USTA Officiating: COVID-19 Update

From: USTA Officiating
Date: Thu, Apr 2, 2020 at 6:31 AM
Subject: USTA Officiating: COVID-19 Update

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Dear USTA Official,

We are all currently in the midst of an unprecedented event as we struggle to meet the many challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Tennis, like every other sport and like our society as a whole, has effectively been halted in its tracks. This stoppage has directly affected the ability of athletes, officials, coaches, tournament directors, athletic trainers and everyone else associated with our sport to earn an income.

We understand that at this uncertain time, financial assistance is something at the forefront of everyone’s thinking. We also realize that the resources currently available to our industry can be difficult to access and often, just as difficult to understand. To that end, we have assembled a list of information and resources focused on financial assistance and relief. That list can be found at: Click here.

We hope these resources will help to streamline what we know is a complicated situation and will make accessing the potential help available easier and quicker. We strongly encourage you to apply as soon as possible for any programs for which you believe you may be eligible.

In addition to these resources, as you are undoubtedly aware, on March 27th, the $2 trillion stimulus package known as H.R. 748 “Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act” or the “CARES ACT” (“CARES ACT”)was signed into law. The CARES ACT is set up to provide financial relief to those not traditionally eligible for unemployment benefits-like coaches, pros, athletes and officials- who are unable to work as a direct result of COVID-19.

Pursuant to the CARES Act, coaches, officials, athletes, etc. may be eligible for:

  • Expanded unemployment insurance programs:
    • Eligibility expanded to self-employed, independent contractors, those with limited work history, etc., who are unable to work as a direct result of the coronavirus public health emergency through the end of 2020, the Act provides for additional benefits of $600 per week for up to four months on top of state limits
    • Many states are waiving the waiting period before filing for unemployment
  • “Recovery Rebates” to provide individuals with adjusted gross income up to $75,000 ($150,000 married) $1,200 ($2,400 married) rebate, plus $500 per dependent child
  • Waiver of 10% tax penalty for early withdrawal of up to $100,000 from certain retirement accounts
  • Automatic tax filing extension to July 15, 2020

We sincerely hope that you are staying safe and well, and we will continue to provide you with more information and resources throughout this crisis as they are developed.

Best regards,

The USTA Officiating Team
officiating@usta.com
USTA Officiating
USTA
10000 USTA Blvd
Orlando, FL 32827

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Annual Membership Meeting, April 8, 7PM PDT

The 2020 Annual Membership Meeting of the Pacific Northwest Tennis Officials Association is scheduled for Wednesday, April 8 at 7pm Pacific. All members are encouraged to call in and learn about progress during the last year, training updates, changes to the certification process, and to nominate candidates to fill 3 seats on the Board of Directors. If you did not receive the meeting invitation and agenda, please contact pnwtennisofficials@gmail.com for more information. Please join the meeting using the following info: Call-in number: 1-800-704-1867; Passcode:  142565.

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USTA Events Cancellation Notice

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March 13, 2020

Dear USTA Official,

In light of the heightened concerns and the fast-changing environment surrounding the COVID-19 virus, the USTA has decided to suspend all USTA-sanctioned products and events through April 20th. The USTA statement and updates are available here.

This is an unprecedented situation for both the USTA and USTA Officiating. We want to reach out to prevent any concerns regarding the impacts that this event cancellation may have on your ability to fulfill work requirements for the 2021 recertification period.

Once the USTA understands the full impact on tournaments across the country, we will ensure that Officials are not disadvantaged with specific regard to their work records. We thank you for your patience and understanding as it may take some time. We will communicate with you once the full impact is understood.

Thank you,


Sean Cary
Senior Director – Professional Tennis Strategy, Officiating, Pro Circuit

USTA Officiating
USTA
10000 USTA Blvd
Orlando, FL 32827
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Update on Line Workshop – Sign up Today!

From: Scott Pennington <scottpennington@gmail.com>
Date: Sunday, January 5, 2020
Subject: Update on Line Workshop – Sign up Today!

Hi all –

Just a note to make you aware that the USTA is sending a second trainer and has doubled the capacity for next Sunday’s Line Umpire Workshop.

We currently have 3 spots remaining (of 12), and the deadline to register is tonight at 8pm PST.

Hope all of you at the Chair Workshop right now are having a great day!

Scott Pennington, scottpennington@gmail.com
310.430.3685

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Chair and Line Workshops in PDX for January

From: Denise Alexander <alexander9688@comcast.net>
Date: Sunday, December 8, 2019
Subject: Chair and Line Workshops in PDX for January

Hi All and ⛄Happy Holidays,

There are two Workshops scheduled in Jan. 2020. To register, log into your account for:

USTA Officiating Online Learning Center

Click on the In-Person Workshops (Along the top dark blue ribbon) .
Then Click on the Pacific Northwest Section.

