Middle School Fall 2020 Tennis

MIDDLE SCHOOL FALL TENNIS LEAGUE SEP 14th – NOV 16th 2020

Fee: $300 per player (does not include team uniform)

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.

League Coordinator/Coach
Jeanise Rosado 
jrosado@lctacademy.net

This season we will be placing 8 players on the Varsity team & 8 players on the JV team for each school.

Players who do not get placed on the Varsity or JV team will be placed on the corresponding development team.

ELIGIBILITY

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.

RULES

LCTA adheres to the official tennis rules booklet.

TEAMS

Loudoun North

  • Belmont Ridge
  • Trailside
  • Farmwell Station
  • Eagle Ridge
  • Simpson

Loudoun South

  • Brambleton
  • John Mercer
  • Lunsford
  • Stone Hill
  • Willard

Loudoun West

  • Blue Ridge
  • Harmony

High School Facilities Used For Practices and Matches

Briar Woods High School
22525 Belmont Ridge Rd.
Ashburn, VA 20148

Broad Run High School
21670 Ashburn Rd.
Ashburn, VA 20147

Freedom High School
25450 Riding Center Dr.
Chantilly, VA 20152

Independence High School
23115 Learning Cir.
Ashburn, VA 20148

John Champe High School
41535 Sacred Mountain St,
Aldie, VA 20105

Lightridge High School
(currently not available)
41025 Collaboration Drive
Aldie, VA 20105

Loudoun County High School
415 Dry Mill Rd SW
Leesburg, VA 20175

Riverside High School
19019 Upper Belmont Pl
Leesburg, VA 20176

Stone Bridge High School
43100 Hay Rd,
Ashburn, VA 20147

NOVEMBER 7TH REGIONAL FINALS

Loudoun South @  Independence High School

Loudoun North @ Briar Woods High School

FINALS NOVEMBER 14TH @ INDEPENDENCE HIGH SCHOOL

Loudoun North vs Loudoun South

TEAM FORMATION

Team selections will be determined during the first two team practices.

Each middle school team will have a Varsity team of 8 players and Junior Varsity team of 8/10 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 8/10 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.

The process for the formation of team rosters is left to the discretion of the coaches and league coordinator. During the first couple team practices, 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.

PRACTICE

Practices begin the week of September 14th 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:  jrosado@lctacademy.net  for more information about additional tennis training in your area.

  • Players should arrive on time to practice and should leave immediately after practice.
  • Most practices are held at the middle schools’ corresponding high school.
  • Practices are Monday through Thursday.
  • Each middle school will have one team practice per week.

The balls used for Varsity and JV practices are the standard regulation of yellow balls.

If a player misses a practice there are no makeup practices. If the practice is canceled, 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.

Developmental team practices are Sunday’s at Independence High School
  • Loudoun South practice time 12:00-2:00pm 
  • Loudoun North practice time 2:00 – 4:00pm

MATCHES

Matches begin October 2nd 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 minutes 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.

Coaching

  • 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 unless otherwise asked. 

The balls used for Varsity and JV matches are the standard regulation of yellow balls. The goal is for all players to compete with the standard regulation of yellow balls.

PLAYOFF MATCHES

Loudoun North and Loudoun South Varsity teams will play the corresponding teams based on rankings within their league.

  • Playoff 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 by the Regional Champions 4.

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 “overcommit” 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.

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 gameplay 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.

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 misconduct 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.