Newsletter

DECEMBER

Oakland Hills Tennis Club Hours

COVID CLUB HOURS

Starting August 1, 2020
Pool Hours
6 am to 6:30 pm
Tennis Court Hours
9:00 am to 6:30 pm
Please stay safe and wear a mask!
Follow the rules and keep a safe distance of 6 ft.

Calendar
written with anticipation

14      Ladies Night – 5:30 PM
16      Men’s Night – 5:30 pm

President’s Message

Dear Members:

Flash:  The county Health Department shut down our gym and other indoor activities effective November 18, 2020.  This news came a day after I wrote this article.  To say times are changing rapidly is an understatement. Kind of fun looking at what I wrote yesterday and contrast it with what is happening in real time.

Here it is, December, the end of 2020, and what a year it has been.  It would be an understatement to describe the year as tumultuous; scary, frightening, unprecedented and topsy-turvey are other suitable descriptions.  What are we in for in 2021?

I don’t know what the future will hold; cases of the virus are spiking; other parts of the state and country and being shut down again; but I have to keep positive, I believe the worst is behind us.

On the positive side, members are slowly but surely getting back to their usual routine, albeit by reservations, with limited time periods.  Despite all, it is very touching to have so many members come up and thank me for keeping the club open.  We will persevere, all of us, sticking together.

There has been a precipitous drop in membership and we are reaching out to those who have dropped out during this crisis.  Any member in good standing who has left will be offered an opportunity to return without a membership fee, provided they renew on a 2 year contract.  This offer will expire on December 31, 2020.  What a great present for this holiday season!

Despite all the challenges, we are hanging in there together.  This holiday season I’ll be offering up lots of thanks for you; we are hanging on by a thread, but we are hanging on.  This thanks is extended by the entire staff, too.

Happy Holidays,
Oakland Hills Tennis Club, Inc.
Jim Thompson, President

Coronavirus has been demanding that we implement new routines. Here is how we can do it.

  1. Incorporate meditation into your day. If you never meditated, it’s a great time to start! Meditation helps with mental health and strengthening immunity. Join our yoga classes with Marjie, Margaret, Carla, Martina, and Kaitlin to learn more about it. All levels are welcome.
  2. Physical Exercise Whether you prefer to exercise indoors or outdoors, you still have a lot of choices. We are here to help. We do offer more than 40 Zoom classes per week with your favorite instructors. And while it’s not the same as going to a class, it will help you to stay string and flexible. If you have been craving for high intensity activities such as cycling and total body workouts, then it’s time to join one of our classes in person at the club. Check our complete schedule on our mobile app Oakland Hills Tennis Club.
  3. Reading Reading a book can provide many health benefits that you won’t get from watching countless hours of TV (which isn’t to say that watching TV is bad—just that it’s not a great idea to let it take up your entire day!).
  4. Stay in Touch with Other People Make some time each day to stay in contact with those you love. Whether you use phone or Facetime, it’ll help you maintain the social contact that is so important for your and their well-being.
  5. Try Something New Is there a hobby you’ve always fancied? Can you order a kit online or start working with that material you’ve had stored for years? How about getting some felt tips and doing some drawing or writing a bit of poetry. If you’ve got more time on your hands at home, now is the perfect time to try out something new.

It can be hard to remember to take care of yourself when you’re worried about your health and that of your family and perhaps facing economic hardship. Creating new routines requires effort, particularly if you have existing mental health issues, but they will help you to stay healthy at this time. Whilst things feel more unstable in the world, you can help maintain stability in your own life by putting into place these suggestions.

 

Reservations:

The club has utilized a new app to make the registration process easier for both our staff and the members.  Some of you still might have a few questions so I hope this information will help to answer most of them.

While we are anxiously waiting for the clubhouse to open its doors again, we have been offering some outside activities including lap swimming, tennis, fitness and aqua camps as well as deck cycling.

 Instructions:

If you would like to make a reservation for lap swimming, deck cycling, fitness and aqua camps, you will have to download the following app https://www.myclublives.com/00005.
You can use either your cell phone or laptop/computer.

Instructions to make a reservation:

  1. Login in the upper right corner with your e-mail or a phone number
  2. Go to CLUB EVENTS and register for the activity of your interest except lap swimming
  3. Lap swimming is under RESERVATIONS

If due to some reason you have troubles with logging into the app/website please let us know. We might need to update your e-mail address. You must be registered for the activity of your choice to participate. We do not take any reservations by e-mail any longer. Please continue to use our old mobile app Oakland Hills Tennis Club to see the most update schedule.

