What To Expect For JV Tennis Tryouts/Conditoning?

I’m a freshman at my school and was wondering what would usually be done during Tryouts and conditioning. I’m also not the best at running, so would this affect my chances of making the team, or is that something you work on during conditioning/practices? Thanks

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  • ***What To Expect For JV Tennis Tryouts/Conditoning?***

    Tennis coaches are not all the same; some are big on fitness, others, not so much. If you really want an answer to this question, ask the coach 🙂 Some coaches have "No-Cut" programs; others have to eliminate some kids who try out.

    If I was running the tryouts, we would have a large round robin tournament where everybody plays everybody else in some type of tennis match. It doens’t have to be 2-out-of-3 sets. As long as all the matches are the same length, it’ll work out. Somebody will probably go undefeated, somebody will lose a lot or all the time, and others will have some wins and some losses. After it’s all over, the coach adds up the match wins, set wins and/or games won, and boom! the team’s first ladder is born.

    ***I’m a freshman at my school and was wondering what would usually be done during Tryouts and conditioning. I’m also not the best at running, so would this affect my chances of making the team, or is that something you work on during conditioning/practices? Thanks***

    If I were you, I would spend 90 – 95% of my time practicing or playing the game, and maybe 5 or 10% of the time on conditioning. Have fun playing the game! You learn more about tennis that way.

    Sometimes, coaches claim that they can tell how good a kid is just by watching him hit. For me, it’s results in real matches that count, not pretty-looking ground-strokes and serves. Other coaches demand that you can run a mile in six or seven minutes, stuff like that.

    IMHO, three things are all important to success for a good high school coach:
    Racket-handling,
    Sportsmanship, and
    having fun!

    Fitness is wonderful, but it does nothing for your technique as far as hitting the ball well.
    http://tennismd.com/

    I wasn’t all that great at running either, but I eventually played for a school that was #2 in the NAIA. If it turns out that you don’t make the team, but you LIKE tennis, then ask your folks if you can take lessons play regularly at the tennis club.

    Tennis clubs have to be nice to their customers [up to a point], and their program may be *better* than what the high school has to offer. Junior memberships are often very reasonable, so check this out.

    If you are looking for a teacher, here are links to three tennis-teaching organizations:
    http://www.uspta.com/
    http://www.ptrtennis.org/
    http://www.oscarwegner.com/lucile/MTMCA/Welcome.html

    If you live in the USA, you should be able to find an instructor near you in one or more of the web sites above.

    All the best, hope you have some fun with it 🙂

  • Courtney Dinkel

    It depends on your school and the specific team. Some school have super competitive teams so it will be harder while others have no cut programs, especially for JV. To know about your school’s specific try outs you should ask the coach or someone who is on the team.

    In general, tryout involve some basic fitness like jogging, sprinting, pushup, etc. This is mainly to give the coach an idea of your fitness level. Their main concern is your ability to play tennis. If you can hit well but can’t really jog long distance or sprint really fast but the way you play tennis allows you to win matches then your coach will probably be willing to overlook the fact that you aren’t super fit. If you are naturally athletic so you can run fast but aren’t as fantastic at tennis, the coach may pick someone who is better at tennis over you because they aren’t looking to teach people how to play the game but rather how to win more matches. Once you make the team, you will do a lot of conditioning during practice along with matchplay. At tryouts, expect the coach to have you play a bunch of mini-matches, many in round robin format. My HS coach does some round robin singles play the first day, especially with new people who he isn’t familiar with, and some basic fitness drills. He’ll also do some ball and stroke drills with the whole team to see how everyone hits. The second day he’ll pair some people up and see how good people are at doubles and have other play singles matches. He’ll also have new people play against a returning player or someone he is familiar with so he can focus more on their playing ability.

    I’ve been playing on my HS Varsity team since my freshman year (I’m a junior). I’ve never been super fast or super strong but I made the team. I played first doubles for two years and now play second singles. I have had a .750 record or better all three years.

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