Indiana High School Tennis
2013 IHSTeCA Convention Big Success:
The 2013 IHSTeCA Convention was a huge success thanks to great weather, more then 175 coaches in attendance, and a large number of speakers sharing on many topics.
Another outstanding Indiana Tennis Convention to benefit tennis coaches and club pros with a wide range of speakers and session topics last for three great days at the Indiana Racket Club in Indianapolis. We have sessions on nutrition, strength and agility, Teaching the Serve from Scratch, 10 Ways to Play Better Doubles, How to String Racquets, Singles Strategies to Use Against Different Types of Opponents, How to Run Challenge Systems and Challenge Ladders, and QuickStart Tennis, plus several more topics. Indiana University’s Lin Loring, the winningest coach in NCAA Division I women’s tennis history, was on hand to share practice tips and advice to help players improve. In addition, many high school coaches shared their favorites drills, a top skill that they feel is important and how they teach it to their teams, and a frill that makes their program special to their players. Also, Bloomington’s three-time state singles champion Ronnie Schneider, currently ranked No. 3 in the United States in 18-under singles, shared what he gained from playing high school tennis.
The convention kicked off Thursday w/ its new format. With one of the largest group of coaches in the past several years coming to the IRC a day early, nine of the IHSTeCA officers shared their favorite drills, frills, and skills in the two hour period. Drills were designed for all levels of player with emphasis on how to adapt them from beginners to advanced players. We got ready for an exciting Friday w/ a huge number of vendors how were willing to come support the IHSTECA Convention.
The main day of the convention was designed to allow sessions for Beginners, Intermediate, and/or Advanced players. It was kicked off bright and early at 8:00 am with IHSAA Tennis Representative Chris Kaufman. Two rounds of sessions followed w/ 2-3 sessions going every hour until lunch. During lunch at the Crab Shack across the street from the IRC, awards were presented to career win record holders & milestones on years coached. After more IHSTeCA business, the afternoon continued with more great speakers. President Tim Cleland (Delta) & Jini Morgan (Yorktown) presented their idea of "SmashCancer". They used their normal duel tennis match and honored all those lost to Cancer and survivors of Cancer. The day was finished up with District Meetings. A proposal for reorganizing of Districts from 5 to 8 was presented to show the outline of how the state would look and to find District Sites and Chairs. This will start in the Fall of 2013.
The 2013 Hall of Fame Banquet took place at the Five Seasons Family Sports Center. A new format was introduced as we also honored the Indiana State Coach of the Year and Ed Yarbrough Service Winners. This year Bryan Smith, Ron Mencias, Kevin Gregory, & June Wernke Rigney were inducted into the Hall of Fame. Mike Bostic (Head Coach at Carmel High School) was named the Boy's Coach of the Year and Matt DeVault (Head Coach at Alexandria High School) was named the Girl's State Coach of the Year. Gary Hayes (Portage) received the Ed Yarbrough career Service Award for his 30+ years to the game of tennis. The award was presented by Scott Yarbrough in honor of his father who passed away in 2011.
A full morning started off with the doubles for anyone interested. A quick trip back to the IRC as four more great sessions took place into the early afternoon. Again a great convention with many of the speakers. Thanks to all that were able to attend this year!
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