Problems With The USTA ... (They do nothing!)

Kaptain Karl

Hall Of Fame
I've been holding in a RANT. I'm letting loose.

I wonder if this dynamic is widespread...?

The USTA, that (fine organization) has made promise after promise to our mountain town. In the eight years since a local man started an Town Tennis Ladder ... Open Drop-In Doubles Days (Sat and Wed) ... a Boys Junior Ladder ... a Womens/Girls Ladder ... that (fine organization) has actually *done* ZERO to help. (But they love to publish what's going-on here in their periodical ... as if they had something to do with it.) The local man also promotes the heck out of a Senior Citizens Doubles group and the fledgling Kids Lessons Program of the local Rec Center. For a town the size we have, tennis is booming again ... thanks to the efforts of four individuals [size=-2]I am one of the four.[/size]

I've allowed my membership in USTA to lapse ... and I don't know if I'll ever renew it. They've done nothing for our town ... but "over there" the Denver municipality keeps getting Grants to help with courts, lighting, instruction, etc.

The USTA keeps patting itself on the back for all its community outreach. I think they're making-up most of it....

Okay, thanks for reading. I'm not sure if this has been cathartic yet....

- KK
 

LuckyR

Legend
Ultimately groups, like the USTA, aren't really groups at all, they are the product of a few individuals. These individuals all have their own agendas and personality quirks. These are manifested in the decisions of the "group" but really reflect the motivation of the powers that be at the head.

Your local USTA head seems to be motivated by getting accolades from other's efforts and playing to the big audience in Denver. No big suprise there.

Unfortunately, unless you identify who is making these decisions and develop a relationship with them, personally, I don't see any change in your situation.
 

Roforot

Professional
I can really emphathize with you. I feel that the USTA is a corrupt and misconceived organization living large based on its past accomplishments and taking credit from of us who care about the game and want it to grow.

Perhaps I've read it here before, if so say sorry for not crediting the author, but there's a story of a gambler who bets hand after hand and keeps losing. His friends keep watching with disbelief till one of them finally pulls him aside and whispers, "What're you doing? Don't you know this is a fixed game?" The guy replies, "hell yeah it's fixed, but it's the only game in town!"

I'm also in a limbo now about to renew or drop my USTA membership? I'd miss playing the league matches and practices w/ my teammates, but I'm also getting sick of this and other bulls around the whole thing. And in my city, the USTA's not the only game in town.

A friend though suggested that the way to topple a good organization is from the inside, perhaps also the way to fix the USTA is also best done from the inside? KaptainKarl you may want to consider seeking a position? If more people like you take over the USTA I would have greater hope for it...
 

vandre

Hall of Fame
heck yeah, i'd vote for kk for supreme dictator/ overlord for life of the usta!!!

unfortunately, kk, they don't seem to be any more serious in my part of the country than they are in yours! i've been in the usta for almost a year now and i still don't know where the leagues in my area are and they only info they've passed on to me is how to get discounted tickets to indy!
 

SunDog

Rookie
Karl,

The only way that the USTA seems to interact with local tennis issues to any significant extent is through the institution of the Community Tennis Associations (CTA). As you probably know, the CTAs are part of a USTA district, which in turn are part of a USTA section. If your locality is operating outside this sphere of organization, I would wager that it would be tough to get any real attention in the way of grants and other support. Denver obviously has an active CTA - that knows how to game the system to get what may be percieved as more than their share. If your town (small though it may be) does not have an organized CTA that is under the umbrella of the USTA organization, then forming one may be the best path towards getting some funding. In our district, there are several CTAs in very small communities (Loudon, Union City, Clarksville, Jackson, Hendersonville, Fairfield Glade, Murfreesboro, etc.) and the District seems to be very active in supporting their efforts. If you have a CTA - and the District is ignoring you, then I would suggest that you go directly to the Sectional folks and make some noise.

Side note - and not to derail the rant thread:

The organization as it exists seems to be set up to feed the machine that is the USTA from the bottom up. As an officer (VP) in a CTA, it has become clear to me over the last two years that the overwhelming majority of the USTA funding at the lower levels comes from the fees that league playing adult USTA members fork over in dues and league fees. At the same time, the expenditures for these non-profit organizations is overwhelmingly skewed away from anything that actually benefits the members who are the primary source of funding.

Next year, I will serve as the president of our CTA, and my main goal is to implement programs that serve to cater to our membership first, and support the growth of the sport second. I am not saying that growth and charitable activities are not warrented - I just think that the membership should be shown a little love first - which in turn should have a growth fostering effect of its own.

One of the things that our CTA is actively pursuing is the rescue of some of the city's tennis courts. The city has not funded any real maintenance or upkeep of the second largest tennis facility in the whoe area - so we are taking the fundraising matters into our own hands. This article was posted in the local entertainment newpaper last week:

http://www.metropulse.com/news/2008/may/14/tennis-partners/


If you would like to consult with our CTA on ideas for fundraising and getting some money out of the USTA, please let me know. One thing is for certain - if you dont have a large percentage of your CTA members paying USTA dues, you are really looking at an uphill battle. Any money that the USTA diverts to your community would ultimately come from other dues paying members in other locals. I don't think that much of the TV money from the US Open makes it to any of us.
 

skiracer55

Hall of Fame
I'm not crazy about the USTA...

