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May 24, 2019

Tennis team players from local high schools took advantage of a free clinic run by KVTA Pro Lanell Beckles in preparation for their upcoming state singles tournaments. Good luck to you all!

Congratulations to Dan Bence, Hilary Holm, and Wilbor Shardlow for qualifying for the 2019 National Senior Games in tennis to be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico June 14-25!

UPCOMING EVENTS
Please sign up with the front desk as least 24 hrs ahead for all events and programs. Call (207) 213-6286, email, or stop by.

  • Men's 55 & Over Intro to USTA Tennis Clinic - Wednesday, May 29, 6:00-7:30 pm. Cost: $19/$22 members/non members.

  • Come out for FAMILY FUN DAY! - Sunday, June 2, 11:00 am-12:30 pm Tennis, pickleball, and ping pong for families. All ages welcome! Pizza party afterward! Cost: $15 per family. Please sign up at least 24 hrs ahead so we can plan the event and food.

  • Middle School/High School Match Play - Sunday, June 2, 1:00-3:00 pm. Cost: $10. Please sign up ahead of time so we can match players.

  • A-Copi Summer Ladder 2019 Summer Ladder 2019 Guidelines Starts June 17. A great way to get in some fun competition over the summer.

  • Tennis Tournament at A-Copi - Sunday, June 30 Men’s and women’s singles and mixed doubles. Co-hosted by Central Maine Area Tennis. Starts at 9:00 am. Cost: $12 singles; $16 doubles team. Adults and juniors are welcome. To sign up email Chris Nordenson.

  • Free Summer Tennis Camp for 6-12 year olds - July 15-18, 9:00-11:30 am.Instruction and fun games! Snacks and prizes! Don’t miss it! 

SUMMERTIME PROGRAMS
Please sign up with the front desk as least 24 hrs ahead for all events and programs. Call (207) 213-6286, email, or stop by.

MONDAYS
9:00-10:00 am 10 & Under Clinic 
Cost: $12 per session. Starts June 24.
10:00-11:30 am Doubles Strategy Cost: $19 Members; $22 Non-members. Starts June 24.

WEDNESDAYS
9:00-10:00 am
 Middle School/High School Clinic Drop-in rates. Starts June 26.

FRIDAYS
5:30-7:00 pm Friday Night Mixer 
Round Robin Mixed Doubles. Cost: $5 Gold Members; $10 Silver Members; $15 Non-Members.

SATURDAYS
8:00-9:00 am Advanced Tennis Clinic
9:00-10:00 am 
Cardio Tennis

Too rainy for your outdoor game? Book available indoor court time at A-Copi!

TAKE NOTE...

We will be closed on Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day. We remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

Saturday Triples and Saturday Red Ball will end after the Memorial Day weekend and pick back up again in the Fall.

Permanent Court Time ends May 31. The deadline for renewing permanent court time is July 1 with a $250 deposit per court due between July 1 and July 15. After July 15, other members may sign up for a permanent court spot. There is a limit of one permanent court booking per member.

More Pickleball Time! By popular request, beginning in June on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays we will offer an additional (and earlier) slot for Pickleballers from 10:30 am-noon. The price will be the same - $5.00 per session. Please contact the front desk to reserve your court.

A-Copi Summer Hours go into effect Monday, June 3.

Monday-Friday 8:00 am-8:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am-4:00 pm
Sunday - Closed (available for private functions)

May 17, 2019

HIGH SCHOOL SINGLES TOURNAMENT QUALIFIERS The following junior players made it to the "Round of 48" of the high school state singles tournament after playing qualifying matches last weekend. This is a huge accomplishment, and we are proud we had so many juniors qualify! Those who qualified are: Dawson Turcotte; Naomi Lynch; Ellie Hodgkins; Madelyn Dwyer; Lauren Bourque; Emma Wadsworth; Scott Mason; Gabby Blanco, and Lindsey Bell. This is a major plus for junior tennis in the Central Maine area and for our club. It's great to be able to offer the opportunities, but in the end it's kudos to the kids for all the work they put in. The Round of 48 and beyond will be held at Lewiston HS and Bates College Memorial Day weekend.

WOMEN'S 55+ USTA CLINIC Wednesday, May 22, 6:00-7:30 pm. For women interested in playing USTA team tennis in the fall. Please call to sign up. Cost: $19 for members; $22 for non members.  

SUMMERTIME PROGRAMS Start June 24. Sign up for clinics at least 24 hours in advance.

Mondays 9:00-10:00 am - 10 & UNDER CLINIC Cost: $12 per session
Mondays 10:00-11:30 am - DOUBLES STRATEGY Cost: $19 Members; $22 Non-members.
Wednesdays 9:00-10:00 am MIDDLE SCHOOL & HIGH SCHOOL CLINIC Drop-in rates.
Fridays 5:30-7:00 pm - FRIDAY NIGHT MIXER Round Robin Mixed Doubles. Cost: $5 Gold Members; $10 Silver Members; $15 Non-members.

Come out for FAMILY FUN DAY! Sunday, June 2, 11:00 am-12:30 pm Tennis, pickleball, and ping pong for families with children of any age from 11:00 am-12:30 pm with a pizza party afterward.Cost: $15 per family.

Middle School/High School Match Play Sunday, June 2, 1:00-3:00 pm. Cost: $10. Sign up through the front desk.

FREE SUMMER TENNIS CAMP for 6-12 year-olds, July 15-18, 9:00-11:30 am. Instruction and fun games! Snacks and Prizes! Sign up at the front desk! Don’t miss it! 

Huge thanks to Dale DemersWilbur Shardlow, and Sean Maguire for volunteering their time on court with our programs!

STAFFING CHANGES We are sad to announce that our wonderful Facilities Manager Cindy McInerney must leave us at the end of June to join her husband Pat at the place of his new job in New Hampshire. Cindy has gracefully and competently weathered a rough spell for us through the passing of Dan Veilleux and has managed the club and our employees magnificently, putting as much time as was needed to do the job well. We thank her and will miss her dearly.

The Board of Directors approved hiring our desk staff member Alex Stern to move into the Facility Manager's role beginning July 1. Alex is already a member of our KVTA family and brings both managerial and tennis skills to the post, along with a friendly personality! We welcome him!

When you're scheduled to play outside but it's raining... give us a call to see if there is an open court and bring your game inside! 

On Friday, May 24 there will be no 3.5 Drill. Call to book this available court time!

Permanent court time ends May 31. The deadline for renewing permanent court time is July 1 with a $250 deposit per court due between July 1 and July 15. After July 15, other members may sign up for a permanent court spot. There is a limit of one permanent court booking per member.

A-Copi Summer Hours go into effect Monday, June 3.
Monday-Friday 8:00 am-8:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am-4:00 pm
Sunday - Closed (available for private functions)

May 10, 2019

USTA MIXED CLINIC - May 15, 6:00 pm - For players (18+) who may be interested in playing on a USTA League team. Come find out what it would be like to be on a USTA team and what your rating would be. Cost: Non members $22/ Members $18. Please sign up with the front desk if interested. 

Next week is make up week for our five-week classes. If you haven't missed a class, you can still come and pay the drop-in rate.

Just a friendly reminder that Permanent Court Time will wrap up at the end of May. If you do not need any of your reserved court time PLEASE let us know, and we will make it available for other players and high school teams. Thanks for your cooperation! 

Note that on Friday, May 24 there will be no 3.5 Drill 10:00-11:30. Call to book this available court time!

Come out for Family Fun Day! Sunday, June 2, 11-12:30 at A-Copi Tennis & Sports Center. Tennis and Pickleball (maybe ping pong, too) for families with children under 12 from 11-12:30 with a pizza party afterward! Cost: $15 per family.

Middle School/High School Match Play, Sunday, June 2, 1:00-3:00 pm. Cost: $10. Sign up through the front desk.

A FREE SUMMER TENNIS CAMP at A-Copi for 6-12 year-olds, July 15-18, 9:00-11:30 am! Instruction and fun games! Snacks and Prizes! Sign up at front desk or give us a call! Don’t miss it! 

We are delighted to be welcoming Malcolm Avore back at the front desk for the summer! Please say Hello when you see him!

May 3, 2019

UPCOMING CLINICS for those interested in playing on a USTA League Team

  • USTA Mixed Clinic - May 15, 6 pm For players (18+). Come find out what it would be like to be on a USTA mixed doubles team and what your rating would be. The format for this league is three doubles positions.

  • USTA Women's 55+ Clinic - May 22, 6 pm For women over the age of 55 interested in joining a women's USTA team. Come find out what it would be like to play on a USTA team and get an idea of your rating.

  • USTA Men's 55+ Clinic - May 29, 6 pm - For men over the age of 55 who would be interested in joining a men's USTA team. Come find out what it would be like to play on a USTA team and get an idea of your rating.

Please sign up with the front desk; we need a full sign up for these clinics to take place. Give it a try!

EXTRA COURT TIME AVAILABLE... Sherry Norton is attending the USTA NE conference in Portland tomorrow, May 4, so Advanced Clinic, Cardiac Tennis, and Triples will not be held. Also note that on Friday, May 24 there will be no Doubles Hit and Strategy. Call to book these court times that are now available!

A-Copi will be hosting two INDOOR SUMMER TOURNAMENTS, one in late June and one in August. More info to be announced soon! 

Details about a SUMMER SINGLES LADDER is coming soon! Players will be able to play the matches either indoors or outdoors. 

CONTRACT COURTS end at the end of May reminder... Please call us if you are planning to stop using your court before then. 

TENNIS SUMMER CAMP OPPORTUNITY
You can download the flyer here. In the event of rain, sessions will be held at A-Copi Tennis & Sports Center. To register for any of the sessions or to get more info on the website, go to the Augusta Parks and Rec website here. If you would like more information about the camp or would like to speak with Lanell, email him. See you out on the tennis courts!

April 26, 2019

Tennis Outreach Head pro Chris Nordenson visited Hall-Dale Elementary School recently to promote tennis to enthusiastic youngsters. He will be visiting other schools and rec programs throughout the spring. St. Michael School comes to A-Copi for some fun tennis, too! Red Ball is still going strong on Wednesdays and Saturdays this spring! Call or come in to sign your child up. We have youth racquets to borrow for starting out. Check out the schedule on our website!

What's your rating? Think you might like to play on a team? Let's get going! USTA Clinics are being planned for Wednesday nights in May that will help you get an idea of where you are in the mix. Contact Chris Nordenson with questions. Find out if USTA is right for you!

  • USTA Mixed Doubles Clinic (focusing on 6.0 and 7.0) Wednesday, May 15, 6-7:30 pm

  • USTA Women's 55+ Clinic, Wednesday, May 22, 6-7:30 pm

  • USTA Men's 55+ Clinic, Wednesday, May 29, 6-7:30 pm

More pickleball time! By popular request, beginning in June on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays we will offer an additional (and earlier) slot for pickleballers from 10:30-noon. The price will be the same - $5.00 per session. 

Tennis Summer Camp Stay tuned for more information on summer camp tennis options being organized by KVTA's USPTA-certified pro Lanell Beckles! More info next week...

The Wednesday 6:30 pm Singles Strategy Clinic at A-Copi will resume in the fall.

April 5, 2019

High School Drop In Clinic and Match Play! We are offering high school drop-in clinic and match play on April 17th & 19th from 12:00-2:00 PM. Cost: $15 per session. An hour of clinic and then an hour of match play. Call to sign up ahead of time; max of 16. High School April Break classes are open to all levels. We will place players into groups by level. 

Are you interested in being on our Sub List and filling in occasionally? Please email us and put "SUB LIST" in the subject line. Include your name, level of play, and how a fellow tennis player should contact you when they need a sub! Please include the days and time you might be available. You can also add your name to the Sub List at the front desk.

Red Ball, Orange Ball, and Middle School Tennis New sessions are starting up again next week! Drop in fee is $12 or five-week session for $55. Financial aid available.

Singles Hit Group Wednesdays 6:00-7:00 PM for adult level 3.5+ and high level junior players. Consists of point-based drills with coaching on strategy. Sign up at the front desk or email the club.

Sign-ups for all programs are now located at the front desk. Just ask a front desk associate. Program descriptions are located on the bulletin board.

Please join us for the book release of WHY THE CANE? Transformation and recovery after a traumatic injury with author and KVTA member Chris Lockwood on Saturday, April 13, 4:00-5:30 PM.The story is an autobiographical account about the support and advice he received along his journey that enabled him to regain a level of activity he thought would not be possible after "the accident." 10% of proceeds from the book will go to The Dempsey Center.

We will be closed Sunday, April 21st in observance of Easter.

Want to feel like you are playing for free? Start an account at KVTA by depositing cash or a check (or even a credit card payment), and our desk staff will deduct your charges when you swipe your key tag and give you a receipt. It is much easier and saves KVTA from having to pay high credit card fees each time you charge.

"Tennis goals are attained not by strength but by perseverance." --Felicity Luckey

March 29, 2019

High School Drop In Clinic and Match Play! We will be offering high school drop in clinic and match play on April 17th and April 19th from 12:00-2:00 pm. Cost: $15 per session. An hour of clinic and then an hour of match play. Call to sign up ahead of time; max of 16.

We are looking for a Front Desk Associate to help cover the desk some evenings and weekends. Please email Facilities Manager Cindy McInerney at acopitennis@gmail.com if you or someone you know might be interested. Applications are available at the front desk.

High School April Break classes are open to all levels. We will break players into groups by level.

SINGLES HIT GROUP Wednesdays 6:00-7:00 p.m. for adult and junior players level 3.5 and up. Consists of point-based drills with coaching on strategy. Max of 5 people (possibly 6, if needed). Please sign up 24 hours ahead of time. Cost: $22 non members; $18 members.

STROKE OF THE DAY Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:00 am-12:00 pm. We will work on fundamental stroke work with a variety of drills including point play drills. All levels are welcome!

Next week is a make up week for the last session of five-week programs. If you did not miss a session during your five-week period, you can attend the make up and pay the drop in price. Programs will run normally during the April 15th-19th break.

Sign ups for programs are now behind the front desk.

Pro Shop Gifts! We have KVTA tennis shirts in a rainbow of colors! Come check them out! Some have the logo on the front, some on the back. Don’t see what you like? tell us your preference and size and we'll gather info for the next order! Those string backpacks make great graduation gifts, too... maybe along with a gift certificate for court time or lessons! Remember Mothers’ Day! Does Mom need a new racquet?

CANCELLATION POLICY Beginning in April, we will reestablish our cancellation policy for court time, clinics and lessons. If you need to cancel your court time, your scheduled spot in a clinic, or a lesson with one of our pros, we require a 24-hour advance notice. This also applies to Gold members booking court time. We thank you for your cooperation and understanding when you are asked to pay for the court time, clinic, or lesson you scheduled but did not use, unless it was due to illness or an emergency.

March 22, 2019

Red Ball Tennis for ages 4-7 is held on Wednesdays 3:30-4:30 and Saturdays 11:00-12:00. Red Ball is a great way for a child to learn the game of tennis using smaller racquets and special balls on a smaller court. Racquets provided. Cost: $12 drop in or $55 for five weeks. Financial aid is available.

Good luck to our high school tennis team players as they start their spring seasons!

Two new adult tennis clinics to consider...
Doubles Strategy Clinic is held on Mondays 10:00-11:30 am. The clinic focuses on work at the net. Cost: $22 Non Member; $18 Member.
3.5 Level Drill is held Friday mornings 10:00-11:30 am. Cost: $22 Non Member; $18 Member. Please call to sign up in advance. Not sure of your level? Click here for a NTRP Rating chart.

Ball Machine Rental Tune up your groundstrokes by renting our ball machine. Cost: Adults 1 hr $20, 1/2 hr $15; Juniors 1 hr $10, 1/2 hr $5. Plus court fee.

Your feedback is extremely valuable to us. If there is something you would like us to know or think about or if you just have an idea that you would like to share, please email Cindy, facilities manager, directly at acopitennis@gmail. com. Thanks in advance for your input!

CANCELLATION POLICY Beginning in April, we will reestablish our cancellation policy for court time, clinics and lessons. If you need to cancel your court time, your scheduled spot in a clinic, or a lesson with one of our pros, we require a 24-hour advance notice. We thank you for your cooperation and understanding when you are asked to pay for the court time, clinic, or lesson you scheduled but did not use, unless it was due to illness or an emergency. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Cindy, the facilities manager, if you have any questions or suggestions.

March 15, 2019

Are you signed up for the new Doubles Strategy Clinic? It begins Monday, March 18th, 10:00-11:30 a.m., so contact the club to reserve your space!

A shout out to our Junior Tennis Team, which is in second place in the league and playing very well under the coaching of pro Lanell Beckles! The team plays matches at the CLC YMCA, Apex Racket & Fitness, Maine Pines, and A-Copi and is about halfway through its season. Good luck on the rest of your matches!

Middle School and High School Match Play is this Sunday, March 17, 1:00-4:00 pm and includes a pizza party! Sign ups are a must so we know how much pizza we will need! Call or stop by to add your name to the list. Level-based match ups. Cost: $20

A High Performance Invitation-only Match Play will follow the high school and middle school match play on Sunday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

High School and Middle School Clinics are still happening Tuesdays and Thursdays! Check out the weekly schedule on the KVTA website.

April Vacation Week Tennis! We will be offering some special clinics for players of all ages during April vacation week. More info on that coming soon!

