Newsletter

JANUARY

Oakland Hills Tennis Club Hours

Monday – Friday:  6:00 am to 10:00 pm
Saturdays & Sundays:  8:00 am to 8:00 pm

Calendar
1st Bridge Night  7pm 
13th  Ladies Night – 6:30 p.m.
15th Men’s Night – 7:00 pm

President’s Message

2020 marks the 45 anniversary of the opening of the club. The actual opening day was August 1, 1975; luckily, August 1, 2020 falls on a Saturday this year. We will have lots of fun then, mark it on your calendar. Lots of other business happening in 2020, too. There have been significant changes to labor law: AB-5 is a game changer. AB-5, exclusive to California, was signed into law September 15, 2019, effectively mandating that almost all independent contractors become employees. This is not a welcome change, neither for the club or for the tennis pros, formerly independent contractors; it will affect us all adversely. Insurance is another hobbler; no idea where that is going – insurance coverage is due April 1, 2020.

Effective February 1, 2020, dues will be increased (see details elsewhere). This 3% increase may not be sufficient if the insurance goes through the roof. Many of you live in the Oakland Hills and are aware of the pressure on rates in the hill/fire areas; some policies are not even being renewed. I’ve reviewed this situation with the club’s insurance brokers, they assure me we can get coverage but are unable to give any assurance as to what it will cost. One organization I am familiar with had their premium just about double (Tahoe Keys Homeowners Association); this is not an anomaly, its a hot topic in the local newspaper. The 3% increase is intended to cover cost-increases of a similar amount, especially for labor. As I write this, the city of Oakland hasn’t informed me what the new minimum wage will be – I’m guessing about 3%. Other employees expect raises, too; and the dues were not increased last year. Money has to come from somewhere.

If the club’s insurance premium does double – hopefully not – the cost would average out to $2.50 per month per membership, in addition to the 3% increase stated herein; won’t know that number until March, at the earliest.

The club is offering a 5% discount for dues paid one year in advance, February 1, 2020 to January 31, 2021 (dues paid 1 year in advance are not refundable). Any member opting for that discount will not have an adjustment if insurance rates go up significantly, the club will absorb the cost. But members who opt to pay monthly, may be subject to an additional adjustment. Sorry.

This isn’t a great way to start out the new year but I have to be transparent. I’ll lighten up with the rest of my article.

Casey Brown is scheduled to arrive back in late January. He introduced a very popular balance class in November and we all anxiously anticipate his return. Keep an eye on your aerobics schedule.

Applied to PG&E for LED lighting on the remaining 6 courts. They are offering a great financing plan that makes great sense and the price is right. Hopefully, they will approve and we’ll see an upgrade soon.

Rain delayed the pool re-plastering and there is more rain on the way. We need the drinking water, but we need the swimming water more. Meanwhile, we thank The Hills, Bay-O-Vista and Harbor Bay clubs for accommodating our members while our pool is down.

Despite all the uncertainty, I wish to thank you for 45 years of support – it’s been a great run and I’m looking forward to many more years. I’m very proud of my members and staff, we are a great family, sharing a great environment in the Oakland Hills. We are blessed. Happy New Year, Oakland Hills Tennis Club, Inc., Jim Thompson, President

2020 New Dues Schedule
Effective February 1, 2020 the following will be the new dues schedule:
Tennis Fitness
Individual $198.00 Individual $150.00
Couple $262.00 Couple $198.00
Family $314.00 Family $245.00

Year’s Dues In Advance
Pay one year’s dues in advance by check on or before Feb. 10, 2020 and receive a 5% discount! 2% savings if paid by credit card. A No discounts will be given after February 10. Year’s dues paid in advance are non-refundable. Call Jennifer, our bookkeeper to make arrangements.

Bridge
Jerry O’Connor

Join Jerry and the others for a fun night of bridge at 7 PM on Wednesday, January 1. Happy New Year!

Ladies’ Night
Tomiko Hawkins
Come join Tomiko and enjoy some tennis followed by some light fare on Monday, January 13 at 6:30 pm.

Men’s Night
Ron Iriyama

Memo and Ron will run some structured doubles followed by beer and some good eats on Wednesday, January 15 at 7 pm.

