February Update: News & Reminders

From: PNW Tennis Officials <pnwtennisofficials@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, Feb 4, 2023 at 7:00 AM
Subject: February Update: News & Reminders

Hello Current & Prospective PNWTOA Members,

Hope all of you have had a happy and healthy start to 2023 and those of you working ITA matches have had a great start to the season.

Thank you to all existing members for the timely remittance of this year’s dues – we’re happy to report that all active members are current.

Please join us in congratulating Mick Horton, who has been appointed to fill our vacant Board seat, which is one of three that will be part of this year’s election. We are grateful to Mick for joining us near the end of this seat’s term to contribute his considerable skills and experience for the TOA’s benefit.

Here is a roundup of some timely deadlines and information that we’ve all received recently:

— USTA Chair Umpire Center of Excellence May 3-8 Plantation, FL – 2/5/23 deadline to apply. For anyone looking to take their chair skills to the next level in a challenging environment with elite National trainers, this is the best opportunity available. Apply through your USTA Officiating Learning Center Account at http://lrc.learn.taleo.net/ustaofficiating
— ITA Seattle Town Hall – University of Washington, 2/9/23 – ITA National referees and trainers Anthony Montero and Andrew Rogers will present and do a Q&A about the latest ITA rule applications and best practices in advance of the ITA Division 1 Women’s Team Indoor. This is an excellent (and rare) opportunity to discuss all things ITA chairs and roving with two of the best in college tennis. Register to attend at: https://forms.gle/fArSwn6cUJvSh8vR9
— USTA Mentoring Program – We are thrilled that over 1/3 of our membership is participating in this program, which pairs mentors and mentees from all over the country. That said, just like the national program, there are more registered mentees than mentors, so if you are interested in becoming a mentor in any discipline, simply reply to this message or sign up here.
— USTA Continual Learning Webinar Series: As the USTA continues to evolve its training and certification processes, they are offering new interactive webinars that include Q&As. The new series begins this month, on 2/22/23, with two more in March. Those certified in OfficialsFirst should have received an email detailing the curricula. RSVP here, or watch them (and all archived webinars) later here.

As always, please don’t hesitate to reply to this email with any comments, questions, or suggestions on the above or any other topics. We look forward to seeing everyone soon on court!

Thank you,

Scott Pennington
President, Board of Directors
Pacific Northwest Tennis Officials Association

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PNWTOA Dues/Board Vacancy

From: PNW Tennis Officials <pnwtennisofficials@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, Dec 29, 2022
Subject: PNWTOA Dues/Board Vacancy
To: PNWTOA Membership

Season’s Greetings, everyone –

A quick note of thanks to all of you (more than half!) who have paid your $30 dues for 2023.

For all those who still have the dues payment on your to-do list, all the information you need can be found on our website: pnwtennisofficials.com.

**New this year: dues can be paid electronically with no fees through your bank account’s online Zelle feature. Simply navigate to Zelle in your online account and send the payment to: zelle@pnwtennisofficials.com. Otherwise, you can use PayPal for a $1.59 fee, or mail a check per the instructions at the link above.**

Finally, for anyone interested in filling the vacant seat on the PNWTOA Board of Directors for the remainder of its term (through June 2023), and hopefully running in the April election to keep the seat for the next 3-year term, please reply to this email communicating your interest. Board service is a great way to get more involved with issues that affect all our members, such as training, certification, and pay. If you have run for election in the past we encourage you to consider reaching out about this opportunity.

Thank you all again for a wonderful 2022, and we look forward to an even better 2023 both on and off the court.


PNWTOA Board of Directors

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Portland USTA Chair Workshop – 10/8/22

From: PNW Tennis Officials <pnwtennisofficials@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, Sep 22, 2022 at 2:50 PM
Subject: USTA Chair Workshop – 10/8/22 Portland, Oregon

Hello, PNWTOA Members:

Please see the attached flyer for details on a just-announced USTA Chair Umpire Workshop to be held at the University of Portland on Saturday, October 8th.

The sign-up window is fairly brief – registration closes on 10/1 – so if you’re interested, please log into the USTA Officiating Learning Center at http://lrc.learn.taleo.net/ustaofficiating and sign up asap!

Feel free to reply to this email with any questions. Hope all of you had a great summer and are looking forward to this upcoming autumn season!

Scott Pennington
President, PNWTOA

Oct 22 PDX chair clinic flyer.pdf

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2020-2021 TOA Awards

From: PNW Tennis Officials <pnwtennisofficials@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, Aug 9, 2022 at 7:01 AM
Subject: PNWTOA 2020-2021 Awards Voting Results

Hello PNWTOA Active & Honorary Members!

THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the voting for our 2020-2021 Awards. We had excellent turnout, with 70% of you casting ballots to honor your colleagues.

