Here are four ideas from Coach Kevin Record (coached two FL State Champion teams) on how he approaches a new season. After coaching high school tennis for over 15 years this is what works well for him. These ideas or parts of the ideas may also work well for you and your team!
1. Setting up a Budget/Team Dues
In many areas of the country parents now pay dues for their child to participate in a high school sport such as tennis. Setting up a team budget that includes trips, uniforms, match day refreshments, etc. will help set the dues structure (note: you can offset some of these costs with team fundraising, see ideas and examples on www.highschooltenniscosch.com)!
2. Organizational Meeting
This meeting can set the tone for the whole season – be organized! Have your practice and match schedule finished and handout to players and parents. Explain your policies, expectations and how the line-up will be organized. Ask for a “commitment” from your players (note: we make things easier for you with these handouts on www.highschooltenniscoach.com)!
H146 Team Expectation Meeting
H147 Team Practice Calendar
H148 Team Schedule Overview
3. Line Up and Team Building
Coach Record uses a double elimination tournament to determine the boys and girls lineups. Usually the positions are set for the season, unless a player slumps badly or a player left out of the lineup makes dramatic improvement. Once this “stressful” time is over a team building session such as a cookout, giving out uniforms or fun trip is scheduled (note: the Team Manager function on www.highschooltenniscoach.com will set up challenge matches, tournaments and keep team and player statistics)!
4. Naming Captains
Captains play an important role for a team and their responsibilities can vary. Keep the communication open with your captains and make sure they know their roles and your expectations (note: a lot of our drills on www.highschooltenniscoach.com can be self-run, captains can also with the energy of the drill and practice)!
Here’s a sample drill:
Good luck with your season. You can find other helpful information and free samples at www.highschooltenniscoach.com!