Social
Tomiko Hawkins, Director

Happy New Year everyone!! We are gearing up for a stellar 2020!
Santa’s Visit was wonderful for the kids. They had an opportunity to sell Santa their wishes and nibble on cookies and drink our famous “Pink Cloud”. I hope all the wishes came true.

We have new and exciting events planned for 2020, so I hope you will join us. On deck, get ready for our Crab Bash on February 22nd from 5-7PM.

We will dine on delicious crab and more! Information will be posted around the club and on the TV monitors. If you would like to attend, please make a reservation at the club or contact me at ext. 23 and I will make a reservation for you! Lastly, don’t forget that Ladies Night (every 2nd Monday of the Month), Men’s Night (every third Wednesday of the Month) and Mixed Night (every first Friday of the Month) are three great opportunities to come out and play tennis with other members while also enjoying food and wine afterwards.

Look for all 2020 social events elsewhere in the newsletter, on the monitors at the club and at the SOCIAL CORNER near the front entrance of the club. You do not want to miss out on the social events that interests you.

Tomiko Hawkins,
Director of Social Events
For more information,
call 530-3300, ext. 23 or email at
social@oaklandhills.com
SOCIAL EVENTS 2020
Tomiko Hawkins, Director of Social Events
For more information, call 530-3300, ext. 23 or email at social@oaklandhills.com

SOCIAL EVENTS 2020
February 22 Annual Crab Fest
March 14 St. Patty’s Day Mix & Mingle
April 11 Date/Movie Night for Kids
May 15 Taqueria Night
July 4 July 4th Swim Races
July 11 International Day
September 21 Jazz by the Pool
October 25 Halloween Party
November 14 Fall Wine Tasting
December 6 Santa Arrives
December 12 Holiday Party
During the months of June, July and August, come and enjoy a no host beer and wine bar and music by the pool

Another great way to get involved at the club is to join our Ping Pong Players.  Come on out for Ping Pong on every Tuesday night 8-945pm for a great time!!

Lastly, don’t forget that Ladies Night (2nd Monday of the month) and Men’s Night (3rd Wednesday of the month) are great opportunities and to come out and play tennis with other members, while also enjoying the food and wine afterwards.

Social Tennis
Ladies Night-Every 2nd Monday
Men’s Night-Every 3rd Wednesday

Pool Hours:  Mondays through Fridays:  6:00 am to 9:30 pm Saturdays and Sundays:  8:00 am to 7:30 pm

Babysitting
Hours are:
Monday through Sunday 9 am to 2 pm
Monday through Thursday 4 pm to 7 pm
Two hour maximum and $1 per hour per child.

Parking Lot
Please remove all valuables from your vehicle while using the club.
Break ins are on the rise due to members leaving valuables in plain sight.

Online Login
Now you can go to our website  and see your statements!  It is quite simple.  Go to member log in, using your membership number you may create an account and log in.  After you log in you may view your statements, change your payment type (checking account or new credit card), make a payment, change your address, phone or other information.  In the fall we intend to begin emailing statements and the newsletter (please update your email address on line), and, eventually, on line booking (also will be available through our app – Oakland Hills) of massage, courts, etc.  Very exciting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oakland Hills App
Oakland Hills Tennis Club has an app! Through our free app (Oakland Hills) you can view our group fitness , massage, social events, kids programming, aquatics or personal training schedule.You may download the FREE app through the Apple App store or go to Google Play. Come check us out!!!

Aquatics

Happy Holidays OHTC Members and Friends! Those who have been enjoying the club these past few weeks are certain to have noticed the heavy duty construction effort that is underway at the pool. As is often the case with major projects, and factoring all the beautiful rain we are getting this winter, the re-plastering is taking a bit longer than originally anticipated. I hope that our faithful swimmers have been taking advantage of the opportunity to enjoy the other local clubs that have been good enough to allow us to use their pools during this time.

Of course, use of other pools does not mean our swim people are getting the same opportunity for tailored and strategic training opportunities unique to OHTC. This short gap can serve as a great reminder of the importance of enjoying our beautiful facility and feeling gratitude for the dedication of our aqua staff and their unique approach to fitness and wellness. I am very proud of my instructors, assistant coaches and private lesson gurus, all of whom I am sure are as antsy as I am to get back in the water and resume training.

