Ready for 2016!!

Well, the courts aren’t, but the paperwork is.

2016 newsletter, rates, calendar, recurring events are all updated on their respective pages. They may see minor changes, but should be pretty stable.

Big news for 2016? As we wrote in an October post, there are rate structure changes. Unlimited memberships are reduced up to 19.5%. Unlimited play is a substantial bargain compared to prior years. Also, the various (and confusing) midweek/weekday/whatever rates are refined into a single “Off-peak” rate, which covers: Monday afternoon, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday afternoon. Off-peak is priced at or near the lower of Weekday/Midweek from 2015.

Applications for 2016 will include a waiver form, as part of moving to a new insurer to manage club costs.

Look for more news as we get closer, but volunteers are working on the 2016 season already!

 

2016 Memberships

Dear WTC Members,

This past season, WTC courts were very crowded Monday and Friday mornings, and on weekend mornings court were underutilized. A Board subcommittee spoke with 36% of the membership (excluding only bondholders who took the Unlimited option in 2015). The subcommittee explored how members would respond if the weekday option were eliminated and if Friday morning play were eliminated from midweek membership.

They found that 70% of weekday members and 20-day members would switch to unlimited at a price of $595. Half the mid-weekers we spoke with would remain Mid-weekers even without the Friday morning option, the other half might leave the club. Based on these responses, the Board decided to modify memberships for the 2016 season as follows:

  • Weekday membership eliminated
  • Midweek Membership now to run Monday PM (after 12 noon), all day Tuesday thru Thursday, Friday PM (after 12 noon)
  • Revised dues will be described in full in the 2016 newsletter but unlimited rates for non-bondholders will be set at $595 (down from $740)

Additionally, on Monday and Friday mornings, only one court will be used for lessons/drills.

Of course, we will not know until next season if these changes will resolve our court use problems. So be prepared for the possibility of more tweaking next October. This problem largely is due to our growing membership. While it has caused some inconvenience, it has also allowed us to avoid greater price increases while expenses invariably go up each year.

We are working to be responsive to our membership and appreciate your patience and understanding. Thank you to the members of the subcommittee for their comprehensive efforts.

David Marell
President, WTC