Tennis Everyone? Check into These Junior and Adult Clinics

If you use the North Entrance on Draper Mill Road, you already know that Eastman has an A1 tennis facility with eight well-maintained HarTru courts. What you may not be aware of, however, is that you don’t have to go outside of Eastman to get top-notch instruction in this “sport of a lifetime.” We have access to one of the Upper Valley’s most popular tennis programs and pros right here, right now!

Josh Holt of River Valley Club (RVC) in Lebanon is once again providing lessons and clinics for players of all ages and skills right here in Eastman. And at prices well below what it costs indoors! 90-minute sessions for Adults are being offered on the following days:

  • Adult Beginners (2.0 to 3.0) – Fridays, 5 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Adult Intermediates (3.0 to 4.0) – Thursdays, 5 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Adult Advanced (4.0+) – Wednesdays, 5 – 6:30 p.m.

What does it cost to add some fun learning to your summer? $25 for clinics of 4-6 Adults and $20 for 7-8 Adults. Participants can pay by cash, check, or ECA charge at each session.

Players may sign up directly on eastman.tennisbookings.com up to noon the day of the clinics. However, Josh’s instruction has been so popular with Eastman’s players that clinics fill up fast and some have waiting lists, so be sure to sign up early. Since instruction is tailored to the skills and numbers of players enrolled each week, players should enroll in a clinic appropriate for their skills and experience, and plan on participating the entire 90-minute session. No-shows will be charged for the missed clinic. In case of inclement weather, or sign-ups of fewer than three participants, clinics may be subject to cancellation.

If none of the above fits into your schedule, or you prefer more individual attention, contact Josh (holtie227@yahoo.com) or go to the Meet the Pro page to check out prices for other options. There really is something for everyone this year.

Just for JUNIORS! Is there an aspiring Rafa or Serena in Eastman? Josh, a dad of three young children himself, is looking forward to working with youngsters, ages 8 through 12, in group lessons on Wednesdays or Fridays from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Cost for a two-hour session is $40 per child.


So what do you do with your new (or seasoned) skills?

PLAY, of course!

Tennis is more than keeping your eye on the ball. Many friendships begin on the courts in our tennis-friendly community. Check out these ultra-flexible options for organized play in Eastman:

Sunday Scrambles     9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

  • Sign up with a partner by e-mailing troonhouse@comcast.net by Friday afternoon each week. Include both players’ names.
  • Players will be notified by email by Saturday evening as to start times and court assignments.

Evening 7.0 Doubles     Tuesdays 4:00 – 6 p.m.

  • Sign up with a partner by e-mailing m_atchpoint@yahoo.com. Include both players’ names.
  • Registration is limited to 14 teams with a combined NTRP rating of 7.0.

Women’s Doubles      Saturdays 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

  • Sign up each week directly on eastmantennisbookings.com.
  • No partner needed. New to Eastman or visiting? This is a great way to meet players.

While off to a slow start this season, Eastman’s tennis program is better than ever. Don’t miss out on the fun, but please play and stay safe. All players are expected to follow the Eastman Tennis Guidelines for Covid-19 Prevention.

Josh is back! And eager to improve your game . . .

After a long wait due to the Covid-19 restrictions throughout the Upper Valley, River Valley Club (RVC) is providing group clinics and lessons for players of all ages and abilities in Eastman beginning the week of July 26.

Does your backhand look like this? If not, you want to keep reading to find out how Grantham’s Josh Holt can give your game an extra edge this summer. Josh returns to Eastman for his second year as our pro with something for everyone! So, it’s time to follow-through on that Covid-summer resolution to improve your swing.

Beginning July 29, group clinics will be offered weekly for players of all skill levels—those of you who are just an ace or two short of being a regional champ to those who have never held a racquet before. If you don’t have a USTA rating—and that would be most “beginners” and some “intermediates”—just ask Josh (holtie227@yahoo.com) which group would be the right fit for you.

