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The El Cerrito Tennis
Club is an independent tennis club operated in close association with the City of El Cerrito, California, intended primarily for the benefit of tennis players and not limited to El Cerrito residents.

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Spring Program for Kids Starts in March

Tennis Pro Alexander Winslow will teach ECTC's sixth season of Youth Tennis.

The El Cerrito Tennis Club announces its sixth season of 10-and-under tennis — called H.I.T.S. — and Junior Team Tennis. The season begins March 23, 2015, and runs through May 11.

H.I.T.S. stands for Honesty, Inspiration, Teamwork, Sportsmanship. The curriculum is geared towards young players who are just learning the game. Junior Team Tennis is aimed at juniors who can rally and stresses a team environment.

Join us as we welcome tennis professional Alexander Winslow as our coach this season. He will be conducting sessions on Mondays from 3:30 to 4:30 and 4:30 to 5:30. One session will be for beginners ages 6 to 10. The other session will be for players ages 10 to 12 who can rally.

The first two weeks will be held at the Arlington Park courts, and then the program will switch to Harding Park for the rest of the season.

Registration is now open on the USTA NorCal website. Alternatively, you can contact Alexander Winslow at for more information.

Volunteers Needed!

We are looking for volunteers to help Alexander out on Monday afternoons. He needs an extra adult for each of his classes. Volunteer for one class or several. Please contact Alexander Winslow at if you are interested.

Special Note

The ECTC Board would like to thank Margo Takemiya for all her hard work as coordinator. Margo started the ECTC youth tennis program six years ago, and because of her steadfast commitment, the program has flourished.

Winslow Tennis Academy

Alexander Winslow

Winslow Tennis Academy is for stroke technique, fitness and agility, Ten-And-Under Tennis (TAUT) and older kids, advanced players, adults playing league matches, doubles strategy, mental approach and team coaching. We're for having fun and becoming better, stronger, happier players. Alexander Winslow, U.S.P.T.A.-certified Teaching Professional. Expert instructor with TAUT players, advanced players, and playing winning doubles. Former Coach, Men's and Women's Tennis, Bishop O'Dowd High School.

Tennis for All Ages and Skill Levels — Berkeley and El Cerrito

ECTC Players Serve Up the New Year

players arrive at a table set with coffee, bagels, and mimosasThe club's New Year's Red-Eye tennis event drew about 30 players to Arlington Park despite temperatures in the 40s. Everyone dressed in layers, which didn't start coming off until well after 11:00.

The courts were dry, and the sun was out, though at nearly the lowest angle of the year. "I lost the ball in the sun," said Darrell Staley, "and it was a groundstroke!" Coffee, bagels, and mimosas provided sustenance to the hardy players.

In the annual meeting, the board was confirmed, and the new membership structure was explained. Memberships are renewable right now, as explained below.

The first batch of photos is posted at this Picasa web album.

News from ECTC About Dues and Tennis Permits!

What Is New

Our members told us that we need to streamline the process of paying yearly ECTC membership dues and El Cerrito Recreation Department tennis permits. And we listened!

Starting January 2015, members can pay for their membership dues and tennis permit in one simple payment. The Club will take care of registering you with the El Cerrito Recreation Department. Proof of membership and tennis permit will be sent to all participating members.

Membership dues and tennis permits will now run from January to January.

Why We Are Doing This

We want it to be easy for our ECTC-sponsored USTA and BALL teams to have all their team members compliant with our rules — that everyone must be an ECTC member AND have an EC Recreation Department tennis permit.

The city requires everyone who plays on a reserved court to have a tennis permit. However, we also want to encourage all members to get a tennis permit. The money from these permits helps pay for resurfacing the courts as well as for overall maintenance.

We have some of the best public courts in the Bay Area — let's help keep them that way!

We're offering a SPECIAL 2015 RATE for a combined membership and tennis permit if paid by 03/31/2015. It's almost like getting an ECTC membership for free!

So it's a great solution if you play on a USTA or BALL team, Remember, you only pay once a year and can play on as many teams as you'd like during that year — combo, mixed, adult.

And even if you don't play on a USTA or BALL team, having both an ECTC membership and a permit allows you to reserve courts in El Cerrito, including the new EC High School courts!

How It Will Be Implemented

Go to our Join Now page: for details.

Mixed Tournament Goes Off with a Couple of Hitches

winners of the Fall 2014 mixed doubles tournament The club's annual mixed doubles tournament took place on Sunday, September 21, at the Arlington Park courts. Seventeen teams entered in two divisions, 6.5 and lower and 7.5 and lower. Unfortunately, one team in each division failed to show up. The upper division recruited Carol Chihara and Bob Nowacki, both of whom were expecting only to take photos. The lower division managed to rearrange the schedule to accommodate the blank spaces.

Winners in the 7.5 group were Liz Holland and Rajive Aurora in first and Renee Hammond and Ercan Turken in second. In the 6.5 group, it was Julia White and David Stone in first and Geeta Bhatt and John Platt in second. Congratulations to all!

Carol and Bob did manage to fit in some picture taking. See them at this Picasa web album, including a video of the awards ceremony.

Thursday drop-in

ONGOING from the El Cerrito Tennis Club! A Thursday Evening Drop-in Round Robin, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Cerrito Vista courts.

Join us every Thursday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for a drop-in round robin at the Cerrito Vista courts.

It's a casual drop-in round robin and open to all (you don't need to be an ECTC member, though we'd love you to join).

El Cerrito High School Still Needs Used Balls

El Cerrito High School PTSA is collecting used tennis balls to put on the bottom of chair legs in classrooms on the two upper floors of the buildings so that the noise of moving furniture around to create learning circles doesn't disturb those in the classroom below. The school has four buildings, each with two upper stories, so they need lots of tennis balls. Their goal is 13,000!

tennis ball shoes

Tennis balls can be dropped off at the ECHS main office on Ashbury Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 3:30, during both the summer and the school year. You can also contact Nancy Gordon at (510) 910-7992 or to arrange for them to be picked up at your home (El Cerrito, Kensington, or Richmond Annex).

The Club Goes Green

water useEl Cerrito Tennis Club supports our tennis teams in "going green."

We're asking our team captains to reduce the use of bottled water during home matches. ECTC has purchased a big Coleman container for this purpose and is encouraging the team captains to request the visiting teams to bring their own water containers to fill as needed. More...