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Deadline to Register a TEAM is Oct 31, 2017
Players can register as a team with friends or as individuals and we will do our best to put you on a team.
This page is dedicated to the elephant in the room. American Tennis is in trouble and the pipeline does not seem to be filled with the next wave of American champions. But what does this mean for our players in the Dewitt Tennis Center program here in Holland, MI?
Did you know that the USTA actually spent millions of dollars trying to determine why the US has declined so much on the world stage? The good news is that they figured out the problem. After studying many countries from all over the Globe there was one definitive difference that stood out as missing in the training regimens of American junior players…
What was it? Match Play. That’s right, the study showed that for every ONE set of actual tennis match play an American junior played, his counterpart in other countries plays 5-6 sets! Case closed right?
Maybe not, you see the US tennis market has evolved into a lesson taking society versus a tennis playing society. A disproportionate amount of American juniors struggle with learning the way to compete and win. The study proved that US players take more clinics, more private lessons, and buy much more equipment, but the real problem is lack of match play. Most clubs (ours included) have a clientele that finds lesson taking (drills) so convenient that families have concluded that taking more and more lessons will make their child better. But it will not... At the end of the day, our junior players need to Play and Compete. Only this will help them become better & tougher competitors on the court.
The Ramifications... This lack of match play often leads to a player being very nervous when they play. They simply are not used to playing when the scoreboard is turned on. This is why so many players feel like they always play better in practice than in a match. As parents, we also struggle as we watch our own kids playing poorly and not to the level they are capable of.
Our Strategy… For years our club has been trying to address this dilemma with limited results. Many families have decided they can only commit to one day of tennis and that is it. These are the same families that would never consider putting their child in soccer, swimming, T-ball or any other sport where all they do is only practice. One day a week is not enough to get better at anything. Piano, band, sports, all require at least a 2 day per week commitment to see any significant improvement. The following are our initiatives to increase Play amongst our juniors:
1) Play within classes: Since session 1 (Sept-Oct) and session 4 (Mar-May) are smaller because some of our players are in HS season, we will restructure our clinics to include point play and match right inside the class. This is possible (on most days) because the weather allows us to play outside during those months.
2) Junior Team Tennis: Back Again this Year - For sessions 2 and 3 (Oct-Mar), our goal is to put all of our lesson participants into a weekly match play using the Junior Team Tennis format. Our club has committed to paying the registration fee for every player that wants to be involved so that the only expense they have to add a second day a week is a nominal court fee that occurs only when they play a match. Join us at the parent info meetings on either of the dates below: All meetings are at the DeWitt Tennis Center.
3) Player Registration: Players can register as a team with friends or as individuals and we will do our best to put you on a team.
4) Parents meetings: about JTT are scheduled on Mon Oct 23, 2017, at 6 pm OR Wed Oct 25, 2017, at 6 pm
To register for a Parent Info Meeting - Click Here
Deadline to Register a TEAM is Oct 31, 2017
Important: this year players must create their own USTA account, the league cannot do it for you.
Please read the info below carefully so you can register correctly.
1. Does your child already have a USTA Number or Account Number? ...If YES, skip to Step 4... if NO, skip to step 2
2. If your child is 14 and over, go HERE... If NOT, go to Step 3
3. Create a parent account first then a child account... see how HERE
4. Register a PLAYER for the League by filling out the form HERE
5. Get General info HERE
6. Enter a TEAM HERE
(NOTE: this year players must create their own USTA account, the league cannot do it for you)
Because this is a USTA district program, we cannot see who has registered so far. Please direct any questions you have about registrations to... Emily Fink at firstname.lastname@example.org (cut and paste to email her)
Matches could be scheduled at the following times:
Fridays from 4-6 pm OR 6-8 pm (Friday play will NOT happen between Jan-Mar)
Saturdays from 3-5 pm OR 5-7 pm OR 7-9 pm
Sundays from 4-6 pm OR 6-8- pm
Schedules will come out in advance so captains can recruit players for the days and times that they play.