Message from our New Program Director, Opening Day and Social Events, House League and Team Tryout Registration, Courts Opening Update, Membership Renewals, Clubhouse Getting Ready
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APRIL 5, 2017


In this edition of "Between the Lines":
  • Message From Our Program Director: Welcome to the Season
  • Social Events - Opening Day and More 
  • Games -  House League and Team Tryout Registration 
  • Courts Opening / Update
  • Membership Renewals and Offers
  • House Update - Getting Ready to Open
Message from Our Program Director
Alastair Millar
Hey everyone! 

I am very much looking forward to helping shape LPTC’s adult program offerings this season. LPTC has a great reputation for offering stellar round robins and social programming. Our goal is to help how we can with those offerings and increase activity during some less utilized court times. We understand there is high demand for the club's three beautiful clay courts. From an adult programming stand point, we plan on offering adult group lessons and some other fun programs during the less used courts times at LPTC.

We are big believers in making things entertaining! You play tennis because you enjoy it and our goal above everything else is to make sure you have a great experience on court or around the club with us at LPTC!

Stay tuned for our spring schedule which will be coming out in a few weeks.
Updates from our Committees:

Junior: Tennis and Refreshments, 9am-12pm
Adult: Round Robin and Lunch, 1pm-5pm 
(Rain Date Sunday May 7)

Hello fellow tennis players!  It's me.......AGAIN!! I'm back for another year, and looking forward to offering up some FUN and DELICIOUS social events. I would love to add your name to a group of volunteers to help out with one or more social events. This is a great opportunity to give back to our wonderful club, or if you're a new member, to get involved with your new club and meet people. Socials are very well-attended at Lawrence Park and members readily articulate how much they appreciate our events.  So please do email me at: with your interest in helping out.
You may have heard about the first-ever Tennis Day in Canada, which is a Tennis Professional Association (TPA), Tennis Canada and Provincial Association partners initiative to promote and celebrate tennis. May 13 has been designated as Tennis Day in Canada but at Lawrence Park we will be combining this event with our Opening Day celebration. 
So, come out and celebrate the start of an another great season of tennis at the adult OPENING DAY CELEBRATION and TENNIS DAY IN CANADA party on Saturday May 6, commencing at 1 pm. Enjoy a healthy lunch of delicious wraps and a selection of yummy salads, while participating in some fun tennis activities organized by our new Program Director and Head Pro for the first hour and then participating in our traditional Round Robin, also run by our new pros. This is a great opportunity to have some fun and get reacquainted with tennis friends you haven't seen all winter, and meet new tennis friends. The raindate for this event is the following day, Sunday, at the same time.

More Fun Dates to Save...

Other upcoming events include LADIES ROUND ROBIN on Tuesday June 6 and a MEN'S ROUND ROBIN on Tuesday June 13 (both with light refreshments)There are no rain dates for these events. 
Be sure to mark your calendar for Sunday June 25 from 12 pm to 4 pm for our second big social event, BRUNCH & ROUND ROBIN. A rain date, if necessary, will be announced.
A little later in the season, please come out for our WIMBLEDON STRAWBERRY SOCIAL & ROUND ROBIN on Sunday July 16 from 1 pm to 4 pm with some delicious treats and our faux Pimm's drink. 
Our much-loved SOCIAL SURPRISE DINNER & TRIVIA CHALLENGE is scheduled for Saturday July 29 at 6:30 pm with a Sunday raindate.  
Of course, we will again have our BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS in conjunction with the Club Tournament in September.  Watch for details.
Finally, after last year's very successful CLOSING PARTY CELEBRATION, you won't want to miss it this year, so hold the date of Saturday November 18.

And if you ever need a reminder, please refer to the 2017 Schedule of Events posted on the Socialize page of the LPTC website
Any changes to this schedule will be announced in future editions of our BTL (Between the Lines) newsletter.

