Milestones….

IVAN SMITH #700 Center Grove Boys Tennis Coach Ivan Smith reached his 700th career win as a boys coach on Saturday with his team’s win against Castle.   Ivan Smith has the 2nd most wins for a boys tennis coach at 700 trailing only Rick Miller.  Ivan has coached Boy Tennis for 41 years at…

Varsity Coaching Pilot 2017-2018

7-31-17:  In a one-year trial in regular-season tournaments only, coaching will be permitted between points at the varsity level.  This should model the coaching rule already in place for JV and freshman level tennis.  The flow of the match should not be interrupted, and the current limit of 20 seconds between points must be adhered…

Summer Tennis….

7-4-17:   Summer tennis opportunities are offered throughout the state.   Clinics, camps, and classics are listed on the following PDF file.   If you have anything to add to the list, please send it to Shawn Flanary @sflanary@kokomoschools.com.   Shawn is willing to compile the information for all of us. 2017 Summer Tournaments and…

Post Season Awards….

5-28-17:  As your season comes to an end, do not forget to nominate your players for Post-Season Awards.   The IHSTECA presents awards for Academic All-State, Academic TEAM All-State, and All-District/ All-State.     Click on “FORMS” Above to fill out the on-line nomination forms. DISTRICT MEETINGS:   May 31st. Academic All-State (Individual and/ or…

Presenting Line-Ups…

4-17-17:   Before each match, coaches are responsible to trade line-ups with the opposing coach.  There is no set format but usually they list the players by position and next to their name the player’s grade level.   Separate line-ups can be done for Varsity and JV or they can be listed on the same page.…

Tennis Scrimmage…

(3-27-17):  IHSAA Rules are listed on the attachment.   If your school uses a pre-season scrimmage, it must follow the guidelines and be limited to 90 total minutes.    The # of matches in each of the 3 rounds is dependent on the # of courts available to you at the host site. Click here for IHSAA Scrimmage…

Drills, Drills Drills….

(3-12-17):  There are many contributors to the great world of tennis.  One site that offers free drills for a couple weeks is at www.tennisdrills.tv.   Tons of great drills and coaches can join to get drills all year.

Dynamic Warm-Up Before Practice…..

(2-26-17):  On a daily basis, establish a consistent dynamic warm-up routine to start practice.  Seniors should be able to lead the full team in the dynamic warm-up, which can be done in 5-10 minutes usually.  Encourage players to not just “go through the motions,” but instead to focus on doing the exercises and activities with…

Windy day taking the ball….

(2-19-17):   If a ball bounces on your side of the court and the wind takes it back over the net before you hit it, you lose the point.   You are responsible to hit the ball.   You are allowed to reach over the net in this situation.