Adult Beginners (2.0 to 3.0) – Fridays, 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Adult Intermediates (3.0 to 4.0) – Thursdays, 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Adult Advanced (4.0+) –  Wednesdays, 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Juniors (ages 8 -12) – Wednesdays 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Juniors (ages 8 – 12) – Fridays 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Adult clinics are open to anyone over age 18 and limited to eight players. Clinics will run if a minimum of four players sign up on eastman.tennisbookings.com by noon the day of the clinics. Participants can pay by cash, check, or ECA charge at each session. No-shows will be charged for the missed clinic.

No racquet? No excuse. Eastman will provide a limited number of racquets for players’ use during clinics and lessons. 

So, what will it cost for you or your child to become the next Eastman Ace?

$25/person (session with 4-6 Adults)

$20/person  (session with 7-8 Adults)

$40/person (Juniors)

In case of inclement weather, or sign-ups of fewer than three participants, clinics may be subject to cancellation. So, sign up early to assure your spot in these clinics with a pro who received rave reviews last year from Eastman’s players.

Prefer to go solo? Or with a trusted friend or two . . . or more?

Josh is available for private and groups lessons on Eastman’s courts. Schedule directly with Josh at holtie227@yahoo.com .  These differ from clinics in that you arrange for the players in your group and sessions are only one hour in duration. 

Private – $82 for 1 hour session

Semi-private – $46.50/pp/hour

Group of 3 players – $31/pp/hour

Group of 7-8 players – $15/pp/hour

Ready to follow-through with improving your game? Or learning a new one?

Sign-up now on eastman.tennisbookings.com or contacting Josh at holtie227@yahoo.com.  

Game, Set, and Covid-19

Updated June 28, 2020

The 2020 tennis season is one that players around the world are not going to forget easily during this nasty, lifestyle-changing COVID-19 pandemic. While most of us are still focusing on staying healthy and safe, the sun is finally shining and our great outdoors is calling our bodies, well-rested from months of Stay-at-Home orders, to get off the couch and onto the courts.

Good news!

All courts on Draper Road are now open. Come play, but practice social distancing both on and off the courts.

The “not-so-good-news” is that the coronavirus is driving quite a few changes and modifications for use of the courts and how you are expected to play the game this year.  Players will have to get used to social distancing practices on and around the courts and some restrictions to use of the facilities.

While tennis and finally getting out and doing something new are fun, keeping players safe on Eastman’s courts is serious business.

First of all, STAY AT HOME if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 or are recommended to self-quarantine for 14 days*.  We don’t want this season to be “game, set, and match” for anyone prematurely, but our focus is on the health and safety of the entire community.

If you are healthy and ready to play, please start with being informed by reading What to expect when arriving to play tennis at Eastman. You may want to print a copy to take to the courts until you get used to the “new way or playing.” Here’s a brief preview of what’s included in the guidelines:

Court RESERVATIONS are REQUIRED. FOR EVERYONE. If you have not already signed up to use EastmanTennisbookings.com, follow the easy instructions in How to Book a Court.  It is not an option in 2020 to walk on to a court and compliance with this requirement will be enforced for everyone’s safety.  

All eight courts at the Draper Road facility are now open. For an added measure of safety, book a court with vacancies on either side of your court whenever possible. There are small blocks of time not “bookable” in between sessions in order to minimize people traffic and contact between sessions.

COVID-19 tennis guidelines encourage use of two cans of balls for each match of different numbers or marked with initials—one for you and your partner and another for your opponent(s).  Plus opening a new can every time you play.

Hydration is always recommended, but this season you need to bring your own water or sports beverage. Water fountains will not be functioning for hygiene reasons.  However, the restrooms will be open—and professionally sanitized three times a week.

Per usual, an AED device is available on the tennis shack. But, please, please don’t make anyone have to use it! Stay hydrated, stay out of the sun and heat if you’re sensitive to either, and—we can’t say this often enough—stay home if you have COVID-19 symptoms.