Never forget — one of the greatest breakthroughs an athlete can have occurs when they learn the importance of mind-body fusion in training and, ultimately, performance. Not only does this increase the quality and impact of the physiological experience by getting you connected at a deeper level, but it acts as an incredible mechanism for focus, relaxation, injury prevention and internal balance. Like yoga, swimming is a form of exercise which relies upon rhythmic breathing patterns during all levels of intensity. Try, for example, interval training where you break after four laps and take time to breathe deeply, relax your body, clear you mind. Then go six and breathe. Then eight…etc, etc. Before you know it, you will have swam a mile, gained all of that cardio and strength benefit and, at the same time, cleared your mind, lowered you blood pressure and increased connectivity with your inner being. Now you are even more ready to tackle the day.

The mind-body connection, I believe, is the future of elite athletics. Today’s equipment is the best it’s ever been. And people are constantly coming up with new and better ideas for training. Invariably, no matter how hard one trains, there will be a moment when the body says “enough”. At that point, it is the strength and focus of the mind that allows us to go further, to keep our form and endure all the way across the finish line. This is a great topic of discussion for anyone who is in training currently or would like to impress upon their child-athletes the idea that there is always a next level of understanding that can influence outcomes in a more fulfilling and positive way.

Come on by and see me at the pool in mid-January. We can talk about goals for you or your kids, integrating some aquatic cross-training, and putting a higher octane fuel into your athletic gas reserves. Best wishes to all, and may 2020 be an even better year than 2019 has been. —Paul

Fitness Facts
Yulia Wynn, Director

Dear Members,
Many of us struggle with getting back on track after the holidays. Whether you’re new to exercise or you took a break for a few weeks, don’t worry about feeling out of shape. You can choose from many options to get your motivated enough to jump back into your fitness routine. Small group training is one of them!

Big enough to be fun, but small enough to still be quality. This is how I describe small group training. Small group training has been gaining popularity because it’s an affordable and fun way for members to take advantage of a trainer’s expertise at a lower financial investment — all while keeping the fun and competitiveness of a group dynamic.

Small group training allows a trainer to work with more people at once. It’s a cost-effective way for members to experience the benefits of working with a fitness professional while paying only a small fraction of one-on-one training. Another reason small group training has become popular is due to the benefits of working in a group. When people start exercising in a group, they establish relationships and make friends with other people in the group — helping them become regular participants in group activities. Our small group training classes are community within the community of the club, and they feel like a family!

I am thrilled to announce that only in January any member who would like to try our small group training classes will get his or her first class complementary to the membership. But the small group training is so good that I have no doubt you will be back for more!
In health,
Yulia

Group Fitness

Dear Members,
Let’s start 2020 strong and healthy! How about trying a fitness class? If you’ve never taken a group fitness class, then you’ve likely never experienced the many benefits, including extra motivation and friendly competition.

PERSONAL TRAINING WITHOUT THE HIGH COSTS
A group fitness class allows you to work with a fitness professional – minus the cash. While the trainer may not be available to you at all times in a large group class, they’re always there to answer questions when you have them. You can learn a lot just by watching and listening!

MOTIVATION AND ACCOUNTABILITY
Head to a group fitness class on the days you’re not motivated to work out. With a teacher telling you what to do, the session is less work for you, while still being effective.

GROUP FITNESS IS FUN. PERIOD.

One of the most popular reasons for taking a group fitness class is the simplest: they’re just plain fun! With music playing and everyone else working with you, sharing in the struggle and the success, it can feel more like a party than a workout.

COMPETITION AND CAMARADERIE

Everyone is “in it together” in a group fitness class, which naturally lends itself to camaraderie among members. For people who like to be social, this is an important factor. For those who are competitive, the social aspect is valuable because with a little camaraderie comes friendly competition, pushing you to work harder than the person next to you.