..but if you want to play USTA leagues and sanctioned tournaments, it's the only game in town. The USSA (US Ski Association) has a similar monopoly going on. If I want to race Masters (which I do), I have to join USSA, pay for a competitor's license, and so forth. I don't see a lot of return for my money. The best things I get from USSA and USTA are, respectively, a subscription to Ski Racing and one to Tennis...thanks, USTA, but you can keep the USTA magazine...
 

samster

Hall of Fame
I've been holding in a RANT. I'm letting loose.

I wonder if this dynamic is widespread...?

The USTA, that (fine organization) has made promise after promise to our mountain town. In the eight years since a local man started an Town Tennis Ladder ... Open Drop-In Doubles Days (Sat and Wed) ... a Boys Junior Ladder ... a Womens/Girls Ladder ... that (fine organization) has actually *done* ZERO to help. (But they love to publish what's going-on here in their periodical ... as if they had something to do with it.) The local man also promotes the heck out of a Senior Citizens Doubles group and the fledgling Kids Lessons Program of the local Rec Center. For a town the size we have, tennis is booming again ... thanks to the efforts of four individuals [size=-2]I am one of the four.[/size]

I've allowed my membership in USTA to lapse ... and I don't know if I'll ever renew it. They've done nothing for our town ... but "over there" the Denver municipality keeps getting Grants to help with courts, lighting, instruction, etc.

The USTA keeps patting itself on the back for all its community outreach. I think they're making-up most of it....

Okay, thanks for reading. I'm not sure if this has been cathartic yet....

- KK
KK, you as the founder of PUT-OFF, I am sureprised that you haven't comment on the issue of foot-faulting. We need to hear from you.

http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=198239
 

fuzz nation

G.O.A.T.
Hey Karl. Wish I could report on greener pastures here in New England...

I'm "getting around" to registering so I can play with a team here, but it's almost June and I feel like a stooge for even thinking about paying to play under a roof. Enough about me. I really miss the criticisms of Gene Scott in Tennis Week magazine, but I can't believe that there aren't a few enlightened souls out there who want to give the status quo a kick in the pants and light a fire under our game. I'll do some digging and see if I can find any signs of intelligent life around here.

Someone gave me a funny comparison between the USGA and the USTA a couple of years back. Contact a representative of the USGA and they'll tell you all about the sport in terms of its history, competition, and what's going on with golf today as well as how you can be a part of it. Contact someone from the USTA and they tell you in great detail... about the USTA.

Keep up the good work, skipper! Often times, it seems that accomplishing something that is truly worthwhile takes twice the effort that you can imagine at the outset. Sounds like you are already moving a local "mountain".
 

JavierLW

Hall of Fame
I've been holding in a RANT. I'm letting loose.

I wonder if this dynamic is widespread...?

The USTA, that (fine organization) has made promise after promise to our mountain town. In the eight years since a local man started an Town Tennis Ladder ... Open Drop-In Doubles Days (Sat and Wed) ... a Boys Junior Ladder ... a Womens/Girls Ladder ... that (fine organization) has actually *done* ZERO to help. (But they love to publish what's going-on here in their periodical ... as if they had something to do with it.) The local man also promotes the heck out of a Senior Citizens Doubles group and the fledgling Kids Lessons Program of the local Rec Center. For a town the size we have, tennis is booming again ... thanks to the efforts of four individuals [size=-2]I am one of the four.[/size]

I've allowed my membership in USTA to lapse ... and I don't know if I'll ever renew it. They've done nothing for our town ... but "over there" the Denver municipality keeps getting Grants to help with courts, lighting, instruction, etc.

The USTA keeps patting itself on the back for all its community outreach. I think they're making-up most of it....

Okay, thanks for reading. I'm not sure if this has been cathartic yet....

- KK
Ive seen things like that myself in my area, not meaning to get negative.

I feel that the USTA is a business, they only seem to get involved in things that are promoting themselves or their partners.

Rather then the leagues/ladders you are running, watch if you set up some USTA leagues where everyone has to pay $40+$22, then watch the USTA fall all over the place trying to get involved. (not so much doing anything but they will take credit for it at least)
 

goober

Legend
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Rather then the leagues/ladders you are running, watch if you set up some USTA leagues where everyone has to pay $40+$22, then watch the USTA fall all over the place trying to get involved. (not so much doing anything but they will take credit for it at least)
True- USTA is trying to set up flex leagues all over the place as a new, way to cater to busy adults. Funny how they only started doing this after Ultimate (Kswiss) and Peach tennis started taking off around the country and collecting lots of dough.
 
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