Newsletter Combos Stopped at Districts Congratulations to our Combo Women 6.5 and 7.5 teams for their fun, exciting and successful seasons. Both teams were USTA Local League Champions and moved on to compete in the Norcal District Championships Feb 20-22 in Sacramento, where the 6.5 team finished 4th in their flight, and the 7.5 team finished 3rd in their flight. Tennis Members Honored by USTA The USTA is not just about leagues, there are many tournaments they hold for seniors, juniors, NTRP levels, and family type events. Members Jill Hutchinson, Christa Keeling, Raina Lal and Chrissie Costamagna were all rewarded for their performances for 2014 in many of those categories. March 2015 DayLight Savings Starts March 8, 2am Leaping forward on hour, so don’t be late to your classes or lessons Sunday morning. Have a Party!!! One of the great perks of a Mt. Tam membership is being able to host a party at the Club. Be it birthday party or a group event, the Club can provide several venues that will meet your needs. On top of that, we have an excellent food menu for these parties, including an Italian special cuisine on Saturday nights. Book the basketball court, the Café, the outdoor pool or maybe a couple of courts to enjoy your special event. Sandjune Spring Special Monday, March 23, 9am - 2pm Once again we will present this very popular show, and you will have an opportunity to purchase the new Spring line at great prices. We Finally Have Our Parking Back It took a while and at times it was frustrating, but we finally have all of our front parking lot back. This job still has some cleaning up to do as well as restoration of areas that were damaged, but when it’s all said and done, we have improved infrastructure for the entire community. We thought about having a theme party to celebrate, but came up short trying to decide on a theme name for repairing sewer lines. Just A Reminder… The outdoor pool will stay closed until the weather becomes warm enough and the sun direct enough for the solar system to be effective. For that reason we can not set a date for when that will happen, but be assured, we are as eager to open the outdoor pool as you are. Club Hours: Monday - Tennis courts closed: 8am - Noon Monday-Friday - Club Hours 5am - 11pm Indoor pool closes at 10pm Weekends: 7am - 9pm Address correspondence to: Mt. Tam Racquet Club P.O. Box 116 Larkspur, CA. 94977 Childcare Hours: (415)924-6226 Monday - Friday: 8:15am - 7:15pm Saturday: 8:00am - 3:00pm email: [email protected] Sunday/Holidays: 9:00am - 2:00pm www.MtTamRC.com Fitness News and Updates Move of the month: PLANK Goal: hold for 1-2 minutes a day in March It's a total body exercise you can do anywhere. Five Benefits of Plank: 1.) A Toned Belly /Builds strong, deep inner core muscles 2.) Reduces Back Pain 3.) Improves Flexibility 4.) Improves Your Balance and Posture 5.) Improves Mood and Reduces stress Here are the basic steps for performing a plank: Hold your elbows directly under your shoulders and place your wrists in line with your elbows. Push your body up into your upper back and hold your chin close to your neck (like you’re holding an egg between your chin and your throat). In this position, brace your abdominals—contract them like expecting a punch in your stomach, squeeze your gluteal (tailbone) and thigh muscles simultaneously while continuing to breathe normally And Don’t Forget Our App The fitness tracking movement is alive and well and offers a slew of benefits. Whether you’re looking to lose a little weight or get active, wearable fitness trackers are leading the way to better health. 5 great benefits to a using one are: 1.) accountability for your workouts 2.) goal setting / awareness of activity 3.) motivation to get moving and keep moving. 4.) reminder about healthy eatingwhat you're putting into your body 5.) tracking your sleep The Mt. Tam App also provides an aid to help you keep track of the classes you attend and gives you immediate updates to any changes in the fitness class schedule. The feature Fit Friends allows you to put together a list of members you take those classes with so that you can instantly contact them to pass on any information. Swim News and Updates The dates for the Multi Sport Kids Camp are set! This summer we will have 6 one-week camps. The weeks are June 22, July 13, July 20, August 3, August 10th and August 17th. This traditional camp has everything! Swim lessons, tennis lessons, crafts, lunch by the pool, yoga and plenty of sports and games. The camp is for children 6-12 and is from 10am-4pm, with before and aftercare available. What more could you ask for! Registration materials will be on our website soon. www.mttamrc.com Questions please call Tish 9246226 at X32 Welcome Anne to Our Aquatic Staff Anne Slucky, favorite Water Gym teacher for the past 15 years at Mt. Tam, finally has time to teach