PREPARE FOR YOUR FIRST GROUP FITNESS CLASS

• Bring a towel for sweating
• Bring a water bottle
• Talk to the instructor before class if you have any questions or concerns. It’s good to tell the teacher if you have an injury of some kind, for example.
• Talk to other members. While this isn’t mandatory, other people may give you insight on what to expect as a first-timer.
• More questions? E-mail me at groupfitness@oaklandhills.com

In health, Yulia

Tennis & Pickleball
Skip Redondo & Nicole Havlicek, Co-Directors

Happy Holidays to all members and staff from the Tennis/Pickleball Department. We’d like to congratulate Kathy Ottesen on her great job coaching her mixed team to 1st place in their division and making it to the playoffs. Way to go Team! Our Turkey Round Robin was a big success with 28 players in attendance. We were very happy to receive positive reviews from several members after the event. Our “Bring A Ringer” tournament event that we had initially expected to hold in January is being pushed back to a later date due to expected wet weather. Please be on the lookout for the new date for that event. We have moved things around a bit in the adult tennis schedule. Skip Redondo has added an advanced adult doubles clinic on Tuesday mornings due to the popularity of his Thursday morning clinic and the Adult Tennis 101 & 102 classes have moved to Wednesday mornings. Please contact Skip Redondo at (707) 346-1682 to get in on these popular clinics. The Tuesday & Thursday morning advanced clinics are for strong 3.5 players and 4.0 or higher level players while Tennis 101 & 102 are for entry and low intermediate level players. Remember to sign up your juniors for Winter/Spring Junior After School tennis classes which kick off again in the New Year. The first day of junior tennis classes is Tuesday, January. 7, 2020. Please contact Skip Redondo at (707) 346-1682 for more information and details on how to sign up your kids.


Pickleball

Nicole Havlicek, Co-Director

The popularity of pickleball at the club continues to be on the rise. We had our first ever Holiday Pickleball Brunch at the Club on Dec. 8 with a lovely spread. Due to the Holiday season and wet weather, classes have been put on hold until the New Year. Please continue to spread the word about this great game. As a reminder, Open Play hours are for members. You may bring a guest for a $15 guest fee and must register and pay at the front desk before playing. Thank you for your cooperation. Weekly Pickleball Open Play Hours: Mondays 6:00-7:30pm; Tuesdays 9:30-11:00am; Wednesdays 6:00-7:30pm; Thursdays 9:30-11:00am; Sundays 9:30-11:00am.

Weekly Pickleball Open Play Hours:
Mondays 6:00-7:30pm
Tuesdays 9:30-11:00am
Wednesdays 6:00-7:30pm
Thursdays 9:30-11:00am
Sundays 9:30-11:00am

OHTC Court Policy

  • Courts may be reserved up to 3 days in advance.
  • There are only 4 reservable courts in advance.  Two courts are held for the teaching pros.  3 tennis courts are available for walk on.
  • After 10 minutes, if you have not arrived, you have forfeited your court.
  • A reservation only reserves the right to a court; not a specific court.
  • Fitness members may not make advance reservations.
  • Ball machine is not available for advance reservations.

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Tennis Corner

Greetings Tennis enthusiasts. Happy New Year! The USTA OHTC Men’s 7.5 Combo team concluded its season in December 2019. Great thanks to Vince Adams, Mike Zeitouny, with some additional help from Byron Bardy, for sharing the captain duties. Those of us on the team thank you.

The USTA OHTC Mixed 7.0 40 plus team finished the regular season but the playoffs will begin in January 2020.

Our club members, Kathy Ottesen, captain and Mike Zeitouny, co-captain, have been leading the great group of women and men, The team secured the No 2 playoff spot with a 7-3 winning record. Their first round home playoff match will be coming up on the weekend of January 30 – February 2, 2020. We encourage our OHTC club members to be on hand for this match to support and cheer our Mixed team. Please check with the club for the scheduled date and time. The OAKLAND HILLS 55MX7.0A team has been registered by captain Don Maker. The OAKLAND HILLS 40AM3.5A team is also registered by Mike Zeitouny and Vince Adams. For more information if you are interested in joining one or both teams, please contact Oakland Hills Tennis directors and pros, to reach the captains.

Our next scheduled Men’s night is on January 15th. Again, we had an excellent turnout with a dozen players on November 21st We enjoyed the tennis, camaraderie, beer, pizza and salad. Men’s Night is always the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7 pm.

