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goddard racket The Goddard Tennis Club is one of the many social clubs sponsored by the Goddard Employees Welfare Association (GEWA).
The Goddard Tennis Club (GTC) is built and maintained by its members, who work at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD.


members Goddard Tennis Club Membership Form for 2016 PDF icon

All badge-carrying employees of GSFC (contractors, civil servants and retirees) and their immediate family members are eligable to join the Goddard Tennis Club. Members may bring one guest (if the guest is eligable to enter a federal site). See the Club flyer for a summary.

In 2016, annual dues remain $60 for basic membership to cover the annual construction and maintenance costs (no longer paid by GEWA):
- $60 basic membership ($30 after August 15; $25 for summer interns/students)
- $20 per family member (optional)
- $15 per guest card (optional, limit 1)
- $15 per ball machine privilege and key (optional)

wimbledon man Where to get GTC membership applications wimbledon woman
Fill out the PAPER form and snail-mail it to Andy Negri c/o Stephen Palm at GSFC Code 612.

claycourts Goddard Tennis Facility (click to visit)

GTC has 8 Har-Tru and 2 lighted hard courts in a sheltered area. Click on the courts pictured above to get: a map and directions, a tour, a description of court procedures and services, a history of the club, and GTC court maintenance.

This facility is managed by our elected officials:
- President: Maria Lecha,
- Vice-President: Joe Miko,
- Treasurer: Andy Negri,

Other jobs are carried out by volunteers:
- Ladder, grounds, and web: Dennis Chesters,
- Tournaments: Andy Negri,
- Sprinklers & Hard Courts: Dan Mandl,

tennis.ladder GTC Ladder (click for standings)

The GTC ladder season opens on April 15th and ends October 31st, inclusive. Traditionally, anyone can challenge anyone during the first month, with the 10-rung limit imposed for matches played after May 15th. Tournament play also counts as a ladder match, unlimited by the players' standings on the ladder. You can start your own community tennis ladder using the web site to organize a membership list and manage the standings.

sport_tennis GTC Tournaments

- Spring Singles - Memorial Day weekend, give or take a week
- Fall Singles - Labor Day weekend, give or take a week

Past winners of GTC singles tournaments (click to view).

The Memorial Day Weekend 2016 singles tournament was won by Sam Larson, who defeated Rahul Majaran in the final (6-1, 6-0).

The Labor Day Weekend 2015 singles tournament was won by Hua Jiao, who defeated Sam Larson in the final (6-0, 7-5).

The Goddard Tennis Club (GTC) will host a singles tournament over the Labor 
Day Holiday weekend, Saturday Sept. 3, and Sunday Sept. 4, with two matches each 
morning. (Rain date: Monday, Sept. 5). All levels of play are welcome. 

The GTC tournament is a "Swiss-style" round-robin:
winners-play-winners and non-winners-play-non-winners every round, so eventually 
everybody plays opponents near their own ability. 

All Goddard and affiliate (badged) employees and their families are welcome to 
participate. The cost is $5, to cover trophies and refreshments, payable 
before the start of play at 9 am Sept. 3 at the Goddard courts. 

Please express your interest in participating by registering IN ADVANCE via an 
email to by Aug. 29. Participation may be limited to the 
first 18 registrants, and day-of registration cannot be accommodated. 

The GTC tournaments are Swiss-style round-robin: winners-play-winners and losers-play-losers every round, so everybody eventually plays opponents on their own level.

The tournaments are usually open to anyone qualified to play on the GTC courts: members, family members, and guests.

Tournament play counts as a ladder match, unless one of the players explicitly says "no" before the tournament match begins.

At the discretion of the ladder chairman, ladder members playing in and completing the GTC singles tournaments are promoted to the top of the ladder, in the order that they finish in the tournament. Ladder members who receive this promotion are subject to unrestricted challenges for the next 4 weeks.

Tournament registration is on a sheet posted at courtside a few weeks before the tournament, or via phone or e-mail to the tournament director.

The tournament director is responsible for seeding, based on ladder standings and best judgement of skill. Please don't argue with him/her/it.

Andy Negri, UMd/ESSIC, is the tournament director [].

Here are Andy's recommendations for running a tournament:

Among the things I bring are:

Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite
Gal OJ
2 gal water with spigot
fig newtons
ice chests
plexiglass to cover paperwork
index cards to do matchups
cans new tennis balls for sale
plastic tablecloth (nice touch)

Attached are the flyer from 2005 Labor Day tourney (WORD)
and spreadsheet for ranking the players/recording the matches (EXCEL). 
This latter should print out on 11 by 17 paper if you select a tabloid-capable printer. 

EarthBall GTC News

tennis_sign GTC Tennis Lessons

The Goddard Tennis Club is offering tennis lessons for 6 weeks, starting May 16, 2016.

Beginner Level Tennis Lessons: A total of 12 lessons will be given by instructor(s) beginning with a classroom lesson, followed by on-court lessons on Courts 9 and 10 of GTC. The lessons run from mid-May to end-June, on Mondays and Wednesdays at lunchtime. The lessons cover the basic elements of tennis, including strokes (forehand, backhand, serve, volley, overhead), tactics, strategies, tennis rules, and court etiquette.