Reservations Break Down:

  1. Tennis Courts: Miko Hawkins (510) 531-3300 at ext. 123, Monday – Friday, 10 – 2 PM
  2. Tennis Summer Camps: Jack Mintz email: tennis@oaklandhills.com or call at  (510) 531-3300 ext. 119
  3. https://www.myclublives.com/00005 go to the CLUB EVENTS tab to make a reservation for deck cycling, aqua and fitness camps
  4. https://www.myclublives.com/00005  go to RESERVATIONS to make a reservation for lap swimming
  5. E-mail  our aquatic manager to schedule a private swim lesson or if you have ANY questions regarding swimming activities
  6. E-mail Yulia Wynn if you have any questions about fitness camps or deck cycling

Best regards,
Yulia Wynn / Fitness Director at OHTC

Phone Usage

It is important to know where you can use your phones. Phones are illegal to be use your cell phone in any locker room – especially face time or camera usage. Cell phones are not to be used in hot tub, cardio room or the weight room. You may listen to music but having phone conversations is not allowed. Thank you for considering the other members.

Bridge
Jerry O’Connor
Missing bridge?  We sure miss you up here!  Hang tight.  We will get bridge again!

Ladies’ Night
Tomiko Hawkins
Come out and see what all the fuss is about on Monday, December 14 at 6:30 PM.  Enjoy light eats and drinks after.

Men’s Night
Ron Iriyama
Change your mid-week by coming out with Ron, Memo and the guys for some fun tennis and snacks  on Wednesday, December 16  at 7 pm.

Social
Tomiko Hawkins, Director

We hope you all had a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!  Time spent with family and friends this year is extra special.  It has been a joy to see members continue to enjoy the club, via water aerobics and swim, Zoom classes, cycling, outdoor group fitness and tennis.  Along the way I have shared photos with you of the happiness continued to be experienced here at Oakland Hills. During the pandemic, we have remained vigilant in taking precautions to make our club safe and enjoyable for the members!

Please keep in mind that our hours of operation are Mondays-Fridays from 6am to 10pm.  Saturdays and Sundays, 8am to 8pm which are the normal business hours.  If you would like to make a tennis reservation, feel free to do during those hours by contacting the front desk.

Ladies Night is scheduled for December 8th at 5pm.  Men’s Night will be on December 16th at 5pm.  These are two great opportunities to come out and play tennis with other members.

Everyone please stay safe and we look forward to seeing you at the club!

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
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.

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
Lauren Lafferty, Director

Happy Holidays OHTC!!

I hope everyone has been getting the chance to sign-up for our Winter Team program! We were able to gain that extra week that was asked for so instead of 6 weeks we will have 7 weeks! We love seeing our members smiling faces at practice! It is planned to be set up exactly like our Fall Session was running our 3 levels of teams; beginner, intermediate, and advance between 3pm-6pm on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday’s, and will run January 11th- February 26th. I have had a concussion so things have been slow processing all the sign-up forms, so please understand any delays in replies.

We are sad to see another one of our instructors go due to water polo, but happy to have such helpful teens work for us during their off season. We hope to see Eliot and Waileia return in the spring and summer to help out again! Also big thanks to our instructors Sophia, Rylan, and Emily who have been stepping up to keep the program going!

We will not be holding lessons on holiday’s when the club is closed or have shortened hours. We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season especially after the year we have had!

Again, Happy Holidays,

Lauren

Fitness Facts
Yulia Wynn, Director

December Fitness Activities at OHTC

Our group fitness program currently offers Zoom classes, deck cycling, and fitness classes on a tennis court. Use our app MyClubLives app (https://www.myclublives.com/00005) to view the most updated schedule as well as join the activities of your interest. You can use either your cell phone or laptop/computer. This app is not suitable for iPad.

How to access our VIRTUAL CLASSES:

  1. Download Zoom and open an account
  2. Download our app Oakland Hills Tennis Club from the app store to view our current schedule. It’s free.
  3. The number next to the class is the class ID that you need to join one of our classes hosted via Zoom
  4. You will see the password next the class ID

If you would like to make a reservation for lap swimming, deck cycling, fitness and aqua camps, you will have to download the following app https://www.myclublives.com/00005. You can use either your cell phone or laptop/computer. The app is not suitable for iPad.

