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League News: Playing Tennis in the Time of COVID-19

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By Cameron Turner, Mixed Doubles Vice President

This year, there has been significant loss and hardships for so many, but I have been encouraged and inspired by our community during this time and how we have come together to support our neighbors in need.

As the summer season approached, we all were looking forward to getting back on the courts, but we wanted to make sure that it was done in a safe manner. Following CDC guidelines, parks and open spaces could provide opportunities for physical activity while also offering an escape from sheltering in place. I am glad that so many were able to get out on the courts and enjoy some fresh air and socialization. While this past summer ALTA season saw its challenges, it also brought a respite for those who felt comfortable returning to the courts.

Thank you to the more than 29,000 people who registered for the summer season. More importantly, thank you for being a community that helped the season to go smoothly. Your willingness to be flexible, give grace, and exhibit patience not only was appreciated, but showed you care for your teammates and opponents. Please know that your feedback each week was extremely beneficial, and every email or voicemail helped create a safer tennis playing environment for all.

This is an organization made up of and led by volunteers, so we could not have operated without you! Thank you to the captains and co-captains who give so much to organize teams, work through tough situations, and create a fun playing atmosphere for all. Thank you, too, if you are a volunteer coordinator. Your work to manage teams and levels keeps us running every week!

As we look forward to the winter 2021 season, I hope you will join us again for fun, competitive play! If there is anything that we can do to support you or your team, please reach out; we are here to help. Thank you again for all you do to make ALTA an amazing organization.