From the Pro Shop... Does your racquet sound dull or has it lost its tension? Restringing your racquet regularly can make a big difference in your playing, and A-Copi offers restringing! With the high school tennis season gearing up and the club getting busier, restringing is in demand. Contact the club today to arrange your restringing and get your racquet's pizzazz back.

Buy your new racquet through our Pro Shop! We are able to get racquets from all brands and can beat many online deals. Before you buy a new racquet, check with pro Chris to see if we can get you a great deal.  

CANCELLATION POLICY CHANGE We know that schedules can be unpredictable and sometimes unexpected things come up--it happens to all of us. At the same time, beginning in April we will re-establish our cancellation policy for court time, clinics and lessons. This means that if you need to cancel your court time, your scheduled spot in a clinic, or a lesson with one of our pros, we would appreciate a 24-hour advance notice (like all of our fellow indoor tennis facilities in Maine ask). We thank you for your cooperation and understanding when you are asked to pay for the court time, clinic, or lesson you scheduled but did not use, unless it was due to illness or an emergency. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Cindy, the facilities manager, if you have any questions or suggestions. 

March 8, 2019

Latest New Tennis Clinics!

  • Doubles Strategy Clinic for 3.0+ players will be held Mondays 10:00-11:30 a.m. beginning March 18. The clinic will focus on a lot of work at the net. Cost: $20 for members; $24 non-members. Max of 6 people. 

  • Serve and Return Clinic A four-week clinic on Thursdays 9:00-10:00 am starting on March 14. Cost: $100 for four weeks or $27 for drop in; includes video analysis. Please note that this is taking the place of the Thursday 9:00 am Beginner Class for four weeks. We may continue the Beginner Class following these four weeks if people are interested.

  • Singles Hit Group is on Wednesdays 6:00-7:00 p.m. for adult and junior players level 3.5 and up. It consists of point-based drills with coaching on strategy. Max of 5 people (possibly 6, if needed). Please sign up 24 hours ahead of time. Cost: $22 non members; $18 members.

SCHEDULE CHANGE Note that Stroke of the Day on Thursdays will be at 11:00 a.m. starting March 14.

PARENTS, remember we have Red Ball (4-7 year olds) and Orange Ball (8-11 year olds) Clinics on Wednesday afternoons and Red Ball with Sherry Norton on Saturdays! Sign your child up today!

Middle School and High School MATCH PLAYis planned for March 17 from 1:00-4:00 pm. Includes a PRE-SEASON PIZZA PARTY! Sign ups are a must so we know how much pizza we will need! Call or stop by to add your name to the list. Level-based match ups! Cost: $20

We will be holding a fun SPRING FLING SCRAMBLE and will let you know the date soon!

Many, many thanks to everyone who joined us for the Celebration of Life for Dan Veilleux and to all the volunteers who helped make the event go smoothly.

March 1, 2019 - Happy 5th Anniversary, KVTA!

Singles Hit Group Head pro Chris Nordenson is offering a new program on Wednesdays 6:00-7:00 pm, which replaces Boot Camp. The clinic is for adult and junior players level 3.5 and up and begins next Wed., March 6. It will consist of point-based drills with coaching on strategy. Max of 5 people (possibly 6, if needed). Please sign up 24 hours ahead of time. Cost: $22 non members; $18 members.

Celebration of Life for Dan Veilleux We will gather tomorrow, Saturday, March 2, 4:00-6:00 pm at A-Copi to remember with his family the wonderful life of Dan Veilleux. Please bring your favorite dish to share. We will have a program of tributes to Dan and time to share our special "Dan" moments. Please help spread the word and join us.

THANK YOU to the many businesses and individuals who made the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event a big hit! Over 90 people attended, and our A-Copi facilities looked fantastic on the occasion of our 5th Anniversary! Check out the KVTA Facebook page to see more pictures. At right, KVTA Board President Carol Ladd and Board Treasurer Hilary Holm cut the 5th Anniversary cake!

February 22, 2019

High School, Middle School, and Orange and Red Ball sessions will start up again next week. Lanell Beckles, Dale Demers, and new Head Pro Chris Nordenson have some great ideas to share with everyone! Please remember that there is financial aid available; just ask at the front desk.

A special thanks to the KVTA community for your patience and understanding as we work to schedule your tennis lessons going forward. Please reach out to Cindy, Facilities Manager, if you have any questions or concerns. Please let head pro Chris Nordenson know if you would like to continue with a private lesson or if you are open to a new clinic or group lesson! He is busy gathering information and planning some new and fun options for the Spring. He can be reached by calling the club or email him chrisnordenson@gmail.com.

Celebration of Life for Dan Veilleux
A reminder that we will gather on Saturday, March 2, 4-6 pm at A-Copi to remember with his family the wonderful life of Dan Veilleux. Please bring your favorite dish to share. We will have a program of tributes to Dan and time to share our special "Dan" moments. Please help spread the word and join us.

KVTA will host the Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours with our co-sponsor Kennebec Savings Bank on Wednesday, February 27, 5-7 pm at A-Copi Tennis & Sports Center. If you would like to attend as a guest of KVTA, please sign up at the front desk, and we will notify the Chamber. This event also marks KVTA's Fifth Anniversary!

Our pro Sherry Norton is back from the PTR (Professional Tennis Registry) International Tennis Symposium in Hilton Head, SC. In addition to professional development courses, networking, and the trade show, she attended lectures by many great industry experts including Judy Murray, mother of British tennis star Andy Murray! Topics ranged from tennis business and sports science to teaching tactics and techniques. Left: Sherry Norton with Judy Murray

We are looking for a gently-used small desk for the KVTA office. Please contact Cindy at the club if you have one you can donate!

Help us help YOU! PLEASE UPDATE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION next time you are in. We have an easy form for you to fill out and give back to the front desk associate. Don't forget to Like us on Facebook!

February 18, 2019

School Vacation Week!
On Tuesday, February 19, from 1-3 pm we are offering an opportunity for high school and middle school players to join us and our new interim Head Pro Chris Nordenson for some fun on the courts! He will match up players, run some drills, and play some games! Come on out to play! Drop In fee is $10.

A Celebration of the Life of Dan N. Veilleux
We will gather together on March 2 at 4 pm at KVTA to remember with his family the wonderful life of Dan Veilleux. In a nod to Dan's love of gathering together and sharing food, please bring your favorite dish to share. We will have a program of tributes to Dan and time to share our special "Dan" moments and stories. Please help spread the word and join us. Obituary

We want to say thanks to Carolina Hannes, our guest pro, who will be moving to California later this week. Please stop in to sign a Thank You note before Wednesday, her last day with us. We will miss her energy and good nature and are grateful for her help the last six weeks!

Please welcome Interim Head Pro Chris Nordenson Chris is USPTR Certified, has been playing tennis for over 20 years, has played in USTA leagues and tournaments, and was the 2016 and 2017 Maine Tennis Association's Sportsmanship Award recipient. Chris has coached tennis, taught private lessons to players of all ages, and has created and implemented curriculum for a wide range of programs and players. Please join us in welcoming him and call or come in to sign up for a lesson with Chris. We are excited to have him at KVTA!

Red Ball, Orange Ball, and High School and Middle School five-week programs begin the week after school vacation week! Please call to sign up!

If you are a 3.0 or 3.5 Drill participant, please remember to add your name to the sign up sheet on the bulletin board so we know you are attending.

The Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event with our co-sponsor Kennebec Savings Bank will take place from 5-7 pm on February 27 at A-Copi Tennis & Sports Center. If you would like to attend as a guest of KVTA, please sign up at the front desk, and we will notify the Chamber. This event also marks KVTA's Fifth Anniversary!

Help us help YOU! PLEASE UPDATE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION next time you are in. We have an easy form for you to fill out and give back to the front desk associate. Don't forget to Like us on Facebook!

February 1, 2019

Meet Pro Sherry Norton (again!) Many of you attend clinics and lessons with Sherry, and we want to let you know she's been busy earning additional professional certifications in tennis and pickleball! Sherry is a certified member of the PTR (Professional Tennis Registry) and holds a Professional rating in Adult Development and ages 10 & Under and 11-17. She is one of a small group of tennis teaching professionals in Maine who hold professional ratings in all three categories. She is certified through the USPTA (US Professional Tennis Association) as an Elite Professional and is a Certified Pickleball Coach through PPR (Professional Pickleball Registry). PPR is the official education and certification partner of the USAPA (USA Pickleball Association). In February, Sherry will be attending the PTR Tennis Symposium, which offers more than 40 presentations and continuing education classes such as, "A New Way to Play Doubles", "System-9 Red Ball", "Court Warrior II", and "Miss Hits", and the PPR Conference that will consist of on-court and classroom sessions on topics such as teaching, programming, doubles, and junior development. Call or email the club to sign up for Sherry's programs or for programs offered by our other well-qualified professionals. We are lucky to have them, so take advantage of their expertise! Photo above Sherry (in the middle in red) at the Fun, Family, & Friends Holiday Tennis Gathering that she held before Christmas.  Below Receiving her pickleball coach certification.

HIGH PERFORMANCE JUNIOR PLAYERS HELP NEEDED! We are interested in having some of our High Performance Junior players volunteer to help run our Red Ball program. Please contact Cindy or Lanell if you are interested in participating!

New Red Ball and Orange Ball five-week sessions begin February 27, the week following school vacation week. Next week is the last in this session, with the make-up/drop in session on February 6th.  New High School and Middle School sessions will also begin the week after school vacation week.

Pyramid Matches are underway... Call and set up your matches with the team listed above you on the sign-up sheet. Good luck to the challengers!

Housekeeping Bits & Pieces...

  • Please remember to carry in your court shoes to help us keep the courts clean and free of sand and grit.

  • To get to your assigned court, please walk quietly behind the blue curtains until you reach your court. Enter at your appointed time and preferably when play or the point has ended on the adjacent court. We want everyone to have the full amount of court time they have rented without interruption or distraction. Thank you for your patience and use of tennis etiquette whenever you are on the court. Have fun out there! 

  • We will now be posting our closings due to weather on channels WMTW 8 and WGME 13 in addition to posting on our Facebook page.

Sneaker Donations Please continue to bring in your gently used sneakers if you have them!

January 25, 2019

Pro Lanell Beckles' Serve & Return Clinic for high school players is a program that will focus entirely on two important aspects of the game. The first of four sessions begins Friday, January 25, 4-5 pm. Call or email the club to sign up. Cost: $100 for four sessions including instruction, critique, and video of each player.

A-Copi Winter Blast Pickleball Tournament Thanks to all of you that have signed up to participate in this year’s A-COPI Winter Blast Pickleball Tournament (Mixed Doubles Round Robin) that will be held on Saturday, February 2 at the A-COPI Tennis & Sports Center in Augusta. Click on the image for complete information. DEADLINE REMINDER: Sign up by Saturday, January 26.

Our Guest Pro, Carolina Hannes, is available for tennis lessons Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings and on Tuesdays and Thursdays, until February 21st. Please call the club to set up a lesson with Carolina while she is here! It never hurts to try something new and your game will thank you for it! Carolina was the former head coach of men's and women's tennis at Cornell College and is in her second year as an assistant tennis coach for the Colby College tennis teams in the 2018-19 academic year.

Valentine Potluck Mixer The sign up is full for the Valentine Potluck Mixer on Sunday, February 10, 4-7 pm ! Participants, this is a reminder to bring your favorite dish to share. Wear Valentine-themed wear, if you feel the urge!

We are testing out a Tennis Tutor Ball Machine and would like to make it available to anyone interested in trying it out beginning February 1st. The ball machine rental fee for one hour is $20 plus court time fees. Please call the club for more information and to make a reservation.

Dan sends his sincere thanks for all the well wishes and prayers he has received from all of you. Please continue to keep him in your thoughts as he pushes through his treatments for Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. If you would like to send a note or card, please send it to Dan Veilleux at Acopi Tennis & Sports and we will make sure he receives it.

Sneaker Donations are already being put to good use! Please consider donating your gently worn sneakers to us to loan or give to players who need them.

January 18, 2019

Valentine Potluck Mixer Tennis is all about Love, well, love of the game not the score! Join us on Sunday, February 10, 4-7 pm , for this fun event to celebrate Valentine's Day! Make it a date or come by yourself! Bring your favorite dish to share. Wear Valentine-themed wear, if you feel the urge! KVTA fun events are welcoming and informal. Cost: $20 per person. Please sign up by calling the club (207) 213-6286, email kvtatennis@gmail.com or write your name on the sign-up sheet in the club lobby.

Pro Lanell Beckles' Serve & Return Clinic for high school players is a program that will focus entirely on two important aspects of the game. The first of four sessions begins next Friday, January 25, 4-5 pm. Cost: $100 for four sessions including instruction, critique, and video of each player. Contact the club today to sign up!

KV Chamber of Commerce Afters Hours at KVTA! Our club is hosting the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce "Business After Hours" on Wednesday, February 27, and we expect over one hundred Augusta area business people to visit. We need hanging coat racks and hangers. If you can lend a rack or some hangers, please drop them off with Cindy and we can return them in March.

Too many shoes? Please donate your gently used tennis sneakers to KVTA. We will keep an assortment for the times when someone forgets their sneakers. Should someone really need shoes, we will pass them along. This goes for youth and adult sizes! Thank you!

If we should need to close or delay opening due to weather, we will post KVTA delays and cancellations on WMTW 8 and on our Facebook page @kvtatennis and website. Please check before travelling to KVTA!

January 11, 2019

Annual Fund Campaign Thanks to 31 generous members, we are halfway to meeting our 2019 Fundraising Goal of $15,000. Donors, thank you, thank you! We all love our club and you are making it happen. Because of our Annual Fund Campaign, KVTA has operated in the black for the past five years, and we are halfway there this year! The 2018-19 Annual Fund Campaign continues through June 30 for this fiscal year, and we hope that our other 100+ members will hear the call as they did last year... and contribute now! KVTA is an exceptional facility with four beautiful, well-maintained courts, and a vibrant, active tennis community of unique and interesting people who we call our friends. Again, thank you for your support and contributions. Any questions or suggestions, please call me at (917) 626-0726. See you on the courts, Marcia Duval, Fundraising Committee

Attention High School Players! Teaching Pro Lanell Beckles is offering high school players a class focusing entirely on two of the most important aspects of the game--the Serve and Return! The class will start Friday, January 18th, 4:00-5:00 pm and run for four consecutive weeks. Stop in or call the club to sign up. Watch for an additional email with more information!

Red & Orange Ball for youngsters Red Ball and Orange Ball programs are underway! Remember you can always drop in! 

A-Copi Pyramid Tournament A-Copi Pyramid Challenge boards are up. Let the games begin! We would love to have a few more women's doubles teams participate! 

While Head Pro Dan Veilleux is out sick, we are making every effort to make sure you can still get out on the court for a lesson to enhance your game. Please call manager Cindy McInerney if you have any questions or would like more information.

If we need to close due to weather, we will post it on our Facebook Page and send out an email. We also hope to have our delays or closings on WMTW 8 soon.

January 4, 2019

WOW, Half Price Court Time! We are still offering the Half-Price Court Time every other weekend this month. Take advantage of this great opportunity to play tennis at a reduced rate. Dates: January 12/13 & 26/27. Call to reserve a court!

Weekend Programs! Our pro Sherry Norton's Triples and Cardio programs are in full swing on Saturdays. She is happy to welcome a few more on the court to join the fun. If you have the time, we have the tennis! Also, Sherry's Advanced Clinic for 3.5 level and up players on Saturdays 8-9 a.m. is a great way to fine tune your court positioning and strategy. Pickleball Lessons for beginners are available as well with Sherry on Saturday or Sunday! Email Sherry or call her at (207) 751-1963 to sign up for any of her weekend programs!

Red & Orange Ball for youngsters New sessions of Red Ball and Orange Ball have begun, but you can always drop in! Don't forget that Red Ball is also offered on Saturdays! If you need assistance with Red or Orange Ball fees, please request a scholarship form at the front desk.

Reminder: New High School and Middle School
5-Week Sessions begin on January 8th. 

A-Copi Pyramid Tournament The A-Copi Pyramid Tournament is underway! The Challenge Ladder will be posted by Friday, January 4, so "let the games begin!" 

Head Pro Dan Veilleux is a bit under the weather presently. If you would like to leave a card at the front desk, we think he would enjoy it. We'll see that it gets delivered to him. He hopes to be back soon and says he misses everyone. In the meantime, manager Cindy is scheduling other pros to fill his lesson and drill times. We thank you for your patience and look forward to seeing you on the courts!

Got Sneakers? Gently used sneakers are always welcome. If you would like to donate a pair, please bring them in and the front desk staff will gladly accept them. 

December 21, 2018

Tennis, Youth Programs, Pickleball, Lessons, Clinics... We have it all!
From all of us at KVTA, have a safe and wonderful holiday!

From Head Pro Dan Veilleux: As this year comes to an end, it is time for all of us to count our blessings. Twelve years ago this club closed. Nine or ten years ago, a group of dedicated tennis players wanted to bring tennis back to this area. After hard work and massive fundraising, here we are going strong five years later, with only positive things for this club in the future! I would like to thank all the Board Members of the last five years and our new facilities manager, Cindy McInerney, along with our previous managers. Also, a big thanks to our staff, but most of all to you, our Members and Non Members, who keep our club on its feet. Wishing everyone a very Happy Holiday, and thank you. 

Pyramid Tennis - Sign Up!
A-Copi Pyramids are starting January 2, 2019! Here's what you need to know:

  • You may sign up with more than one partner. Sign up sheets are located on the bulletin board inside the court entrance.

