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The NorthWest Cup is an annual team tennis tournament started in 1996 where advanced players from the GLTA tennis clubs in Vancouver, Seattle and Portland compete with each other (aka NWC). Each club takes turns hosting the tournament each year.

Each club puts together a team of the best players that are available. Minimum 12 players on each club’s team (10 singles, 6 doubles matches). Even though this is a competitive event the emphasis is on sportsmanship and social participation. There are no separate gendered divisions – women and gender-diverse players are encouraged to participate!

The tournament is expected to occur on a weekend between April and mid-June.

Vancouver has won 10 times since the beginning of the NWC in 1996.

2024
May 18-19
2025
Dates TBC

While this is a competitive tournament, it is a great opportunity to meet and socialize with other LGBTQ+ players across the participating cities. If you would like to participate, or volunteer as captain for the VTA team, please email: vicepresident@vtatennis.ca

Participating Teams
  • Vancouver Tennis Association (VTA)
  • Seattle Tennis Alliance (STA)
  • Team Portland Tennis Association (TPTA)

2024 VTA Team

Vancouver is excited to be the host for the Northwest Cup in 2024!

Captains: Patrick Rmeily (VTA Play Director) and Collin Koo

We will be playing at North Vancouver Tennis Centre. Patrick and Collin will be key organizers for this tournament – reach out to them with questions or to volunteer.

If you would like to be considered for the team and meet the eligibility criteria (GLTA Open/A and/or Tennis BC 5.0/4.5) please contact us through nwc@vtatennis.ca 

If you would like to sponsor the team in some way it is always appreciated.

FAQs

What is the cost?

VTA members who wish to participate are required to cover several costs involved in participating in this tournament, including:

  • Tournament entry fee (often partly subsidized by VTA for members)
  • Flights
  • Accommodation (for tournaments in other cities)

For travel, often VTA members will share accommodation (like an Airbnb) to save costs and build team camaraderie.

NorthWest Cup Competition Guidelines

v2.1, May 31, 2017

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NWC Vancouver Team Guidelines

Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible to try out for the NWC, in addition to being a current VTA member and having GLTA points prior to the announcement of the completed roster and, you must meet ONE of the following criteria:

  • GLTA – Open and A ranked player at one point in the 2 years before the current competition year (having won at least one match during that time).
  • Tennis BC – 5.0 or 4.5 ranked player (having won at least one match) in the 2 years before the current competition year.

Priority will be given to players who support other VTA teams (such as Spring League).

Exception to Eligibility Rules:

The Captain reserves the right to give two wild cards to players due to extenuating circumstances. Extenuating circumstances can include new players to Vancouver or players coming back from injuries.

Role of Captain:

  • A Captain is nominated by the VTA Vice President with the majority approval of the VTA Executive Board. The Captain is not guaranteed a spot in the completed roster.
  • The Captain will report regularly to the VTA Board via updates to the VTA Vice President. The VTA Board reserves the right to supersede any decisions made by the Captain during times of extreme cause.

Role of VTA:

  • The VTA will help the Captain with fundraising efforts to offset event costs on a year-to-year basis based on the need and health of VTA funds. The final decision on the number of funds provided is determined by VTA Board.
  • Changes in guidelines must be approved by the majority of the VTA Board.

Player Obligations:

  • Each player may be required to pay a fee to participate. The fee will vary depending on need and will be determined by the Captain.
  • Each player is required to attempt with all goodwill to participate in fundraising and provide assistance with any necessary tasks (especially in years Vancouver is the home team).
  • All players are expected to demonstrate the highest level of sportsmanship, adhering to the VTA Code of Conduct.
  • Team spirit is an important aspect of this competition. It is expected that all participating players be present during as many matches, practices and functions as possible.
  • Complaints filed against a player are to be handled by the Protest and Discipline Committee. The Committee, with advice from the Captain, reserves the right to suspend that player from NWC competition(s).

Tryout Process:

  • The tryout method will be determined by the Captain based on player interest and need.
  • The Captain will use results from any tryouts and past tournaments to help determine ranking position, double pairings and spares.

View past results

2024
Seattle
2023
Seattle
2022
Seattle
2021
Not held
2020
Not held
2019
Vancouver
2018
Seattle
2017
Seattle
2016
Vancouver
2015
Seattle
2014
Portland
2013
Not held
2012
Not held
2011
Seattle
2010
Portland
2009
Vancouver
2008
Seattle
2007
Vancouver
2006
Vancouver
2005
Vancouver
2004
Vancouver
2003
Vancouver
2002
Vancouver
2001
Seattle
2000
Vancouver
1999
Seattle
1998
Portland
1997
Vancouver
1996
Seattle