Same NCC student conduct standards apply for NCC High School Athletics Participants. Students deemed ineligible for grades will not travel or participate in Tennis activities until deemed eligible.
Whether you play Tennis full time or you’re looking to learn how to play – ALL SKILL LEVELS ARE WELCOME. Regardless of skill level, we expect you to come ready to work hard. Tennis is one of the most physically taxing sports when played at a high level. We will push everyone to become the best Tennis player they possibly can. We want to not only have a competitive Tennis program, but also develop Tennis players for life.
We recognize that for some, Tennis might not be their primary sport. That is perfectly fine. However, if you are taking up Tennis to avoid off-season conditioning, you may be disappointed. Our Tennis practices won’t be leisurely. We will apply the same level of instruction and intensity that NCC’s primary sports (Basketball, Football, Volleyball, etc.). As a matter of fact, Tennis Training will quite possibly be the best thing you can do to improve your footwork, quickness, hand-eye coordination, endurance, and explosiveness. If you are in – you need to be ALL IN.
We promise, that if you you do these things on a consistent basis, you will get the same coaching intensity from us no matter what your skill level.
All player positions – 1st Singles, 2nd Singles, 1st Doubles etc. will be determined by the Head Coach. There will be a challenge ladder with ranking(s) posted weekly for each player. Once per week, EVERY player will be expected to compete in one challenge match.
All players are expected to have their own transportation to and from matches. Coaches will try to provide rides whenever possible.
All Tennis Players are expected to adhere to the following Etiquette Standards:
• Talk quietly when standing near tennis courts that are in use
• Never walk behind a court when a point is still in play. Wait until the point is over and then cross as quickly as possible
• Never criticize your partner. You are working as a team and it may well have been your previous shot that lead to your partner’s mistake
• Offer encouragement. Talk to your partner about what’s not working and discuss what other options you can try
• Always play within the rules
• Work at achieving your personal best play
• Enjoy yourself on the court. You may not win every time – make sure your behavior allows your fellow players to enjoy their game, too. Keep your language polite and controlled
• Always shake your partner’s and opponent’s hand(s) at the end of the match
• Be a gracious winner or a dignified loser
• At the beginning of the match spin your racket, or toss a coin, to determine who serves first. If you win the toss, the choice is yours. You may choose to serve first, to receive first or to pick which end of the court you wish to start (you may also make your opponent choose first)
• Make sure your opposition is ready before you begin to serve
• If there is no score board, the server must announce the game score at the start of each game
• The server must announce the score at the start of each point
• The server must make sure their point announcement is loud enough to be heard by the opposition
• If the receiver cannot hear the server’s announcement of the score, they must ask the server to speak louder. Don’t wait until the server believes they have won the game to try to reconstruct the scoring point by point
• If you’re not sure whether your opponent’s shot is in or out… it’s in!
• Try not to return a first serve that is clearly out as your opponent won’t be sure why you’re not calling it out. With a fast serve it’s often hard for the receiver to determine whether a serve is in or out and you must give the server the benefit of the doubt. However, if you can see that you have confused your opponent by playing an ‘out ball’, offer to replay the point.
• In doubles you should avoid calling balls wide when they land near the far sideline – unless the call is obvious and your partner was somehow hindered from seeing the ball land.
• If you are the receiver, and your partner is on or near the service line at the start of a point, your partner has the best view of whether a serve is in or long. You can make a call if they don’t but always defer to their judgment.
• Make sure you call “out” when the ball is clearly out. You can also use hand signal of a raised finger if the ball is out but still make sure you verbalize the call (NB a flat hand with the palmdown determines an “in” ball).
• If the ball lands on the line this is “in” and so you say nothing and play on.