  • It costs $5.00 per team to sign up. When you play your matches, the usual court fees apply as determined by your membership status.

  • We are offering the following Pyramids: Men's Doubles, Women's Doubles, Mixed Doubles, High School Doubles, and a Parent/Adult/High Schooler Paired With an 8th Grader or Below Doubles.

Questions or need a partner? Contact Head Pro Dan Veilleux (207) 213-6286 or kvtatennispro@gmail.com.

New Red and Orange Ball Five-Week Sessions start January 2! High School & Middle School New High School and Middle School Five-Week Sessions start January 8!
Remember, there are scholarship funds available to help with youth lesson fees! To apply, ask for a form at the front desk.

Please welcome Malcolm Avore back at the front desk! He is on break from college and we could not be more delighted to have him here until mid January. 

Pro Shop items make perfect gifts! Cinch bags, coffee mugs and Tshirts! Gift Certificates available for court time, lessons and Pro Shop items!

Holiday Hours
Monday, December 24 - 8am to noon
Tuesday, December 25 - CLOSED
Monday, December 31 - 8am to noon
Tuesday, January 1 - CLOSED

December 14, 2018

We now have a Men’s 40+ 3.5 and 4.0 Team! We are still taking more players! Please leave your name, phone, and email with the front desk staff, who pass it on to team captain Wilbur Shardlow.

Pyramid Tennis - Sign Up! A-Copi Pyramids are starting January 2, 2019! Here's what you need to know:

  • You may sign up with more than one partner. Sign up sheets are located on the bulletin board inside the court entrance.

  • It costs $5.00 per team to sign up. When you play your matches, the usual court fees apply as determined by your membership status.

  • We are offering the following Pyramids: Men's Doubles, Women's Doubles, Mixed Doubles, High School Doubles, and a Parent/Adult/High Schooler Paired With an 8th Grader or Below Doubles.

Questions or need a partner? Contact Head Pro Dan Veilleux (207) 213-6286 or kvtatennispro@gmail.com.

Red Ball & Orange Ball 5-week sessions start January 2, 2019.

High School & Middle School 5-week sessions start January 8, 2019.

New T-shirts and Pro Shop items are in! T-shirts, Cinch Bags, and more! Pick some up for your favorite tennis or pickleball player or yourself!

Holiday Closings
Monday, December 24 - 8am to noon
Tuesday, December 25 - CLOSED
Monday, December 31 - 8am to noon
Tuesday, January 1 - CLOSED

Thank you to our members and non-members for your very generous food and toy donations this month! Three boxes of food were given to the Good Shepherd Food Bank in Auburn, Maine, and the toys were donated to the Rumford Fire Station, which is collecting gifts for children in need. Thank you!

Inclement weather? Watch for email alerts and posts to the KVTA Facebook page when the weather takes a turn and we need to close for the day or delay our opening time. If the public schools in Augusta are closed, there is a good chance we will be, too, but we might open later in the day.

November 30, 2018

Happy Friday to all you sports fans! There’s lots going on at A-Copi Tennis & Sports Center, so here’s all the news!

Tennis News

  • Tomorrow’s December 1 Holiday Scrambles and Buffet details... The cost is $20 per person but $15 if you bring in two cans of unexpired food or an unwrapped child's toy that we will donate to a local charity.

  • During the weekend of December 8th & 9th, court fees will be half price!

  • We are still looking for male players ages 40+ to play on 3.5 and 4.0 men’s USTA teams starting in January. Teams must enter and register by Monday, December 3rd so SIGN UP NOW! Questions? Contact organizing captain Wilbur Shardlow shardlowtennis@roadrunner.com.

  • A-Copi Pyramids are starting January 2, 2019! Here's what you need to know:

    • You may sign up with more than one partner. Sign up sheets are located on the bulletin board inside the court entrance.

    • It costs $5.00 per team to sign up. When you play your matches, the usual court fees apply as determined by your membership status.

    • We are offering the following Pyramids: Men's Doubles, Women's Doubles, Mixed Doubles, High School Doubles, and a Parent/Adult/High Schooler Paired With an 8th Grader or Below Doubles. Questions or need a partner? Contact Head Pro Dan Veilleux (207) 213-6286 or kvtatennispro@gmail.com.

  • New sessions for high school and middle school have started! They are four weeks in duration, and you can always drop in to play! Drop in cost is $13. We do have scholarship money for juniors, so ask for an application if you need a little help, or tell your friends about this!

Pickleball News

  • On December 1, no pickleball courts will be available due to the clinic with pickleball pro Milad Bozorgnia. The clinic is full, but we hope to have more clinics so stay tuned!

  • A three-week Pickleball Advanced Beginners Clinic will be held on December 5th, 12th, and 19th! Call or stop in to sign up early--this is popular and spots are limited.

  • Our tennis pro Sherry Norton is now a certified pickleball instructor. For lessons with Sherry in tennis or pickleball on weekends, contact her directly: (207) 751-1963 or raptorsvt1@gmail.com.

Got sneakers?

  • If you have gently used sneakers that you no longer wear or need, we would be happy to have them to loan out to players who forgot theirs at home! Thank you!

  • Please remember NOT to wear ANY street footwear, including sneakers, beyond the front foyer. There are benches and bins in the entryway for removing and storing your street footwear, and cover-up booties if you are a spectator and want to wear shoes inside. Please wear court shoes that do not make black or white marks on the courts. We all need to do our part to keep the courts and carpets in tip top shape! Dirt and grime, even in small amounts, damage the valuable court surfaces. Thank you!

Scholarships available If your young person cannot afford to play with us, KVTA has scholarship funds available. Please ask at the front desk for an application, and encourage anyone who is staying away because of finances to apply.

Need a locker? We’re having a Holiday Locker Sale! Rent a locker for $50 from now until May 31 (usual rate $69). This offer is only good for a limited number of lockers, so get in on it and stop schlepping your stuff!

Evening Shift Desk Associate Needed. Please contact manager Cindy for details by calling (207) 213-2686 or emailing kvtatennis@gmail.com.

Bad weather? Watch for email alerts and posts to the KVTA Facebook page when the weather takes a turn and we need to close for the day or delay our opening time. If the public schools in Augusta are closed, there is a good chance we will be, too, but we might open later in the day.

Pro Shop New T-shirts and pro shop items will be in next week!

November 16, 2018

New High School and Middle School “5” Week Sessions will begin the week of November 26th. Please note- this round will be a 4 week session due to the holidays and rates will be prorated.
Half Priced Court Time on Sunday, November 24th! Call to make a reservation as a healthy follow-up to that Thanksgiving Dinner!
New KVTA T-shirts, Cinch Bags and Holiday Gift Packages will be available soon. Add them to your shopping list for the holidays!
Interested in a Mens 40+  3.5 or 4.0 League? If so, let us know as soon as possible! We will put you on the list.
Holiday Mixer and Buffet will take place Saturday, December 1, 4:00-8:00 pm and there are still a few spots left! Come join us for lots of fun play and great food. Bring a friend! Sign up at the club or call (207) 213-6286. $20 per person
Pickleball Clinic with national competitor Milad Bozorgnia for low intermediate to high intermediate players, Saturday, December 1, 8:30-10:30 am. The clinic is now full, but we will gladly take your name and number and contact you if someone drops out!
LOST and FOUND Left something behind? Please check to see if we have it before we donate these items to Goodwill on December 1st.
With winter hours come winter conditions! Please remember to remove or cover your street shoes when you arrive. Help us keep the lobby and courts free of sand and salt. Thank you for your help with this and, as always, please continue to share your feedback and ideas with us at acopitennis@gmail.com.
If there is a winter storm, and we need to open late or be closed for the day, at this time we will notify you asap via email and through our Facebook page.
We are closed on Thanksgiving Day. However, we hope your day is spent with family and friends and lots of delicious food!
Dannism of the Week: “It’s everyone here that makes it happen!”

November 9, 2018

Need a new racquet? We will have some new demos for you to try out soon! Stop in and ask Dan Veilleux which one might be a good fit for you. We also have some flashy new T-shirts coming soon to the Pro Shop just in time for the holidays!

Sherry Norton’s Triples is off and running again on Saturdays from 10-11 a.m. She needs a minimum of 6 participants to make it work. Call or stop in to sign up!

USTA 8.0 Level Mixed Doubles matches will be played at A-Copi on Saturday, November 17, 11:00 am-4:00 pm. 8.0 means that the levels of the partners adds up to 8.0 or below. These matches will take up three courts so court rental will be limited. Our home team, the Capitol Aces captained by Hilary Holm, plays at 11 and 2 against Bangor and Ellsworth teams. Stop in to see great tennis!

Pickleball Clinic with national competitor Milad Bozorgnia for low intermediate to high intermediate players, Saturday, December 1, 8:30-10:30 am. The clinic is now full, but we will gladly take your name and number and contact you if someone drops out!

Holiday Mixer and Buffet will be held Saturday, December 1, 4:00-8:00 pm! The KVTA special events are not to be missed! Come join us for lots of fun play and great food. Bring a friend! Sign up at the club or call (207) 213-6286. $20 per person

LOST and FOUND We have a nice selection of water bottles, sweatshirts, and sunglasses! Please take a look next time you come in, they are in the front foyer. Items collected will be here until December 1st and after that will be donated to Goodwill. Thanks for checking!

With winter hours come winter conditions! Please remember to remove or cover your street shoes when you arrive. Help us keep the lobby and courts free of sand and salt. Thank you for your help with this and, as always, please continue to share your feedback and ideas with us at acopitennis@gmail.com.

Please note: We are closed Thanksgiving Day.

Dannism of the Week: You have 3 Opponents in tennis: #1 The Net, #2 The Lines, and #3 The Person Across From You Who Has the Same Opponents.

Have a wonderful weekend from all of us at KVTA!

November 2, 2018

With so much happening at KVTA let’s get started!

Sherry Norton’s Triples Class started up again November 3rd from 10-11 a.m. She needs a minimum of 6 participants to make it work. Call or stop in to sign up, it’s not too late!

Ten members of our high performance KVTA Travel Team are heading to Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport this Sunday with Coach Lanell Beckles for some competitive match play. Wish them luck! Here’s the current travel team roster: Lauren Bourque (Messalonskee); Ellie Hodgkins (Erskine); Emma Wadsworth (Maranacook); Madelyn Dwyer (Maranacook); Naomi Lynch (Hall-Dale); Regina Harmon (Erskine - not playing this weekend); Isaac Lawrence (Hall-Dale); Ethan Varney (MCI); Scott Mason (Carrabec); Sam Falla (Erskine); Dawson Turcotte (Skowhegan)

Come watch great tennis at USTA 8.0 Level Mixed Doubles matches at A-Copi on Saturday, November 17, 11:00 am-4:00 pm. 8.0 means that the levels of the partners adds up to 8.0 or below. These matches will take up three courts so court rental will be limited. Our home team, the Capitol Aces captained by Hilary Holm, plays at 11 and 2 against Bangor and Ellsworth teams.

Pickleball Clinic with national competitor Milad Bozorgnia for low intermediate to high intermediate players, Saturday, December 1, 8:30-10:30 am. There’s a 16-player limit so sign up now! There are only two spots left!

Holiday Mixer and Buffet will be held Saturday, December 1, 4:00-8:00 pm! The KVTA special events are not to be missed! Come join us for lots of fun play and great food. Bring a friend! Sign up at the club or call (207) 213-6286. $20 per person.

KVTA is taking pre-orders for club T-shirts, polo shirts, and vests!  Get the color and sizes want for yourself and holiday gifts by pre-ordering by Nov 10th. Stop by the pro shop to see the new shirts that just arrived and place your order!  We have KVTA Cinch Packs on the way just in time for the holidays!

Court Reservation and Cancellation Reminder

  1. Gold or Silver members may book court time up to 1 week in advance to the hour.

  2. Junior members may book up to 1 week in advance to the hour, except for prime time hours which are from 9-12 and 4-8. Weekends are not considered prime time. Junior members may book prime time hours but only 3 days in advance to the hour.

  3. Non-member adults may reserve courts up to 5 days in advance to the hour.

  4. Non-member juniors may book up to 5 days in advance to the hour, but not for prime time hours. A non-member junior may book prime time hours, but only 1 day in advance to the hour.  

  5. We need a 48 hour notice to cancel your court at no charge. (If cancelled with less than 48 hour notice you will be billed for the court at non-member court rate unless we are able to sell it.) Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.

LOST and FOUND We have a nice selection of water bottles, sweatshirts, and sunglasses! Please take a look next time you come in, they are in the front foyer. Items collected will be here until December 1st and after that will be donated to Goodwill. Thanks for checking!

With winter hours come winter conditions! Please remember to remove or cover your street shoes when you arrive. Help us keep the lobby and courts free of sand and salt. Thank you for your help with this and, as always, please continue to share your feedback and ideas with us at acopitennis@gmail.com.

Please note: We will be closed Thanksgiving Day.

Dannism of the Week: “You can never bend too much, the lower you are the more solid the base is.”

The calendar is filling up so stay tuned for more news and events coming soon. We appreciate your patronage and look forward to seeing you again and again this season! Have a great weekend from all of us at KVTA!

October 26, 2018

Come watch great tennis at the USTA 8.0 Level Mixed Doubles Tournament at A-Copi on Saturday, November 17, 11:00 am-4:00 pm. This tourney will take up three courts so court rental will be limited.

Pickleball Clinic with national competitor Milad Bozorgnia for low intermediate to high intermediate players, Saturday, December 1, 8:30-10:30 am. There’s a 16-player limit so sign up now!

Holiday Mixer and Buffet will be held Saturday, December 1, 4:00-8:00 pm! The KVTA special events are not to be missed! Come join us for lots of fun play and great food. Bring a friend! Sign up at the club or call (207) 213-6286.

The Fall Festival was a big hit! The Fall Festival was no ordinary event. Organized by the Social Committee chaired by Lisa Lowery and head tennis pro Dan Veilleux, there was tennis, pickleball, and triples tennis. THEN one-eyed tennis, earmuff tennis, and gloved tennis along with a court playing with 70s wooden racquets. A delicious meal of autumn soups, homemade bread, apple pie, and ice cream served. Our new facilities manager Cindy McInerney was introduced, and lifetime achievement awards were given to board member Dick Bachelder and frequent player Ralph Boisvert. Both men are unable to play often at this point but remain dedicated and enthusiastic supporters of Kennebec Valley Tennis Association and indoor tennis in Augusta.

KVTA is taking pre-orders for club T-shirts, polo shirts, vests, and tote bags! Get the color and sizes you want for yourself and holiday gifts by pre-ordering by Nov 4. Stop by the pro shop to see the new shirts that just arrived and place your order!

Court fee discount! 20% discount on weekday tennis court time from noon until 3:00 pm!

Half-price tennis court fees for non-members are offered every second and fourth weekend of each month through May!

LOST and FOUND We have a nice selection of water bottles, sweatshirts, and sunglasses! Please take a look next time you come in. Items collected will be here until December 1st and after that will be donated to Goodwill. Thanks for checking!

With winter hours come winter conditions! Please remember to remove or cover your street shoes when you arrive. Help us keep the lobby and courts free of sand and salt. Thank you for your help with this and, as always, please continue to share your feedback and ideas with us at acopitennis@gmail.com.

We want to make sure everyone is receiving our latest information. Help us update our records, ask your court friends if they receive our weekly eblasts and, if not, have them update their contact information at the front desk. No swipe tag? We can make you one!

“Dannism”: “You only get out of tennis the effort you put into it.”

October 19, 2018

Happy Friday, Everyone!

Fall Festival and Celebration is here! Saturday, October 20 4-7 PM. Dan has been reaching out to remind everyone on the list. Delicious food and lively tennis are a winning combination. The roster is full and it will be a great time!

Half-price tennis court fees for non-members are now offered every second and fourth weekend of each month through May!

Pickleball Tourney is Saturday, November 3, 8:00 am start. Please remember to sign up by October 25 at noon.
PICKLEBALL INFO & UPDATES:
Monday - 12-1:30 pm ($5 Non Member/$3 Silver, $1 Gold Member) just drop in!
Tuesday - Tournament Level Players 5:30-7 pm ($8 Non Member/$5 Silver)
Wednesday - 12-1:30 pm ($5 Non Member/$3 Silver, $1 Gold Member) just drop in!
Friday - 12-1:30 pm ($5 Non Member/$3 Silver, $1 Gold Member) just drop in!
Saturday - 8:30-10 am ($5 Non Member/$3 Silver, $1 Gold Member) just drop in or call ahead to see if anyone else is coming!
Rates per 1-1.5 hrs to reserve a court outside of the scheduled sessions: (One court would hold two pickleball nets): 2 players $16 each; 3 players $12 each, 4 players $9 each, 5 players $8 each, 6 players $7 each, 7 or more players $5 per player. We do have some paddles and balls if you do not have your own yet!
For pickleball lessons, contact Dan Veilleux (207) 213-6286 ($20/half hour).

We want to make sure everyone is receiving our latest information. Help us update our records, ask your court friends if they receive our weekly eblasts and if not, have them update their contact information at the front desk. No swipe tag? We can make you one!

Let us know what you would like to see in our pro shop! Watch for new tee shirts coming soon!

With winter hours come winter conditions! Please remember to remove or cover your street shoes when you arrive. Help us keep the lobby and courts free of sand and salt. Thank you for your help with this and, as always, please continue to share your feedback and ideas with us at acopitennis@gmail.com.