CONGRATULATIONS to our winners:

2020-2021 PNWTOA Perry Hines Official of the Year: Holly Weyhrauch

2020-2021 PNWTOA Mike Robb Rookies of the Year (tie): Nancy Koeppen & Jacob Moya

Attached please find the full voting results.

We hope you are all enjoying a safe and happy summer. We’ll be in touch with news on workshop opportunities soon.

See you on the courts!

PNWTOA Board of Directors

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Award Nominations, Election Results, Sam Sambrano

From: PNW Tennis Officials <pnwtennisofficials@gmail.com>

Date: Mon, Jun 13, 2022 at 2:53 PM
Subject: TOA Update: Award Nominations, Election Results, Sam Sambrano
To: PNW Tennis Officials <pnwtennisofficials@gmail.com>

PNWTOA Members,

Hope you are all enjoying a great start to the summer. Here are some updates for you all as we head into a busy time of year:

Award Nominations: This year, we are asking the entire membership to nominate deserving fellow officials for all the awards with which we’re involved:
Perry Hines Official of the Year – Perry Hines was a beloved PNW Official who was a friend, a mentor, and an icon to tennis officials throughout the USA. His namesake award is the PNWTOA’s annual recognition of a member who has demonstrated general excellence in officiating.
Mike Robb Rookie of the Year – This is the PNWTOA’s annual award to recognize a newly certified official for outstanding performance in the first stage of an officiating career.
Nicholas E. Powell Award – Presented annually by the USTA at the National level, the Nicholas E. Powell Award recognizes an outstanding USTA official certified no higher than the USTA level whose career body of work has been primarily at the community level. The winner is selected from among a group of Sectional nominees.

Please submit your nominations for any of the three above awards by replying to this email. THE DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS IS MONDAY, JULY 11TH. For the Perry Hines or Mike Robb awards, please consider nominees from the 2020-2021 work period, as last year the PNWTOA did not give awards based on 2020 performance due to COVID. Based on your nominations, The PNWTOA Board will select candidates for the Perry Hines and Mike Robb awards at our next meeting on July 13th, and the membership will vote for the winners over the following month. Also at the July 13th meeting, based on your nominations, the Board will select the 2022 PNW nominee for the Nicholas E. Powell Award.

Election Results: Our annual election closed on 5/2/22 – three open Director seats were filled by incumbent candidates and an amendment to our bylaws was passed unanimously. Please view the complete returns below, and thank you to all who voted!

Sam Sambrano: Finally and most importantly, our longtime dear colleague and friend Sam Sambrano was recently in a serious auto accident and is facing a long recovery. If you are able, please join the PNWTOA in sending messages of love and support to:

Richard Sammy Sambrano
630 S. Pearl
Tacoma, WA 98465

Take good care of yourselves and enjoy your time on court. As always, feel free to reach out to the Board with ideas, questions, or concerns at pnwtennisofficials@gmail.com.

Thank you,
Scott Pennington, President


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2022 PNWTOA Board of Directors Election Announcement

From: PNW Tennis Officials <pnwtennisofficials@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, Apr 16, 2022 at 6:10 AM
Subject: 2022 PNWTOA Board of Directors Election Announcement

To: PNWTOA Membership

Hello everyone –

Each year, the current paid PNWTOA membership plus our Honorary members elect 3 Directors to 3-year terms to replace those Directors whose terms are expiring. The term of office for all candidates in this election is 2022-2025.

This weekend, all current paid members and Honorary members will receive an electronic ballot from Election Runner to take part in the election. This year’s ballot also includes a proposed amendment to our TOA bylaws. I urge you to participate and make your voice heard by voting. The final day to vote in this year’s BOD election will be Monday, May 2nd.

If you have not yet paid 2022 dues but would like to become a current member and participate in the election or have any other questions about the election, please email vote@pnwtennisofficials.com before the May 2nd voting deadline. We will coordinate your dues payment and furnish you with a ballot.

As always, please also feel free to reach out to me directly with any PNWTOA comments or questions.

Thank you,

Scott Pennington
PNWTOA BoD President

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2022 Annual Membership Meeting – April 6, 7:00 pm

From: PNW Tennis Officials <pnwtennisofficials@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Mar 9, 2022 at 9:52 PM
Subject: Annual Membership Meeting – April 6, 7:00 pm
To: PNW Tennis Officials

Hello TOA Members,

The first Wednesday in April (4/6/22) is our 7th annual PNWTOA Membership meeting. Join us on Zoom video or dial in by phone to hear what the TOA has accomplished since last April 2021, and what might be in store for us for the rest of this year. Also, if you are interested in serving on the TOA Board of Directors, we are requesting nominations for the Board of Directors for the coming year.

We’ll send out the agenda and Zoom/dial-in information to you a few days in advance of the meeting.

