Players turning out for the boy's tennis team must be able to return a ball from the baseline, serve from the baseline, and keep score. All players are encouraged to have taken lessons before turning out for the team. Proper grips on Forehands, Backhands, and serves are expected.
The fall season starts on August 23rd. Practice times are as follows:
August 23-24th 3:30-5:30
Starting on August 25th:
JV 5:15- 6:45
- Three team rules
- Attendance Policy
- Core Covenants
- Code of Respect
- Lettering Criteria
- PARENT PAGE
- Challenge match procedures
- Tennis Checklist
Tennis Attendance Policy
1) All players are expected to be at all practices for the duration of the practice. (WIAA)
2) All players are expected to remain at all matches until the match is completed (unless prior arrangements have been made with the respective coach.) No exceptions will be made for music lessons, SAT prep classes, homework load, etc. This applies to rescheduled matches as well. Remember, tennis is a voluntary activity. We are a team not a group of individuals, so let’s work on encouraging all the team members so we can be a united team.
3) Being late will result in extra pushups/facility clean-up.
4) Being late a second time will result in a practice/match suspension.
5) Being late a third time will result in a one-week suspension from all team activities and possible suspension from the team.
6) An unexcused practice absence will result in a one match suspension, (player not allowed to attend match) An unexcused absence is any absence where the coaching staff is not notified ahead of time.
7) An unexcused absence from a match will result in a one-week suspension from all team activities.
8) Two unexcused absences will be grounds for dismissal from the team.
9) Notify coaching staff in advance (at practice or by email) if you know you are going to be late to practice or if you have to miss a practice or a match.
10) Coaches’ advice: To be early is to be on time, to be on time is to be late.
Practice/ Match Schedule
1) After tryouts are completed, practices will be on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Varsity practice time is from 3:30-5:30, JV practice is from 5:30- 6:45. Saturday practice TBD.
2) In case of rain, practice time may be adjusted.
3) All matches are typically on Tuesday and Thursday starting at 3:30
4) If there is a rain-out, matches will be made up the next available day, (so clear your schedule for the entire season)
5) If a match is rained out, we will still have practice.
6) The only reason we would not have practice is if there was no school that day.
* Can take correction as a compliment.
* Consistently seeking new information.
* Attentive and eager to learn.
* Having a great attitude.
· The ability to put the team ahead of yourself in every decision.
· Accept and fulfill a role anywhere on the team.
· Truthful, honorable, and genuine.
· Being worthy of respect.
· Your word is good.
· Adjust actions to meet principles. How do you conduct yourself?
· Accept and embrace discipline for the benefit of the team.
· Self- control on and off the court. Reacts correctly even when others do not.
· Focused attention and effort.
· Ability to start own engine.
· Inner strength to be able to control emotional responses under pressure.
· Use emotion and energy to make yourself tougher, not to give opponent strength.
· Nothing can happen that will break your spirit, stay confident and neutral.
· Learn to recover quickly.
· “Feed the good wolf.”
CLARITY OF PURPOSE STATEMENT:
1. Work and scheduled events should not interfere with practice and/or matches. (Allow for rainouts and make-ups.)
2. No unexcused absences! Attend all practices and matches except in the case of illness or family emergency. (Faith, family, tennis) Absences from school/practice will affect athlete playing time and ladder position. Athletes must notify the coach if they are going to be absent. Academic conditions will be taken into consideration. Absences impact both the individual and the team. If a player misses practice before game day, their ladder position will be affected. Tennis practice and matches take priority over all other extracurricular activities, which include other sport teams practices/lessons (WIAA). See additional attendance document.
3. Team selections are made during the first week of practice. This is done through match play, skills assessment, and coach’s evaluation.
4. Be to Practice on time! If an athlete is late, they must see the coach immediately upon arriving to practice. Practice times: Varsity 3:30-5:30, JV 5:30-6:45 M-F, Saturday TBD
5. Appropriate language and behavior will be a part of our team during practices, matches and bus trips. The use of profanity is unacceptable. The first-time profanity is heard, a warning will be issued. Subsequent uses of profanity will result in removal of practice and may ultimately involve removal from the team.
6. Good sportsmanship is always expected, win, or lose.
7. Be COACHABLE! Remember your attitude Makes the difference.
8. Be committed to OUR TEAM for the entire season, including the season ending Kingco Tournament for varsity players and team banquet.
9. AS A TEAM we ride the bus to and from our matches. (No separate vehicles unless approved in advance by the coaching staff. This is the exception, not the rule)
10. Team uniform’s must be worn during matches. No uniform, no participation in that match.
11. AS A TEAM we will support and encourage all matches to completion.
12. AS A TEAM we will live out our Core Covenants.
Violations of these standards will result in consequences/sanctions for the individual involved.