Thank you all for the warm welcome! What an amazing group of dedicated and caring individuals you are, coming together to play together and enjoy our wonderful facility. Your energy is contagious! Thank you for your patience as I learn names and faces, I am very excited to be here! —Cindy McInerney, Facilities Manager

Winter Hours:
Monday–Thursday 8:00 am–9:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am–8:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am–4:00 pm
Sunday 9:00 am–4:00 pm

Important Dates:*
November 3 - Pickleball Tourney
November 24 - Turkey Mixer and Evening Meal 4:00–8:00 pm
December 15 - Holiday Scrambles and Evening Meal 4:00–8:00 pm

*Some dates are subject to change. Please call Dan at the club for confirmation of event dates (207) 213-6286.

October 12, 2018

Welcome to our new Facilities Manager, Cindy McInerney! After getting back into tennis recently, Cindy is now part of a regular group here at A-Copi Tennis and Sports Center. She saw our ad for the manager position and applied. We are thrilled to have her on board. She will be learning the ropes and getting settled into a routine during the next couple of weeks. Please make sure to stop in and introduce yourselves to her.

Fall Festival and Celebration is almost here! October 20 4-7 PM. Limit of 30 participants for the activities, no limit for dinner. Please sign up your guests, too, so we can have a count.

New Red Ball and Orange Ball five-week sessions start on Wednesday, October 17. Times: Red Ball 3:30–4:15 pm, Orange Ball 4:30–5:30 pm.

New High School and Middle School five-week sessions start on October 16. Sign ups are limited; please call Dan at (207) 213-6286, if interested. Cost: $80 for two days a week; $55 for one day a week. Times: High School Tuesdays 3:00–4:00 pm and Thursdays 3:30–4:30 pm; Middle School Tuesdays 4:00–5:00 pm and Thursdays 4:30–5:30 pm.

Pickleball Tourney is Saturday, November 3, 8:00 am start. Sign up deadline is October 25 by noon.

Winter Hours begin Sunday, October 14:
Monday–Thursday 8:00 am–9:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am–8:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am–4:00 pm
Sunday 9:00 am–4:00 pm

Half-price court fees for non-members starts this weekend, Oct 13 and 14 and will be offered every second and fourth weekend of each month through May.

Important Dates:*

2018
October 20 - Fall Festival and Celebration 4:00–7:00 pm
November 3 - Pickleball Tourney
November 24 - Turkey Mixer and Evening Meal 4:00–8:00 pm
December 15 - Holiday Scrambles and Evening Meal 4:00–8:00 pm

*Some dates are subject to change. Please call Dan at the club for confirmation of event dates (207) 213-6286.

We value your patronage of KVTA! Like our Facebook page and keep visiting the KVTA website for schedule updates.

Please let us know if you would like to be removed from our email list.

Happy Fall from Hilary (Interim Manager) and the rest of the staff

October 5, 2018

Sign up now for the Fall Festival and Celebration! Bring the family and join the fun on Saturday, October 20, 4:00–7:00 pm. Pickleball, POP tennis, wooden racquet tennis, triples, and more fun games 4:00–6:00 pm. Dinner served 6:00–7:00 pm with homemade soups, breads, apple pie and more! Cost: $20 per individual or $40 per family of three or more for the tennis activities and dinner; dinner only is $5.00 per person. Limit of 30 participants for the activities, no limit for dinner. Please sign up your guests, too, so we can have a count.

High Performance Technical Training starts October 22 on Mondays from 4:30–6:00 pm. There is a 10-player limit. Cost: $100 for five weeks. We are looking for the top two singles players on a high school team to meet the level criteria. Exceptions will be made, if needed.

New Red Ball and Orange Ball five-week sessions start on Wednesday, October 17. Times: Red Ball 3:30–4:15 pm, Orange Ball 4:30–5:30 pm.

New High School and Middle School five-week sessions start on October 16. Sign ups are limited; please call Dan at (207) 213-6286, if interested. Cost: $80 for two days a week; $55 for one day a week. Times: High School Tuesdays 3:00–4:00 pm and Thursdays 3:30–4:30 pm; Middle School Tuesdays 4:00–5:00 pm and Thursdays 4:30–5:30 pm.

Pickleball Tourney is Saturday, November 3, 8:00 am start. Sign up deadline is October 25 by noon.

Attention… As our season kicks into full swing, A-Copi Tennis and Sports Center reminds players that if you cannot use your court or lesson time on your booked date, please give the club a 48-hour cancellation notice so we may sell the court time to other players. We understand that emergencies come up, but the more notice we have the more likely we can fill the spot and keep our prices from rising. —with thanks from the A-Copi Manager and Staff

This week’s “Dannism”... “A MISTAKE IS NOT THE WORST THING IN TENNIS, IT’S NOT LEARNING FROM IT THAT IS.”

Winter Hours begin Sunday, October 14:
Monday–Thursday 8:00 am–9:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am–8:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am–4:00 pm
Sunday 9:00 am–4:00 pm

Important Dates:*

2018
October 20 - Fall Festival and Celebration 4:00–7:00 pm
November 3 - Pickleball Tourney
November 24 - Turkey Mixer and Evening Meal 4:00–8:00 pm
December 15 - Holiday Scrambles and Evening Meal 4:00–8:00 pm

2019
January 26 - Pickleball Tourney
February 10 - Valentines Mixer
March 16 - St. Patrick’s Day Scrambles and Meal
June 8 & 9 - Maine Senior Games Pickleball
September 7 & 8 - Maine Senior Games Tennis

*Some dates are subject to change. Please call Dan at the club for confirmation of event dates (207) 213-6286.

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September 29. 2018

Men's USTA Clinic scheduled for Oct 7 has been postponed to a later date TBD.

Sherry Norton will be away at a workshop Saturday Oct. 6. No Cardio, Triples or lessons with Sherry that day.

Winter Hours begin Sunday, October 14:
Monday–Thursday 8:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Saturday 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Sunday 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Sign up now for the Fall Festival and Celebration! Bring the family and join the fun on Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 4:00–7:00 pm. Pickleball, POP tennis, wooden racquet tennis, triples, and more fun games from 4:00–6:00 pm. Prizes awarded! Dinner served 6:00–7:00 pm - homemade soups, breads, apple pie and more! Cost: $20 per individual or $40 per family of three or more for the tennis activities and dinner. Dinner only is $5.00 per person. Limit of 30 participants for the activities, no limit for dinner guests. Call, email, or sign up at the club.

Members and frequent players… please bring your KVTA key tag and swipe it at the desk. This helps you get on the court quickly and helps us keep track of your visits. Thank You!

Every 2nd and 4th weekend of the month court fees are half-price for non-members.

This week’s “Dannism”!... “Just remember, you cannot win a doubles match by yourself and you cannot lose a doubles match by yourself. This is why they call it a team sport.”

Important Dates:*

2018
October 1 - Monday Night Advanced Scrambles begins
October 20 - Fall Festival and Celebration Dinner 4:00–7:00 p.m.
November 3 - Pickleball Tourney
November 24 - Turkey Mixer and Evening Meal 4:00–8:00 p.m.
December 15 - Holiday Scrambles and Evening Meal 4:00–8:00 p.m.

2019
January 26 - Pickleball Tourney
February 10 - Valentines Mixer
March 16 - St. Patrick’s Day Scrambles and Meal
June 8 & 9 - Maine Senior Games Pickleball
September 7 & 8 - Maine Senior Games Tennis*Some dates are subject to change. Please call Dan at the club for confirmation of event dates (207) 213-6286.

September 21, 2018

Sign up now for the Fall Festival and Celebration!  Bring the family and join the fun on Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 4:00-7:00 pm.  Pickleball, POP tennis, wooden racquet tennis, triples, and more fun games from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.  Prizes awarded! Dinner served 6:00 to 7:00 pm - homemade soups, breads, apple pie and more! Cost: $20 per individual or $40 per family of three or more for the tennis activities and dinner. Dinner only is $5.00 per person. Limit of 30 participants. Call, email, or sign up at the club.
Help Wanted  Our club is in full swing, and we are looking for additional desk staff and a new facilities manager.  Contact carol.ladd13@gmail.com or our interim manager Hilary Holm acopitennis@gmail.com if you have questions or an interest in applying.
Important Dates:
October 1 - Monday Night Advanced Scrambles begins
October 20 - Fall Festival and Celebration 4:00-7:00 pm
November 3 - Pickleball Tourney
November 24 - Turkey Mixer and Evening Meal 4:00-8:00 p.m.
December 15 - Holiday Scrambles and Evening Meal 4:00-8:00 p.m.
2019
January 26 - Pickleball Tourney
February 10 - Valentines Mixer
March 16 - St. Patrick’s Day Scrambles and Meal
June 8 & 9 - Maine Senior Games Pickleball
September 7 & 8 - Maine Senior Games Tennis
*Some dates are subject to change.  Please call Dan at the club for confirmation of event dates (207) 213-6286.

Please notice the suggestion box on the desk asking about what snacks you would like to see at the club! We do read the suggestions and appreciate your input.

Members and frequent players - please bring your KVTA key tag and swipe it at the desk. This helps you get quickly on to the court and helps us keep track of your visits. Thank You!

Please add kvtatennis@gmail.com to your Contacts to ensure our messages go to your inbox.

September 14, 2018

Terry is moving on, and we need to find a new manager.  We wish her well and thank her for all of the wonderful things she has done to help make A-Copi so successful and fun!

Tennis Facility Manager Wanted Organized, personable individual with management and multi-tasking skills for a part-time position managing an Augusta indoor tennis facility.  Details available. While this is a part-time position, it requires the manager to be actively working ~25 hours/week and available during all opened hours for problem-solving. A more detailed job description is available at the front desk or email carol.ladd13@gmail.com.  Please help us find the perfect person!

Did you know there is a USTA League called Tri-Level?  It happens in the Fall. In other states, the team is made up of a pair of players from each of the 3.5, 4.0 and 4.5 ratings levels. HERE IN MAINE, any pair of players of the same rating can be a team.  This team would then play other teams of the same rating from other clubs in the North (Augusta plays North; Bangor, Ellsworth and Waterville are the other clubs).  Typically the date and time for each match is loosely "scheduled" but can be rescheduled to meet the needs of the players--so long as all matches are finished by the end date for the league.  To make things even more player-friendly, each team can have up to four players on it (and only two players would play on any match date). If you want to pair up and play in this very flexible league this fall, the Northern Maine USTA coordinator, Karen Robidoux has extended the Tri-Level commitment date until Monday September 17. I can help answer any questions you may have. Please pass the word (or this email) on to other players you know who may be interested in USTA competitive play. It is great fun to play new players at your own level. —Hilary Holm, A-Copi Tennis and Sports Center USTA liaison. (207) 549-3263 hilaryholmgrown@aol.com.

2018 – 2019   A-COPI EVENT SCHEDULE*
Sept. 8/9 Maine Senior Games Tennis Tournament
Sept. 23 Women’s USTA Tryout and Drill 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Oct. 7 Men’s USTA Tryout and Drill 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Nov. 3 Pickleball Tourney
Nov. 24 Turkey Mixer and Evening Meal 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Dec. 15 Holiday Scrambles and Evening Meal 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

2019
Jan. 26 Pickleball Tourney
Feb. 10 Valentines Mixer
Mar. 16 St. Patrick’s Day Scrambles and Meal
June 8 & 9 Maine Senior Games Pickleball
Sept. 7 & 8 Maine Senior Games Tennis
*Some dates are subject to change.  Please call Dan at the club for confirmation of event dates:  (207) 213-6286.

August 31, 2018  The latest issue of Line Calls is out!

Thank you all for coming out to the Annual Meeting last night! Board President Don Gasink welcomed KVTA members and guests and introduced current Board members Dick Bachelder, Dan Bence, Doug Boyink, Elaine Bridge, Marc Cyr, Marcia Duval, Hilary Holm, and Carol Ladd. Don recognized Elaine Bridge, whose term expired, for her service to the Board and KVTA, and she received a well-deserved round of applause, and thanked Suzanne for her term on the Board. Both Elaine and Suzanne will continue to serve on committees. Board members Dick Bachelder and Marc Cyr were elected for another term. The slate of new Board nominees, which included Art Lavoie, Melissa Romac, and Wilbur Shardlow, were introduced and elected to the Board by members. Last but not least, a big thank you to Social Committee members Elaine Bridge, Lisa Lowery, Hilary Holm, and Chris Rao, who provided delicious refreshments!
Kids and Juniors! Red and Orange Ball Classes start new five-week sessions on September 5th, and our Middle School and High School programs begin new five-week sessions on September 11th!
Monday Night Advanced Scrambles is coming!  This new program is open to men and women who currently play or have played on USTA 4.0 teams in the past and begins Monday, October 1, 7:00-9:00 pm.  If you have not played at the 4.0 level before, you must be evaluated by head pro Dan Veilleux and reexamined after two weeks.  We will take a total of 12 men or women players each week, and players will be chosen from those who respond first each week. Cost: A one-time league fee of $12 per player to be paid the first night of play, and the weekly cost is $20/Nonmember, $12/Silver members, and $6/Gold members.  You may sign up through the club in person, by phone (207) 213-6286, or by email kvtatennis@gmail.com.  The weekly sign-up deadline is by Friday 5:00 pm before the scheduled Monday night.
Gentlemen, want to find out your USTA playing level or be on a USTA men's team and play matches against men from other clubs?  Currently, our club has no USTA men’s teams, and we are looking to see if there is interest from members or nonmembers to form teams for men playing at levels 4.0, 3.5, or 3.0 in age groups 18 years old and up, 40 and up, or 55 and up.  Each age group plays at a different time of year.  You are allowed to play for two teams but not on the same day.  If this interests you, sign up for Sunday, October 7 from 9:00 am–12 noon.  At this event, you will be doing quite a bit of match play (round robins) to determine your USTA level.  Cost: $20 per person.  At the end of the event, our club’s USTA spokesperson Hilary Holm will be available to answer any questions you may have about the seasons of play.  The event will be run by Wilbur Shardlow and Dan Veilleux.  There is limited space, so sign up now through Dan at (207) 213-6286!
USTA Challenge Night Starting in October, Wednesday is USTA Challenge Night for women.  Join us for match play practice!  We are looking for two 4.0 pairs and two 3.5 pairs for one week, and two 3.5 pairs and two 3.0 pairs for the following week.  Let’s get our teams “Match Tough” for the season!  Who: Women players on a USTA team or those players selected by Dan V.  When: Wednesdays 7:00-9:00 pm starting October 3.  Where:  A-Copi Tennis and Sports Center.  Cost: $18/Nonmember; $12/Silver; no charge/Gold.  Sign-ups will be weekly, and you must sign up as a pair.  Depending on what we are looking for each week, we will take the first two pairs in levels 4.0, 3.5, or 3.0 who sign up.  Sign up at KVTA or email us at kvtatennis@gmail.com.  The deadlines are Mondays at 5:00 pm before the scheduled Wednesday Challenge Night.  Challenge Night is another reason to sign up for the September 23 clinic and get on a team so that you can participate in Match Play.
WOULD YOU LIKE A PERMANENT COURT TIME SCHEDULED FOR YOUR GROUP? 
Court time is still available. For more information, contact Terry acopitennis@gmail.com.
Important Dates: 
September 4 - Permanent Court Time resumes
September 5 - Red Ball and Orange Ball begin new five-week session
September 8-9 - Maine Senior Tennis Games
September 11 - High School and Middle School begin new five-week session
October 1 - Monday Night Advanced Scrambles begins
October 3 - Wednesday USTA Challenge Night begins
October 7 - Men’s USTA Tennis Level and Evaluation Clinic 9:00 am–12 noon