Chair in Lake Oswego, OR on 1/5/20

START DATE
January 5, 2020 (6) seats available

Line in Portland, OR on 1/12/20

START DATE
January 12, 2020 (6) seats available

Online Learning Courses that need to be completed before you can register to attend these Workshops.* Click on the HOME tab (Top of page, Dark blue ribbon) Click either Chair Umpire or Line Umpire under Officiating Disciplines.
** Make sure you download your certificate of completion for courses completed, otherwise you might be asked to complete the course again.

* Chair Workshop- Chair 1
* Line Workshop- Line 1

Please register early, we need at least 4 officials to register for each workshop or they will be canceled. Let me know if you have any questions about the Learning Courses or registering. If you have any questions about the Workshops contact:
Holly Weyhrauch- Chair Workshop, us4wa@yahoo.com
Scott Pennington-Line Workshop, scott.pennington@gmail.com

Thanks,
Denise Alexander, PNW/TOA President

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Owen Klinger Scholarship Fund

From: Barbara Anderson <bahusky@gmail.com>
Date: Thursday, December 5, 2019
Subject: Owen Klinger Scholarship Fund

PNWTOA Membership,

At the November 6th PNWTOA Board meeting the Directors elected to make a $100 donation to the Owen Klinger Memorial Scholarship Fund at the University of Portland on behalf of the PNWTOA membership. Owen Klinger is the son of Mary Klinger, a PNW Tennis Official. The University of Portland acknowledged receipt of and thanked the PNWTOA for their donation in a letter dated November 20, 2019. If any PNWTOA member would like to make a personal donation to the Scholarship fund you can send a check to:

University of Portland Office of Development
Attn: Owen Klinger Scholarship Fund
5000 N. Willamette Blvd.
Portland, OR 97203-5798

or go to the University of Portland Website and make a donation on line at the following link www.giving.up.edu. The PNWTOA will not be soliciting or accepting individual donations from the membership.

Best regards,
Barbara Anderson, PNWTOA Treasurer

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PNW/TOA Annual Membership Dues

From: Denise Alexander <alexander9688@comcast.net>
Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Subject: PNW/TOA Annual Membership Dues

Hello PNW Officials,

Our annual PNW/TOA dues are due Jan. 1, 2020. Your membership dues pay for all of your Tennis Officials Association’s operational costs each year. We have a unique situation in our Section to be able to independently govern ourselves and to always support our Officials. As a reminder, our district and ITA assignors are also required to be members of the PNWTOA and they are not able to provide assigning services to PNW Officials for any tournaments or ITA matches unless your membership is current.

There are two ways to pay again this year, by PayPal or by check.
You will receive an invoice by email from PayPal if you would like to pay this way, or access the membership link on pnwtennisofficials.com (there is a $1.20 fee to use PayPal)
OR …
Filling out the Membership form: Download the membership form (PDF).
and send your check for $30 to:
Pacific Northwest Tennis Officials Association
706 122nd St Ct NW
Gig Harbor, Wa 98332

The re-certification period for 2020 went much smoother this year than in the past two years! The BoD was even confident enough to reach out again to the many people who had started the process about the time the new requirements where coming out and we were able to find a few who were still interested. 🙂 I’m very excited about the new work and educational opportunities ahead of us next year, I’ll be sending out a newsletter with more information on the up coming events starting in Jan.

Thanks to all of you for another successful year,
Denise Alexander, PNW/TOA President

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Register Today! Upcoming In-Person Workshops

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Dear USTA Official,

USTA Pacific Northwest is hosting In-Person Workshops for Roving and Chair Umpires in the upcoming weeks! These Workshops will teach the fundamental procedures and techniques both on and off the court for their respective officiating disciplines. Both new Umpires who have never stepped on court as well as experienced Umpires will find these Workshops beneficial.

The dates for the upcoming In-Person Workshops are:

  • Roving Umpire Workshop
    • Date: Saturday, October 13th
    • Location: Le Salle Catholic College Preparatory, 11999 SE Fuller Rd, Milwaukee, OR
    • Deadline to Apply: Saturday, October 6th
    • Online Course Requirement: Level One Roving Umpire
    • Max. Number of Participants: 20

    Chair Umpire Workshop

    • Date: Sunday, October 21st
    • Location: Eugene Swim & Tennis Club, 2766 Cresent Ave, Eugene, OR
    • Deadline to Apply: Sunday, October 14th
    • Online Course Requirement: Level One Chair Umpire
    • Max. Number of Participants: 6
  • Chair Umpire Workshop
    • Date: Saturday, October 27th
    • Location: Mountain Park Racquet & Fitness Club, 3 Botticelli St, Lake Oswego
    • Deadline to Apply: Saturday, October 20th
    • Online Courtse Requirement: Level One Chair Umpire
    • Max. Number of Participants: 6
  • Roving Umpire Workshop
    • Date: Saturday, November 17th
    • Location: 5501 Penny Circle, Anchorage, AK
    • Deadline to Apply: Saturday, November 10th
    • Online Course Requirement: Level One Roving Umpire
    • Max. Number of Participants: 20

If you are interested in attending one of these Workshops, you must be a USTA Certified Official in good standing and have completed the required online officiating course.