Instructions to make a reservation:

  1. Login in the upper right corner with your e-mail or a phone number
  2. Go to CLUB EVENTS and register for the activity of your interest except lap swimming
  3. Lap swimming is under REQUESTS
  4. To see immediate lap swimming openings, go to RESERVATIONS

If due to some reason you have troubles with logging into the app/website please let us know. We might need to update your e-mail address. You must be registered for the activity of your choice to participate.

Reservations Break Down:

  1. Tennis Courts: Miko Hawkins (510) 531-3300 at ext. 123, Monday – Friday, 10 – 2 PM
  2. Tennis Summer Camps: Jack Mintz email: tennis@oaklandhills.com or call at     (510) 531-3300 ext. 119
  3. https://www.myclublives.com/00005 go to the CLUB EVENTS tab to make a reservation for deck cycling, aqua and fitness camps
  4. https://www.myclublives.com/00005 go to REQUESTS to make a reservation for lap swimming / RESERVATIONS for immediate lap swimming openings
  5. E-mail Michelle Delphey our general manager if you have ANY questions regarding swimming activities
  6. E-mail Yulia Wynn if you have any questions about fitness camps or deck cycling.

To make sure that all our members are able to participate in our fitness camps on court 2 and deck cycling, we have implemented the following rules:

  1. You can only attend any TWO morning deck cycling classes out of THREE unless there is a space available on the morning of the activity of your interest. Currently we offer 8 AM deck cycling classes on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. This rule doesn’t apply to Sunday mornings at the moment.
  2. You can only attend ONE cycling class on the same day unless there is a space available the same morning the activity is offered.
  3. On the mornings when we offer both deck cycling and the class in-person on court 2 you can only register for ONE of those classes. It applies currently to Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  4. If someone is registered for either deck cycling or a fitness camp on court 2 and does not come to the class, that person can only register next time within the 24-hour frame of the fitness camp that was missed.
  5. Reservations are allowed only ONE week ahead.

Please remember to UNREGISTER if you are longer not able to attend within 24 hours before the activity of your interest.

Group Fitness

Dear Members,

Despite the fact that the winter months tend to drive a lot of us indoors abandoning outdoors exercise opportunities, there are many reasons to make the small changes and adapt exercise opportunities to winter exercise. Here are just a few of the many benefits that can be derived from exercising in cold weather.

You’ll burn more calories.  As the body works harder to regulate its core temperature among the elements, you’ll burn a few more calories during your wintry workout compared to one conducted indoors.

You’ll get a stronger heart, lungs, and circulatory system.  Because the heart works harder to distribute blood through the body when it is cold, anyone with a healthy heart and adequate cardiovascular endurance will strengthen their heart through cold weather workouts. The same holds true for the body’s circulatory system and lungs.

 It elevates your mood and energy level.  With the low humidity of cold temperatures during the winter, it actually works to elevate your mood over and above exercising in the humid summer months. That’s because as your body works harder to stay warm it increases its endorphin production, which triggers the release of dopamine and serotonin, neurotransmitters that keep us happy, feeling good and ease depression.

A dose of vitamin D.  The benefits of the sun in terms of getting that needed vitamin D is just as present in the winter as in the summer. If you head out on a winter day when the sun is in full effect, be sure to put on some sunscreen to protect your skin.

Be prepared and get out there. Now that you’re ready to get out there, you need to remember to prepare and dress accordingly. Be sure to dress in layers with a moisture wicking base layer to pull sweat away and keep off the chill, followed by a thermal layer for more warmth. The outer layer should be a lighter shell that blocks wind and water. Don’t forget to protect those extremities with warm socks, hats and gloves. Be sure to drink plenty of water as it can be more difficult to determine when you are becoming dehydrated in the cold weather.

Ready to rip the benefits of exercising outdoors during this winter? As always, we would love to help you out whether you look for new exercise ideas, motivation, or simply need some boost to get back on track. We offer a variety of activities outdoors including cycling, total body conditioning, and Piyo. Please check our complete schedule on our app MyClub Lives.

In Health,
Yulia

Fitness Director at OHTC

Tennis

Skip Redondo , Director

Hi OHTC Tennis Members,

What a year we are having four months coronavirus not playing any tennis. Now we have 8 days of bad air quality and ash all over the place. I hate to find out what’s next. No tennis or Pickleball events, no Usta teams.