August 24, 2018

WOULD YOU LIKE A PERMANENT COURT TIME SCHEDULED FOR YOUR GROUP? Court time is still available. For more information, contact Terry acopitennis@gmail.com.
Annual Meeting is Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at 6:00 pm in the A-Copi Tennis and Sports Center lounge.  All are invited! Attendees will have the opportunity to hear an update about how the club is doing and meet the Board of Directors, and voting members will vote for new and renewing Board members.  Voting members include anyone with a Gold or Silver membership or who pays $10 dues to join KVTA, our governing board.  Please join us whether you plan to vote or just hear the update! It will be a brief but important meeting!
There’s still time! Maine Senior Games Tennis sign-up deadline is Friday, August 31, 12 noon, at the link below.  This is a national qualifier for those at least age 50.  Adults aged 45 and up can compete in their own age group.  When:  Saturday, September 8, 2018 - Women's Singles, Men's Doubles, Mixed Doubles; Sunday, September 9, 2018 - Men's Singles, Women's Doubles.  Players who sign up with a doubles partner will automatically be placed in the age bracket of the younger player.  A-Copi Tennis and Sports Center Event Coordinator: Dan Veilleux.  Sign up on the Maine Senior Games website  https://maine.fusesport.com/registration/854/.
Women’s USTA Tennis Level and League Evaluation Clinic  Want to find out your USTA level?  Want to be on our USTA women’s team and play matches against women from other clubs?  Currently, our club has a USTA 4.0 women’s team, and we are looking for women players to form 3.0 and 3.5 teams.  If Hilary Holm, the women’s 4.0 team captain, feels you are ready for the 4.0 team, she will contact you.  You are allowed to play for two teams;  e.g. a 3.5 player is allowed to play at the 4.0 level.  If USTA league competition interests you, please sign up for the Evaluation Clinic on Sunday, September 23, 9:00 am-12 noon.  We will be doing skills and match play to determine at what level you can most help out your club team.  Cost: $40 per person.  At the end of the clinic, our club’s USTA spokesperson Hilary Holm will be available for questions and will help you if you choose to be a team captain.  Space is limited, so sign up now by calling KVTA head pro Dan Veilleux (207) 213-6286.
Monday Night Advanced Scrambles is coming!  This new program is open to men and women who currently play or have played on USTA 4.0 teams in the past and begins Monday, October 1, 7:00-9:00 pm.  If you have not played at the 4.0 level before, you must be evaluated by head pro Dan Veilleux and reexamined after two weeks.  We will take a total of 12 men or women players each week, and players will be chosen from those who respond first each week. Cost: A one-time league fee of $12 per player to be paid the first night of play, and the weekly cost is $20/Nonmember, $12/Silver members, and $6/Gold members.  You may sign up through the club in person, by phone (207) 213-6286, or by email kvtatennis@gmail.com.  The weekly sign-up deadline is by Friday 5:00 pm before the scheduled Monday night.
NEW Gentlemen!  Want to find out your USTA playing level?  Want to be on a USTA men's team and play matches against men from other clubs?  Currently, our club has no USTA men’s team, and we are looking to see if there is interest from members or nonmembers to form teams for men playing at levels 4.0, 3.5, or 3.0 in age groups 18 years old and up, 40 and up, or 55 and up.  Each age group plays at a different time of year.  You are allowed to play for two teams but not on the same day.  If this interests you, sign up for Sunday, October 7 from 9:00 am–12 noon.  At this event, you will be doing quite a bit of match play (round robins) to determine your USTA level.  Cost: $20 per person.  At the end of the event, our club’s USTA spokesperson Hilary Holm will be available to answer any questions you may have about the seasons of play.  The event will be run by Wilbur Shardlow and Dan Veilleux.  There is limited space, so sign up now through Dan at (207) 213-6286!
USTA Challenge Night Starting in October, Wednesday is USTA Challenge Night for women.  Join us for match play practice!  We are looking for two 4.0 pairs and two 3.5 pairs for one week, and two 3.5 pairs and two 3.0 pairs for the following week.  Let’s get our teams “Match Tough” for the season!  Who: Women players on a USTA team or those players selected by Dan V.  When: Wednesdays 7:00-9:00 pm starting October 3.  Where:  A-Copi Tennis and Sports Center.  Cost: $18/Nonmember; $12/Silver; no charge/Gold.  Sign-ups will be weekly, and you must sign up as a pair.  Depending on what we are looking for each week, we will take the first two pairs in levels 4.0, 3.5, or 3.0 who sign up.  Sign up at KVTA or email us at kvtatennis@gmail.com.  The deadlines are Mondays at 5:00 pm before the scheduled Wednesday Challenge Night.  Challenge Night is another reason to sign up for the September 23 clinic and get on a team so that you can participate in Match Play.
Important Dates: 
August 29 - Annual Meeting 6:00 pm in the A-Copi lounge
August 31 - Deadline for Maine Senior Tennis Games sign-up at 12 noon
September 4 - Permanent Court Time resumes
September 5 - Red Ball and Orange Ball begin new five-week session
September 8-9 - Maine Senior Tennis Games
September 11 - High School and Middle School begin new five-week session
September 23 - Women’s USTA Level and Evaluation Clinic 9:00 am-12:00 pm
October 1 - Monday Night Advanced Scrambles begins
October 3 - Wednesday USTA Challenge Night begins
October 7 - Men’s USTA Tennis Level and Evaluation Clinic 9:00 am–12 noon
This week's Dannism: "For timing, three steps are always better than one."

Sign up for the Maine Senior Tennis Games on Sept. 8 & 9! The deadline for sign up is Friday, August 31 by 12 noon. We look forward to seeing you there!

August 17, 2018

Thank you for making us your neighborhood tennis and pickleball center.  KVTA at A-Copi is a friendly, inclusive place for all ages to stay fit and have fun.  Join us!

Dan comments…  Here we are August 10th.  It’s a nice sunny day outside, but it’s even nicer inside with 18 players here for our Friday Night Mixer.  Great participation from all, and a big thank you from all of us at A-Copi!
Don’t forget… Maine Senior Games Tennis sign-up deadline is Friday, August 31 at 12 noon at the link below.  This is a national qualifier for those at least age 50.  Adults aged 45 and up can compete in their own age group.  When: Saturday, September 8, 2018 - Women's Singles, Men's Doubles, Mixed Doubles; Sunday, September 9, 2018 - Men's Singles, Women's Doubles.  Players who sign up with a doubles partner will automatically be placed in the age bracket of the younger player. A-Copi Tennis and Sports Center Event Coordinator: Dan Veilleux.  Sign up on the Maine Senior Games website  https://maine.fusesport.com/registration/854/.
A friendly reminder that Permanent Court Time must be paid for by Monday, August 20, or we will be unable to reserve your courts.  Booked permanent court time begins Tuesday, September 4, 2018.  Please submit one check only for the entire $250 per court, even if the amount is split among players.  If you are not a member and join now, you may book permanent court time. Otherwise you must book weekly.  Playing at least twice per week makes KVTA’s membership a good deal! Looking to play regularly but don’t have a group? Some permanent court groups are looking for more members or subs.  Let the desk staff or Dan know of your interest and availability, and they might be able to find a group for you.
Annual Meeting is Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at 6:00 pm in the A-Copi Tennis and Sports Center lounge.  All are invited! Attendees will have the opportunity to hear an update about how the club is doing and meet the Board of Directors, and voting members will vote for new and renewing Board members.  Voting members include anyone with a Gold or Silver membership or who pays $10 dues to join KVTA, our governing board. Please join us whether you plan to vote or just hear the update! It will be a brief but important meeting!
Monday Night Advanced Scrambles is coming!  This new program is open to men and women who currently play or have played on USTA 4.0 teams in the past and begins Monday, October 1, 7:00-9:00 pm.  If you have not played at the 4.0 level before, you must be evaluated by head pro Dan Veilleux and reexamined after two weeks. We will take a total of 12 men or women players each week, and players will be chosen from those who respond first each week. Cost: A one-time league fee of $12 per player to be paid the first night of play, and the weekly cost is $20/Non Member, $12/Silver members, and $6/Gold members.  You may sign up through the club in person, by phone (207) 213-6286, or by email kvtatennis@gmail.com.  The weekly sign up deadline is by Friday 5:00 pm before the scheduled Monday night.
NEW Gentlemen!  Want to find out your USTA playing level?  Want to be on a USTA men's team and play matches against men from other clubs? Currently, our club has no USTA men’s team, and we are looking to see if there is interest from members or non-members to form teams for men playing at levels 4.0, 3.5, or 3.0 in age groups 18 years old and up, 40 and up, or 55 and up.  Each age group plays at a different time of year. You are allowed to play for two teams but not on the same day. If this interests you, sign up for Sunday, October 7 from 9:00 am–12 noon. At this event, you will be doing quite a bit of match play (round robins) to determine your USTA level. Cost: $20 per person.  At the end of the event, our club’s USTA spokesperson Hilary Holm will be available to answer any questions you may have about the seasons of play. The event will be run by Wilbur Shardlow and Dan Veilleux. There is limited space, so sign up now through Dan at (207) 213-6286!
Women’s USTA Tennis Level and League Evaluation Clinic  Want to find out your USTA level?  Want to be on our USTA women’s team and play matches against women from other clubs?  Currently, our club has a USTA 4.0 women’s team, and we are looking for women players to form 3.0 and 3.5 teams.  If Hilary Holm, the women’s 4.0 team captain, feels you are ready for the 4.0 team, she will contact you. You are allowed to play for two teams;  e.g. a 3.5 player is allowed to play at the 4.0 level. If USTA league competition interests you, please sign up for the Evaluation Clinic on Sunday, September 23, 9:00 am-12 noon.  We will be doing skills and match play to determine at what level you can most help out your club team. Cost: $40 per person. At the end of the clinic, our club’s USTA spokesperson Hilary Holm will be available for questions and will help you if you choose to be a team captain.  Space is limited, so sign up now by calling KVTA head pro Dan Veilleux (207) 213-6286.
USTA Challenge Night Starting in October Wednesday is USTA Challenge Night!  Join us for match play practice! We are looking for two 4.0 pairs and two 3.5 pairs for one week, and two 3.5 pairs and two 3.0 pairs for the following week.  Let’s get our teams “Match Tough” for the season! Who: Women players on a USTA team or those players selected by Dan V. When: Wednesdays 7:00-9:00 pm starting October 3.  Where: A-Copi Tennis and Sports Center. Cost: $18/Non member; $12/Silver; no charge/Gold. Sign-ups will be weekly, and you must sign up as a pair. Depending on what we are looking for each week, we will take the first two pairs in levels 4.0, 3.5, or 3.0 who sign up.  Sign up at KVTA or email us at kvtatennis@gmail.com.  The deadlines are Mondays at 5:00 pm before the scheduled Wednesday Challenge Night.  Challenge Night is another reason to sign up for the September 23 clinic and get on a team so that you can participate in Match Play.
Important Dates:
August 20 - Permanent Court Time is due
August 29 - Annual Meeting 6:00 pm in the A-Copi lounge
September 4 - Permanent Court Time resumes
September 8-9 - Maine Senior Tennis Games
September 23 - Women’s USTA Level and Evaluation Clinic 9:00 am-12:00 pm
October 1 - Monday Night Advanced Scrambles begins
October 3 - Wednesday USTA Challenge Night begins
October 7 - Men’s USTA Tennis Level and Evaluation Clinic 9:00 am–12 noon

Thank you for being a part of KVTA!  We appreciate your business! —Terry Witham, Facilities Manager, and the entire crew 

Please add kvtatennis@gmail.com to your Contacts to ensure our messages go to your inbox.

August 10, 2018

KVTA has programs for everyone from kids to adults! Join today!

The Summer Only Special for non-members ends August 10.  In the area for a short time or want to try out the club?  Join KVTA for 30 days and get two free court times per week (third play is at Silver member price), the Friday Night Mixer for the low cost of $5, and lessons at member pricing! Cost is $60 for one month. Hurry, time is running out!  Call us for details.

Friendly Reminder  Permanent Court Time must be reserved and paid for by August 20.  Booked permanent court time begins Tuesday, September 4, 2018. Please submit one check only for the entire $250 per court, even if the amount is split among players.  If you are not a member and join now, you may book a permanent court time. Otherwise you must book weekly. Playing at least twice per week makes KVTA’s membership a good deal!  Looking to play regularly but don’t have a group? Some permanent court groups are looking for more members or subs. Let the desk staff or Dan know of your interest and availability, and they might be able to find a group for you.

Maine Senior Games Tennis comes to A-Copi!  It is now time to sign up for the 2018 Maine Senior Tennis Games.  This is a national qualifier for those at least age 50. Adults aged 45 and up can compete in their own age group.   When: Saturday, September 8, 2018 - Women's Singles, Men's Doubles, Mixed Doubles; Sunday, September 9, 2018 - Men's Singles, Women's Doubles.  Players who sign up with a doubles partner will automatically be placed in the age bracket of the younger player. A-Copi Tennis and Sports Center Event Coordinator: Dan Veilleux.  Sign up on the Maine Senior Games website  https://maine.fusesport.com/registration/854/.

USTA Tennis Level and League Evaluation Clinic   Want to find out your USTA level?  Want to be on our USTA women’s team?  Play matches against women from other clubs?  Currently, our club has a USTA 4.0 women’s team, and we are looking for women players to form 3.0 and 3.5 teams.  If Hilary Holm, the women’s 4.0 team captain, feels you are ready for the 4.0 team, she will contact you. You are allowed to play for two teams;  e.g. a 3.5 player is allowed to play at the 4.0 level. If USTA league competition interests you, please sign up for the Evaluation Clinic on Sunday, September 23, 9:00 a.m.-12 noon.  We will be doing skills and match play to determine at what level you can most help out your club team. Cost: $40 per person. At the end of the clinic, our club’s USTA spokesperson Hilary Holm will be available for questions and will help you if you choose to be a team captain.  Space is limited, so sign up now by calling KVTA head pro Dan Veilleux (207) 213-6286.

Monday Night Advanced Scrambles  This new program is open to men and women who currently play or have played on USTA 4.0 teams in the past and begins Monday, October 1, 7:00-9:00 p.m.  If you have not played at the 4.0 level before, you must be evaluated by head pro Dan Veilleux and reexamined after two weeks. We will take a total of 12 men or women players each week.  Additional players will be kept on a waitlist to replace last minute cancellations. If this program needs to grow by four players, we will make an adjustment as needed. Cost: A one-time league fee of $12 per player to be paid the first night of play, and the weekly cost is $20/Non Member, $12/Silver members, and $6/Gold members.  You may sign up through the club in person, by phone (207) 213-6286, or by email kvtatennis@gmail.com.  The weekly sign up deadline is by Friday 5:00 pm before the scheduled Monday night.

USTA Challenge Night Starting in October Wednesday is USTA Challenge Night!  Join us for match play practice! We are looking for two 4.0 pairs and two 3.5 pairs for one week, and two 3.5 pairs and two 3.0 pairs for the following week.  Let’s get our teams “Match Tough” for the season! Who: Players on a USTA team or those players selected by Dan V. When: Wednesdays 7:00-9:00 p.m. starting October 3.  Where: A-Copi Tennis and Sports Center. Cost: $18 non members; $12 Silver members; no charge Gold members. Sign-ups will be weekly, and you must sign up as a pair. Depending on what we are looking for each week, we will take the first two pairs in levels 4.0, 3.5, or 3.0 who sign up. Sign up at KVTA or by emailing us at kvtatennis@gmail.com.  The deadline is Mondays at 5:00 p.m. before the scheduled Wednesday Challenge Night.  Challenge Night is another reason to sign up for the September 23 clinic and get on a team so that you can participate in Match Play.

Get that spark back into your tennis with a tennis tune-up!  Stop by or call and set up a private or semi-private lesson with one of our tennis pros.  Not willing to commit to a private lesson? Get your favorite tennis buds together and schedule a group lesson!  As many as four students can share a lesson. You can learn how to prevent injuries, improve fundamentals, and improve your game!

Forget your towel?  We have a fresh supply!  Cost is only $4.

Join us for clinics and drills!  

Boot Camp:  Get fit and have fun with Boot Camp/Cardio Games on Wednesday nights.  Be prepared for some heart-pumping activity combined with tennis skills!  This fun class is available to ALL levels. Cost: $10 for members; $12 for non-members. Wednesdays 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Cardio Tennis:  Taught by a certified Cardio Tennis professional, this class is open to all levels including high school students and adults.  “Heart pumping fitness for everyone.” We supply the fun; you get the fitness. Join us Saturdays 9:00 a.m. Cost: $10 for members; $12 for non-members.

Stroke of the Day:  Get some expert help on your stroke with Stroke of the Day.  Head tennis pro Dan Veilleux will select the stroke for the day's clinic and provide specific instruction.  Cost: $15 for members; $18 for non-members. Join us on Tuesdays 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and Thursdays 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Adult Beginner:  Just starting out or restarting?  Join in for five weeks or just drop in!  Class is open to adults and high schoolers.  Cost: $65 for five weeks; $18 non-member drop in; $15 member.  Tuesdays 5:00-6:00 p.m. and Thursdays 9:00-10:00 a.m.

3.0 Drill:  Get expert guidance from our head tennis pro Dan Veilleux!  Available to players at level 3.0. Cost: $19 for members; $22 for non-members.  Join us Mondays 10:00-11:30 a.m. (No 3.0 drill Monday, August 13)

3.5 Drill:  Get expert guidance from our head tennis pro Dan Veilleux!  Available to players at level 3.5. Cost: $19 for members; $22 for non-members.  Join us Fridays 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Relish Pickleball? We do too!  Drop in for pickleball with us this summer! Cost: $5 for 1.5 hour sessions; $7 for two-hour sessions.
Mondays 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Wednesdays 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Fridays 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Saturdays 8:30-10:00 a.m.

Important Dates:
August 10 - Last chance for Summer Only Special
August 20 - Permanent Court Time is due
August 29 - Annual Meeting 6:00 pm in the A-Copi lounge
September 4 - Permanent Court Time Resumes
September 8 and 9 - Maine Senior Tennis Games
September 23 - 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. - Tennis Level and League Evaluation Clinic

Pro Shop Inventory  Fall is right around the corner!  We are looking for suggestions for our Pro Shop inventory.  Your input is welcomed!

This week’s Dannism:  “Your first opponent is the net, your second opponent is the lines, and your third opponent is the person across from you!”

Please add KVTAtennis@gmail.com to your contact list!

August 3, 2018

Great programs happening at KVTA. Join us!

