Middle School Fall 2018 Tennis Season
The objective of Loudoun County Tennis Academy is to provide an organized tennis league to serve as a bridge from middle school to high school tennis, while maintaining a competitive level of tennis. Emphasis will be placed on improvement for all players. This includes learning to compete and succeed, establishing team goals, learning the value of practice and hard work and demonstrating good sportsmanship toward all players and coaches.
September 10 – November 18
Loudoun South (includes Western Loudoun)
Blue Ridge Middle School
Jeanise Rosado, League Coordinator/Coach
*this season we will be placing 8 players on the Varsity team & 8 players on the JV team for each school. If your child does not get placed on the Varsity or JV team they will be placed on the corresponding development team.
High School facilities used for practices and matches:
John Champe, Briar Woods, Rock Ridge, Stone Bridge, Riverside, Freedom, Broad Run, Loudoun County High School
Nov 11 Conference Final: Loudoun South – John Champe HS
Loudoun North – Broad Run HS
Final: November 18 @ Briar Woods High School North vs South
Fee: $295 per player (fee does not include team uniform)
All boys and girls in grades 6th through 8th grade are eligible to participate who live or are attending schools private or public within Loudoun County. Any child attending a school that is not listed is welcomed to join and be assigned to a team.
LCTA adheres to the official tennis rules booklet.
Team selection for the Varsity and JV teams are encouraged to attend the tennis team try outs August 15, 16, & 19th.
Players who do not attend try outs cannot be guaranteed a spot on the middle school Varsity or JV team the first or second week until a league coach can make an evaluation. Any exceptions due to illness, injury or family emergency must be communicated to the league coordinator in writing via email and approved by the LCTA league coordinator and corresponding coach.
It is strongly recommended that all eligible middle school age players attend a try out or try outs to be placed on their appropriate team.
Each middle school team will have a Varsity team of 8 players and Junior Varsity team of 8 players. If your child is not selected on the Varsity or JV team they will be placed on the developmental Team. LCTA has a NO-CUT policy. Varsity and JV teams are selected by skill level and not grade. Each team can have a maximum of 8 players, with the exception of the developmental team. Players may be asked to move up and down from their corresponding team with the discretion of the coach.
LCTA will see that ALL students who register will be placed on a team. While we realize our community is continuing to grow, there is a finite number of tennis courts available. The process for the formation of team rosters is left to the discretion of the corresponding coach and league coordinator.
If a player misses a practice there are no makeup practices and players are not allowed to practice with another team. If practice is cancelled, only then will a makeup practice be set for the same week. Rain does not always constitute a cancellation. Practice can consist of agility drills, conditioning, and team building.
The process for the formation of team rosters is left to the discretion of the coaches and league coordinator. During try outs, evaluations will be conducted to assess skill level and playing ability of each player to facilitate the formation of teams of “roughly” equal playing ability, experience, skill and size. This is not limited to a “mixed” team of boys and girls.
Practices begin the week of September 10th for all teams.
Practices are scheduled by the League Coordinator and have been set with Loudoun County Parks and Recreation (PRCS), and the corresponding high school’s Athletic Director. Teams will practice at the times provided to them by the League. The league has permission through PRCS to use the high school courts on specific days and times for practices and matches. While the league offers one organized team practice a week, practice outside the middle school league is highly encouraged and recommended. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about additional tennis training in your area.
- Players should arrive on time to practice and should leave immediately after practice.
- Practices are held at the middle schools’ corresponding high school with the exception of Brambleton Middle School, Harmony and Blue Ridge Middle School.
- Practices are Monday through Thursday between the hours of 4:30-6:30pm.
- Each middle school will have one team practice per week.
The balls used for Varsity and JV practices are the standard regulation yellow balls.
Developmental team practices are Sunday’s at Briar Woods High School
- Loudoun North practice time 1:00 – 3:00pm
- Loudoun South practice time 3:30-5:30pm
Matches begin September 22nd for the Varsity and JV Teams.
- Matches for Varsity and JV are held on Saturdays
- Matches will consist of 6 singles and 3 doubles
- Singles and doubles matches will be 50 minute timed matches including a 5 minute warm up with your opponent
- Matches will consist of 8 game pro-set (no ad scoring) for both singles and doubles
- Varsity players can arrive 30 minutes prior to their match to warm up. JV players can arrive 20 minutes before their match and if a court is available to warm up that does not interfere with an existing match, then the players are allowed to warm up.
- Matches will start promptly at 9am and 11am.
Coaches will make the effort to ensure fair play for all participants to have the opportunity to play singles and doubles matches.
- A team coach or certified volunteer is always present at the matches to assist the players of either team.
- Parents are not allowed on the court or to assist during matches.
The balls used for Varsity and JV matches are the standard regulation yellow balls. The goal is for all players to compete with the standard regulation yellow balls.
PLAY OFF MATCHES:
Loudoun North and Loudoun South Varsity teams will play the corresponding teams based on rankings within their league.
- Play off matches are NOT timed and include ad scoring.
- 6 Lines of singles and 3 Lines of doubles
- 8 game pro set is played for singles and doubles. If the match is 8 all then a 7 point tie break is played for singles and doubles matches.
- Matches will be stopped once a team has reached the required 5 games to become champions. Example – If all the singles win for a team then they are determined the Regional Champions.
Loudoun County Tennis Academy recognizes the use of social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc.) in today’s society and social circles; however, with that comes additional avenues for hazing, cyber-bullying and taunting. As such, anything brought to the league’s attention and determined to be inappropriate in nature and fall within the confines of cyber-bullying, hazing, taunting or other forms of mis-conduct related to social media will be subject to a 3-week suspension for the first instance, and expulsion from the league for the duration of the season on the second instance. The league reserves the right to determine what is and is not appropriate.
Teams/players waiting to play/having already completed a game MUST respect the remaining matches being played. Failure to comply can result in being suspended from game play and removal from the facility.
Players must be supervised by their coach or responsible adult while on the school grounds. This includes taking responsibility for the actions of spectators. As coaches and parents and spectators, we are here to encourage all who are participating.
Parents and players must also be aware of the commitment that is being made by registering and playing in the League. Players are expected to attend all practices and games for the duration of the season. Team tennis makes every player on every team an important contributor to their respective team. The #1 player is just as important as the #8 player, since team tennis is based on team wins rather than ranking. Parents are asked not to “over commit” their children or sign up if their child cannot participate fully. Players are expected to attend ALL of their team’s events each week. While injuries, illness, family emergencies and so on may occur during the course of the season (which may impact a player’s ability to participate) players should not miss practices and games because of commitments to other recreational/developmental endeavors such as other sports, the arts, and so forth. Again, parents and players are asked to make this commitment fully. Registered players are expected to be available for all of their team’s practices and games.
ALL refunds must be done through Loudoun County Parks and Rec, PRCS.