thursday, March 6, 2008, 9:30 am to 12:00 pm

Netcord.com's first Ladies' Day of 2008 will be held Thursday March 6th, at White Columns Country Club. We will be on the court from 9:30-12:00 featuring drills from some of Atlanta's top pros. Following drills, join us for a luncheon. Margaritas and Michelob Ultra will be enjoyed by all.


DALLAS SPOTLIGHT


Fair Oaks Tennis Center Drop-in Clinics

Information:   Fair Oaks Tennis Center Drop-in Clinics

Dates/Times:

Tuesdays - 7 pm - 8:30 pm, Intermediate to Advanced - Live ball drills for the player looking for more of a workout than instructions.

Wednesdays - 7 pm - 8:30 pm, Beginner to Intermediate
- Basic instruction along with some fun competitive drills.

Thursdays - 7 pm - 8:30 pm, Beginner to Intermediate - For the player looking to hone their skills -- lots of instruction mixed in with fun drills.

Saturdays - 9 am - 11
am, Intermediate to Advanced -
For the player looking for a good workout--no dead ball drills, no standing in long lines to hit 2 balls! Must be able to control the ball during the half court drills.

Saturdays - 9:30 am - 11 am, Beginner to Intermediate -
For the player looking to work on their strokes and have fun. A mixture of ball machine and live ball drills.

All clinics are $12, just show up!


HOUSTON SPOTLIGHT


River Oaks U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships

Information:   River Oaks International

Dates: April 14-20, 2008

The 2008 U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships, an ATP International Series event, will be held at the River Oaks Country Club, keeping the second longest-running USTA National Championship in Houston. Only the US Open has a longer history. James Blake & Tommy Haas have confirmed their participation in this year's event. Tickets are on sale now!


GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD WINNER - Michael Sims, Lilburn, GA

LeagueTennis.com is excited to announce the first winner of our 2008 Good Sportsmanship Award, Michael Sims of Lilburn, Georgia! Michael has been accused of bending over backwards to accomodate an opponent's multiple reschedules due to illness :) Michael will receive a 1 year subscription to Tennis Life Magazine for being such a good sport!

We want to stress to all of our players that Good Sportsmanship is critical to the success of our leagues. So please keep this in mind and don't let a moment of anger of frustration result in days of feeling badly about how you acted on the courts :)

So if you experience a notable case of Good Sportsmanship while participating in our leagues--WE WANT TO KNOW! Just send us an email at support@leaguetennis.com with the details along with the names of the players involved! We will highlight the winners in our monthly newsletters and on our Website!

PORTUGUESE KALE SOUP

This is a fantastic, easy to make, hard to mess up soup!! This recipe was submitted by a veteran of the game, Susie Stuck from Atlanta, Georgia :) If you play tennis and have an incredible recipe you want to share, send it to support@leaguetennis.com.

2-3 cans chicken broth

2-3 cans beef broth (this determines how much you want to make. Make a lot because it freezes well.)

Add:

2 tsp - minced garlic
2 tsp - oregano
2-3 - baking potatoes, diced
1-2 - cans diced tomatoes, with its tomato juice
3-5 - cans of varying beans that you like (navy, lima, field peas, etc.)
Onion to taste, minced. (I’ve never put this in, but if you love onion, I would)
Pepper to taste
Do not salt, the beans should provide enough

Simmer on low until potatoes are cooked.

Also:

1 bunch KALE - Remove the stems, just using the leafy parts and cut them up into business-card sized pieces. SET ASIDE

1 Smoked Sausage - Slice a smoked sausage into diced pieces and sauté until browned. Add them just before serving to get the best flavor. SET ASIDE

When the potatoes are cooked, add the kale and cook for another 15-20 minutes, just until it’s cooked. Add the smoked sausage. Enjoy.

It is impossible to cook this soup improperly. You can change the quantities of each ingredient and it will simply be more or less brothy. If you want carrots or celery or twice the smoked sausage or garlic in it, do it. The important thing is to use ingredients that you like. Oh, and absolutely serve with cornbread!

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