All interested in becoming a nominee please send a short bio about yourself and submit your nomination before the meeting to pnwtennisofficials@gmail.com. All nominees will also have an opportunity to introduce themselves during the meeting. Details and responsibilities for the position of Director are attached. We will accept the names of nominees until nominations are closed at the Membership Meeting.

Thank you for your support,

Scott Pennington, President


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PNWTOA – Update & 2022 Dues

From: PNW Tennis Officials <pnwtennisofficials>
Date: Fri, Dec 3, 2021 at 7:30 PM
Subject: PNWTOA – Update & 2022 Dues

December 3, 2021

Dear PNWTOA Current & Prospective Members,

Happy Holidays and congratulations on persevering through what has been, while hopefully a more normal and rewarding year than 2020, no less of a challenge as most of us have returned to officiating in this COVID era.

In recognition of our evolving landscape, the Board of Directors undertook a review of compensation for officials in our section, and we have instituted a schedule of minimum fees for 2022 from which our assignors will negotiate pay rates with any and all events, regardless of host facility or sanctioning body, except those governed by specific contracts that supersede this PNWTOA minimum fee schedule. We will be making this document available on our website for everyone’s reference going forward.

This fee schedule is one example, in addition to recruitment, training, grievance resolution, and awards recognition, among others, of how our TOA provides value to its members. This is the time of year when we request that you renew your membership with the dues that permit the PNWTOA to continue operating next year. We would sincerely appreciate your $30 dues payment by the January 1st, 2022 deadline.

There are two ways to pay your dues: by PayPal or mail. For your convenience, you will receive a PayPal invoice shortly. If you choose to use PayPal there is an additional processing charge of $1.59.

Pay by PayPal or Download the membership form (PDF 40KB). Please include payment with your membership application and mail to:

Pacific Northwest Tennis Officials Association
706 122nd St Ct NW
Gig Harbor, Wa 98332

As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach the Board of Directors by replying to this email.

Thank you all for your continued support and dedication,

PNWTOA Board of Directors
Scott Pennington, President

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USTA Roving Workshop – Bellevue, WA – July 24, 2021

From: USTA Officiating <officiating@usta.com>

Date: Thu, Jul 1, 2021 at 12:51 PM
Subject: Attend the first USTA Officiating In-Person Workshop in PNW in 2021!

USTA Officiating Roving Workshop in Bellevue, WA!

We are excited to be piloting the return of USTA Officiating In-Person
Workshops in USTA Pacific Northwest in July. We are working with your Section to ensure that proper COVID-19 safety protocols are followed. The registration deadline is just around the corner and seats are limited, so please sign up soon if you’re interested!
Roving Umpire Workshop
  • Date: Saturday, July 24, 2021
  • Time: 10am-4pm
  • Location: Bellevue, WA
  • Online Course Requirement: Level One Roving Umpire
  • Max. Number of Participants: 20
  • Deadline to Register: Saturday, July 17, 2021
Register Now!

Click the button above to log in to your USTA Officiating Online Learning Center account and click the “In-Person Workshops” tab from the top toolbar. Select the section and the Workshop and then click “Enroll”. Please note the maximum number of participants for each Workshop and register early. Spots are first come, first served.

You must be a USTA Certified Official in good standing and have completed the required officiating course to attend a Workshop.

If you have any questions, please contact Brooke Abdon at Brooke.Abdon@usta.com.

USTA Officiating
10000 USTA Blvd
Orlando, FL 32827

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Board of Directors Election/Roving Workshop Update

From: PNW Tennis Officials <pnwtennisofficials@gmail.com>

Date: Fri, Jul 2, 2021 at 5:16 PM
Subject: Board election + Roving Workshop Update

Hello PNW Tennis Officials!

We have a couple of announcements for you as summer kicks into gear and events/competition continue to become more normal in most of our areas.

First, congratulations to Denise Alexander, Barb Silvey, and Holly Weyhrauch, who will each be returning to serve a new term on the PNWTOA Board of Directors following last month’s election. Complete election results can be found in the attachment to this email. We are so grateful for the ongoing commitment of all three of these dedicated officials, as well as the election participation of 75% of our members in selecting them.

Also, beginning this month, the USTA has reinstated In-person workshops for official training in all disciplines, and one of the first will be a Roving workshop held in Bellevue, WA on Saturday, July 24th. Hopefully you all received the notification email about the workshop directly from the USTA yesterday.

We encourage anyone in reasonable proximity who is a newer official or who has never participated in a Roving workshop to attend. Registration is open from now until July 17th at the USTA Officiating Online Learning Center:


As always, please feel free to reach out to me or any Board member with questions or comments. We look forward to seeing you on court soon!

Thank you,

Scott Pennington, President

PNWTOA 2021 BOD election results.pdf

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