Canyon/Creekside Tennis Clubhouse

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Thank you for your interest in the Spring, 2018 CV Tennis Clubhouse, comprised of Canyon and Creekside Middle School players. The Canyon/Creekside spring team is named the CV Tennis Clubhouse for the spring season and is sponsored by the USTA (as it has been in Spring, 2014-17) rather than by the Boosters Clubs.

Congratulations to the team on their first dual match win against Palomares on 4/13/18.  The final score was 6-1, and the team is 1-0 in league play.  Let’s keep it going!  Our next home match is 4/18 against John Muir Middle School of San Leandro.  

Questions? Contact Suzi Mills at for details

Spring, 2018 Tennis Clubhouse Info:

  • This is a no-cut team.
  • The March-May schedule, along with a welcome letter, will be sent to your player once they are registered (see steps below)
  • Both A and B teams are scheduled to compete against other schools. However, competition is optional for B team players. Some players are mentally ready for interscholastic competition and some are not.
  • New! The B team will have three Friday matches, which are optional.
  • Register online using USTA software, which is payable by credit card using the steps below.
  • Your player needs to be a current USTA junior member through 5/12/18. If your player is not a current USTA junior member, join online at or call 1-800-990-8782. The $20 annual fee allows you to enter teams, leagues and tournaments, and receive tennis publications and tennis-related discounts.
  • Only one online form with your child’s emergency information and T-shirt size is required. (No locator forms, grade forms, driver’s and insurance forms, etc.)
  • The USTA team T-shirt is free with registration.

Why partner with the USTA?
Your player’s clubhouse registration fee and USTA membership annual fee solely supports tennis programs. That is very cool! Without USTA sponsorship, there would be no spring tennis program at Canyon. In 2015, the USTA gave Canyon a $25,000 court resurfacing grant. Your registration fee directly returns to our program and makes Canyon/Creekside tennis a great program in which to participate.

B Team – The B team practices on Mondays from 3:15 – 4:30.  This team works mainly on serves and basic strokes, as well as on consistency, scoring, and strategy and having fun on court!  The B tennis team prepares players for competition within our league.  Practices are not tennis lessons. 

In general, I put sixth graders directly on the B team for one year.  Even if they have the physical skills to play on the A team, I want to make sure they are mentally tough enough to handle league wins and losses.  However, if your child is a seventh or eighth grader, there is no guarantee that they will be on the A team, even if they were on the A or B team last year. Once a player has had experience on the CVMS tennis team, I expect continued participation and improvement if they want to be on the next season’s team.

B Team first practice – B team practices on Mondays from 3:00 – 4:30 from March through early May, excluding school holidays.  

A Team – The 25 players on the A team practice on Wednesdays from 3:15 – 4:45, and Fridays from 3:15 – 5:45, as part of the Alameda County Junior Tennis League (ACJTL).  This team is about competition and strategy.  Players on the A teams are experienced, competitive tennis players, committed to the sport and have participated, and will continue to participate in lessons and other tennis programs.

The league format is to play four singles matches and three doubles matches (#1-#10 players on the ladder) for points toward league standings. The #11-25 players are expected to be at all matches, and will play after the top 10 players have completed their matches.

A Team transportation – Parents provide transportation to and from away matches. This season we are only scheduled to travel to Palomares and John Muir.

A team Practice – A team practices are on Wednesdays, from 3: 00– 4:30.  A team matches are on Fridays from mid-March – through mid-May.  

A and B Team Roster postings – The A and B team rosters will be posted on the Canyon tennis court bulletin board, sent to parents via e-mail and in the gyms at Canyon and Creekside.

Fall Season – CVMS Tennis Team Try-Outs only occur during the Fall season not the Spring season. In the past, over 100 players have come out for the fall team and I invite 60 to be on the team. At team try-outs, players will play matches against other players trying out and record their scores. Players can serve underhand; they do not need know how to serve overhand. Players will be chosen on their tennis experience and scores during try-outs.


 Here is some additional information I need you to know if your player makes the team:

  1. Please have your player bring two unopened cans of tennis balls to practice as soon as convenient. We take donations of used tennis balls, as well!
  2.  Please have your player bring a bottle of water to drink from, or fill from the drinking fountain, to every tennis practice.  The players are hungry after school so you should provide your player with an after school snack that they can eat before practice.
  3. Players need to use the school restroom immediately after school. In the past, they are closed by 3:15. The closest restroom to the tennis courts are the soccer field portapotties.
  4. Please let me know via e-mail if your child is unable to make practice due to illness or injury.


Court Etiquette for Players, Parents and Friends:

Tennis Team Conduct:

  1. Talk quietly when standing near tennis courts that are in use
  2. Don’t walk across the back of another court until the players have finished playing a point.  This can be distracting to them and affect their play.
  3. Put jackets, water bottles and any other items you have off the court and out of the way.
  4. Keep a positive outlook through the match.  Remember, your playing for the fun of it.
  5. Accept all calls made by your opponent – without arguing or sulking.
  6. If your ball goes into the next court, wait until the players on that court finish the point before you ask for the ball.  If a ball comes onto your court return it as soon as play has stopped on both courts.
  7. If there is a disagreement on the score, go back to the last score that you both agree on.
  8. After the last point, come to the net and shake hands.  Let your opponent know that you appreciate the match no matter what the outcome. 
  9. It is considered unsportsmanlike to:
    • Display your temper
    • Swear
    • Use obscene gestures
    • Throw your racquet
    • Hit the ball in anger
    • Stall
    • Cheat 

Tennis Team Parents, Friends and Coaches Sportsmanship/Conduct: 

Parents, friends and coaches are expected to observe good manners at all times.  They are not allowed to:

  1. Be on court except to pick up balls with a ball tube
  2. Volunteer advice on line calls, scoring or the conduct of the match
  3. Coach
  4. Talk to players or sit or stand near a court in such a way as to distract others

Tennis Team Rainy Day Policy:

 Practice Days/Home Matches: 

  • If it is raining at 2:00, the practice or home match is cancelled.
  • If the ground is wet at 2:00, the practice or home match is cancelled.
  • On rainy days or when the courts are wet, I send an e-mail to all parents by 2:00, telling them that the practice or the home match is cancelled.   I will also update this web site.

Away Matches:

  • If it is raining at 2:00, I call the opposing coach to discuss the weather.  If we decide to cancel, I will send an e-mail to all parents by 2:10 cancelling the match.

If the weather is unsettled, and the home coach wants to proceed, we have to proceed until the home coach cancels the match.   Assume that the match is on until you’ve heard from me.  By 2:10, I will try to e-mail parents alerting them that the match is still on.