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Match Day Reminders and Tennis Team Tips

Please review the schedule. 
 (Let me know if you will not be able to attend a match.) 
 
 
 
Items to have for a tennis match
 
1) Please bring a thermos with water and gatorade/powerade
 
2) ........Bring a towel 
 
3)  jacket,   extra shirt, etc.........
 
4)  you should have 2 (two) tennis rackets
 
5) cell phone on vibrate/silent
 
Each member of the tennis team when playing another school,
should have on Red Bay logo..........T-shirts, uniforms, dresses,
etc. should have monogrammed logo................
 
 
 
 
Match Day. 
Try not check out on match day.  Bring your stuff and become
responsible for items needed.  These include:
racket, towel, thermos for on-court water and beverage,
 hooded jacket, uniform,  money, warmup pants, etc. 
If you are playing a match against another school,
you should have a school logo on shirt, shorts, dress.
 
Match Tips:
Keep up with the score. If you are serving, you
should say the score aloud before each point.
You should say the game score before you begin
a new game and both players should agree. 
High school scoring is the no-add scoring system. 
First person or team to win 4 points wins the game. 
 
Line Calls:
If you can't make the call of out,
then the point is for your opponent.
 
The line is not out. If the ball lands on the line,
 it is a good shot. 
 Make your call of out loud and reinforce this by raising your hand.
If your opponent misses a call, you may ask  "Are you Sure?".
 If they say yes, then forget it and move on to the next point. 
 One bad call should not cost you the match.
 
Tennis Coaching Tips
during the match usually  will not help you.  
Usually, your game is not fixable during a match. 
 Improvement comes from summer tennis tournaments
 and private tennis lessons and a work hard ethic,
 along with  hitting  a lot of balls on a daily basis. 
 Tennis improvement  also includes playing
competition matches and sets about 4 days per week,
running 3 miles daily, running 10---40 yard sprints
 every other day, and weight training.  
 If you are in good condition,
sometimes you can defeat a stronger opponent
just by getting the ball back over the net
and waiting for your opponent to mess up.........
 
Tennis is an individual sport where you may practice at any time without the coach being present. 
 
 
Home matches begin at ( 3:30or 4:00) pm.. 
 However, everyone on the team should be
 available to play anytime between 3 pm and 7 pm.
  We try to let  a player play early for one home
match and then rotate and let that player play late.
We usually play doubles first..  All players should obtain
an approximate time of their matches at 1st Break  (9:40 am)
 on match day. All players should find out
if they are playing on the day of match during first break.
 
NOTE:  ONLY the TOP 6 Positions play against other schools. 
 
High School team matches in Alabama include: 
six singles matches and three doubles matches.
We play matches at home by splitting the courts-
----2 courts for girls matches and 2 courts for boys matches.
In past years, we have lineup set by Feb. 20. 
We begin with round robin matches against team members. 
If you don't like your position,
 then you must defeat 2 players above you, twice;
with the last match observed by the coaching staff. 
 Once the season begins, the lineup remains
about the same except for sickness.  
 
Practice...
..Varsity Practice is everyday when weather permits.
at least 45 degrees and no moisture on courts
Check with Coach G at the courts  to be sure   668-2513
7th period and immediately after school
(check with coach to see if there will be team practice).
 Varsity Team Practice is Wednesday's  2:00---4:00
 (check with coach to make sure there is practice)
 
Usually, we practice doubles during 7th Period. 
We play some singles matches 7th and immediately
 after school.  We have the ball machine available for one court. 
 In order for you to hit on ball machine,
 you must pick up the balls before you hit. 
Due to weather, check with Coach G  668-2513 to see
 if there will be organized practice.
Playing a set against one of your team members
is usually more productive than just hitting balls back
and forth with little effort.
 
Hitting on the Ball Machine should be a priority on match day. 
(Just work on your strokes and feet preparation.  
 When you are having problems in a match
 it is usually foot movement..........)
 
(Once the season begins,
very little tennis instruction is done during practice time.
We play matches of 8 game pro sets against each other. 
The best time to obtain tennis lessons
 and instruction is summertime.)  
See local shoals area tennis professionals!!!!!! 
  Prices vary but begin at about $40/hour
Bob Kresse-Florence  Courthouse Racket Club  
Tim Holmes-Muscle Shoals  Cypress Lakes Country Club 
 
Phil Clayborne-Killen  Turtle Point Yacht and Country Club
Corinth, Miss and Tupelo Mississippi Country Club
Jack Dugan--Russellville
Pam Skidmore--Russellville
Missy Thompson--Muscle Shoals
 
Temperature must be 48 degrees and not raining. 
 We practice many days even though it rained earlier in the day.
  Organized J.V. Practice is usually from 3 til 4 on Wed.  
(please check with coach each Wed)
 
All varsity players should play a set
against someone or doubles teams everyday. 
Of course, this may or may  not be observed by the coaches.
 
Tennis is an individual sport where you may practice at any time without the coach being present. 
 
 Pick you a partner to play against or pick a
doubles partner and play another doubles team.  Coach G
 
Match Day Reminder 
Do not check out on match day.  Bring your stuff
 
 
 
Coaching comments about other schools 
should not be taken very seriously.
My former experience of playing college tennis
 and usta statewide tennis tournaments has given me
a very high standard for tennis. 
Don't take my comments of the other schools players negatively.
  Some of my comments are in jest or sarcasm. 
I will tell you what you need to work on.  I feel one of my better coaching attributes in coaching 30 years,
 is recognizing the best players and identifying their weaknesses.
Consistent  work habits  and "  competiveness spirit" usually takes several months to develop and sometimes several years. 
 
 Qualifying for the State Tornament is our goal
 every year. To qualify, you must put in your time on the court.
 
You must play against someone several days a week.
 Playing a set and keeping score.  You should play this set
 just like a regular match against another school
 to help you be at ease during all matches. 
Don't clown around during practice matches
as this leads to nervousness during real matches. 
 
We try to play  j.v. matches each year for the younger players.   J.V. players should try to play tennis during their regular P.E. times...............
 
Uniforms:  shorts, t-shirt, dresses, tights, shoes
All players must pay for team t-shirt, jackets,
dresses, before they are ordered. 
Order date is Feb. 1.  We strive for all players
 to have the same shoes but this is not mandatory.  
 During our Spring  Krispy Kreme Fundraiser, we usually have two team meetings. 
 During these meetings,  all players should sign uniform sheet for proper sizes of jacket, t-shirt, shorts, dresses, shoes, etc.
 
Travel to Away Matches
We usually travel by bus to away matches or by coach's car 
including sectional and state matches.
The travel team list is posted  at break on away matches.
Check with coach for lineup on match day.
Only 6 players will play unless opposing team has extra players.
Only about 6 or 7 boys  play away matches. 
 If you are not in the top 8,
 you are not required to travel for away matches. 
  Also,  your parent/guardian must be present
at away matches to sign you out from riding bus home.