The reopening of Eastman’s courts is in compliance with the Governor’s orders and the advice of Eastman’s Health Review Team, a panel of three health experts who have been working with the Board and ECA management to develop guidelines for each amenity. So, before you grab your gear and lace up your Nikes, please read What to expect when you arrive to play tennis at Eastman’s courts

More to keep in mind:

  1. Our community’s health and safety is everyone’s responsibility. We have no doubt that the Eastman tennis community will strive to keep Eastman COVID-19-free. However, some players who arrive at the courts this summer may not be on this distribution list or may be “visitors.” Without a pro or other staff on site, it is up to us to monitor compliance with the guidelines—politely and reasonably.
  2. Guidelines for all recreational facilities are evolving almost daily. So check the Members’ portal and/or this website for updates.

If you have any questions, please send them to c19faq@eastmannh.orgA member of the ECA’s Covid-19 Communications team will reply to you, usually within the same working day.

Are you ready to serve ‘em up? If so, reserve your court and enjoy the 2020 season.


*Who is expected to self-quarantine?  The Governor has recommended anyone coming from outside the state to self-quarantine for 14 days. Eastman is also asking those who have come from areas of New Hampshire with a high number of COVID-19 cases (i.e., near the Massachusetts border) to self-quarantine. In addition, any resident with symptoms of COVID-19, who has tested positive for it, or who has been in close contact with someone who has is expected to self-quarantine.

It’s a Wrap . . . for 2019 Season

Don’t look now, but cold weather is fast approaching! And for many of us, that means the end of the racquet sports season at Eastman, which, just in case you don’t know, was a banner season. Both tennis and pickleball had exceptional participation rates for court usage and special events—thanks to YOU.

ECA Recreation’s Tennis Subcommittee and pickleball coordinators want to send a big “thank you” out to all the volunteers who helped to make it so. It’s certain that Eastman’s racquet sports wouldn’t be as successful without its volunteers—on the courts and behind the scenes, including the one(s) who created this new racquet-wielding lady above at the North Entrance, whose name is unknown at the time of publication.

Some of the 2019 highlights include:

  • Sunday Scrambles had big turnouts right up to the last day on October 6 when three courts were full. Players ranged from 15 to 80+ in age. Coordinators Pete and Alice Podesta thank everyone who participated.
  • The ladies Green Team won the CTA Summer League B-level championship by sweeping archrival Newport Tennis Club.
  • Both men’s and women’s round robins were a huge success week after week.
  • A weekly Mixed Doubles competition conceived and coordinated by summer member Gary Atchinson from Croydon mid-season consistently drew eight teams to play.
  • River Valley Club and Grantham resident Josh Holt offered clinics for adults and juniors and cardio sessions, and reinvigorated CTA team practices.

Which leads us to another big announcement:

$$ Indoor Club Membership Discount for Eastman Residents $$

ECA will be renewing its contract with the River Valley Club (RVC) in Lebanon for the 2020 tennis season. In addition to that, RVC is offering Eastman residents a 10% discount on a 2019/20 Tennis Membership. The tennis membership gives you access to clinics, lessons, socials, use of locker rooms (with hot tub and sauna), and court time reservations privileges at member pricing. Prices before the discount are: Family-$350, Adult-$200, and Junior- $100. 

So, if you enjoyed practicing with Josh during the summer and want to keep your skills sharp, this is your chance. But, this is a limited-time-only offer that expires on December 31, 2019.  Discount coupons are available now at the front desk at South Cove Activity Center.

Please note that this is not a full access membership to other services at the club. For more details about the tennis membership, check out Tennis under Services on the RVC website or contact tennis director Tammy Arado at Tammy.Arado@rivervalleyclub.com.

But, we’re not done, yet. Follow the bouncing ball . . .