For seniors 60 and older, (both men and women are welcome), there are Monday and Thursday OHTC social tennis groups you can contact Jim Thompson at tptnnis@gmail.com. Jim Thompson Sr. coordinates the inter-club Men’s 60 plus league which starts as of Wednesday September 18th, and continues every two weeks. Players compete on alternating Wednesdays during the daytime against men from other private tennis clubs in the East Bay and Contra Costa County. So, you gentlemen who will turn 60 sometime in 2020 and wish to play, please contact Jim Thompson at tptnnis@gmail.com. See you on the courts!

Massage Messages

Dear Members,
The holiday season has come and gone. January can be a time for recovery post-holiday hangover. Gone are the days of indulgence and hanging with your family and friends. The work and social schedule seem to be returning to normal. The decorations have been boxed away, or most have at least thought about it. You might be feeling an emotional and physical let down after running on adrenaline to finish holiday preparations. If you have been looking for balance again in work and family life but have truly decided that there are not enough hours in the day, don’t give up yet! Here are some tips for a smooth life reentry:
Block Off Time for Yourself: Find the special time during the day, cherish that time and never give it away. Spend it doing something that gives you complete bliss, like meditation, swimming, reading, enjoying sauna, yoga or a massage session! Defend that time as you would give it to a loved one. You are that important!
Keep Connected with Your Tribe: Your tribe people may be those that you spent the holiday with. They are the folks that laugh and cry with you and love you no matter what happens. These are your go-to people when the world seems at an imbalance. Make time to keep them in your life. They will be the ones to help keep you real during times of stress. For Every Yes, Say No: It’s far too easy to say yes. And before you know it, your life is filled with a long to do list. Make a habit to consult with your calendar every time someone asks you to do something. Give yourself space. There is never a rush to commit to a task. So, take a breath and care for yourself. Start with a relaxing massage session! Stop at the front desk to book an appointment. Namaste, Yulia

Welcome New Members
Kim Miranda; Colleen Fong; Elinor Coleman and David Sparkman

Welcome Back Members

Thank you for the Membership Referral

Couples Training
Spice up your training with a loved one or a friend! Contact your personal trainer for more information!

Privacy Policy

The club values your membership and your right to privacy. However, by the very nature of our business, we need to share information with others, particularly when forming rosters, teams or programs. We collect information about you that we understand you may consider private or confidential. This information may be contained in applications and other forms you submit to us. Therefore, we are providing you with this notice to explain our policies for collecting, using and sharing this information with others.
Our Privacy Principals
The club will protect all non-public personal information we collect from our members.
The club will contractually require any person or organization providing products or services to members on our behalf to protect the confidentiality of this information.
The club affords former members the same protections as existing members with respect to the use and sharing of their information.
The club will only permit authorized employees, who are trained in the proper handling of this information, to have access to it.
Information We May Collect
The club collects and uses information it believes is necessary to administer our business and provide you with the services you request. We may collect and maintain several types of information needed for these purposes, such as those stated below:
Information the club receives on applications for credit or other financial services, such as your name, address, telephone number, Social Security number, USTA number and other identifying information.
The club has information about your transactions with us, including your payment and credit history.
Information Disclosure to Non-Affiliated Entities
The club shares information with Independent Contractors who provide us services, such as Bankers, Accountants, Lawyers, Tennis Professionals, Food Vendors, Trainers, Instructors, etc, only as permitted by law and only when relevant. We also share information member to member, particularly when forming teams, with club rosters, with the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and USTANORCAL, its local affiliate.
When Will We Notify You
Our Privacy Policy will be published once a year. You will receive this notice as long as your membership is active. If you cancel your membership, we will continue to follow our Privacy Policy, but you will not receive future notices from the club.
Changes in Privacy Policy
Over time, it may be necessary to modify or supplement our Privacy Policy. If the club makes material changes, it will provide our current membership with revised notices that describe our new Policy and any new procedures that apply to them.
Your Choice to Share Information
If you choose, the club will not share any information we collect. If you prefer that we not share any information, notify us in writing detailing the information you don’t want the club to share. Mail this information to:

Oakland Hills Tennis Club, Inc.
5475 Redwood Rd.
Oakland, CA 94619
If you have any questions, please feel free to call the club at
510-531-3300.