The good part of tennis that we finally had two men playing for the final that are under thirty years old. Awesome semifinals and finals. Also our women tennis is doing awesome winning the finals for the United States. Plus the semifinals also GREAT MATCHES.

Our after school program has started and we are beginning to get alot of juniors out there again.

I hired my son, Skyler, as one of our teaching professionals. I also brought back Josh back.   All our pro’s are really hard working to bring back new members to our club.

Be safe and stay healthy.

Skip Redondo, Tennis Director

Pickleball tip

Next time you are out playing Pickleball STOP and analyze your body position. Are flatfooted?

Is your paddle at your side? Are your feet positioned so you can quickly move to read the next shot.

It’s easy to relax between shots or before the ball is served and fall back into a lazy position where you’ll be alright off guard. It’s important to always be ready for the next shot.

Experts give slightly different recommendations depending on your position on the court (at the non-volley vs mod-court or baseline) or what the best angle is to hold the paddle’s leading edge to favor backhand on forehand return…. Stay Safe and Healthy. Skip Redondo tennis director

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Tennis Corner

Greetings Tennis enthusiasts.

Oakland Hills Tennis Club and especially Jim Sr, continue to keep safety and still provide our tennis activities. There are new rules and reservations for the ball machine, in which players provide their own tennis balls for the machine and the hopper.

As for the Pros, The Nitto ATP Finals in London, as of time of writing the Tennis Corner, are being played from 15-22 NOV 2020. Number 1 NOVAK DJOKOVIC After clinching YE No. 1, seeks 6th finale title. He has 11830 points.  No 2. RAFAEL NADAL, with 9850 points is a Two-time finalist and seeks first finale title. They are followed by No.  3 DOMINIC THIEM and No. 4 DANIIL MEDVEDEV.  No. 5 ROGER FEDERER is rehabbing from knee surgery, and won’t play. So, to round out the remaining four players in the tournament, are No. 6 STEFANOS TSITSIPAS, No. 7 ALEXANDER ZVEREV, No 8 ANDREY RUBLEV and taking Federer’s spot, No 9 DIEGO SCHWARTZMAN, who becomes 8th Argentine to feature at the event

Our Men’s Wednesday Night Tennis Camp, occurs on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, from 5:00pm to 6:30pm. We have had a good turnout in October though it was just 7 players. At time of editing the November 18th is yet to be played. The next Wednesday Men’s Tennis Camp, is scheduled December 16th, 2020. We hope to get a large turnout to close out the year.

Everyone can bring their own beverages and removed them before leaving the court, or use the water fountains at your own responsibility. Players must bring a new can of tennis balls so each server uses their own can. Also, until further, we cannot do the social in the clubhouse.

Tennis and Pickleball players are following guidelines set forth by the club and Alameda Health Department which includes making reservations with enough notice get reservation of courts, with all names. For more details contact social@oaklandhills.com

Jim’s Senior group, with help from Vic Brochard, continues the weekday doubles matches on Mondays and Thursdays. Sheridan Downey has a great weekend group for Tennis camps on Saturdays and Sundays at 9am each week.

See you on the courts, (with the appropriate distancing and safety measures)!

Massage Messages

Dear Members,

Most of us have been working hard to stay healthy, slim and trim while on lockdown. Quarantine life is challenging, to say the least. And no one would blame you for being tempted to abandon your diet and exercise plan and reach for the tub of ice cream while watching the show that everyone is talking about.

Guess what? We don’t have to give up on our favorite dishes…let’s just make these dishes lighter, healthier and just as delicious. For example, we can use noodles made from vegetables, rather than traditional, carb-laden pasta. If you’re new to cooking with veggie noodles, you’re in for a treat! It’s simple and satisfying to create comforting guilt-free pasta dinners.

Zucchini is low in saturated fat and sodium, and very low in cholesterol. It’s also a great source of protein, vitamin A, thiamin, niacin, phosphorus and copper, dietary fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, riboflavin, vitamin B6, folic acid, magnesium, potassium and manganese. The easiest way to make zoodles is to use a vegetable spiralizer or just buy pre-made zoodles in your grocery store’s produce section. Sauté them for a few minutes, then top with sauce.

Welcome New Members
Jamie and David Addington; Laura Thomas and Laska Aleseevna; Kayton Bhtia and Robb Detlefs; Debra and Art Bakal; Helen Lawerence; Tobias and Alicia Riday

Thank you for the Membership Referral
Adam Cunha and Kristen Personett; Kayton Bhati and Robb Detlefs

 

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.