. . . to the pickle ball courts. While the nets came down on the HarTru courts on Draper Road on Thursday, the courts on Wellfleet Road are open and busy! Intrepid pickleball players are intent on dodging the falling the leaves and playing until snowflakes fly.

Dedicated pickleball players brave cool temps and falling leaves.

While the temps fall, keep on swinging . . . It’s good for the body and psyche. If you need more motivation, read our first blog of the 2019 season. 

Women’s “Green” Team Wins UVCTA Championship!

 

(l to r) Linda Arnold, Gina Hutchins, Kate Cricco, Sara Lang, Heather Klein, Megan Malandrinos, and Andrea Murphy indicate that the “Green” team finished at #1 for the 2019 season.

A new championship banner will soon be hung on the fences at Eastman.

The ladies from Eastman’s “Green” team went to Newport Tennis Club last Wednesday on a mission to bring home a 3rd Women’s B League banner in seven years, and they certainly did not disappoint—either themselves, their teammates, or the fans who traveled to Newport to cheer them on. In fact, by the time they left the club, the courts were not the only thing they swept.

Linda Arnold and Sara Lang teamed up for the late-afternoon opener, facing two experienced Newport players. After getting off to a slow start in the first set, Linda and Sara came back strong to take the second 6-4, and used lobs and drop shots to win the 10-point tiebreaker, giving up only four points to their opponents. 

Following that hard-earned, confidence-building “W” for the team, Kate Cricco and Heather Klein faced a formidable team in Newport’s captain and her long-time partner. Characteristically consistent from the baseline, Kate sent shots deep to the opponents’ baseline while Heather mixed up the pace with sharp cross-court backhands. The “Green’s” duo needed a mere 13 games to clinch the win—and championship. The “Special K’s” (Kate and Klein) in their first year playing together, finished the 2019 season undefeated as a team.

Photo: Newport Captain Nancy Jachim and the “Green’s” Captain Heather Klein shake hands after Eastman’s team won, as Nancy’s partner, Sharon Goolbis (left) and Kate Cricco, Heather’s partner, (right) chat.

Two of the newest players on the team, Megan Malandrinos and Andrea Murphy were fierce and fired up at line 3. Not to be outdone by their teammates on the other court, the M&M team used their young legs, skills, and strategy to serve up their own 6-1, 6-0 win.

Photo: Megan Malandrinos ready to volley balls at the net while partner Andrea Murphy (not in photo) sets up the point at the baseline.

The M&M team round out what is a very deep roster for the Green Machine. Ten players finished the season winning more than 50% of their matches. In addition to the six women who played in the championship match, members of the Arnold/Klein/Lang-led team include: Caroline Carey, Christine Cecchetti, Judi Dixon, Connie Horton, Gina Hutchins, Brenda Rappeport, Pam Skillman, and Tami Palomba.

Tennis Trivia: What significance do the teams’ names “Blue” and “Green” have in Eastman?

According to the captains, the passion to play, the will to win, the enthusiasm and positive attitude exhibited by every member of the team all season long contributed to the team’s success. Heather also cited the camaraderie and support between the two women’s teams, the “Blue” and the “Green,” that practiced together all season long under enthusiastic coaching from Eastman’s tennis pro Josh Holt, as a factor in their road to success.

Congratulations to all for a great season! According to Heather, the ladies can’t wait to see the new banner hung on the fences on Draper Road. And neither can their loyal Eastman fans!

Fans on the edges of their seats

Answer to trivia question: Blue and green are the colors on the Eastman logo, an official registered trademark.

Tennis Committee Hosts Open House

AN OPEN INVITATION to the Pavilion Open House, Saturday, August 31, 3 to 5 p.m.

Calling all tennis players—and would-be tennis players—to this event that will combine play with a little organizational work—er, we mean “FUN,” as the Tennis Subcommittee evaluates this year’s program and plans for the next.