Student Signature __________________________
Parent Signature ____________________________
Code of Respect
The essence of good discipline is: RESPECT
Respect for Authority: Means to listen to the coaches and others in a position of leadership. Be coachable and willing to listen to advice about your game or about yourself as a person.
Respect for Others: Means to respect other players on our courts as well as opponents’ courts. Do not talk bad about others or engage in gossip. Do not cheat with your score in practice or during a match.
Respect for Self: Means no negative self- talk. Do not cut yourself or your abilities down. Do not demean your self or talk to yourself in a manner that you would not want others to do. Be aware and proud of your strengths. Feed the good wolf.
Respect for Rules: Means to know and live out the standards of the Bothell Tennis Team. Do not look for ways to undermine or avoid the standards. Accept responsibility for your own actions and do not blame others for your mistakes.
Standards for practice:
No racket throwing
No smashing a ball in frustration
No "head hunting"...coaches are the judge
No talking during demos
No disrespecting coaches
No tanking a drill (poor effort)
1st offense: verbal warning and/or 50 pushups
2nd offense: sit out of practice for 30 minutes
3rd offense: done for rest of practice
4th offense: done for season
If you reach the second offense level-
Parents automatically get an email or call.
CLARITY OF PURPOSE STATEMENT:
Athletes on the Varsity team must meet at least two of the following criteria to earn a letter; athletes on the JV team must meet at least three of the following criteria to earn a letter:
1. Players must compete in at least 2 varsity division counting matches.
2. Players must maintain a 3.4 G.P.A. or above for the entire season.
3. Players must have participated on the Bothell High tennis JV or Varsity team for four consecutive years.
4. Players must hold a leadership position on the Varsity or JV team.
5. Players must score at least 24 points in counting matches during the regular season at the Varsity or JV level. Points are awarded as follows.
4 points for a win
2 points for a loss in three sets
1 point for a loss in two sets
4 points for a win
1 point for a loss
I understand these criteria.
Athlete Signed____________________________ Date_______
I want to share with you some thoughts from Bruce Brown concerning the role of Parents in Athletics. Bruce is a national speaker who speaks to thousands of athletes and parents every year. I hope this is helpful.
According to Bruce, there are three times where we can help our child’s performance and create great memories.
1. Before the match
2. During the match
3. After the match
Before the first match
Ask yourself the following questions:
· Why do I want my child to play this sport?
· What goals do I have for him/her?
· If there are roles, what role do I want them to play?
· How will I decide if it’s a successful season?
Then ask your athlete the same questions.
· Why are you playing?
· What goals do you have?
· What do you think your role will be on the team?
· What is a successful season?
If your child’s answers are the same as yours, then great, support your child. If your child’s answers differ from yours, then drop your goals and accept theirs.
Here are Bruce’s recommendations--
During the match:
1. Be there. However, if you have been to every practice and game/match since they were four, don’t go sometimes and see what your child wants to bring back to you.
2. Model appropriate behavior. Bruce videotaped himself early in his coaching career and found that what he thought of as intensity came off as scary ugly! He reformed. To develop kids who will be poised and confident under pressure, we must model the same.
3. One instructional voice. This needs to be the voice of the coach. Kids find it very confusing when they hear multiple people. Encouraging voices are OK.
4. Focus on the team. Not just on your son/daughter.
5. Choose one role. There are four roles- player, coach, spectator and official. Everybody gets to choose one.
After the game:
When kids are asked about bad memories from athletics, the most consistent answer is the car ride home with mom and/or dad after the game.
Here’s how to make that car ride home a positive one.
· Save your analysis. Don’t analyze their play, the official, their teammates, the coaching, the conditions, etc.
· Give your athlete time and space. Kids need time and space to recover. Some need an hour, others a week.
· Be a confidence builder and not a confidence cutter. What can you say? Things like:
o I love watching you play.
o I love watching you be part of a team.
o I love how you’re such a great encourager of your teammates.
CLARITY OF PURPOSE STATEMENT:
Challenge matches begin once the J.V. and Varsity ladders are completed.
Challenge matches are set up by players and coaches’ discretion. Players must inform coaches if they want to challenge.
Coaches can set challenges up between players at any time.
Challenge matches take place on the weekends and or after practice. This is based on court availability.
Challenge matches on the J.V. team consist of one pro set with no AD.
Challenge matches on the varsity team consist of two out of 3 sets with no ad. Coaches can adapt scoring based on time and court availability.
Top two singles J.V. players, as well as top J.V. doubles team can challenge # 4 and #3 varsity doubles teams. They must challenge as a doubles team.
To challenge top 4 varsity singles players, you must be in the #1 varsity doubles position.
Challenges must be accepted within two playable days of challenge being made, or player defaults their position.
Once you have completed your challenge, you have the opportunity of three playable days to challenge before you are re-challenged.
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Extra tennis racquet
Extra pair of socks/ clothes
Pay to participate/ASB