Monday Night Advanced Scrambles  This new program is open to men and women who currently play or have played on USTA 4.0 teams in the past and begins Monday, October 1, 7:00-9:00 pm.  If you have not played at the 4.0 level before, you must be evaluated by head pro Dan Veilleux and reexamined after two weeks. We will take a total of 12 men or women players each week.  Additional players will be kept on a wait list to replace last minute cancellations. If this program needs to grow by four players, we will make an adjustment as needed. Cost: A one-time league fee of $12 per player to be paid the first night of play, and the weekly cost is $20/Non Member, $12/Silver members, and $6/Gold members.  You may sign up through the club in person, by phone (207) 213-6286, or by email kvtatennis@gmail.com.  The weekly sign up deadline is by Friday 5:00 pm before the scheduled Monday night.
USTA Women’s League Teams  Want to find out your USTA level?  Want to be on our USTA women’s team?  Play matches against women from other clubs?  Currently, our club has a USTA 4.0 women’s team, and we are looking for women players to form 3.0 and 3.5 teams.  If Hilary Holm, the women’s 4.0 team captain, feels you are ready for the 4.0 team, she will contact you. You are allowed to play for two teams; e.g. a 3.5 player is allowed to play at the 4.0 level. If USTA league competition interests you, please sign up for the Evaluation Clinic on Sunday, September 23, 9 am-12 noon.  We will be doing skills and match play to determine at what level you can most help out your club team. Cost: $40 per person. At the end of the clinic, our club’s USTA spokesperson Hilary Holm will be available for questions and will help you if you choose to be a team captain.  Space is limited, so sign up now by calling KVTA head pro Dan Veilleux (207) 213-6286.
Many thanks to Dale Demers for his continued dedication to KVTA on and off the courts.  Dale volunteers to teach tennis to our junior players and donates his carpenter talents.  Most recently he built a shelf in our lobby on which to display our recent USPTA awards and a showcase for our young players’ pictures.  We greatly appreciate your help!
Maine Senior Games Tennis coming to A-Copi! It is now time to sign up for the 2018 Maine Senior Tennis Games.  This is a national qualifier for those at least age 50. Adults aged 45 and up can compete in their own age group.   When: Saturday, September 8, 2018 - Women's Singles, Men's Doubles, Mixed Doubles; Sunday, September 9, 2018 - Men's Singles, Women's Doubles.  Players who sign up with a doubles partner will automatically be placed in the age bracket of the younger player. A-Copi Tennis and Sports Center Event Coordinator: Dan Veilleux.  Sign up on the Maine Senior Games website https://maine.fusesport.com/registration/854/.
KVTA high school players compete KVTA tennis pro Lanell Beckles reports that two of KVTA's top high school players, Lauren Bourque and Madelyn Dwyer, participated in a tennis tournament at Colby College in Waterville.  It’s great to see our young people playing competitive tennis!
Friendly reminder Permanent Court Time must be reserved and paid for by August 20th.  Please submit only one check for the entire $250 per court, even if the amount is split among players!  If you are not a member and join now, you may book a permanent court time. Otherwise you may book weekly.  Playing at least twice per week makes KVTA’s membership a good deal!
Important Dates:
August 20th - Permanent Court Time is due
August 29th - Annual Meeting 6:00 pm in the A-Copi lounge
September 4th - Permanent Court Time resumes
September 8th and 9th - Maine Senior Tennis Games
September 23rd - 9:00 am to 12:00 pm - Tennis Level and League Evaluation Clinic
Pro Shop Inventory Fall is right around the corner!  We are looking for suggestions for our Pro Shop inventory.  Your input is welcomed!

Thank you for being a part of KVTA!  We appreciate your business! —Terry Witham, Facilities Manager, and the entire crew

July 27, 2018

July is almost over... there’s still time to sign up for our Summer Only Special! In the area for a short time or want to try out the club? Get in on our Non-Member Summer Only Special! Join KVTA for 30 days and get two free court times per week (third play is at Silver member price), the Friday Night Mixer for the low cost of $5, and lessons at member pricing! Cost is $60 for one month. Hurry, time is running out! Call us for details.
Permanent Court Time Permanent Court Time must be reserved and paid for by August 20th. Booked permanent court time begins Tuesday, September 4, 2018. Please submit only one check for the entire $250 per court, even if the amount is split among players. If you are not a member and become one now, you may book Permanent Court Time. Otherwise, you must book weekly. Playing at least twice per week makes a KVTA membership a good deal!
Annual Meeting The Annual Meeting for your club, Kennebec Valley Tennis Association, will be Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the A-Copi Tennis and Sports Center lounge. All are invited! Attendees will have the opportunity to hear an update about how the club is doing and meet the Board of Directors, and voting members will vote for new and renewing Board members. Voting members include anyone with a Gold or Silver membership or anyone who pays $10 dues to join KVTA, our governing board.  Please join us whether you plan to vote or just hear the update! It will be a brief but important meeting!
Maine Senior Games Tennis is coming to A-Copi! It is now time to sign up! This is a national qualifier for those at least age 50. Adults ages 45 and up can compete in their own age group. When: Saturday, September 8, 2018 - Women's Singles, Men's Doubles, Mixed Doubles; Sunday, September 9, 2018 - Men's Singles, Women's Doubles. Players who sign up with a doubles partner will automatically be placed in the age bracket of the younger player. A-Copi Tennis and Sports Center Event Coordinator: Dan Veilleux. Sign up on the Maine Senior Games website.
Picture yourself as a league captain! Are you female and level 3.0 or 3.5 and interested in being a league captain? Leagues travel to other clubs to play and play at A-Copi once. If you are interested, please call Dan Veilleux (207) 213-6286 and leave your name and number.
Find your level AND become part of a team! Here’s a unique opportunity to find your level of play and compete with players at other clubs. Women players at levels 3.0 and 3.5 are needed for teams to represent KVTA. KVTA also has a USTA Women’s 4.0 team. If the 4.0 team captain Hilary Holm feels you are ready for the team, she will contact you. The USTA permits playing for two teams, and a 3.5 player is allowed to play at the 4.0 level as well. If you are interested, sign up for the evaluation clinic on Sunday, September 23, 9:00 a.m.-12 noon. We will be doing skills and match play to determine your level of play and where you can help your team. Cost: $40 per person. At the end of the event, our club’s USTA spokesperson Hilary Holm will be available for any questions, and if you choose to be a captain, she will help you. There are limited enrollments. Sign up now by calling Dan Veilleux at (207) 623-6286.
USTA Challenge Night Wednesdays 7:00-9:00 p.m. is USTA Challenge Night. Join us for match play practice! We are looking for two 4.0 pairs and two 3.5 pairs for one week, and two 3.5 pairs and two 3.0 pairs for the following week.  Let’s get our teams “Match Tough” for the season! Who: Players on a USTA team or those players selected by Dan V. When: Wednesdays 7:00-9:00 p.m. starting October 3. Where: A-Copi Tennis and Sports Center. Cost: $18 non members; $12 Silver members; no charge Gold members. Sign-ups will be weekly, and you must sign up as a pair.  Depending on what we are looking for each week, we will take the first two pairs in levels 4.0, 3.5, or 3.0 who sign up. Sign up at KVTA or by emailing us at kvtatennis@gmail.com. The deadline is Monday at 5:00 p.m. before the scheduled Wednesday Challenge Night. Challenge Night is another reason to sign up for the September 23 clinic and get on a team so that you can participate in Match Play.
Wee Wednesday! New session starting July 25. Get your child or grandchild into private or group lessons! Players as young as four can start with our Red Ball Clinic. We supply the balls, racquets, and fun! Players can progress to Orange Ball after completing Red Ball. Weekly sessions are led by our head tennis pro Dan Veilleux. Sign up for a five-week session or drop in to try It out. Cost: $12 drop in or $55 for a five-week session. Time: Red Ball (Ages 4-7) 3:30-4:30 p.m.; Orange Ball (Ages 8-11) 4:30-5:30 p.m. More programming is available for kids on the weekends with tennis pro Sherry Norton during our Fall/Winter/Spring seasons. She is also available immediately for private lessons. Just call (207) 213-6286.
Tween and Teen Tuesdays & Thursdays Is your middle schooler getting into the middle of things that don’t involve exercise? Is that high schooler exhibiting signs of nervous energy? Our Tween and Teen programs can help with that! Middle and high schoolers have the option of joining us once or twice a week! Cost: $13 drop in; once a week $55 for five weeks; twice a week $80 for five weeks (new session starts July 24). When: Middle School Tuesdays 4:00-5:00 p.m. and Thursdays 4:30-5:30 p.m. High School Tuesdays 3:00-4:00 p.m and Thursdays 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Need a tune-up? Stop by or call and set up a private or semi-private lesson with one of our tennis pros. Not willing to commit to a private lesson? Get your favorite tennis buds together and schedule a group lesson! As many as four students can share a lesson. Our pros will help with fundamentals as well as strategies to improve your game and help prevent injuries.
Forget your towel? We have a fresh supply!  Cost is only $4.
Pickleball Prowess! Kudos to Jim Hutchison and Cindy Owings-Hutchison for achieving the Bronze Medal at the Atlantic Regional Pickleball Tournament in Portland on July 7.
“Dannisms” Head tennis pro Dan Veilleux offers many tips and quotes when in lesson mode. This week’s Dannism: ”Your first opponent in tennis is the net.”
Summer Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; Sunday: Closed

Like us on Facebook! See our website for news, program schedules, directions, and more! See you on the courts! We appreciate your business; tell a friend! --Terry and the gang!

MTA President Ron Friedman presented a posthumous Recognition Award to KVTA’s late head pro Dan Veilleux on May 18, 2019. Receiving the award were KVTA Board President Carol Ladd, Dan’s fiancee Margaret, and his sister Jan.

MTA President Ron Friedman presented a posthumous Recognition Award to KVTA’s late head pro Dan Veilleux on May 18, 2019. Receiving the award were KVTA Board President Carol Ladd, Dan’s fiancee Margaret, and his sister Jan.

Local high school tennis teams took advantage of the free clinic offered by Lanell Beckles to prepare for their upcoming state singles tournaments.

Local high school tennis teams took advantage of the free clinic offered by Lanell Beckles to prepare for their upcoming state singles tournaments.

KVTA head pro visiting Hall-Dale Elementary to promote the great game of tennis.

KVTA head pro visiting Hall-Dale Elementary to promote the great game of tennis.

KVTA junior tennis team March 2019

KVTA junior tennis team March 2019

KVTA Board President and Board Treasurer cutting the 5th Anniversary cake at the KV Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours hosted by A-Copi on February 27, 2019.

KVTA Board President and Board Treasurer cutting the 5th Anniversary cake at the KV Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours hosted by A-Copi on February 27, 2019.

Daniel N. Veilleux 1963-2019

Daniel N. Veilleux 1963-2019

KVTA tennis pro Sherry Norton at the Fun, Family, & Friends Holiday Tennis Gathering in December 2019 (in red in middle)

KVTA tennis pro Sherry Norton at the Fun, Family, & Friends Holiday Tennis Gathering in December 2019 (in red in middle)

New t-shirts and cinch bags are in! Check out the pro shop for shirts, hats, water bottles, and all sorts of equipment accessories.

New t-shirts and cinch bags are in! Check out the pro shop for shirts, hats, water bottles, and all sorts of equipment accessories.

 

July 20, 2018

Non-Member Summer Membership There is still time to sign up for our summer-only special! In the area for a short time or want to try out the club? Get in on our Non-Member Summer Only Special! Join KVTA for 30 days and this summer special will give you two free court times per week (third play is at Silver Member price), Friday Night Mixer for the low cost of $5, and lessons at member pricing! Cost: $60 for one month. Hurry, time is running out! Call us for details.
Permanent Court Time Do you have your permanent court time reserved? Permanent Court Time must be reserved and paid for by August 20th. Please submit only one check for the entire $250 per court, even if the amount is split among players. If you are not a member and join now, you may book your Permanent Court Time. Otherwise you may book weekly. Playing at least twice per week makes a KVTA Membership a good deal!
KVTA Annual Meeting August 29 The Annual Meeting for your club, Kennebec Valley Tennis Association, will be Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the A-Copi Tennis and Sports Center lounge. All are invited! Attendees will have the opportunity to hear an update about how the club is doing and meet the Board of Directors, and voting members will vote for new and renewing Board members. Voting members include anyone with a Gold or Silver membership or anyone who pays $10 dues to join KVTA, our governing board. Please join us whether you plan to vote or just hear the update! It will be a brief but important meeting!
Maine Senior Games This is a national qualifier for those at least age 50. Adults ages 45 and up can compete in their own age group in tennis. Saturday, September 8, 2018 - Women's Singles, Men's Doubles, Mixed Doubles; Sunday, September 9, 2018 - Men's Singles, Women's Doubles. Players who sign up with a doubles partner will automatically be placed in the age bracket of the younger player.You may compete in up to two events. Events are best two out of three sets with a tiebreaker for the third set. A-Copi Tennis and Sports Center Augusta Event Coordinator: Dan Veilleux. Sign up here: https://maine.fusesport.com/registration/854/
Picture yourself as a league captain! Are you female and level 3.0 or 3.5 and a interested in being a league captain? Leagues travel to other clubs to play and play here at A-Copi once. If you are interested, please call Dan Veilleux here at (207) 213-6286 and leave your name and number.
Wee Wednesday! New session starting July 25 Get your child or grandchild into some private or group lessons!  Players as young as four can start with our Red Ball clinic. We supply the balls, racquets, and fun! Players can progress to Orange Ball after completing Red Ball. Weekly sessions are led by our head tennis pro Dan Veilleux. Sign up for a five-week session or drop in to try it out. Cost: $12 drop in or $55 for a five-week session. Time: Red Ball (Ages 4-7) 3:30-4:30 pm; Orange Ball (Ages 8-11) 4:30-5:30 pm. More programming is available for kids on the weekends with tennis pro Sherry Norton during our Fall/Winter/Spring seasons! She is also available for private lessons now. Call (207) 213-6286 for more info and to sign up. https://www.kvtatennis.org/schedule/
Tween and Teen Tuesdays & Thursdays Is your middle schooler getting into the middle of things that don’t involve exercise? Is that high schooler exhibiting signs of nervous energy? Our Tween and Teen programs can help with that! Middle schoolers and high schoolers have the option of joining us once or twice a week! Cost: Drop in $13; once a week $55 for five weeks; twice a week $80 for five weeks. When: Middle School Tuesdays 4:00-5:00 p.m. and Thursdays 4:30-5:30 p.m.; High School Tuesdays 3:00-4:00 p.m and Thursdays 3:30- 4:30 p.m. https://www.kvtatennis.org/schedule/
Need a tune-up? Stop by or call and set up a Private or Semi-Private Lesson with one of our professionals. Not willing to commit to a private lesson? Get your favorite tennis buds together and schedule a group lesson! As many as four students can share a lesson. Our pros will help with fundamentals as well as strategies to improve your game and help prevent injuries.
Forget your towel? We have a fresh supply! Cost is only $4.
Pickleball Prowess! Kudos to Jim Hutchison and Cindy Owings-Hutchison for achieving the Bronze Medal at the Atlantic Regional Pickleball Tournament in Portland on July 7.
Dannism "Your first opponent in tennis is the net.” 

Thank you for your patronage! -KVTA Staff

July 13, 2018

Come in for some exciting tennis, pickleball, fitness drills, and fun!
Last chance to sign up for summer camp! Send in your teen player on July 23 for this one-day camp. The cost is $45 per player. A minimum of 4 players is needed to run the camp, which happens on Monday, July 23, 2:30-5:00 p.m. Sign up by Wednesday, July 18 at 5:00 p.m.
Looking for a few good men and a few good women for our Grand Prix Singles Tournament... Compete in Men’s and Women’s divisions levels high 3.0 to 4.0 and above. Cost: $5 per match for Gold Members; $10 per match for Silver Members; $18 per match for non-members. Looking for 3.0 men and 3.5 women for Monday, July 23. Sign up by July 18. Call the front desk at (207) 213-6286 or stop by and sign up!
She’s got a tiara! Kudos to the Kennebec Journal Girls’ Tennis Player of the Year, our very own Madelyn Dwyer! Madelyn competed in State championship matches and led the Maranacook Bears to its first regional title!
He’s top notch! The Kennebec Journal named MacKenzie Creamer Boys’ Tennis Player of the Year! MacKenzie played for Hall-Dale and had a very strong season winning all but two matches. Congrats MacKenzie!
Permanent Court Time Do you have a permanent court time reserved? Please bring in your payment by August 20 and lock in your court time!
Now is the time for all good senior tennis players to support the Maine Senior Tennis Games! Sign up for the 2018 Maine Senior Games for Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles. This is a national qualifier for those at least age 50. Adults ages 45 and up can compete in their own age group in tennis. Saturday, September 8, 2018 - Women's Singles, Men's Doubles, Mixed Doubles; Sunday, September 9, 2018 - Men's Singles, Women's Doubles. You may compete in up to two events. Events are best two out of three sets with a tiebreaker for the third set. A-Copi Tennis and Sports Center Augusta Event Coordinator: Dan Veilleux. Sign up here: https://maine.fusesport.com/registration/854/
Picture yourself as a league captain! Are you female and level 3.0 or 3.5 and interested in being a league captain? Leagues travel to other clubs to play as well as play a match at A-Copi. If you are interested, please call Dan Veilleux (207) 213-6286 and leave your name and number.
Work your heart, build your bones, train your feet and look sweet when you join in our clinics and drills!
Boot Camp: Get fit and have fun with Boot Camp/Cardio Games on Wednesday nights 6:00-7:00 p.m. Fun, heart-pumping activity combined with tennis skills for all levels! Cost: $10 members; $12 non-members.
Cardio Tennis with a certified Cardio tennis professional:  Class is open to all levels including high school students and adults. “Heart pumping fitness for everyone.” We supply the fun; you get the fitness. Join us Saturdays 9:00-10:00 a.m. Cost: $10 members; $12 non-members.
Stroke of the Day: Get expert help on your stroke with Stroke of the Day. Head tennis pro Dan Veilleux will select the stroke for the day's clinic and provide specific instruction. Cost:$15 members; $18 non-members. Join us Tuesdays 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and Thursdays 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Adult Beginner: Just starting out or restarting? Join in for five weeks or just drop in! Class is open to adults and high school students. Cost: $65 for five weeks; $15 non-member drop-in; $18 member. Tuesdays 5:00-6:00 p.m. and Thursdays 9:00-10:00 a.m.
3.0 Drill: Get expert guidance from head tennis pro Dan Veilleux. Available to players at level 3.0. Cost: $19 members; $22 non-members. Join us Mondays 10:00-11:30 a.m.
3.5 Drill: Get expert guidance from head tennis pro Dan Veilleux. Available to players at level 3.5. Cost: $19 members; $22 non-members. Join us Fridays 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Holy sweet gherkins we have Pickleball! Drop in for pickleball with us this summer. No wind to take your balls into the next stratosphere! Cost: $5 for 1.5 hour sessions; $7 for two-hour sessions. Mondays 12:00-1:30 p.m.; Wednesdays 12:00-1:30 p.m.; Fridays 12:00-1:30 p.m.; Saturdays 8:30-10:00 a.m.
“Dannisms” Head tennis pro Dan Veilleux has many tips and familiar quotes while in lesson mode. This week’s Dannism: “Always assume your shot is in and your opponent’s shots coming back are in.”
There’s still time to sign up for the Non-Member Summer Only Special! Join KVTA for 30 days (available to non-members only). This summer special will give you two free court times per week (third play is at Silver Member price). Includes Friday Night Scrambles for the low cost of $5 and lessons at member pricing! Cost: $60 for one month. Hurry, time is running out on this deal. Call us for details.
Summer Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m.; Saturday 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.; Sunday closed. See you on the courts!