  • Come see what is planned for summer 2020. (Hint: a lot)
  • Meet your tennis subcommittee–without having to attend a meeting!
  • Experience the new pavilion.
  • Share what you would like included or improved upon in the tennis program.

All ideas are welcome—unlike on the tennis court, you can aim for outside the lines. Examples of a couple of ideas:

  • What about a bus trip to the Rogers Cup in Montreal next August?
  • Or a tennis “invitational” to introduce beginning players to play?

Bring your racquets, but play is not mandatory. Staying to enjoy refreshments and meet members of the tennis community is! CHEERS!

(And, when there, don’t forget to sign up those friends and family to receive our eblasts about tennis events and news in Eastman.)

Two New Events Added to 2019 Season

Plus a recap of the Member/Guest Tournament

UPDATED TIME: 3 – 5 p.m.

AUGUST 31, 4 – 6 p.m.

PAVILION OPEN HOUSE

featuring

PRO EXHIBITION DOUBLES MATCH

PLAYERS’ FORUM

REFRESHMENTS

Don’t have those $200 tickets for the US Open and are tired of sitting in front of a flat screen watching the action from afar? Then, come to this event planned by Eastman’s Tennis Subcommittee. Teams of local teaching pros, including our own Josh Holt, will provide plenty of action up close. These USTA-rated 4.5 – 5.0 guys are amazing to watch, so set your DVRs for the Open and come out to the Eastman Open House to see some quality competition on the dirt on Draper Road.

Bring your own comfy chairs or come early to claim a space under the new pavilion.

Before and after the match, members of the subcommittee will reveal what’s planned for summer 2020 tennis programming and solicit feedback from attendees about this year’s events and round robins.

Evening Mixed Doubles

Sign up with a partner by calling Gary Atchinson at (802)-673-2743 or emailing m_atchpoint@yahoo.com.

Play each week will be limited to 10 teams on a “first-come, first-serve” basis. While “drop-ins” are welcome, drop-in teams will not be guaranteed play if 10 teams have registered with Gary beforehand.  Any team turned away on a given week will be given top priority to play the following week.

So, get out your calendars and pick a partner for matches played on the lower and upper courts on Draper Road on:

Friday, August 16 – 5 p.m.

Wednesdays, August 21 through end of season – 5 p.m.

Member/Guest Tournament Recap

The third major weekend event of the summer brought out 25 players that represented a nice mix of ECA Members, summer tennis members, and guests from near and far. What started out as a nice day with an early fall-ish feel—weather just perfect for tennis—changed rapidly just before noon when winds began whipping around serves and lobs.  A light sprinkle quickly turned into a steady rain. However, the fast-moving weather front didn’t dampen any spirits as the courts dried out quickly and matches not completed before the rain resumed under sunny skies. Tournament director Josh Holt, whose upbeat attitude and quick thinking is as reliable as New England weather is unpredictable, provided the following results:

Men’s Doubles was played in a round robin format with the two unbeaten teams of Ed Hoyt and Chris Curwen (far left and second from left in photo) and Rick Cecchetti and Mark Fields (right and far right) matching up in the final round. Chris and Ed outlasted their opponents for a 9-7 victory.

Women’s Doubles was split into two round robin flights with Linda Arnold and Teresa Horan (second from right and far right) winning the first flight 2-0.  Judi Platt and Jenn Carnovale (far left and second from left) won the second flight, also 2-0.  Judi and Jenn won the finals matchup in a close 8-6 victory.

Mixed Doubles was played as an eight-team single elimination draw with a consolation round.  Mark Fields and Barb Schumacher played Raymond Crosby and Andrea Murphy in the finals.  Mark and Barb prevailed with an 8-5 victory.

