The following information is about 2016 tennis tryouts and expectations. Please read all of the information so you are informed.
The girls tennis season is just around the corner. Tryouts start Monday February 29th at 3:15 at the Arvada Tennis Center (ATC) which is located at 6430 Miller St. If you need a ride let me know so we can make arrangements for those who don’t drive to hook up with an upper classman who does drive to get you over there. You’ll need to meet in the student parking lot so you can be picked up, but I’ll need to know who to tell the drivers to look for. After Monday we will be using both the ATC and AW courts for challenge matches and you will be told where to go after Monday as groups will be divided up.
Tryouts will be for 1.5 weeks including the first Saturday March 5th all day. Please keep your schedule open on that day. I know there is a cheer/pom trip thru 2/29 and Deca 3/3-3/6. Please confirm with me if these affect or if there is another school function that is occurring during tryouts so challenge matches can be planned accordingly.
Tennis camps are going on now on Saturdays from 1-3 at the Arvada West courts. Cost is $10. I send out a reminder email and text to find out who is planning on coming. If you are interested in being on the team please contact me with your email and cell number so I can get you on the list or you can just come the next 2 Saturdays, February 20th and 27th. Camp is a good time to brush up on your strokes, get back in the grove and make sure you are familiar with match play.
In order to be able to tryout you MUST have your paperwork turned in to the Athletic Office by Friday February 26th. This includes your:
1. Current Physical
2. Parent Permission Form/Emergency Card – you will bring me one of the yellow emergency cards with a smiley face on it from Bruna on Monday Feb. 29th to the ATC.
3. Participation Fee: $150
These 3 requirements must be handed into the athletic office per Jeffco rules. I must have your yellow emergency card with the smiley face or you CANNOT tryout until I do.
Tryouts are based on a challenge match system. Tennis players will play a series of challenge matches versus other girls, either in doubles or singles format.
The outcome of those matches will form what we call a “ladder”. You can move up or down at any time depending on our challenge match results or attendance. The ladder is fluid until the coaches decide to set the teams. This usually happens after the 2nd week.
Coaches are expected to put the best TEAM on the court, so this means we may need to make decisions based on other variables such as compatibility, attitude, commitment and skill when determining who plays at which position or with a certain partner (in doubles).
Monday February 29th I will gather all emergency cards and then we will be warming up/reviewing of strokes, doing drills and games and be divided into groups for the following days. Tuesday 3/1 and every day that follows until the teams are formed, come to practice ready to play a match or two. Your attendance is crucial and communication is key. If you do not think you are going to be at a tryout day in the first 2 weeks… you MUST text Coach Crystal Messer no later than noon that day at 303-638-8131.
We will have 2 teams:
Varsity – 11 athletes (3 singles/4 doubles teams
JV – the remaining athletes (all doubles teams)
Coaches reserve the right to change challenge match formats at any time if warranted. Top 8 will most likely challenge for singles and the rest will do rotating doubles matches to set the ladder, weather/time permitting. If you would like to challenge a player for a spot, talk to Coach Crystal and it will be looked into. Remember we only have a week and a half before matches start on Thursday March 10th so this is a quick process so not every request may be accommodated.
Arvada West Girls’ Tennis Athlete/Parent/Coach Contract
(Please read this form as we will be going over it at the Mandatory Parent/Athlete Meeting on Monday March 7th at 6 pm in the library at AW.)
The foundation of our program is based on the following cornerstones: Fair Play, Sportsmanship, Citizenship, Competitiveness, Academics, Leadership and Participation. It is the focus to these cornerstones that all of us work together to achieve success. Athletes and their parent/guardian are expected to follow these in order to be a member of the AWHS tennis team.
Code of Conduct: Athletes are held to the Jefferson County Public Schools code of Conduct regulations, and those regulations extend to student athletes. Athletes and Parents are reminded that student athletes are on “contract” during the entire school year, on and off campus.
Citizenship: Athletes that receive a “citizenship” complaint will be required to write a statement of the behavior that precipitated the complaint from the staff member, get a signature from the aforementioned staff member agreeing to the behavior exhibited by the student, a signature from a parent therefore notifying the parent of the behavior of the student (and hopefully a parent phone call to the complaining teacher), and a return of the said document to a coach. Until the full process is completed, the athlete involved will not be allowed to participate in practice or matches.
Academics: Academic performance is the first priority for all players. Each player must meet the academic standards and eligibility requirements set by the school district. As an out of building coach I receive updates via email regarding academic standings. Two failing grades during any reporting period constitute ineligibility for the following week. Until at least one failing grade has been removed (if you have 2), with proof being brought to the coach by Monday afternoon on the orange progress report signed by the teacher that the grade is passing and the athlete will not be allowed to play that week, though attending practice is still expected.
Practice/Function Attendance: Athletes are expected to be at ALL practice sessions and team functions during the season. Athletes can be excused from practice or a team function if the absence is related to an academic field trip/meeting, AW extracurricular activity or if they are ill. Homework does not fall into the excused absence category as all students have homework during the season. We feel that being a part of an athletic team helps student/athletes develop time management skills that will be valuable as they move on in life. We use the honor system when dealing with illnesses. If athletes are going to be late to or miss a practice, they should notify the coaches as soon as possible. We understand there may be circumstances that are out of your control, however excessive and unexcused tardiness will result in the removal from a match or possible removal from the team. An unexcused absence from practice will result in the athlete not being able to play in the next scheduled match. Three unexcused absences will result in removal from the team. We ask that parents avoid if possible, scheduling any appointments during practice or match days.