swimming! Anne will be available to teach Monday through Thursday from 11-2:30. She likes to teach children 4 and up and also beginner adults. Dawniele Pasha, who has been teaching swimming at Mt. Tam, is taking a break from teaching and hopefully will come back when she has more time! The next Kids Swim Clinic coached by Tish has a staggered start of March 2 for the older swimmers and March 9th for the younger swimmers. Please contact Tish at [email protected] for more information. The Race is On Swimmers are swimming hard for the February Fitness Swim Challenge. Which team will win the most money for their school foundation? First prize is $500, 2nd prize is $300 and 3rd prize is $200, generously donated by Mt. Tam Racquet Club. All three school districts win something! You can follow the progress of this event, along with recent news and updates concerning swimming by keeping an eye on the bulletin board dedicated to swim news, right outside the entrance to the indoor pool. Tennis Pro’s Tip of the Month Junior Team Tennis Why are all the teaching pros at the Club certified? It’s not just to have insurance coverage, it’s being part of an organization, in this case the United States Tennis Pro Association, that requires ongoing education of all its members. Our coaches get training and education via internet, or can attend either sectional or national conventions held yearly. The result is that you are ensured that what you are paying for is truly a professional service. On top of that, they have access to the most recent news and information concerning technology and trends. This includes updates about new equipment or new services. We take coaching very seriously here at the Club and back it up with research and education. Mt. Tam will have 2 teams in the upcoming USTA league, an orange ball team for the 10 & under players and a regular ball team for the 14 & under players. The season begins on March 6 and matches are on Fridays at 4 or 4:30pm. Please contact Steve Summer if you wish to participate on one of these teams. Friday Orange Ball Tennis The Friday orange ball play nights will continue throughout the season for those players who are unable to play in the match or are not quite ready for the team. The play nights are from 6-7:15 and cost $10 each. Please contact Steve Summer if you have any questions or wish to participate. Mt. Tam Junior Program The junior classes are in full swing and there are still a few spots open in some classes. We use the Quick Start method so kids are able to rally as soon as possible. The schedule is: Red Ball-for players 6 & under Monday 3-3:30, 3:30-4 Tues 3:30-4 Thu 3:30-4 Orange Ball-for players aged 7-10 years old Tuesday 4-5 Wednesday 3-4 Thursday 4-5 Green Dot Ball-players aged 10-12 who are not quite ready for the regular ball Monday 4-5 Regular Ball 14 & under players Tuesday 5-6 Wednesday 4:30-6 Family Night Friday, March 20, 5:45pm We’re runny into the Spring weather and look forward to being able to play outside for this event. The theme for March will be about serving and we will have a little contest for those who attend. Team Tennis Update The bonus night for subs was played February 25th. Eight subs played, several for the first time. Players from the teams "subbed for the subs" to round out 12 partnerships and 6 matches. The FINAL will be played between Team 2 and Team 5 on March 6th. Come watch and enjoy happy hour pricing in the Cafe. There have been some very tasty snacks for our matches...thanks Chef! Women’s Day Change is Permanent The idea of having the mixed doubles the format for Thursday mornings has turned out to be very popular. The next question is the obvious one; do we still call it Women’s Day or change the name? Any ideas are welcome and the winner will receive a free one-hour lesson from the pro staff. March Free Clinics Tuesday, March 3 - 1pm Saturday, March 14 – noon Tuesday, March 17 – 1pm When Using the Locker Rooms, Please, Please, Please… This is a space that, by definition, is shared by many people for these purposes; to prepare for use of the Club or to conclude your use of the Club. Both basically are transitional and require the space to accommodate a comfortable and efficient experience. If people leave their belongings scattered about or take up an unreasonable amount of space, the goal of getting in and out of the locker room quickly is compromised. Please be considerate of others and use as little space as possible for your belongings. We provide seating that has storage area under it and free day lockers. These two options should help you in storing your belongings. If you have young children, you need to be in control of them at all times. Having young children wander around is not only a safety issue, but also can be dangerous for older folks trying to navigate that area. What so many members forget is that most people