CV Middle School Tennis Clubhouse

Thank you for your interest in the Spring, 2021 USTA/CV Tennis Clubhouse comprised of CV Middle School players.  The Spring program is a no-cut program, so all middle school students are invited!

3/2/21 – I have no information from CVUSD whether we can have a Spring, 2021 team

  1. This is a no-cut team.  However, the first 50 players to register are guaranteed a place on the team.
  2. Players will be assigned to the A or B team depending on their skill level. Most likely A team players will retain their place on the A team if they have kept their skills up during the past four months.  The teams will be announced via email to parents.  I will move B players to the A team based on their skills and if there is room on the team.
  3. The “A” team competes against other Alameda County Junior Tennis League (ACJTL) teams
  4. Both A and B teams are scheduled to compete against other schools on Fridays.  However, competition is optional for B team players.
  5. The B team will have optional matches.

League Format

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.

B Team – The players on the B team practice on Mondays from 3:15 – 4:30.  This team works mainly on serves and basic strokes, as well as on consistency, scoring, and strategy.  The B tennis team prepares players for competition within our league.  Practices are not tennis lessons.   B team players compete intramurally and do not travel

A Team – The players on the A team practice on Wednesdays from 3:10 – 4:30, and have matches on 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 in the off-season.


 Here is some additional information I need you to know:

  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, you’re 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:
    1. Display your temper
    2. Swear
    3. Use obscene gestures
    4. Throw your racquet
    5. Hit the ball in anger
    6. Stall
    7. 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:
  • Be on court except to pick up balls with a ball tube
  • Volunteer advice on line calls, scoring or the conduct of the match
  • Coach
  • 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.   

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.