Our goal with the jr tennis program at FLCC is to improve our players not only as tennis players but also as individuals. The challenge ladder has several goals in itself. First, we are trying to encourage our players to play a lot of matches. There is no better way to improve your match play than to actually play a lot of matches. We believe that 50% of the time players spend on court should be spent playing matches. It really is the best way to improve the mental game. Second, we are using the challenge ladder to provide a fair way of deciding which players get to play in Interclub finals. As long as all players satisfy the minimum requirements they are all equal in our eyes. The top players in each age group will get to play in finals. We plan on using as many players as possible in our finals lineup. We believe it is more important to spread the fun and experience out among more players than it is to try and stack the lineup and win the tournament.
We have certain expectations of our players during the challenge match process. Players are expected to treat other players with respect, dignity, and maintain good sportsmanship. This means accepting and playing all challenge matches, trying your best, and accepting the outcome, no matter the result. Challenge ladder match play is a learning tool for players as well. Sometimes outside and uncontrollable circumstances that may effect your level of play. Part of being a good tennis player is realizing every time you step on the court you are not going to have your "A game". Being able to fight through it, or move past it if you lose, without complaining or making excuses is a huge part of becoming not only a better player but also a better person. Losing is a part of the game and players need to learn losing is a good thing. They also need to learn how to lose graciously and use the loss as motivation.
If the challenge ladder is to run smooth and fairly players need to follow the rules. Players should understand that if they don't follow the rules they will be dealt with accordingly and at the coaches discretion. Dodging challenge matches will not be tolerated and if the coach believes a player is dodging they will automatically lose the challenge match. The rules are fair and apply to everyone. They are to be understood and followed at all times so we can have the best opportunity for players to improve their tennis games and have a chance to play in Interclub Finals. We look forward to a great summer of Jr Tennis at FLCC!
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