who normally wear glasses to see will not have those glasses on when taking a shower or moving about the locker rooms. This factor makes it extra dangerous a little one is running around in that confined area. Also, there are towel bins located in several areas of the locker rooms, and we promise you if you use them they will get to the laundry room a little faster. This ensures that there are plenty of towels available throughout the day, especially during the summer months when demand is high. Lastly, keep your showers as short as possible. This is not just for the very important conservation of water, but is also a courteous gesture for those who are waiting to shower. Both the men and women have four showers, which is usually enough to handle demand, but when there are large fitness classes, especially water classes, the demand on the showers is extra high and so it is helpful for everyone to expedite their time in the shower. Thank you for your courtesy and helping make the Club a better experience for everyone. Gun Hei Fat Choi! Embracing the year of the Ram and the new cycle of Spring The year of the Ram (also referred to as the Sheep and Goat) is a time to celebrate our interdependence, and the strength we achieve by working together. The sheep is a peacemaker and strives towards harmony. This year we are reminded and called to embrace and respect our needs and the needs of others, and in doing so, we are empowered to persevere in the face of challenges. The year of the Ram reminds us that when we follow our passions, it will lead us to great success. And when we reach out to others with great compassion, it will lead us to great joy. February 4th marked the first day of spring in the Chinese lunar calendar. Spring represents the beginning of all cycles, and it is the most auspicious time to begin new projects and interests. This is also the best season to detoxify and cleanse the body. Plant seeds now for fruition later. Begin anew in your life with the buds of spring. Mt. Tam Health Center Janine M Swenberg, L.Ac. Acupuncture * Massage * Herb and Essential Oil Remedies * Cold Laser and Micro Circulation Treatments For more information: 415.302.4717 – text or phone Your Tennis Program at Your Club The Marin County “Tennis Club of the Year” is about to be announced in the Pacific Sun. For the past three years Mt. Tam has won that award and for a good reason: your Pro Staff. One measurement that determines a quality pro staff is the length of time the pros have been at a Club. The national average of a pro’s stay at a facility is about three and half years, the average at Mt. Tam is 23 years and climbing. The system is entirely different than any other club in the country. Rod Heckelman serves as both General Manager and Tennis Director and assigns each teaching pro a role to fill at the Club. The result is, each pro is essentially their own boss and takes on designated responsibilities. As an example, Ross Hollowell is the League Director and oversees that program. We are one of the first clubs to create a position like that in the industry, largely because we realize that leagues are a very arduous task that needs a pro who is dedicated just for that activity. It’s a very difficult and political job that most teaching pros want nothing to do with. Anyone who has captained knows how difficult a job it is to perform. Imagine having to essentially captain over 50 teams a year; that’s the task Ross has to perform. Steve Summer is operating a number of 10 and Under programs and Shibu Lal is organizing events for players. They also oversee weekly and monthly activities that help members meet other members and find comparable players to play and practice with during other times; i.e. Men’s Day, Mixed Doubles Day and Diane’s Working Women’s group on Sunday afternoon. Shibu (Bo), is currently putting together a 4.5 men’s doubles round robin on March 28 and 29, both weekend mornings using the indoor courts. In addition, we provide three free clinics every month that are well attended. They are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month and on the second Saturday of each month. We rotate pros to work these classes so that members can see the style of each pro’s teaching, which brings us to another very important reason for the success of the tennis program. In most clubs, the Tennis Director determines the method of coaching. That’s not the case at Mt. Tam. Each pro attends several USPTA seminars a year and does online learning to develop their own approach to the game. This provides students with a variety of teaching styles that are much more likely to fit the individual needs of each student. Take the time to get to know your Pro Staff; they are unique and dedicated to improving both your tennis game and your experience at the Club.
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