Finally, as I mentioned at the start, please consider emailing me if you're interested in helping out in one or more events.
Anita Strauss (Social Director)

House League - Register Now!
House League runs every Monday night from 7 pm to 10 pm starting June 5th until August 28th (excluding the August Civic Holiday). New this year, we will start with pre-season tune-up drills led by our new instructional team on May 22nd and 29th. House league is open to members at all levels, and provides an opportunity to get guaranteed doubles games (Mixed, Ladies’ and Men’s doubles) every other week and meet new members and possibly new tennis partners through a team-based, fun event.

It is one of our most popular activities in which games are played and arranged according to your level: Line 1, Line 2, Line 3.  When players register (which is required - see the button below) for House League, they will be asked to indicate their level of play (Line 1, Line 2, Line 3), and will be divided into teams which will contain members at all these levels. 

Every year we have 6 teams (12 members each team) and the format is as follows: two teams will play three matches against each other at 7pm, two other teams at 8pm, and the remaining teams at 9pm. The emphasis is on fun and getting to play with lots of members. Please note that due to the high number of participants, play is not guaranteed for everyone every week. 

House League is very popular, and we can only accommodate a maximum number of 72 participants and therefore registration is required. In order to try to give a greater number of members a chance to enjoy Club programming, members who play on our inter-club leagues may not participate in House League. Additionally, this season, there will be a $5 participation fee to contribute to the season end House League event. 

Please note, even if you indicated an interest in House League on your membership application, that did not constitute registration; you must still CLICK to complete the sign-up form.

Even if we reach our capacity level, we often need spares, so if you are interested in subbing from time to time, please let us know on the sign-up form and we will put you on our spares list.

For the House League to run, volunteers are needed to lead and co-ordinate the program. Our Games Director is looking for people who are willing to be captains/co-captains–so any members willing to help out, please contact This is one of our most popular events and cannot run itself so please consider volunteering to lead a team.
CLICK to register for House League NOW!
Teams - Tryout Dates
Final Reminder!
For those members who enjoy competitive play, this information is for you. This year we are fielding InterCounty Mixed A and C teams, (playing in the evening), Toronto Ladies Tennis League B and C teams and a North York Tennis Association ladies' A team (the ladies' teams are all day time teams). For more details regarding teams, see our website at

All tryouts will be held indoors so that weather is not a factor. Each team will offer two tryout dates - you need to come and tryout only once . Please note: In order to ensure as many LPTC members as possible can participate in inter-club play, you may only join one team per season as a regular player. 

To assist us in scheduling, you must advise our Games Director (Cecelia Thng at which tryout you will be attending.

Team and Tryout Information (*NOTE NEW COST DETAILS under Important Information*): 
  • TEAMS:
InterCounty Teams -  Evenings Mixed Teams A & C:
These teams play men's, ladies' and mixed doubles matches
Matches: Thursday evenings, alternating home and away (so either the A or C team will be playing at home on Thursday evenings), from May 11th for 14 weeks through mid-August.
Practices: 4pm-7pm on Sundays (split between both InterCounty teams).
Captains: A: Mark Girdler (; C: Adrian Baldeo / Anita Strauss (

Ladies Day Teams:
These teams play ladies' doubles during the daytime.
- NYTA A2 Team
Matches: Mondays starting at 9:30am from May 8th for 10 weeks through mid-July. Practices will be after 12pm on a day to be decided.
Captain: Deborah Hoffnung (  
- TLTL Ladies B2 & C3 Teams:
Matches: Wednesday mornings at 10am from May 4th for 7 weeks through mid-June. No planned practices 
Captains: B: Aurelia Zvan (; 
C: Margot Wolf (
WHERE: All team tryouts will be held at At Mayfair West, 3885 Chesswood Drive (near Sheppard Avenue West and the Allen Expressway).

- Ladies Day Teams:  A, B & C on Wednesday, April 12th 12:30-2:30pm OR Thursday, April 20th 1:30-3:30pm
- Mixed Intercounty A & C on Sunday, April 23rd from 5:30-7:30pm OR Sunday, April 30th from 5:30-7:30pm.