Match Attendance/Requirements: Athletes must attend 3 classes on the day of a match or they will not be allowed to play in the match that day. Athletes are also expected to remain at the match or tournament until the last team member has stepped off the court. Athletes must wear required uniform on match day and AW related gear over uniform if weather requires.
Sportsmanship: Unsportsmanlike conduct will not be tolerated. This includes racquet or ball abuse, profane language, trash talk and taunting, cheating, stalling, faking injury, pouting and insubordination to the coaching staff, umpires and other coaches, tournament directors and parents. If any of the above are observed, the athlete will receive a point penalty from the coaching staff. A second offense and an athlete will lose a game. If a third reprimand is required the athlete will be removed from the match and the match defaulted. We understand that matches/opponents/situation can sometimes be frustrating and we can be pushed to the limit. It is here that we ask each athlete to rise above the negative emotion, recognizing that we can only control our own actions and emotions, and do our best to maintain self control.
Communication: Athletes are expected to communicate with their coach in the even of any schedule change, absence or issue. Texting is the preferred method, but phone calls or emails are also welcome. There are 4 methods in which athletes can receive information on the day of the event. 1. Athletic office window . 2. School/Team website. 3. Text from their team captain. 4. Text from the coach (then call or email). It is the athlete’s responsibility to let parents know of any changes to the practice or match schedule/locations ASAP. Parents may be coming from work, so respect their time/schedule and let them know as soon as possible should something change. A coach will try to send out a parent email if possible for any major changes.
Support: Parents are expected to support their athlete in a positive manner, being a role model of good sportsmanship and fair play. We ask that as soon as your athlete exits the court, be the one they can turn to for a high five or if needed a shoulder to lean on. Please allow the coaches to do the coaching and match analysis. After a loss, please give your athlete time to gather her emotions and wait for them to come to you for advice.
Sportsmanship: Parents are expected to abide by the classic tennis sportsmanship rules. These would include:
-Cheering/applauding only when your athlete hits a winner or plays a great point.
-Congratulating your athletes opponent and parent(s) (win or lose) on a match well played.
– Not making exaggerated audible noises, negative body language, or any other reaction to a suspected poor call, opponent behavior, missed shot by your own athlete, or behavior by an opponent’s coach, parent or supporter.
If you witness poor sportsmanship from another team (including fans, parents, coaches) please let a coach know and we can address it. Parents of AW Tennis players are expected to conduct themselves to a standard of sportsmanship above that of our opponents in league, region and state. Parents or supporters can be removed from an event if necessary.
Respect: Parents are expected to treat the coaching staff, school administrative team, officials and tournament directors with respect. We ask that parents do not approach other coaches, directors or officials with concerns. Please let your respective coach know and we can address any concerns you may have.
Communication: Parents are expected to understand these policies and procedures are established to maintain an equitable experience for all who participate in the program. Please encourage your player to ask questions of the coach if there is a concern. This experience should help them grow as much off the court as on and the experience of addressing an issue directly with an adult will be a positive learning experience. We would prefer to hear from the athlete first before being contacted by a parent. However we do have an open communication policy, co if there is something you would like to discuss with a coach, fell free to email us. We ask that you do not address any issue before or during a match, as we will be focused on the match and cannot afford to miss any key coaching moments with the players.
Patience and Understanding: Parents are expected to understand that acts of nature (that of god and Human nature) play a role in practice and matches. Parents are expected to exercise patience in consideration with with the weather, rescheduling of matches, dual match sites, the irresponsibility or disorganization of other programs and other issues outside of the coaching staff’s immediate control. We ask that you avoid scheduling events on open Saturdays or practice days, as we may need to make up matches on those open days.
Priorities: Coaches are expected to emphasize academics, sportsmanship, competitiveness, citizenship, and ethics to athletes in the tennis program.
Communication: Coaches are expected to communicate clearly with parents and supports about policies, procedures, practice and match times and travel plans. Coaches are expected to communicate clearly with athletes about practices, matches, policies and procedures and expectations. Athletes may receive a text from a captain or a coach about changes to the schedule. Due to Colorado’s changing weather, we wait until about 2 pm most days to make the all on matches. If there is no practice outside, we will condition inside. Coaches will also have an open communication policy, in which an athlete can voice their opinion/thoughts on any tennis matter. Coaches will not punish an athlete for their opinions.
Representation: Coaches are expected to represent their athletes/team in coaches meetings and seeding meetings.
Honesty: Coaches are expected to be honest with the athlete and parent in regards to the potential of the athlete.
Standards: Coaches are expected to lead by example in regards to sportmansship, citizenship, leadership and ethics.
Well Being: Coaches are expected to make decisions in the best interest of their athletes well being, in regards to their safety, their health, their education and their development as well rounded, worldly individuals.
Looking forward to a great season – GO Lady Wildcats!
If you have any questions please email Coach Crystal Messer @ firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text @ 303-638-8131.