Thank goodness for the new pavilion that provided a roof over players’ heads! And for Amy Hoffman, who as chair of Eastman’s tennis subcommittee, arranged for a carbohydrate-replenishing luncheon that satisfied both empty stomachs and soggy spirits. Amy extends her appreciation to those players and committee members who prepared homemade desserts that players enjoyed all afternoon: Linda Arnold, Kate Cricco, Judi Dixon, Gabby Eggert, Alice Podesta, and Barb Schumacher.

When the skies opened and rain interrupted play during the recent Member/Guest Tennis Tournament, players gathered at the pavilion to have lunch. In foreground, partners Alice Podesta and Kate Cricco; with back to camera, Heather Klein; in background against rail, Barb Schumacher, Mark Fields, Rick Cecchetti, Mitch Utell, and Tournament Director Josh Holt.

Chris Arnold and Amy Hoffman provided the photos for this blog.

Eastman’s “Slam”–August 10

Wimbledon is a memory now. The US Open is just weeks away. But, in between the two “Slams,” we have our own and it’s going to be grand! So put down the remote and stop looking for action on TennisChannel. Eastman is where it’s happening next week! Choose a partner and sign up for this final weekend event of the 2019 season–Eastman’s Members-Only Tournament. 

Deadline to sign up is August 4, so don’t hesitate. In fact, stop reading this email and call Recreation RIGHT NOW! (603)-863-6772 Eastman’s tennis pro Josh Holt is running the event that begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday and has three categories: Mixed Doubles, Men’s Doubles, and Women’s Doubles. For $20/pp you get a chance to be memorialized as a 2019 Eastman tennis champ (i.e., you’ll get a mention in the next email blast) and enjoy a carbo-loaded barbecue following the matches.

Last year’s categories filled up fast, so don’t be left sitting on the sidelines. Like Men’s A team player, Mitch Utell in the photo, keep your eye on the little yellow ball and save the date: 8/10.

GO EASTMAN!

Eastman’s teams continue to practice with pro Josh Holt and work towards a strong finish to the 2019 season that is only one week away for the Men’s A team and the Women’s teams. With a total of 58 players, Eastman has more teams than any other site hosting teams in the UVCTA this year.

With only eight players this year, the Men’s A team has had its work cut out for them in a very competitive league that includes teaching pros on a couple of the other teams’ rosters.

The Women’s B teams, “Green” and “Blue,” with several new members in 2019, have been in the top half of their league all summer, trading the top spot with a couple of other teams. The Blue and Green have a combined total of 27 players this season. A win against the last place team next week would place Eastman “Green” in contention for the top spot.

Eastman has two Men’s B teams this year with a total of 23 players split almost equally between the “Podesta” and “Arnold” teams. The teams got off to slower starts as new partnerships formed, but with four weeks left to the “B” season, they are both hoping to finish strong.

A new face, new pro with new ideas, it’s a positive change.”

Feedback from the captains about the experience with a new pro this year has been extremely positive. According to women’s captain Heather Klein: “We are so happy to have him here. . . . Josh has provided drills that keep ladies moving and working on skills . . . He has added a fresh approach to our team clinics and works effectively and cooperatively with the Captains.” The men concur, with A team captain Jeff Adie adding: ” . . . it was a very solid practice. We did some things we had not done before. A new face, new pro with new ideas, it’s a positive change.”

The Men’s B teams were caught in a bad weather pattern at the beginning of the season, with many Thursday night practices rained out. When the skies cleared, Chris Arnold offered that he was really enjoying the drills that Josh has been running. According to the Men’s B captain, “They are fast-paced, fun, and involve both skill and strategy.” He also appreciates that Josh offers quick tips/corrections to individuals as he observes them playing and thinks that the instant feedback is very effective.

Eastman fans cheering on their team

Add SPARK and SPARKLE to Your Game

OMG! July 4th is upon us and Eastman’s tennis players have a lot to celebrate. Raise the flag. Light some sparklers. Storm the courts. (oops. . . that’s for Bastille Day.) But, seriously, it’s time to get to the courts on Draper Road any way you can. Our exciting new tennis program is beginning!