July 2, 2018

We’re Red, White, and Blue since we can’t see you!  KVTA is closed for the 4th. The 3.0 Drill, 3.5 Drill, and Stroke of the Day will continue as usual!  Due to the holiday week, there are no red ball, orange ball, middle school, or high school programs this week.
Grand Prix Tournament Matches Our singles Grand Prix tournament is under way! Results of the most recent matches: Brian Lawrence defeated Bill Young; Brian Lawrence defeated Ed Hinkley; Bill Young lost to Brian Lawrence; Ed Hinkley defeated Isaac Lawrence; Ed Hinkley lost to Brian Lawrence; Isaac Lawrence lost to Ed Hinkley; Malcolm Avore defeated Tom LaVerdiere and Ryan Nored; Tom Laverdiere lost to Malcolm Avore; Ryan Nored lost to Malcolm Avore; Tracey Cahn and Robyn Graziano split sets.
Dilly Dilly!  Pickleball Summer Schedule Drop in for pickleball with us this summer. No wind to take your balls into the next stratosphere! $5 for 1.5 hour sessions; $7 for 2 hour sessions. Mondays 12:00 - 1:30; Wednesdays 12:00 - 1:30; Fridays 12:00 - 1:30; Saturdays 8:30 - 10:00.
It’s Time to Gear Up for Maine Senior Games Maine Senior Games Tennis comes to A-Copi September 8-9. 2018 for a national qualifying tournament for those at least age 50! Adults age 45 and up can compete in their own age group! Saturday, Sept. 8 - Women's Singles, Men's Doubles, Mixed Doubles; Sunday, Sept. 9 - Men's Singles, Women's Doubles. A-Copi Tennis and Sports Center Augusta Event Coordinator: Dan Veilleux. Register at https://maine.fusesport.com/registration/854/
There’s No Place Like Tennis Camp! Drum roll… Announcing a one-day high school camp for singles players!  Send in your teen player on July 23 for some extra special instruction. The cost is $45 per player. A minimum of 4 players is needed to run the camp. Sign up by Wednesday, July 18 at 5:00 p.m.
Are you on the level? In a pickle about your pickleball level? Don’t know where you are with other players? Check out Pickleball Central’s assessment library: https://www.usapa.org/skill-assessment-sheets/
“Dannisms” Head Tennius Pro Dan Veilleux has many tips and familiar quotes while in lesson mode. This week’s Dannism: “Never run back on your heels for an overhead shot!” Excellent advice to help avoid cracked heads and broken arms.
Non-Member Summer Only Special! Join up for a month or two! Available to non-members only. This summer special will give you two free court times per week (third play is at Silver Member price), Friday Night Scramble for the low cost of $5, and lessons at member pricing! Cost is $60 for one month and $110 for two months. Hurry! Time is running out. Call us for details.
Summer Hours! Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; Sunday:  Closed

June 21, 2018

Whoa! Now that kids are out of school, it’s time to find some outlets for that voluminous youth energy. KVTA has some great solutions for harnessing kid power! Check out our Wee Wednesday and Tween & Teen Tuesday/Thursday programs! 
Wee Wednesday! Get your child or grandchild into some private or group lessons! Players as young as four can start with our Red Ball clinic. We supply the balls, racquets, and fun! Players can progress to Orange Ball after completing Red Ball. Weekly sessions are led by our Head Tennis Pro Dan Veilleux. Sign up for a five-week session or drop in to try it out. Cost: $12 drop in or $55 for a five-week session (new session started June 13). When: Red Ball (Ages 4-7) 3:30-4:30 pm; Orange Ball (Ages 8-11) 4:30-5:30 pm. Private lessons are available. More programing is available for kids on the weekends with Coach Sherry during our Fall/Winter/Spring seasons! Just call 213-6286.
Tween and Teen Tuesday/Thursday Is your middle schooler getting into the middle of things that don’t involve exercise? Is that high schooler exhibiting signs of nervous energy? Our Tween and Teen programs can help with that! Middle schoolers and high schoolers have the option of joining us once or twice a week! Cost: $13 drop in (new session started June 13); $55 once a week for five weeks; $80 twice a week for five weeks. When: Middle school Tuesdays 4:00-5:00 p.m. and Thursdays 4:30-5:30 p.m.; high school Tuesdays 3:00-4:00 p.m. and Thursdays 3:30-4:30 p.m.
This Isn't Camp Granada Drum roll... Announcing a one-day high school camp for singles players! Send in your teen player on July 23 2:30-5:00 p.m. for some extra special instruction. Cost: $5 per player. Sign up by Wednesday, July 18 at 5:00 p.m. A minimum of four players is needed to run the camp.
We’re seeing stars! Last week, high school players were highlighted in our blast. Here’s a couple we missed: Maranacook Boys Corbin Howe and Mark McLaughlin.
Maine Watah! Bottled water from Maine Mist is now available at the club. The price is a little higher, but it’s also a little bigger bottle. Your cost is only $1.25. Maine Mist is a local business (Farmingdale) with local watah! http://mainemist.com/
Non-Member Summer Only Special! Join up for a month or two! Available to non-members only. This Summer Special will give you two free court times per week (third play is at Silver member price), Friday Night Scrambles for the low cost of $5, and lessons at member pricing! Cost is $60 for one month and $110 for two months. Hurry! Time is running out. Call us for details.
Grand Prix Singles Tournament! Make your Mondays grand with our Grand Prix Singles Tournament! Compete in Men’s and Women’s divisions, levels high 3.0 to 4.0 and above. Cost is $5 per match for Gold members, $10 per match for Silver members, and $18 per match for non-members. Looking for 3.0 men players for Monday, July 2. Call the front desk at 213-6286 or stop by and sign up!
SAVE THE DATES Maine Senior Games Tennis This is a national qualifier for those at least age 50!  Adults ages 45 and up can compete in their own age group in tennis. When: Saturday, September 8, 2018 - Women's Singles, Men's Doubles, Mixed Doubles; Sunday, September 9, 2018 - Men's Singles, Women's Doubles). A-Copi Tennis and Sports Center Augusta. Event Coordinator: Dan Veilleux https://maine.fusesport.com/registration/854/
What’s your Level? Rate your tennis level using the guide available at the link below from NTRP (National Tennis Registered Professionals). For best results, schedule a 30-minute private session with our Head Pro, Dan Veilleux!  https://www.usta.com/en/home/play/play-as-a-member/national/about-ntrp-ratings.html
Pickleball Summer Schedule Drop in for pickleball with us this summer. No wind to take your balls into the next stratosphere! Cost: 
$5 for 1.5 hour sessions; $7 for two-hour sessions. When: Mondays 12:00-1:30 p.m.; Wednesdays 12:00-1:30 p.m.; Fridays 12:00-1:30 p.m.; Saturdays 8:30-10:00 a.m.
Stash your Stuff! Need a place to keep your pickleball or tennis gear? Rent a locker this summer. Cost is $10 per month. There are a few lockers left!
“Dannisms” Dan Veilleux, our head tennis pro, has many tips and familiar quotes while in lesson mode. This week’s Dannism: “Tennis is a reactive sport.”
Summer Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; closed Sundays and closed July 4.
Like us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/kvtatennis/
Visit our website https://www.kvtatennis.org/ for news, program schedules, directions, and more! See you on the courts!

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June 18, 2018

Is Camp Calling? Try our Boot Camp/Cardio Games on Wednesday night at 6:00. Be prepared for some heart-pumping activity combined with tennis skills! This fun class is available to ALL levels. The cost is $10 for members and $12 for non-members. Wednesdays 6-7 p.m.

Cardio Tennis Class (taught by a certified cardio tennis professional) is open to all levels including high school students and adults. “Heart pumping fitness for everyone.” We supply the fun; you get the fitness. Join us Saturdays 9 a.m. Cost is $10 for members and $12 for non-members.

Need help with your swing? Get some expert help on your stroke with Stroke of the Day. Dan Veilleux, our tennis pro, will select the stroke for the day's clinic and provide specific instruction. Cost is $15 for members and $18 for non-members. Join us on Tuesdays 11 a.m.-12 p.m. and Thursdays 1-2 p.m.

Adult Beginners Just starting out or restarting? Join in for five weeks or just drop in! Class is open to adults and high schoolers. Cost is $65 for 5 weeks, $15 non-member drop in, and $18 member. Tuesdays 5-6 p.m. and Thursdays 9-10 a.m.

3.0 Drill Get some expert guidance from our head tennis pro Dan Veilleux! Available to players at level 3.0. Cost is $19 for members and $22 for non-members. Join us Mondays 10-11:30 a.m.

3.5 Drill Get some expert guidance from our head tennis pro Dan Veilleux! Available to players at level 3.5. Cost is $19 for members and $22 for non-members. Join us Fridays 10-11:30 a.m.

Non-Member Summer Only Special! Join up for a month or two! (available to non-members). This summer special will give you two free court times per week (third play is at Silver member price). Friday Night Scrambles for the low cost of $5 and lessons at member pricing! Cost is $60 for one month and $110 for two months. Hurry! Time is running out. Call us for details.

Grand Prix Singles Tournament! Make your Mondays grand with our Grand Prix Singles Tournament! Sign up before June 18 for our double elimination singles tournament. Compete in Men’s and Women’s divisions, levels high 3.0 to 4.0 and above. Cost is $5 per match for Gold Members, $10 per match for Silver Members, and $18 per match for non-members. Looking for 3.5 women and 3.0 men for Monday, June 25. Call the front desk at 213-6286 or stop by and sign up!

Look Good on and off the Court! Need to look more fashionable indoors and out?  Get a t-shirt, a hat, or a visor from our pro shop!

Permanent Court Time Tired of booking your court each week? Members have a convenient benefit of Permanent Court Time! This option enables members to lock in court reservations for an entire season. If you had a permanent court in 2017/2018, you have the option of renewing that same court reservation for 2018/2019 (confirm by June 20). After June 20, these courts will be released to other members. If you are interested in reserving a court for 2018/2019, please reserve your court time by June 30 (limit one permanent court time per member). Payment will be due AFTER July 1. The cost for a 1.5 hour court reservation is $250. This benefit is available to members only and a member can only reserve one block of permanent court time. Please call the club to book your reservation.

Saturday with Sherry Come join our tennis pro, Sherry Norton, on Saturdays for group sessions, Cardio Tennis, or private lessons! 
8:00-9:00 Advanced Adult Beginner (levels 3.5 to 4.0) - limit 8 students.  Focus is on instruction and strategy.
9:00-10:00 Cardio Tennis
11:00-2:00 Private Lessons

We’re seeing stars! Congratulations to our local high school tennis teams and their players from the club and tennis staff (Dan, Sherry, Lanell, and Wilbur)!
Kudos to tennis coaches who are also members: Dan Bence, Wilbur Shardlow, Tom Hinds, Caroline Mathes, Ryan Nored, Tyler Hunt, and Lou Gingras. 
Messalonskee Girls:  Lauren Bourque, Amanda Wiswell, Elena Guarino, Gracie Vincent, Magan Williams, Emma Kennard, Gabrielle Wood-McGuchin; Erskine Girls: Elanor Hodgkin, Regina Harmon, Kayla Hubbard, Paige Leary, Anne Marie Allen, Morgaine Kmen, Lucy Allen; Winthrop Girls: Nora Conrad, Gabby Blanco, Natalie Frost, Breanna Feeney, Alexis Emery, Dana Lesko, Hannah Duley; Hall-Dale Girls: Naomi Lynch, Maggie Gross, Morgan Caitlin, Hazel Clark, Olivia Bourque; Maranacook Girls: Madelyn Dwyer, Emma Wadsworth, Karissa Lucas, Grace Bachelder, Anna Swim, Emma Hatt, Helen Murray James; Gardiner Boys: Charles Caldwell, Casey Van Den Bossche, Arthur Taylor, Evan Wells, Dustin Allard, NIcholas Flowers, Jed Malinowski; Erskine Boys:  Nicolas Howes, Garrett Keezer, Samuel Falla, Brock Glidden, Jacob Praul, Michael Sprague, Maverick Lowery; Hall-Dale Boys: Mackenzie Creamer, Isaac Lawrence, Eli Spahn, Neil Stottler, Ian McNaughton, Aiden Drage, Elijah Theberge; Cony Boys: Sean Tierney, Alex Stewart, Jake Whitley, Garrett Brown, Bryan York, Gavin Martin, Isaac Philbrook; Cony Girls: Hanna Kibbin, Victoria Lerette, Sydney Halle, Melodie Harrington, MacKenzie Lewis, Ally Cunningham, Kate Boston; Maranacook Boys: Micah Charette, Garrett Fine, Thomas Trafton, Brady Stockwell, Robbie McKee; Gardiner Girls:  Kiara Goggin, Lexi Nestor, Tiffany Chadbourne, Linsey Bell, Lexi Pinkham, Hannah Foust, Caitlyn Paul. If we have missed any high school players from our club, please accept our apologies.

Grads deserve a gift of tennis! Have a graduate on your list who needs a gift?  Buy a gift certificate so they can use it for lessons, drills, or court reservations. Stop by the front desk and buy a gift certificate for the graduate on your list!

KVTA is Pickleball Mecca! Last weekend, KVTA hosted the Maine Senior Games Pickleball Tournament. Players ages 45 and up competed to qualify for nationals at our facility. A total of 165 players participated in the games! Thanks to Deidre Hutchins, who permitted players and cheering fans to watch from Sky High Studio on the second floor of the building. Mark Renneson, internationally known pickleball instructor, held two clinics on June 11 here at KVTA. Members and non-members participated and received some excellent instruction.

Summer Hours! Monday through Friday:  8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; Sunday: Closed

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What other companies should advertise on our wall? Send your suggestions to Operations Manager Terry Witham (207) 213-6286.

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Thanks to OP Glass for donating and installing the mirrors in our new exercise room! Also thanks to Mike and Jeff for helping install the banner!

Richard Mount

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May 25, 2018

Summer is almost here and A-Copi Tennis and Sports Center is providing you with fun tennis events and summer specials. We hope you will continue to come and play with us on rainy and sunny days. Don't forget the weather is always perfect on your courts at A-Copi!
Fun Times on the Courts - Our junior tennis programs and adult socials are in full swing Monday through Friday for the summer months. Check out our Red Ball, Orange Ball, Middle School, and High School Programs https://www.kvtatennis.org/schedule/
Summer Passes - Summer Passes are available for court time and Friday Night Scrambles. These passes save you money and, more importantly, encourage you to continue tennis fun with your friends.
Parties for All - Planning a social gathering or celebrating a birthday? Consider KVTA to hold your party. No matter what the occasion, we can help you celebrate with fun times on the court and will provide staff to help with organizing, food preparation, face painting for the children, birthday decorations, and excitement for all. Tennis is a gift of a lifetime; share your passion with the next celebration!
Be a Change Maker! - Have extra change from that morning cup of coffee, that bagel, or from coining phrases? Grab a jar at KVTA, put the change in it, and bring it back before June 15. The player bringing in the jar with the most money will win a gift certificate for Cushnoc Brewing Company: http://www.cushnocbrewing.com/. Your donation is tax deductible.
Summer Hours! - Our hours are changed as of May 29: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; Sunday: Closed
Permanent Court Time - Tired of booking your court each week? Members have a convenient benefit of Permanent Court Time! This option enables members to lock in on court reservations for an entire season. Permanent court time for the 2017-2018 season ends June 2. If you are interested in reserving a court for 2018-2019, please reserve your court time by June 30. Payment will be due AFTER July 1. The cost for a 1.5 hour court reservation is $250. This benefit is available to members only. Please contact me to confirm your court time for the upcoming tennis season.

