The Bismarck Tennis Club was started officially in November of 2008 as a group with hopes to give people a chance to play tennis without politics or financial status getting in the way. The BTC is dedicated to not only advocacy of the sport in general, but the betterment of the sport and it’s participants in our area. Our goal is to continue to grow the game of tennis in the Bismarck/Mandan area not just with lessons and drills, but by offering the very latest in programming and tennis knowledge so that we can take players to whatever level they wish to aspire to. We also pledge to work hard to forge strong relationships between all related groups in our community so that we can all work together toward similar goals. To that end, we will provide information on ALL tennis related events in the Bismarck/Mandan area, not just our own Bismarck Tennis Club activities. I invite you all to subcribe to our e-mailed updates, which you can find on the right hand margin.
This “club” is meant to service anyone and everyone, and we’d like you all to be a part of our growth as well. Along with this website, which features interactive blogs and calenders that allow everyone to chip in their thoughts and comments on a variety of subjects, we will be hosting many club-like activities throughout the year. Our hope is to bring people together and rally them behind OUR sport.
If you have any questions or comments about anything BTC related or anything tennis in general, I’d love to hear about it! Feel free to drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll see you on the courts!
About The Owner
I was introduced to tennis in Bismarck at a young age and immediately fell in love with it. I was blessed with passionate and friendly instructors who not only planted the seed of love for the game in me, but also made me want to become a teacher and coach.
When I turned 15 I became an instructor for Bismarck Parks and Recreation, teaching outdoor lessons as well as indoor lessons. When I was 17 years old Bismarck introduced the USTA’s “Rally Ball” program and I was fortunate to be one of the 1st instructors to help with it. At age 18 I took part in my first USPTR (United States Professional Tennis Registry) Certification workshop.
Currently I am one of only 48 teaching professionals in the world to hold the Professional rating in all three of the PTR’s certification branches; Adult Developement, Junior Development, and Performance. I begin work this fall on my Master Of Tennis certification or MOT. I was elected PTR’s North Dakota Member of the Year in 2009 and am currently a National Tester for PTR representing USTA Northern Section.
In 2003 and 2004 I took a break from Bismarck Parks and Rec to help coach the Bismarck High Boys Tennis team. I returned to Parks and Rec in August of 2006 to teach at Capital Racquet and Fitness Center as the Assistant Teaching Pro until March of 2009.
In 2007 I was elected to the BMTA (Bismarck-Mandan Tennis Association) board and have been serving on the board of directors ever since. My duties on the board include running and organizing all of Bismarck’s summer USTA sanctioned tournaments as well as help in the planning of community outreach programs.
Also in 2007 I became a Clinician for the USTA’s Northern Section (MN, ND, SD, and part of WS), where I was able to travel to cities around the section to help with grass roots programming, after school functions, clinics, tennis block parties, etc. While working for the USTA I was able to attend many of their workshops and training seminars, which was great experience for me.
In late 2007 I was a founding member of the North Dakota Tennis Association, a state wide organization designed to better connect communities and organizations throughout the state. The largest focus of the NDTA right now is their “Players’ Circuit”, a state wide circuit of tournaments for juniors. I am the current Player’s Circuit Director as well as the NDTA’s Vice President.
During the summer of 2009 I coordinated the Mandan Parks and Rec program, which was a great experience. It is always fun to get out and work with different people from different locations. Although I had a great time in Mandan I had to leave in order to fully devote myself to the work of my own business, the Bismarck Tennis Club.
If you should have any questions concerning myself or my experiences, please feel free to contact me via e-mail (email@example.com) or phone (701-214-1541).