  • Do you want to be the player that everyone wants to play with?
  • The one at the top of everyone’s sub list?
  • Or, maybe you’re just ready to elevate your game from “hacker” to “player”?

It may be time for a tune-up!

While team practices focus on strategy and positioning, drills in an Adult Intermediate Clinic focus on the mechanics of stroke production you need to develop consistency and commit fewer unforced errors.

“Players” who have played “for a while” (like maybe 20, 30, or even 40+ years like me), as well as up-and-coming superstars with a few years on their jazzy Nikes or Asics, know the value of practice, practice, and more practice. But, practicing bad habits and incorrect stroke production, not only “plateaus” a player, it can lead to the dreaded tennis elbow or other injuries. And, injuries mean time away from a sport you love.

Tennis is not “like riding a bike.” Time away from the sport–even a few months–erodes skills and timing. Technology has changed and play has changed: ask anyone who has played with younger players schooled in topspin and open stances. A couple of lop-sided singles losses to hot-shot (literally) 30-somethings a few years ago had me running to my local pros, racquet emblazed with an SOS. For me, and lots of other players on the intermediate-to-advanced spectrum, Darwinism comes into play. Adapt or go down crying at every missed shot, errant smash, or anemic service return.

And a good workout!

Cardios may be the thing for you–and me. Requiring more stamina and speed than skill, cardio sessions combine fitness and ball movement under the direction of a certified pro. These sessions have been extremely popular in private clubs for a couple of decades now and are a great way to improve footwork. You won’t become a Roger Federer (the Baryshnikov of tennis footwork), but you will get your heart rate up and your reaction time tested. You’ll find me in Eastman’s groups this summer trying desperately to find the footwork and foot speed that I’d lost after giving up playing competitive singles. Sessions are being held early mornings to beat the heat: 7:30-8:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 8 to 9 on Saturdays.

A buzz of excitement has been in the air, and on the dirt (courts), since the announcement was made that Josh Holt is Eastman’s new pro. The time to sign up for clinics, lessons, and/or cardio workouts with Josh is RIGHT NOW! Clinics for ADULT BEGINNERS and INTERMEDIATES, and JUNIORS from ages 5-13 begin this week. Click on this link to see a detailed schedule of all the clinics and sessions this summer.

Who among us mortal players (those of us not Roger Federer or Serena Williams) could not use a little tweaking to our games from time to time? Maybe you once had great form and skills, but a long lay-off or injury has you out of rhythm and spending more time retrieving balls than playing long rallies. Adjustments may be necessary. Even my personal idol, the “old man” on the pro tour, Roger Federer, who has admitted to losing foot speed (a nanosecond) in recent years, has added a drop shot to his game. At the risk of being trite: It’s never too late to learn. And, “craftiness” counts in winning points.

So, what are you waiting for? Tennis is a sport for a lifetime. Call RVC’s FITshop at (603)-643-3627 to sign up for clinics, lessons, or cardio sessions at Eastman.

and a final note . . .

Do you know someone who would like to learn to play tennis? Beginning players today have the advantage of learning the “new” style of play, two-handed backhands, topspin, open stances, right from the start. ADULT BEGINNER sessions are being offered both on Wednesday mornings from 9:30 – 11 and Thursday evenings, 7 – 8. JUNIOR clinics and camps also begin this week. Call RVC’s FITshop (603)-643-3627 today to sign-up your kids or grandkids for clinics or Junior Camps. Tennis is like learning a language; the younger you start, the easier it is–and FUN.

Please share this email with anyone whom you think would like to learn to play tennis. The public is welcome to participate in our new programming at non-ECA Member rates.

judi platt

Mixing It Up on Sundays with Scrambles

We’re talking TENNIS here, not eggs. If you missed out on playing in Eastman’s 4th Annual Open on June 1, don’t fret. You have another chance—in fact, many chances to mix it up in doubles scrambles on the lower courts on Draper Road every Sunday morning from 9 to 11 from now until September. 