To register, log into your USTA Officiating Online Learning Center (click here) and click the “In-Person Workshops” tab from the top toolbar. Select the workshop name from the list and click “Register”. Please be aware of the class capacity and register early to ensure your spot.

Do your friends want to become USTA Certified Officials? There’s still time to get them certified and registered for one of the upcoming Roving Umpire Workshop.

If you have any trouble registering or have any further questions, please contact me at Cristina.Brace.

Thanks,

Cristina Brace

Manager, Community Pathway, Officiating

USTA Officials
USTA
10000 USTA Blvd
Orlando, FL 32827

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PNW Workshops Sept-Nov

From: DENISE ALEXANDER <alexander9688>
Date: Fri, Aug 17, 2018 at 11:40 PM
Subject: PNW Workshops Sept-Nov

Dear Officials,

Listed below are Roving and Chair Workshops in your area. To Register log onto your account on the USTA Officiating Online Learning Center (click here) website. Click on the In Person Workshops tab in the Blue Ribbon at the top of the page.

Completed Learning Course requirements to register:

Roving Workshop – Roving 1

Chair Workshop – Chair 1

**New Officials will need to have completed all USTA requirements and have a NUCULA account. An outline of the requirements can be found on the pnwtennisofficials.com website under the CERTIFICATION tab New Officials Pathway.

Important note regarding 2018-19 re-certifications. Any Workshops attended after Sept. will not apply to your 2018-19 certifications. They will apply for the following year.

All Workshops are free to attend for all officials.

Roving Umpire Roving Umpire Pacific Northwest Workshop on 10/13/18 at the La Salle Catholic College Preparatory, Milwaukee, OR 10/6/2018 8:00PM PDT 20

Trainer: Kevin Foster; Site Organizer: Mike Devenny

Roving Umpire Roving Umpire Pacific Northwest Workshop on 11/17/18 at 5501 Penny Circle, Anchorage, Alaska 11/10/2018 8:00PM AKST 20

Trainer: TBA; Site Organizer: Mitch Roth

Chair Umpire Chair Umpire Pacific Northwest Workshop on 9/22/18 from 9:00 to 5:30 PM at the Central Park Tennis Club, Kirkland, WA 9/15/2018 8:00PM PDT 4

Trainer: Holly Stroud; Site Organizer: Julie Dorr *This Workshop has added a Trainer and is still open for registrations

Chair Umpire Chair Umpire Pacific Northwest Workshop 10/21/18 at the Eugene Swim and Tennis Club, Eugene, OR 10/14/2018 8:00 PM PDT 6

Trainer:TBA; Site Organizer: OPEN

Chair Umpire Chair Umpire Pacific Northwest Workshop on 10/27/18 at the Mountain Park Racquet and Fitness Club, Lake Oswego, OR 10/20/2018 8:00 PM PDT 6

Trainer: Marc Bell; Site Organizer: OPEN

These Workshops are scheduled in different areas Spokane, Portland, Seattle, Eugene, Alaska for your traveling convenience. Even though I organized these Workshops for PNW officials they are available to anyone in the nation to attend. If you are planning on attending please register early to make sure you reserve a spot.

Thanks,

Denise Alexander

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Have you updated your profile on OfficialsFirst?

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Dear USTA Official,

We hope you have logged into your account on OfficialsFirst and have had a look around! Have you had a chance to update your profile yet? When we created your OfficialsFirst account, we transferred your basic information from NUCULA, but there’s more to an OfficialsFirst profile. Go to the My Account page of OfficialsFirst to easily add a profile picture, set your communication preferences, and complete your personal information.

Have a question about OfficialsFirst? Click on the “Help Me Out” icon at the bottom right corner on the screen to launch the help window. Topics include:

  • Tours of each site page
  • How to add a work record
  • How to edit a work record
  • How to update your email preferences

If you have not received your OfficialsFirst log-in information or are having trouble logging in, please email officiating.

Thanks,

The USTA Officiating Team

officiating@usta.com
USTA Officials
10000 USTA Blvd
Orlando, FL 32827

 

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