†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† SPECIAL STC BOARD MEETING
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† JANUARY 27, 2006
A combined STC Board Meeting/OPC Committee was called to order by STC Board President, Dick Partridge at 4 pm.† President Partridge thanked the TOPS Committee for all their hard work involved in formulation of their Organized Play proposal.† He then explained the procedure of todayís meeting: Committee presentation of new levels of play: procedures for moving up or down; and placement of new members.† The presentation would be followed by questions, clarifications and discussion between Board members and the Committee.† If only minor changes in this proposal were determined to be needed, then the meeting would be open for discussion from the general membership present.† If the Board and Tops Committee determine the need for major revision to this proposal, then there will be no open discussion and the Committee would make revisions and represent at a future Special Board Meeting.† The earliest date for a Board recommendation to the General Membership and a GM vote on the proposal would be late February.
TOPS PROPOSAL:† Committee chairman, Allan Grodsky presented his committee members: Bobbie Klapp, Steve Leane, Loretta Edgerton, Mike Curtin and Marsha Weiss.† Allan gave a synopsis of how the proposal was put together: USTA ratings, Committee member ideas, various proposals presented to this committee, workshops, what was in place prior, and successes and failures of committees in the past.† He commented that the Committee recognizes that some changes will need to be made following this informational meeting.
SECTION ONE OF THE PROPOSAL:† Steve Leane explained the seven Levels of Play as a break from the past of A,B,C+,C and D.† All present members would be placed in one of the Levels via their NTRP rating or their present level in Organized Play.† He stated that the USTA is not a perfect system but is a nationwide recognized system of tennis play.† 48% of the membership has a NTRP rating and 52% without NTRP ratings.† The Committee feels strongly that the two groups can merge.
SECTION TWO OF THE PROPOSAL:† Bobbie Klapp expounded upon the procedures for moving up and down in the Levels.† She explained that if a member wishes to move up, the member notifies the coordinator and a provisional trial will begin. Moving down on a permanent or temporary basis is also permitted.
SECTION THREE OF THE PROPOSAL:† The placement of new members was explained by Loretta Edgerton. She stated that self-rating would not be permitted in Levels 1, 2 or 3.† New members with current NTRP would be placed in Levels 1,2,3,or 4 according to their current NTRP ratings. If self-rating, these new members would need to be validated in a provisional process.
BOARD QUESTIONS, CLARIFICATIONS AND DISCUSSION:
Board members had various concerns as to linking problems on non-validating members during Organized Play, 3 year vs. 5 year NTRP verification, discomfort for non provisional members during a trial to move up or a validation, whether the minimum of 50% of the completed games to move up might be too high, exceptions in the process, computer system modification, and, if once approved by the membership, the time line and cost for implementation.† President Partridge determined, and the Board members agreed, that all needed revisions to this proposal were minor changes.† So questions and discussion was opened to General Membership present.
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP DISCUSSION:
Various concerns and opinions were addressed as:
Would this be one organized play system, which would provide enough competition?
The Club Championship this year would follow the old system due to time implementation constraints.
A member may voluntarily lower his/her level for health reasons and then return to former level.
The process itself should be self-cleansing.
One member felt STAMP is the answer and a need for narrow band differences in levels.
Members who may try to beat the system by playing in one USTA tournament and qualifying for a higher level.
In initial repositioning, there is no continuing mechanism to retain its purity other than Levels 1, 2, and 3.
There should be two systems of play:† this system and STAMP.
STAMP isnít needed anymore due to this system and its competitiveness and improved quality.
Possibly 3 year NTRP for members over 60 and 5 year NTRP for members under 60, when said members, are not actively playing on USTA teams.
President Partridge explained that there will be another informational/Special Board Meeting for all interested members so that that they may understand this new play proposal with the suggested revisions.† An e-mail will go out to the General Membership to acquaint them of the date, time and place for this informational meeting.
Meeting adjourned at 5:57 pm.††††††††† †††††††††††††
Respectfully submitted.†††††††††† Marje Valenti, STC Secretary