So… what’s LATA?
Your “court away from home”, the Los Angeles Tennis Association is a non-profit organization offering highly-addictive tennis activities and fun-fun-fun social events throughout Los Angeles and Orange County. Our annually elected Board of Directors guides a steady ship, keeping our truly awesome members sweatin’ their way to greater health and happiness. And, hey, we’re a volunteer league. That means step up and join the party! Our goal has always been simple: create a "tennis-playing" community of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning people — although we, of course, are all-inclusive.
OK, I’m thinking about joining. What should I expect?
Membership gets you several cool thingy’s: access to the perks of the MEMBERS ONLY areas of our website (a treat in itself!) including our vast Membership Directory and newsletter/blog, THE SCORE, which keeps you in the know on all activities LATA — clinics, weekend Social Doubles, hip-happening outings. You get the picture. Being a member will also getcha invited to our two annual parties: the swanky Summer Picnic and fabulous year-end Holiday Party. And, of course, now you can register for all those cool tennis leagues you’ve been hearing about.
Alright. What should I not expect if I join?
The biggest misconception is that one becomes a member and — WHAMMO! — tennis activities suddenly appear on that person’s doorstep. Sure, a pretty wide range of options become instantly available to our members, but, ahem, a person still needs to be proactive, you know? Participate. Sign up. Not sure? Ask questions. And somewhere along the line, you just might make a friend or two. Before you know it, you’ll be having the time of your life.
Let’s say I become a member. What’s the best recommendation for finding people to play?
Without a doubt: register for Team Tennis. It’s the most popular of our offerings — and for reason. This structured format matches players of similar abilities over a 12-week league. Give it a try for one season. Many members make themselves available to sub, which provides a cool initiation to our many leagues and sites. There’s also Social Doubles offered monthly during leagues and twice a month during off-season. And remember, as a Member, the Membership Directory is at your fingertips. You’ll find a list of players across all skill levels. So. Don’t. Be. Shy.
What if I’m just a beginner, or maybe haven’t picked up a racquet in years?
Wait, is that thing you dragged out of the closet a wooden racquet?
Just kidding. Well, kind of. (Seriously.)
The best part of LATA is that our activities are designed to include players of all skill sets, from the studleys who could give pro qualifiers a run for their money down through those who are (re-)discovering the game. LATA utilizes an in-house ranking system that spans eight levels of playing ability. These tiers ensure (and reassure) that our weekend and weeknight warriors are matched accordingly with opponents of near equal skills. You’ll likely find it much more accurate than the standard USTA scale (3.5, 4.0, etc.). Your level will be determined by an informal in-person evaluation of your playing ability. Don’t fret. We have scads of players representing all tiers — including newbies. And, of course, under Team Tennis play, should you improve or probably need a little more time to work on your game, your assigned level will be adjusted accordingly.
Should I take lessons before I join LATA?
Definitely not necessary. Tennis lessons are a good idea for real enthusiasts who have the time and money. We have found that most members improve their play quickest by simply playing more often. After the lesson, tennis pros will tell you to get out and play. Thats the real opportunity that LATA provides. Through the resources of this club, you will have year-round access to players of all levels and styles, in competitive, structured, or more informal settingswhatever may suit you and your schedule
and your pocketbook. If you are concerned that you are a beginner who hasnt been taught the basic rules and scoring, the other beginning members that you will be playing will talk you through it on your first day.
Where does LATA play tennis?
Keep in mind that LATA does not host a "drop-in" type of activity of any kind. Due to demand and a variety of playing levels, advance sign-up facilitates fair play and organization. Each activity is planned differently each year and the locations are determined by availability. However, currently the most frequently used locations for our organized events are these:
|For Team Tennis:||Studio City Golf & Tennis|
| ||4141 Whitsett Ave. (between Ventura Blvd. and Moorpark)|
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| ||La Cienega Tennis Center|
| ||325 S. La Cienega Blvd. (at Wilshire)|
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| ||Burbank Tennis Center|
| ||1515 N. Glenoaks Blvd. (at Amherst)|
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If I want to sign up for Team Tennis or any other activity, what do I do?
There are two activities you can sign up for when applying for membership: 1) Challenge Ladder, and 2) Team Tennis. The general Membership Application includes the Challenge Ladder sign-up option year-round. You simply check the box and include the Ladder fee with your Membership fee. Sign-ups for Team Tennis occur two times per year. The general Membership application is modified in November to include Team Tennis sign-up for Winter League which begins play in late January; and again in May the application is modified for sign-up for Summer League which begins play in late July. For Team Tennis your two sign-up periods are early November to mid-January and early May to mid-July. As a non-member wanting to sign up for Team Tennis, you should come back to our website here at the beginning of these sign-up periods, print out our Membership Application under the "Membership" page, and follow the directions for Team Tennis sign-up. It is best to apply as soon as the modified application is available. Team Tennis fills up well before deadlines, and the applications are mailed directly to current members through the Newsletter before they are posted on the website.
For the other activities, Tournaments, Social Doubles, Inter-city competitions, these are annual events for which you must apply by way of separate applications made available in our MEMBERS ONLY section on this website.
Can I contact other members to play tennis outside of organized activities?
If a members phone number or e-mail address is listed in the Membership Directory, that member has made it available to the full membership. LATA honors every request by its members to not disclose personal information in our published lists, even though we have it on record. Once you become a member, please feel free to contact any member in the current Directory who has provided contact information, but we, of course, insist you use common sense and courtesy when making phone calls to the home or office. Also keep in mind, every member has the right and should exercise the right to decline any request. As well, keep in mind, the Membership Directory is a list of "tennis players", not "tennis singles" although you may someday meet the person of your dreams playing tennis, the LATA Directory is not an alternative to speed dating.
How do I become a LATA member?
This is the easiest direction of all. Go to the "Membership" page on this website and follow the directions for printing the application. Fill it out, sign it, and send it in with your check to the address on the bottom. Look for the additional options of Challenge Ladder and Team Tennis, if you are interested in participating in either or both. You will need Adobe Acrobat to print out the application. If you are unable to print an application online, e-mail the Membership Director for a application to be mailed to you.