September Newsletter 2013


Sept. 8 Grandparent’s Day—No Guest Fees for Grandparents or Grandkids
Sept. 9 Fall Junior Tennis & Swim Programs Begin
Sept. 15 Early Club Closure
Sept. 16 Team Tennis Begin
Sept. 21 Family Doubles Tennis Tournament

Team Tennis Kickoff

imgStarting Monday, September 16th

Our new Monday Night Team Tennis promises to be a ton of fun and sign-ups are being taken now!! Play begins in just 2 weeks--Monday, September 16 at 6:00 pm --and the schedule runs 9 weeks (barring any rain-outs) until November 11. Players of levels 3.0 to 4.5 will be placed on evenly-matched teams (the pros will decide), given a special team t-shirt designed by our very own Pat Lin, and cheered on by their teammates as they compete in men's doubles, women's doubles and mixed. Everyone brings a dish, hors d'oeuvre or drinks to share afterwards. Substitutions are allowed so every team member who shows up gets to play!

The cost is just $20 per player for the whole season, which includes a t-shirt, balls and prizes. Hurry--there will be 4 teams with 12 players each, so sign up now to get on a team!


Free Guest Fee Day

imgIn celebration of Grandparents Day on September 8th all grandparents and grandkids of our members will have free guest fees for the day! Come and celebrate parenthood together at the Club!


"Stretch, Strengthen, Balance & Breathe"

Yoga for Tennis

Wednesday’s at 6pm
With Judy Newman

It's yoga with a tennis twist, designed for tennis players and non. Tennis and yoga props will be used but no balls will be hit. Yoga for Tennis will enhance flexibility, strength, mental calm & clarity, balance and tennis skills in slow-motion. This enjoyable, one-of-a-kind class will improve your fitness & flexibility and help to prevent injuries. Participants may bring their own racquet (only for use as prop) and mat to class, or items will be supplied. Class included in membership and will be held on Court 1 weather permitting.

Yoga: Fight stress and find serenity

Is yoga right for you? It is if you want to fight stress, get fit and stay healthy.

Your mobile phone is ringing, your boss wants to talk to you and your partner wants to know what's for dinner. Stress and anxiety are everywhere. If they're getting the best of you, you might want to hit the mat and give yoga a try.

Yoga is a mind-body practice that combines stretching exercises, controlled breathing and relaxation. Yoga can help reduce stress, lower blood pressure and improve heart function. And almost anyone can do it.

Yoga is considered a mind-body type of complementary and alternative medicine practice. Yoga brings together physical and mental disciplines to achieve peacefulness of body and mind, helping you relax and manage stress and anxiety.

Yoga has many styles, forms and intensities. Hatha yoga, in particular, may be a good choice for stress management. Hatha is one of the most common styles of yoga, and beginners may like its slower pace and easier movements. But most people can benefit from any style of yoga — it's all about your personal preferences.

The core components of hatha yoga and most general yoga classes are:

  • Poses. Yoga poses, also called postures, are a series of movements designed to increase strength and flexibility. Poses range from lying on the floor while completely relaxed to difficult postures that may have you stretching your physical limits.
  • Breathing. Controlling your breathing is an important part of yoga. In yoga, breath signifies your vital energy. Yoga teaches that controlling your breathing can help you control your body and quiet your mind.

The health benefits of yoga

The potential health benefits of yoga include:

  • Stress reduction. A number of studies have shown that yoga can help reduce stress and anxiety. It can also enhance your mood and overall sense of well-being.
  • Improved fitness. Practicing yoga can lead to improved balance, flexibility, range of motion and strength. And this means you're less likely to injure yourself in other physical endeavors or in your daily activities.
  • Management of chronic conditions. Yoga can help reduce risk factors for chronic diseases, such as heart disease and high blood pressure. Yoga might also help alleviate chronic conditions, such as depression, pain, anxiety and insomnia.

Reprinted from Mayo Clinic article Yoga: Fight Stress and Find Serenity
© Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. All rights reserved

La Madrona Junior Tennis Tournament

La Madrona’s Junior Tennis Tournament was again a smashing success. On a beautiful August weekend, fierce competition came from juniors in our own program and the fans were elated. Big congratulations go out to 10-year-old tennis phenomenon Luke Casper, who defended his varsity title for the second year in a row…Hats off to singles runner-up, Daniel Rinkert; novice singles winner, Samuel Mc Neely over finalist Carson Codiga; doubles winners Daniel & Mitchell over Desi Rakela & Katherine Casper. Watch for these names on future high school teams and maybe even one day, the pros!

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Carson Codiga (left) & Samuel Mc Neely  Daniel Rinkert (left) & Luke Casper
 Daniel and Mitchell next to runner-ups Katherine and Desi 

La Madrona’s USTA Girls Team

On August 24 & 25, our junior girl’s USTA team traveled to Fresno to compete in the Sectional Championships. Having won the Monterey Bay section, a team of 6 La Madrona teens competed against teams from Sacramento and the Bay Area and finished 3rd. Judy coached the girls in 90 degree heat as they fought hard and did La Madrona proud! The team consisted of club members Serena Strehlke, Desi Rakela, Phoebe Codiga, Phoebe Scholar, Maddie McCarthy, Elana Weingard, and Sophie Wright plus Lily Stricker, Kate Cellucci and Hannah Spieller. Special thanks to team moms Paula Codiga and Dierdre Scholar for all their tennis support!



Family Doubles Tournament

Saturday, September 21st

Mark your calendars for our annual FAMILY DOUBLES TOURNAMENT, Saturday, Sept 21th starting from noon to 5 PM. Parents, grandparents, kids, and cousins of any age or ability are encouraged to team up! Grab a family member (or adopt!) and play in one of 3 levels of friendly, fun round-robin competition. In addition to tennis, families will enjoy food, socializing and prizes. Sign-up now in the club house!

Pool and Cafe Updates

Lost anything over the summer? We have limited storage, so please check our Lost and Found before we donate it to charity. We will occasionally bring out our Lost and Found items out onto the pool deck so members can see if they have any belongings we have picked up throughout the summer.

We will continue to serve salads and wraps for the month of September.

We have new stock of swim caps, goggles and reusable swim diapers now on sale at the Snack Bar.
We would also like to remind everyone that, since summer is now over, we will have NO LIFEGAURDS on duty. Please respect the Pool Rules and make sure we can keep the pool area a fun and safe area for everyone to enjoy. Thank you.

New Jr. Tennis and Swim Team Programs

imgGrab your racquets and swim goggles because our Fall 2013 Jr. Tennis and Swim Team are about to get underway! Both programs will be starting on September 9th and run for 10 weeks, providing a great opportunity for your youngsters to keep healthy throughout the school year.

imgSwim Team will have sessions running Monday through Thursday with Group B from 3:30-4:00 and Group A from 4:00-5:00. Please contact Coach Jennifer Kruse at [email protected] with your interest.

Fall Jr. Tennis will have sessions going every weekday, starting from 3:15-4:00 for Rookies, 3:30-4:30 for Beginners, and 4:30-6:00 for Intermediate and Advanced. Please fill out a Jr. Tennis registration sheet and turn in to the clubhouse.

Sign-ups are beginning now so get your spot as soon as you can!

Day Use Lockers

imgWe now offer day use lockers! There is no cost for this wonderful new service. Locker keys are issued at the poolhouse check in.


Early Club Closure Notification

The Club will be closing at September 15. closing at 6pm for a La Madrona employee barbeque.