JANUARY 28TH: First informal practice is scheduled from 330-530pm. Be punctual. Pre-season team meeting will be held at the tennis courts today as well. Parents are encouraged to attend at 5pm.
FORMAL TRYOUTS: Will be held starting Monday, February 11th.
SEASON SCHEDULE: Will be posted on the WHS website after the PAL coaches meeting on January 23rd.
PARENT DRIVERS: We will need parent volunteers to drive to 'away' matches. Team members who are eligible to drive will be encouraged to drive to the 'away' meets and need to be one time (please be aware of traffic / weather delays).
TEAM PARENT MEETING: A team parent meeting will be held later in February.
What to Bring and What to Wear
Comfortable Athletic Wear, Tennis Shoes, and your Tennis Racket are required for tryouts. You should bring your own bottled water or reusable water bottle for tryouts.
The coaching staff will be looking for coachable athletes who have a great work ethic and want to learn to be better players and teammates. Prospective student athletes will be tested and evaluated for their overall athletic ability and level of tennis skill. Coaches will apply the following skill (in this order):
Attitude: Players who are positive, competitive, respectful, and eager to learn.
Athletic: Players with the ability to perform and learn fundamental and complex skills (groundstrokes, volleys, overheads, serves, return of serve, transition game from baseline to the net).
What to Expect at Tryouts
Expect to work hard. You will be asked to perform all physical testing and drills at full speed. You should run when moving from drill to drill and when going to and from water breaks. You will be active during tryouts, except during water breaks. All balls will have to be picked up in a timely manner.
ATTITUDE EVALUATION: Prospective Woodside Tennis players should be willing to try hard, make mistakes, learn from those mistakes and keep trying. Coaches encourage players to listen, follow directions, and ask questions when necessary.
SKILL/COMPETITION EVALUATION: Prospective players will be asked to demonstrate their understanding of basic tennis skills (forehand, backhand, volleys, and serve) in competitive situations. Hitting TOPSPIN is very important.
As with most sports, coaches will evaluate players for their ability and potential to fill the needs of the team.
How to assist the Coaches
1. Help get out balls and equipment.
2. Be among the first to line up for drills or demonstrations.
3. Look the coach in the eye when she/he speaks to you or to the team.
4. Be efficient at picking up tennis balls.
5. Be among the first to help put away equipment.
Options for Players Not Selected
Tryouts can be a challenging time.
One of the toughest jobs for any coach is the final decision about which players will or will not make the team. The Woodside Tennis coaching staff strives to make all decisions fairly, without bias, and after extended deliberation and evaluation of each prospective student-athlete.
If you are not selected this season, and would like to try out again in the future, there are other options available to you that may help you in the future.
1. Be a team manager. Tennis managers have a chance to learn leadership and organizational skills and fill a valuable role on the team.
2. Play another sport for the Wildcats. Other sports at Woodside include badminton, cheer, dance, la-crosse, swimming, basketball, soccer, track, and softball.
3. If you are planning to tryout again at a later date and time, here is a list of recommendations to improve over the summer:
* Take lessons: either group and/or private
* Practice with fellow students or friends/family
* Attend tennis camps. There is an active recreational tennis community year-round
* Hit a LOT of tennis balls and work on your technique and mental game
* Strive to give it your best and don’t give up. Tennis is an amazing sport for a lifetime