Welcome to the Team! We are so glad you are part of it! When you choose to participate on the Husky Tennis Team you understand that you are bound to these expectations. These expectations were created to ensure that all players take their role on the team seriously and are committed to the team. While special circumstances may arise, unless arrangements are made IN ADVANCE, exceptions will not be made.
Every member of the HHS Varsity Husky Tennis Team is required to attend AND is expected to stay until the completion of all events:
NOTE: If after an injury you are not cleared to play by the Athletic Trainer you should still come to practices and matches to listen and learn, and help where you can.
Appointments and conflicts
Players should do their best to arrange appointments outside of practice time. The expectation is that all players practice with the team even if you have a private coach. Any conflicts regarding practices or matches must be resolved PRIOR to the day of practice or the match.
Players should be at ALL practices and matches unless absent from school that day due to illness or a prearranged absence. Students need to be physically prepared for their matches. If a practice is missed the student may have to give up their spot on the ladder for the next match depending on the situation and coaches discretion. This is regardless of whether the absence is excused or unexcused.
What to expect during the Tennis Season
If we have an after- school match, we typically finish around 5:30 or 6pm but with some AWAY matches we may not get back until 7:00 P.M. Please plan for this in your schedule.
In a typical conference season, we play two matches with every school in our district, and we may play a couple of scrimmages and non conferance matches. We win or lose as a team so we start together and we finish together, please don't ask to leave just because your court is done but teammates are still playing. A team tennis match consists of six singles and three doubles matches. The victor must win the majority of the matches. It takes a minimum of 6 players to play a match.
The number one player may not win his or her match, but if the team wins everyone on the team wins. The number 6 player is therefore just as important as the number 1 player. This is the great aspect of team tennis.
It is important that all players be available and ready to participate. For example, if our number 2 player is missing, then our number 3 player moves up to the number 2 spot and competes against the other team’s number 2 player and it puts our whole team at a disadvantage as the other singles players have to move up one spot as well. Matches go onto the court according to the Team Ranking (Coach may change line up based on his discretion) with singles played first. It can take over three hours to finish an ‘away' team tennis match. Players must wear TEAM uniforms for all matches and tournaments. I you are not wearing the TEAM uniform you may not play and have to give up your spot. Only one uniform is required but you have the option to purchase more than one if desired. Past season uniforms may be worn in practice but not matches unless it is the exact same uniform.
Unlike other sports there is no substitution in tennis once a match has started. A player who is injured or is playing poorly either defaults or tries to win the match. Coaching is only allowed during the 90 second break between change of ends (Not after 1st game) or the ten minute break between split sets. No one, but the designated school coach, may coach a player in a tennis match. Relatives or friends are not allowed to coach. Please make sure your words of encouragement during a match are not 'coaching in disguise'! Your child will get confused, feel unnecessary pressure from you, and could get penalized.
Being a Valued Member of the Team
We have high expectations for all Husky tennis team participants. Your actions will affect your teammates and your membership on the team.
You must work hard and long to develop your tennis abilities and there is no substitution for hard work and many hours of dedication. All positions on the team and the line up are based on merit. Everyone has an equal chance to earn a spot.
During the off season the hard work should not end. You are encouraged to work on your tennis skills year round by taking lessons, classes, clinics, privates, camps, drilling with friends, and/or playing tournaments. If you do not work on tennis outside of the tennis season you will fall behind other players on the team or other teams who are engaging in these activities.
Players who make varsity are expected to be ready to play whenever they are asked to play. This means that tennis is expected to become priority during the season and some personal sacrifice might be needed. To recap:
What Should you bring to practice and matches?
The weather can do just about anything. Please be prepared for the conditions. In addition to the items that you would normally bring, the below items are highly recommended: