Dear TICA Member,
Latest news that I hope you will find of interest:
Templeogue LTC in Dublin intends to appoint a Head Coach. In common with many other clubs, Templeogue has decided to advertise the position to TICA members initially. Details are attached.
In order to keep up with job vacancies in the tennis industry in Ireland, and to continue to receive all the other benefits that accrue as a member of TICA, we hope you plan to rejoin the Association for 2012. It is important to point out that Public Liability Insurance for all members expires on December 30th 2011. In order to be certain that you are not `working uninsured`, it’s important that our Treasurer Paul Murphy receives your membership and insurance documents and payments prior to that date. Details of how to register and pay, either online or by cheque, are available at www.tica.ie.
ITF APPROVES GREEN BALL OPTION FOR COMPETITIVE PLAY
The ITF board of directors, at its meeting in early November, approved a rule that allows for a two-year trial in which the stage 1 green ball can be used as an optional ball for all competitive play, except at the highest levels. The trial period begins in January 2012, and each national federation will be able to decide which national competitive events can use the green ball. While initially aimed at junior competition, the trial rule also takes into account upcoming initiatives that will use modified equipment such as lower pressure balls with adult players, too. “Some nations currently are using the green ball as an optional ball for 12-and-under competition,” says Dave Miley, the ITF’s executive director of Tennis Development. “In the future, when the ITF launches the ‘Tennis Xpress’ initiative aimed at bringing more adults into tennis, we feel the option to use the green ball will encourage a lot of adults in play and competition.” The trial rule, proposed by the ITF Rules of Tennis Committee, allows for the green ball to be used as an optional ball for all levels of competitive play except world-ranking professional events, Davis Cup and Fed Cup, Junior Tournaments and Team events sanctioned by the ITF and affiliated regional associations, ITF Senior Circuit and Team events, and ITF Wheelchair Circuit and Team events. “After the two-year trial is over at the end of 2013, if the feedback is positive on using the green ball as an option in competition, we’ll work to make the rule change permanent,” Miley says.
All the best,