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  • First practice for the spring 2020 boys tennis season is March 2nd- 3pm at RHS tennis courts. If rain or cold weather (generally under 40 degrees is considered cold for us), we may be inside. Check my door (Coach V- Room 332) or Coach Smashey's if we are inside. On inside days, we will meet at Room 326 (Coach Smashey's). We will do open courts prior to then in mid/late November and then back up again in February. We will post signs around school to update everyone. 

     

    In order to practice- If you have not turned in a physical this year or last year (2018-2019). See link: Physical Link. Also, in order to practice, ALL players must turn in a pre-participation form during the 2019-2020 school year. See Link:Pre-Participation Form Link. Bring all needed paperwork to the first practice (unless already turned in previously).

     

    Bring a racquet (can borrow one if needed on 1st day), athletic clothes, and tennis shoes.  When purchasing shoes, make sure they are tennis shoes and not running shoes (they do not work well on the courts)- best choice to find them is online: Amazon, Tennis Warehouse, Tennis Express, etc... If on Amazon, just make sure they are tennis shoes- for tennis- and not listed as tennis shoes in the generic sense for just regular shoes.  Running shoes are not made for side-by-side movement, mark up the courts, and wear out fast- so not recommended, but are ok for the first few days. When buying a racquet, the recommended price range for new to intermediate players is approximately $50-99 (available at Academy and online). A $20 racquet would be ok at first for a brand new player, but players will typically outgrow it in skill after a few weeks. 

     

    No prior experience is needed to play. If you have a good attitude/some athletic ability, we can teach you the fundamentals needed to be a good player. While athletic ability varies, it is mandatory that you have a positive work ethic/attitude. We will cut a player if he does not exhibit consistent effort during practice and/or is disruptive to team activities/morale. We will also monitor grades of players and potentially sit players if they need to focus more attention on school. Also, all players must be enrolled in at least 3 credits to participate (partial homeschool can possibly be ok- check with the AD). We will practice every day after school and some Saturdays. Typically, we play 3-4 times per week- once the match play season starts. 

     

    Let a coach know if you have any questions. Email: dan.vales@republicschools.org  Thank you, 

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