Pete and Alice

Shortly after Alice and Pete Podesta moved to Eastman, the avid tennis players saw an opportunity to bring couples together on the tennis courts and organized mixed doubles round robins. With a little experimentation with times, they found Sunday mornings to be a good time for these get-togethers and a “scramble” format workable for Eastman’s players. Pete’s extensive experience organizing tennis events and the couple’s integration into “all things tennis” in Eastman quickly infused energy into these informal get-togethers. So much so, that most Sundays last summer three or four courts were consistently filled with players.

So, just what is a scramble? It’s an informal type of doubles play in which partners are matched up randomly. Alice and Pete provide numbers—one set for women, another for men—that players pick from a hat, or, to be exact, a Baggie from the Podesta’s kitchen. Since there is no advance sign-up required, some weeks there may be more men than women on the courts, or vice versa. In that event, some improvisation occurs on the spot, but everyone gets a partner picked at random. The idea is to get people of all skill levels together to play without a lot of stifling rules or rigmarole.

If you want to play, show up with a can of new balls at 9 a.m. on any Sunday and mix it up with old and new “scramblers.” And, don’t forget your water bottle and sunblock. While the scrambles are designed for fun, you will get a workout and some good play. On the days when umbrellas (or tarps) are needed rather than sunblock, you can stay inside and serve up some scrambled eggs, or delve into some tennis trivia.

Did you know that “love” for a zero (0) score in tennis is derived from “l’oeuf,” the French word for “egg”?

So, however you like your “oeuf”s, get ready to scramble on Sundays. If you have any questions about the scrambles, contact Pete or Alice at troonhouse@comcast.net or at (603)-843-8045. For information about other round robin opportunities in Eastman, or to see your coordinators’ smiling faces, go to the 2019 Round Robins page on the Eastman Tennis web site.

Be a Sport and Reserve a Court

Don’t be left outside the gates looking in at the action. Reserve a court using the Eastman Tennisbookings.com system. Yes, we know that in years past, players just walked onto the courts at any time without reservations. However, use of the system is critical to effective tennis court management and happy players.

It takes just minutes to set up an account, and literally seconds to reserve a court once you save your ID and password on your electronic devices. And, for those needing a little help keeping their busy schedules straight, Tennisbookings.com will even email you a reminder that you can add to your digital calendar with just two quick clicks. For help with either, call Recreation at (603)-863-6772 or stop by the reception desk at the South Cove Activity Center. For more details about playing on our superb membership-only courts, go to Play at Eastman.  A few seconds of your time will help ECA staff and volunteers plan for future enhancements to the tennis program–and maybe save you a wasted trip to fully occupied courts.

Eastman’s Open–Cause to Celebrate

Left to right: Eugene Demidenko, Valentina Demidenko. Richard King, Emmalie Snyder

Once again, the “Open” was a success, drawing players from both the Eastman community and the Upper Valley. Held only one week after the Memorial Day weekend event that drew 40 players, the tournament competed for players with USTA matches held that weekend and a myriad of end-of-school-year activities, including graduations. Nonetheless, ten teams competed in the Mixed Doubles and four in the Men’s category. Emmalie Snyder of Elkins, NH and Richard King, of Bradford, NH were victorious over Valentina and Eugene Demidenko of Norwich, VT in the Mixed Doubles.  (Richard is a repeat winner, having won the event two years ago with Laura Joslin-King.) In the Men’s competition,

Pete Podesta and Gary Atchinson

Eastmanite and tournament director Pete Podesta teamed up with Gary Atchinson of Croydon to claim first place in the Men’s category. Gary competed with flare in his characteristically colorful tennis attire.

Will there be a 5th Annual? We sure hope so. But, in the meantime, players can hone their skills and find potential partners in the Mixed Doubles Sunday Scrambles described above.