Instruction Date and Time:
May 16, 2016: Registration and Classroom Lesson 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm, Bldg 32 Rm 103/109.
May 18, 23, 25 and June 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, and 27 are on-court lessons, 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm.

Cost: $60 for 12 lessons and includes a basic one-person season membership. Please complete the GTC 2016 membership form PDF icon.
For more information and the lessons application form, download the Tennis Lesson Application Form 2016. PDF icon

For questions, contact George Kallarakal [], 301-614-6954.

tennis_sign GTC Tennis Socials

GTC holds occasional fun get-togethers for players at all levels. Drills, lessons, pick-up games, singles and doubles are options. It is up to the GTC members to organize these.

tennis_sign Casual Play

GTC has a contact list for women and/or beginners who are just looking for casual play.

To get on/off the casual players list, contact

tennis_sign GTC Mailing List

GTC uses NASA's "lists" service to send mass-mailings to its members. Once on the GTC list, you receive all the club's broadcast e-mail. You can sign up for the GTC mailing list at, subject to approval by the GTC list administrators (the club officials).

tennis_sign GTC Management Reports

Treasurer's Report, start of 2016 (PDF, click to view). PDF icon

     	Goddard Tennis Club Meeting Notes, March 23, 2015, 12 noon

	1.	Overview of the Goddard Tennis Club (GTC) facility and location was
	provided for new people on Center to become familiar with the club.   The
	Har-tru courts are open.  There will be some periodic closures when some
	of the court maintenance is done later in the season. The GTC website has
	the Ladder information and a Casual Play list.   Members are encouraged
	to sign up for the casual play list which has dwindled.   Ladder sign up
	is on the Membership form.  

	2.	There was no response from the previous email request for
	nominations of Officers.   There was a call at the meeting for Officers
	(President, Vice President, and Secretary) with no candidates or
	nominations from the floor.  Joe Miko agreed to be Vice President,
	replacing Mike Powers.  Many thanks for many years of service as a GTC
	officer as Treasurer and Vice President.  Other Officers remain:  Maria
	Lecha, President; Andy Negri, Treasurer; and Secretary, Vacant.  

	3.	Plans for Tennis Lessons at lunchtime are in work by George
	Kallarakal and Long Pham.   Info will be sent to the tennis club email
	list and probably notices submitted in Goddard Dateline.  From previous
	years, no one has volunteered to teach lessons after work.

	4.	Tournaments/Activities – Andy Negri is organizing the Singles
	Tournaments for Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends.   These are Swiss
	style tournaments where one gets to play at least four rounds (win or
	lose).  The spring tournament is a good way for new people to meet other
	members of the club.   Notices will be sent to the tennis club email list
	and also on Goddard Dateline.   If anyone else is interested in running
	an additional Tournament or an Open House or any other activity, please
	submit a draft plan to the Officers.  

	5.	The Membership Form will be updated for the 2016 Season.

	6.	There was interest in having a reduced rate for possible new
	members to try out the club by playing for a few times from Cliff Liu.  
	The membership is mostly not checked on the courts for the early part of
	season, possibly for the month of April or so, so actually people can try
	out the club during this time and actually a few people do this every
	year.  An advertised campaign was suggested.  Martin Perrine will draft
	up a notice for Dateline for the Officers and lead the initiative.  

	7.	There was a possibility to coordinate some access to the courts
	with the NASA “MOVE” fitness program.  

	8.	The budget was reviewed.   A list of repairs and replacement of
	equipment and facilities improvements was shown and will be looked at for
	prioritization.  Dan Mandl suggested to continue to defer large project
	work on the hard courts and extend their life with continued smaller
	projects.  Dan Mandl will submit more information on his suggestions.  A
	capital reserve type listing on the budget will be considered to be shown
	for larger expenditures.  Expenses were lowered several years ago mostly
	by Dennis Chesters picking up when the previous Maintenance Person moved
	out of the area.  GEWA stopped providing funds for maintenance about the
	same time frame.   GEWA provided limited grants and loans to clubs last
	year after many years of not doing so.  The Tennis Club’s request to GEWA
	last year was denied.  Dan Mandl mentioned the aging of the structural
	portion of the lights on the hard courts.   A past member who had worked
	on the lights a few years ago has also moved out of the area about 2
	years ago.  His parting recommendation to the club was rust removal and
	painting of the scaffold that is needed to work on the lights – which has
	not been done.  A club member or members could volunteer to investigate
	alternatives for restoration/repair/replacements of lights, as well as
	the scaffold work.  Har-tru topping is needed this year for most of the
	Har-tru courts.  

	9.	Bob Davis, the main Goddard Tennis Club founder, presented some
	info on his latest activities and awards as well as background on the
	development of the Goddard Tennis Club.   Learn about the history of the
	club.  A scan of a 1991 presentation is on the Tennis Club Web Site. 
	Near the bottom of the club facility tab of the webpage.   The club was
	built and has been maintained by club members.    GTC History

You can get a membership application from the bulletin board at courtside, or download the GTC membership application form from this page.

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