January Newsletter 2021
THE UPSIDE OF 2020
When you say the year 2020 most people shudder and say I am glad it's over. Things were definitely a bit challenging and different this year…. but let's take a look at some of the benefits. There was a record numbers of people getting out in nature and visiting their local recreation spaces. Parents got to spend their lunch break outside playing catch or soccer with their kids. Dogs that normally stay home all day accompanied their families for walks around the neighborhood. Drive in movies had a comeback. Homemade bread and meals have become commonplace as families have less driving, to eat up their time. We learned to value and appreciate frontline workers, even more. La Madrona was blessed to be able to continue programs in Tennis, Swim and After School Recreation. Stretching, lifting weights and sweating outside, where the air is fresh and the view is uncompromised, has become the new norm. Our November and December Uplift trees were filled with blessing and gratefulness written and displayed by our members, young and old. Most importantly there was an increase in kindness, courtesy, looking into each other's eyes and coming together as a community. I feel blessed to be part of the La Madrona family!
WINTER WELLBING CHALLENGE
We invite you to take our Winter Wellbeing Challenge. Cross out each uplifting activity as you enjoy them throughout the club the month of January. Turn in your completed card to enter our raffle to win one of three prizes. $25 credit to account, 1 guest pass or a smoothie of your choice. Pick up your Winter Wellbeing Challenge card at the Club house or Pool house Monday January 4th.
Starting January 6th. Come join us for Dance Cardio on Wednesdays at 12:00pm with Karen Massen. Dance Cardio brings together choreographed dance and fitness moves for a great workout! Open to all levels, this class is set to exciting music and will leave you smiling! (class is included in membership)
HAVE YOU TRIED OUR LA MADRONA SMALL GROUP PERSONAL TRAINING?
FIT 10 with Rebecca Setziol: Tuesday & Thursday 6am, Saturday 8am
Space is limited. Register at front desk.
JUNIOR HIP HOP DANCE WORKSHOP
For ages 12-17, this workshop taught by Karen Maassen will introduce you to the basics of Hip Hop Dance. If your kids like to learn dances for fun, this is the perfect class for them! It will focus on learning and building on a choreographed routine each class. All levels welcome. Mondays and Wednesday from 3:30pm-4:30pm starting January 11th (6 classes total) $90 members/$108 non-members. Space is limited. Contact our front desk or Fitness Director, Nicki Hurford, to sign-up [email protected]
AFTER SCHOOL REC PROGRAM
We are happy to announce that we will once again have our wonderful after school program. Our new session will start on January 4 and will run for 4 weeks until January 29th. It is offered from Monday through Friday from 1pm to 4pm. You can register your child for one or more days a week to accommodate your needs. Our program offers an introduction to tennis from 1-2pm with our tennis instructor Will. Your child will start to develop his/her hand/eye/racquet coordination as well as the basic agility, balance and coordination needed for tennis. Our 2-4pm time will be filled with activities like swimming (weather permitting), arts and craft, and a multitude of fun games all happening rain or shine due to our outdoor tent on court 1. The 2-4pm activities are run by our camp counselor Grace and every single one of our campers love her.
Don't miss out on your chance to have your child join us! We make sure we keep them moving and engaged while always practicing the safest Covid protocol demands from our county.
Feel free to contact me at [email protected] if you have any questions
We hope to see your little ones this January!
I am hoping that the sight of 2021 brings you a sigh of relief and some hope on the horizon. We are not out of the woods with this pandemic just yet but it seems like we have a chance that 2021 will be a better year. I wish each and every one of you for this new year, more and better tennis.
As we start this new year, our tennis programming is still on the uphill and we hope to keep adding more and more clinics and opportunities to play, practice and get better. All of our regular programming will start again on this Monday January 4th. Remember to register early for all of our clinics since we are capping our attendance to 6 players. Our Junior Academy is also starting this week and we still have availability in all of our classes. Our Winter Junior Academy runs from January 4th to the end of March. For all of our juniors, be on the lookout for the start of our Play Days. Play Days will offer all of our players, regardless of their ability, a chance to play actual matches and a chance to develop their match play skills.
With all of this programming and tennis being a great socially distant sport, we have seen a rise in our court reservation. Not only are our courts busier, but we allocated court 1 to a tent to allow for our fitness group classes to operate and give more outdoor spaces for our fitness enthusiasts. And because of it, we have heard from many of you that it is quite difficult to reserve some courts at certain times of the day. We hear you and understand the importance of this issue. We want you to know that this situation is also temporary due to the pandemic. However, we have made a first step towards helping this situation. From now on, every member will be able to reserve court 3&5 the day prior by calling our front desk or making the reservation online. That means that all 6 courts are now available for reservation. Courts 2-4-6-7 are available 7 days prior starting at 6am and court 3-5 are available the day before starting at 6am. We will also be proactive in opening any court we use for our junior academy lessons if our class numbers are needing fewer courts. We understand that this still limits availability from the 4-6pm, but ask for your patience and cooperation as we do our best to make as many courts available as possible at any time of day.
Because of this pandemic and the new resurgence of tennis, we will re-address our court reservation policies. You can find our current policies on our website under the tennis tab. We will have our newly amended policy up on the website and available at our front desk by the end of the week. Here are a few things we will emphasize;
- Reservation of 1.5hr max (any single or doubles play is only entitled to 1.5hr. A group of 4 players may not reserve extra time under the name of another player in the group)
- Stricter court audit for no shows, cancellation or players booking extra time resulting in a charge for breaking rules
- A change in cancellation policy to allow for leeway in rebooking the court.
We hope that these changes will help in maximizing our court usage and help each and every one of our tennis players get more time on the courts. We know these changes will take some adjustments and we will, through a better court audit, help remind each player of the new policies.
Finally, I hope for all of us that this upcoming year gives us a chance to get back to our normal tennis activities with more social events and more chances at some competitive tennis. In the meantime, you know how to get in touch with me if you have any questions, comments or suggestions. Please don't be shy, I am always open to your feedback.
In the hopes to see you all on courts soon,
Lap swimming for members is still by appointment only. Make your resolution this year to swim more! Holiday swim team has come to a close and registration has opened for winter swim team. You may register your child online or email [email protected] for more info. Our winter session starts January 4 and runs through March 26. As always, during swim team, the lap pool is not open for member swim. Team hours are Monday through Thursday 3-5pm and Friday 3-4pm. Happy New Year, see you at the pool!
- Please do not forget to wear your face coverings at the Club (ages 3 & over).That includes checking in, walking through the Club (on pool deck, tennis court areas, parking lots), and in the locker rooms/restrooms.
- Face coverings are not required when lounging by the pool, exercising/playing tennis
- All equipment used must be thoroughly cleaned after use with provided gym wipes (includes pool deck furniture).
- Max of 2 guest allowed per visit
- Social distancing is required throughout all aspects of the Club
- Designated maximum capacities per area of the Club need to be followed at all times
- Lost & found items will only be kept for 24 hours
- Lap swimming reservations will continue being 30 minutes long. Please do not hesitate to swim longer if no one has a reservation after you. Families are encouraged to share a lane together (up to 2 per lane).
- All children under 14 years old must be directly supervised at all times
- While enjoying the pools, make sure children are not spitting water