Etowah Valley is a tennis association which plays matches in Bartow and Gordon counties as well as Bentwater community in Paulding County. All of the leagues in the association are part of the United States Tennis Association.
“EVTA sets up teams for different leagues to play on. We have mixed teams meant for men and women and solo teams. All leagues are run through the USTA,” said adult league coordinator Nicole Vidour.
The association currently has four leagues: Adult 18 and over, Adult 40 and over, Mixed Doubles and Combo Doubles. There is a chance the association will host a junior league for players 17 and younger soon, Vidour said.
“We are trying to cater to the juniors and we have had junior team tennis in the past. We want to have a new junior team in the fall,” Vidour said.
Vidour noted that in April, the association changed some board members and began making changes to the association as a whole. Among the board positions to change was president.
“Our former president, Katie Snow, did an amazing job as she held the position for six years even though it was only supposed to be a two-year position. Our new president, Eva Dailey, began playing tennis in early 2010 as a hobby and just fell in love with it,” Vidour said.
Vidour said the other new board members, vice president Margaret Thomas, secretary Angela Hale and volunteer coordinator Denise Smith, also began playing two years ago and typically go to Dellinger Park to play multiple nights a week for classes, practices and games.
In an effort to gain youth involvement, the association has implemented a USTA initiative called QuickStart. This is an age-based tennis development program which allows the youth to learn the sport while still having fun.
“Kids use smaller courts and racquets as well as balls with less compression. You can get a 6-year-old learning tennis in a week,” Vidour said.
Vidour, Dellinger’s Quickstart coordinator J.P. Vidour or one of the association’s coaches, Andrew McMillan, teach classes to youth once a week at Dellinger for $40 a month.