May 13, 2018

Tennis for a Cause
A New Englander has a “capital” idea to promote tennis in every U.S. state. Richard Mount is playing tennis in every state capital to raise funds for the Youth Tennis Foundation. He stopped in Friday morning to play a set with our head tennis professional, Dan Veilleux. The campaign “Buy a Racket not a Rifle” is raising funds to buy 100 racquets and to build backboards for youths. This 85-year old retired tennis professional has traveled 17,100 miles across the country promoting tennis while raising awareness about gun violence. A-Copi was stop 47 for him, with Concord, NH, and Boston, MA, his last two capitals to visit.
Adult and Youth Clinics and Drills
Your kids are getting ready for a break; we don’t take those here! Get your children off their electronic devices and on to the courts for some healthy physical activity. Tennis promotes good health and sportsmanship and is good for moms, dads, and kids. See our website for youth and adult program information: https://www.kvtatennis.org/schedule/
Congrats to A-Copi and our tennis professionals!
A-Copi is the recipient of USPTA New England Awards for 2017! Thanks to our Board, our tennis professionals and management, A-Copi Tennis & Sports Center received the “New England Small Facility of the Year” award for 2017. Due to the vision of our leaders, we have created wonderful opportunities to enjoy tennis in Augusta, Maine. Our programming is exemplary for a facility of any size and recognized by the United States Professional Tennis Association for our efforts in promoting tennis for all ages. Individual awards for our tennis professionals went to Lanell Beckles and Wilbur Shardlow. Lanell Beckles received the USTPA New England Diversity Award for 2017, in recognition of his ability to work with tennis players of all ages. Wilbur Shardlow received the USPTA New England Over 65 Professional of the Year for 2017 for promoting junior tennis.
Gather your coins for a cause!
Have some coins rolling around in your dryer, under your floor mats, in your junk drawer? Pick up a coin jar at KVTA, put all of that loose change in it and bring it in by June 15. The player bringing in the jar with the most money will win a gift certificate for Cushnoc Brewing Company! Your donation is tax deductible.
Cardio Tennis
Join us for Cardio Tennis on Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. with our Tennis Professional, Sherry Norton. Get a workout and use your tennis skills at the same time. This one-hour class is available to members and non-members! It's a fun group activity for anyone at any playing level looking for a fun way to burn calories and interact with others.

May 8, 2018 - A-Copi Tennis and Sports awarded the United States Professional Tennis Association's New England Small Facility of the Year 2017! Congratulations to Wilbur Shardlow, who received the USPTA Over 65 Tennis Professional Award and Lanell Beckles, who received the Diversity Award!

April 27, 2018 - The weather is getting nicer outside but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy tennis with us. Spring weather is unpredictable--but you can always count on perfect weather at KVTA.

KVTA’s On Account Payment Plan Hear what a member has to say: “I put cash into my account at the front desk. It’s quick, easy, and saves me time, so I can get out on the court, the front desk staff gives me a receipt each time, so I know my balance. It’s a win-win investment for me and KVTA. KVTA saves credit card fees, and in turn I’m helping keeping cost down for active-playing members. It is a small gesture from me and a convenience at the same time.” – David H.
Pro Shop  Please check out our spring clothing line. Women’s and Men’s tees, Visors for the Ladies and Caps for the Gentlemen. KVTA vests are also available by orders.
Saint Michael’s Students Students from Saint Michael’s School have been participating in a tennis camp. Students are working on tennis skills and learning the game. KVTA welcomes these young tennis players!
New Faces at the Front Desk  Please welcome Dayna and Rebeckah to our organization. They look forward to making your experience here a pleasant one.
Honoring our Veterans  KVTA welcomes Togus Veterans to KVTA’s mission of providing wellness and community comradely. Our service men and women are participating in tennis and pickleball.

April 15, 2018 - High School Scrambles is being held this Sunday, April 15, 2018, 2-4 pm. $10.00 drop-in fee. We would like to again wish our high school tennis players the best of luck. The season starts the week of April 23rd.

April 14, 2018 - Spring Into the Season Pickleball Tournament will be held Saturday, April 14, 2018 beginning at 9:00 a.m. Stop by and watch!

In-House Account Did you know that KVTA offers a convenient in-house personal account for all your club expenses? This account saves you from standing in line at the desk and saves the club fees charged by credit and debit cards as well. Here’s how it works:
1. Ask the Front Desk staff to start an account in your name,
2. Deposit funds into your account (we suggest loading a deposit to cover at least a month’s expenses),
3. Come in and use the courts, take a lesson, buy a pro-shop item,
4. Tell the Front Desk staff to put it on your account
5. Ask for a receipt for the balance so you know when to add more funds. (You can load funds with any amount at any time).
Sign up for your in-house account today. No membership is required!

 

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November 13, 2017 - KVTA is celebrating its 4th Fall Tennis Season!  Cold weather is here, and things are heating up on the courts. Our junior tennis programs as well as our adult socials are in full swing! Our goal is to update all tennis members to the exciting things we have planned for this upcoming season. We thank you for your on-going support for local tennis.

New Faces behind the desk    Welcome Alayna  and Lanell.
New Faces on the tennis courts Please Welcome Wilbur Shardlow and Lanell Beckles.
4th Annual Turkey Scramble Please join us for our Annual "Turkey Scrambles" this Saturday, November 18. Enjoy fun games of tennis, and then enjoy a meal with friends. Lots of fun for everyone! Sign up deadline: Thursday, November 16.
Red Ball, Orange Ball, Middle School and High School  The next Junior Programs five-week sessions begin the week of November 20.Sunday High School Scrambles  Every Sunday 2-4 pm; cost: $10
20% Off Tennis Court Time Monday through Friday court fees are 20% off for non-members between the hours of 12:30 – 3:00 pm
50% off Tennis Court Time Every 2nd and 4th weekend of each month non-members cost half-price for court time. It's a perfect time to bring in a guest.
We are closed Thanksgiving Day, November 23.
Save the Planet Recycle Your Tennis Balls Did you know more than 300 million tennis balls are produced each year? That translates to 18,750 tons of non-biodegradable landfill waste. Please drop your used balls into the recycle boxes newly located in the lobby.
Tennis Court Cancellation Policy Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance. If cancelled with less notice you will be billed for the court at non-member court rates unless we sell the court time.  There is a waiting list of people wanting to play at popular times!
Holiday Gift Ideas  KVTA has new merchandise! Ladies’ and Men's light shirts $15; Caps and Visors $20 Quantities are limited so shop early. We are taking orders for the holiday season; deadline is December 4th. Colors: white and ice blue.
Taxable Deductible Donation  KVTA is kicking off our fall fundraising campaign. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to our club; KVTA is a 501(c)3 organization.

ART ON THE COURTS - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15 - KJ ARTICLE

AUGUSTA — The tennis court floors wore protective covering Sunday afternoon as the A-COPI Tennis and Sports Center on Leighton Road was transformed into an art gallery for “Art on the Courts.”

The Kennebec Valley Tennis Association hosted a benefit exhibit for MaineGeneral Health’s OutPatient Plus Program, which helps people in opioid rehabilitation and the association’s Community Tennis Development programs for junior and adult players.

Some wooden bowls on display made by Dennis Curtis at an "Art on the Courts" fundraiser in Augusta on Sunday to benefit Maine General's OutPatient Plus Program and the Kennebec Valley Tennis Association. Photo by Jeff Pouland

There were no tennis balls bouncing during the show.

“We thought we’d take a break from tennis and focus on art,” said Marcia Duval, who is on the tennis association board and served as chairman of the event. While it is the first time it has been done, Duval said, “We hope to do this again next year.”

The association selected causes that are close to home.

One of the event beneficiaries, the OutPatient Plus program, is run by another association board member, Alane O’Connor.

“We want to support her, plus it’s such a problem in Maine,” Duval said.

O’Connor had prepared a brief presentation to tell attendees statistics describing the extent of the opioid problem in the state — with 317 deaths statewide this year — as well as how the new program can help.

She said that 60 percent of children in the custody of the state Department of Health and Human Services are placed there because of substance use in the family.

An estimated 25,000 to 30,000 of the state’s residents are now seeking treatment for their addiction, according to a survey by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. And an average of one Mainer is now dying every day from an opioid overdose.

O’Connor said the donation from the tennis association will help with the medication Suboxone for patients who are uninsured or underinsured.

“I call it replacement therapy,” said O’Connor, who holds a doctorate in nursing practice. “In my experience, you stabilize them medically. You take away the sickness so they can do the hard work of behavioral health counseling and really change their life.

She has seen remarkable recovery with this type of program.

And as she readied her remarks, visitors walked around admiring the various wares and making an occasional purchase from the 30 or so artists who had set up set up exhibits on the indoor courts, including some student artists. Authors brought their books, and artists brought photos, paintings, jewelry and other crafts.

There was a long table with silent auction items, a live auction set, plus wine and food pairing later in the day.

Beverly Olson, of Mount Vernon, put up framed photos and smaller cards featuring mostly Maine scenes and composed largely of “lakes, loons and lighthouses,” she said.

The scenes were from Flying Pond, Great Pond and one showed a sturgeon leaping from the Kennebec River near the railroad bridge in downtown Augusta.

“I don’t think you can take a bad photo in Maine,” Olson said.

She said she was pleased to be invited to the show. “It’s a great cause.”

Across the room, Dennis Curtis of Augusta displayed his woodturned bowls from Maine timbers.

One bowl, crafted from a pine burl, was aptly titled “Saturn,” with its dark edge of bark serving as the outer ring. The woodturning is an avocation for Curtis, who flips one bowl on its side to show how it would have been crafted from the timber.

“I enjoy doing the natural edge, he said. “They are more decorative pieces.”

The bowls are crafted of red oak, cherry and maple. “I use almost all Maine hardwoods,” he said.

As music filled the air, Matt Demers, of Gardiner, created art on the spot, painting a large mural on the front wall of the tennis courts.

He started with the name and logo of the Kennebec Valley Tennis Association, in mostly blues and greens and filled in the border with some reds and other colors. “All my work is kind of improvisational,” he said. A ladder stood nearby to help him reach the higher section

Demers said he’s created murals since high school, and works from his studio at 327 Water St., Gardiner.

Back to the Future of Tennis was the theme of a multi-activity experience at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29 at A-Copi Tennis and Sports Center on the Leighton Road, Augusta. 32 people participated. The event combined the old and new of tennis with a special feature of chocolate and cheese fondue presented by Mary’s Catering. The old featured with matches played with wooden rackets, white tennis clothes and white tennis balls.  The new was POP tennis which is the modern version of 100-year old paddle tennis.  Players also had matches with regular modern rackets, yellow balls.

White tennis clothes date back to the 1800’s.  Whites were especially proscribed for women because sweat seen through clothing was seen as unseemly.  Men wore full length trousers, shirts and sweaters. Men’s shorts did not appear until 1932 but were not widely adopted until after World War II. The Wimbledon tournament in England, long regarded as the epitome of tennis, still has a strict all-white tennis gear policy including shoes, headbands and overall dress.

There was one 25-minute round with wooden rackets and another 25-minute section of POP tennis. 

POP tennis is played with shorter rackets, low compression balls and a shorter court.  Scoring is the same as regular tennis except players get one serve and serve underhand.  There is a short learning curve for POP tennis and rallies are easy to sustain.

Dan Veilleux, A-Copi’s club pro, said POP tennis is spreading rapidly through the tennis world. With a smaller court size, shorter length racket and low compression balls, players quickly master the strokes and the sport, he said. The club provided players with the POP tennis rackets and they had a good collection of wooden rackets.

The evening was sweetened with chocolate and cheese fondue prepared and served by Mary Timm of Mary’s Catering. Mary was assisted by Terry Spencer and Deb Poulin. Hilary Holmes and Jeff Timm had the best overall scores. Prizes were also given for second, there and fourth places. Elaine Bridge, Lisa Lowry, Mary Timm, Paula Tamburlaine, Frank Dionne, Ken Harvey Marcia Duval and Bruce Hertz of the club’s social committee designed and executed the event.  Carol Ladd provided publicity. They were assisted by club pro Dan Veilleux and club manager Terry Witham.

Please enjoy our 2017 spring/summer newsletter!

In Dan’s Court - I hope that this Spring and Summer will be as nice as last year’s, where everyone gets to enjoy the outdoor beauty of Maine with our neighbors and our out-of-state visitors. However, let me step back a few months to remind our club members and non- members of all the fun and wonderful things that took place at our club since the last newsletter. We had four in-house matches that were enjoyed by all. Our staple event (Friday Night Mixers) has been going on strong this entire year, with 16 - 24 players attending each week. Our weekly Cardio and Triples has also been enjoyed by all. Finally, after almost four years, our Junior programs have been doing so well they are now their own feeder programs. We are still getting a slow, steady feed into our Adult Beginner Programs. We had a very successful February Valentines Scrambles enjoyed by over 32 tennis participants. Our USTA teams ( Adult and Mixed Doubles ) had 2 matches held here against two other teams from different locations. In late April 20-35 students from St. Michaels School began a five-week program here. Also this club has been given the honor of holding the Maine Senior Games for tennis and pickleball, which is usually held by Maine’s southern clubs.

I would love to thank our Adults & Juniors, for their dedication and willingness to improve their game with lessons. My high school players have done such a great job with their play this year. The reason I am happy about this, is that it means that all of our high schoolers have made varsity or JVs. Congratulations to them! I would also like to thank our red ball, orange ball, and middle schoolers for their efforts on the courts, and also for the fun and the energy they bring to this club. I am extremely happy every time I see a beginner finally move in to a group of existing players or when a player moves up a group level. I always say we can give you the tools, but you are the contractor of your own game. The glory goes to you!!

Terry’s Corner Spring is in the air and on the courts! The true sign of spring in a tennis facility is the excitement and energy that high school tennis brings. Our courts are full of high school players and tennis coaches are scrambling to reserve court time. Two of our front desk associates, Rose and Malcolm are exemplary high-school-age players of the lifetime sport of tennis. We wish them well as they graduate from high school!

The Youth Activity Room has proven to be a place where parents and youngsters can challenge each other to a game of Ping Pong or Foosball while waiting for Red Ball, Orange Ball and Middle School Programs to begin. While youngsters are on the court, parents sitting in our lobby can access the internet, which allows professionals to leave work and bring their children to participate in our programs. Our welcoming facility has become a positive place for parents and grandparents to bring their children and grandchildren. Our front desk associates provide a safe and structured environment for our young players. It is our goal to lead by example, displaying integrity, moral values and sportsmanship.

Our adult programs are first rate! Monday Nite Big Hitters, Wednesday Nite Mixed Doubles and Friday Nite Scrambles offer a weekly opportunity for various levels play. Triples, Cardio Tennis and Learn to Play are programs deliberately offered to provide opportunities for fun exercise and skill improvement for our clientele. We take pride in offering our members and guests a positive experience in all our programs.

Our team of tennis professionals continues to implement new programs, not only for our youth tennis players but for our adult players, too. Danny’s, Sherry’s and AB’s tennis teaching skills, programming expertise, and caring are an essential part of our success. Thank you, Danny Veilluex, Sherry Norton and Biodun Ibiribigbe “AB” for your dedication and commitment.

In closing, I want to thank all of you for supporting our facility, both by using it and by giving generously to our annual fundraising efforts. Together we can continue to offer and enjoy the lifelong sport of tennis for years to come!

Facility Improvements - Maintaining a tennis facility includes more than the friendly and talented staff, and the initial development of the space. The Board of Directors and Staff thank you for your continued patronage, and we will continue striving to earn your future patronage. Your ideas and suggestions are always welcome. This year we have added "Boris", a court sweeper to our facility. We will be installing an AED and training staff in CPR and use of the AED. We are in the process of scheduling a washing of the courts, a redesign of the divider curtains and the bathroom floors are being replaced. The ladies’ toilet fix has been a complicated repair which is being worked on. We are also hoping that our landlord will repave the parking lot this summer. We are fortunate that he is very receptive to our requests for maintenance help! 

USTA League Tennis is Great Fun! By Hilary Holm

This past winter I had the privilege of captaining two USTA League teams, an 8.0 Mixed team that played against two other Northern Maine teams, and a 4.0 Women's team that played in a league with six other southern Maine teams. Both teams finished third (Mixed 1-5, Women’s 7-5)!

Is there interest in other USTA League teams? I am the willing USTA League coordinator for our club. I think we have many players who could play at the 3.0 or 3.5 level and have a really good time. One of the ways my women’s team was so successful was that many of my players play together in permanent court time and so got to practice together at least weekly. The League season usually encompasses 6-12 matches on half as many weekend days but depends on the number of teams in the League. Let me or Dan V. know if you are interested! Seasons are Jan-Mar or Mar-June. 

Here is our latest Fall 2016 Newsletter!  Please click on it to read!

http://issuu.com/carolladd/docs/2016_kvta_fall__newsletter_final

Augusta area winners at Maine State Senior Games - The Maine State Senior Games Pickleball tournament was held at the South Portland Community Center on September 27 and 28, 2014.  The tournament featured 120 players from 8 states competing in Singles, doubles and mixed doubles formats.  Players from the A-COPI Tennis and Sports Center, on Leighton Road in Augusta brought home Gold and Silver medals.   In Men’s singles, ages 65-69, Jon Capozza  won the gold medal.  He teamed up with Bruce Gibbs to win the doubles tournament as well.  Ann Theriault and Jeanne LaFlamme won the gold medal in the 50-54 age women’s doubles.  Ann Theriault teamed with Daniel Bence to win the Silver medal in Mixed doubles ages 50-54. All medal winners have earned the right to represent the State of Maine at the 2015 National Senior Games in Minneapolis in July 2015.