If you have not signed up for a team tryout but would like to, you still have a little time left, DEADLINE APRIL 9TH.  Please contact Cecelia Thng at  

- We will have tennis professionals attending to assist in ranking players. Ranking will be based on our team selection criteria. 
- With new players trying out each year, we cannot guarantee you will make the team of your choice.
- You need to attend  one tryout for the team of your choice. There will be a $20 fee for each 2 hour tryout and space permitting, you may attend the second tryout for an additional $20 per session. If you would like to tryout for a second league the cost will be $10.
- Please RSVP by emailing our Games Director, Cecelia Thng at and indicate which tryout date(s) you would like to attend.
Send an EMAIL if you want to tryout for a team!
Courts Update

The Courts Committee will be contacting all those who indicated that they would like to help with the set up of the courts. If you did not tick the box indicating that you would like to help when you renewed your membership, but you are willing to lend a hand, please contact Mark Girdler, Courts’ Director at
We are pleased to announce that we will be using clay court tennis balls this season.  Clay court balls are different from hard court tennis balls. The felt of the clay court ball is treated so that it is more resistant to the moisture and clay which get in the felt and cause a tennis ball to fluff up prematurely.
When finished play, unless directly handing the tennis balls over to the next players using the courts, members are reminded to bring the tennis balls off the court with them and to leave them in the designated area in the club house. Do not leave balls on the court in the assumption that the next players using the court will use them. Members are further reminded to place tennis ball lids in the recycling bin in the club house.

Mark Girdler(Courts Director)

Membership Renewals and Offers

Our renewal period for existing members has closed and we had 46 spots to offer to those at the top of the wait list - which we are currently in the process of doing. If members have friends or family interested in joining LPTC, please be sure to get them to get their names on the wait list. It is about a 3 year long wait.
Any questions, email Molly Greenwood at

House Update - Getting Ready to Open

All is looking good at the Clubhouse which has weathered the winter well. We’ll be gearing up to do our spring cleaning in late April - any members willing to help, please let Anna know at

See you at the Clubhouse.

Anna Caton (House Director)

See all those smiling people on the main stadium court up at the Aviva Tennis Centre? They are all part of the Rogers Cup Tournament held up at York University every summer.

If you’ve ever thought of volunteering for this event, here’s your chance. With over 20 different committees there is plenty of choice for volunteers whether at centre court, in the office, driving, accreditation, etc. We have many volunteers already from Lawrence Park Tennis Club, several with over 10 years participation in this great event because it’s fun and rewarding.

Here’s what you need to know if you’d like to apply:
Dates:  Rogers Cup runs from August 5th to 13th
Required shifts: minimum 42 hours over 7 shifts
Volunteer benefits:  tickets, uniforms, one meal per shift and a great tournament-ending party with food, drink and lots of prizes, special volunteer recognition programs and ticket offers
Next steps: 1) Submit your application using the link below; 2) attend an informal interview up at the Tennis Centre in early May and find out more
If you’d like to be part of the action, complete the New Volunteer Application at

See great tennis (it’s the women this year), meet new friends (and maybe find new tennis partners) and give back to the sport we all love. As a 25 year+ volunteer myself, I highly recommend this experience. If you’d like more information or have any questions, you can contact me at
Myra Mandel

This Newsletter

This newsletter is for our members... to ensure you are in the know and up-to-date on what's happening at Lawrence Park Tennis Club.  If you change your email address, please let us know at so we can ensure you continue to receive Club updates.

If you have information you think should be shared with our members, please contact our Communications Chair at to share your ideas.

Thanks for reading.

Reaching Your Board

President: Margot Willoughby
Vice President: Dennis Gurwitz
Treasurer: Karen Brown
Secretary: Terry Shoffner
Membership: Molly Greenwood
Junior Programs: Farhad Hajkazemian
Games: Cecelia Thng
Courts: Mark Girdler
Social: Anita Strauss
House: Anna Caton
Communications: Deborah Hoffnung
Director-At-Large: David Douglas
Past President: John Mowat
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