Adult Programs and Calendar

October 2019

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  • 3.5 League - Finished for the Season
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  • CANCELLED - WIND-UP PARTY & TENNIS
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  • 4.0 League-Finished for the Season-see note below
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  • BOARD MEETING - FINAL FOR THE SEASON
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PLEASE CHECK THE CALENDAR FOR THE LATEST IN DATES.  FORMAL TENNIS PROGRAMS ARE FINISHED FOR THE 2019 SEASON.  MARSHALL FIELD COURTS ARE PUBLIC COURTS, THEREFORE THEY ARE OPEN FOR PLAY ANYTIME BY ANYONE AS LONG AS THE WEATHER COOPERATES.

IF YOU ARE GOING TO THE COURTS MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ARRANGED YOUR OWN TWOSOME OR FOURSOME TO PLAY – YOU CANNOT BE ASSURED PLAYERS WILL BE THERE AFTER THE CLOSE OF THE SEASON.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION.  

THE VTA BOARD OF DIRECTORS WISH YOU ALL A VERY ENJOYABLE AND SAFE WINTER SEASON.  WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT OF VERNON’S ONLY PUBLIC TENNIS ASSOCIATION, WHERE EVERYONE HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE INVOLVED IN PARTICIPATING AND PROMOTING TENNIS IN VERNON AND AREA.  SEE YOU ALL NEXT APRIL – KEEP CHECKING THE WEBSITE AND THE BI-MONTHLY NEWSLETTERS.


Self Rating Chart below ⇓ – see what level you should be playing

SEE COMPLETE DESCRIPTION OF 2019 PROGRAMS BELOW

MONDAYNEW6:00 – 7:00 pm. Skills and Drills for beginner players
7:00 – 8:00 pm. Skills and Drills for those with some experience
7:00 – 8:30 Drop-in for all VTA members on available courts.
Coordinator:  Graham Cooper – sign-up is required for the Skills and Drills – contact Graham at  graham_cooper@shaw.ca.  A VTA membership is also required.

TUESDAY – 7:00 – 8:30 pm. – 3.5 Doubles Competitive Tennis League
Registration required.  This league is open to both men and women players.  The first 16 players to sign up will play.  Additional players will be put on a spare list.  Spares are always in demand.   Contact:  Mike Kozlowski at 250-938-4778 to register for this league.   A 2019 VTA Membership is required to participate in this league.

WEDNESDAY – 7:00 – 8:30 pm. – Coordinator:  Ron Burton
Drop-in – All levels of play

THURSDAY – 7:00 – 8:30 pm4.0+ Competitive Doubles Tennis League
Registration required.

All 4.0+ players (men and women) who are interested in playing on Thursday evenings, should contact Jeremy Bell at jeremybell_1@msn.com or Blake MacLeod, blakem@telus.net   The intention of Thursday night doubles league is to have the strongest level of play possible.  A pool of strong spares is also needed for this league to be successful.  Please consider being a spare if you are not able to commit or if the roster is filled.  A 2019 VTA Membership is required to participate in this league.


FRIDAY – 7:00 – 8:30 pm.
– NEW  2.0 – 3.0 Mixed Doubles League 

Sign-up is required – contact Graham Cooper – graham_cooper@shaw.ca
VTA membership is required to join the leagues.

SATURDAY – 9:00 – 11:00 am. – Coordinator:  Myron Hocevar/Jackie Labuhn
Drop-in – All levels of play.

 

We will try to have Coordinators during all VTA Drop-in sessions.  Depending on the number and level of players, Coordinators will match up the level of players as best they can during Drop-in times.  The Schedule is subject to change if levels and numbers warrant.


SELF-RATING GUIDE
1.0   This player is just starting to play tennis.
1.5 This player has been introduced to the game, however has difficulty playing the game due to a lack of consistency rallying and serving.
2.0   Can get the ball in play but lacks control, resulting in inconsistent rallies. Often chooses to hit forehands instead of backhands.  Tends to position in a manner to protect weaknesses. Inconsistent return.  In singles, reluctant to come to the net. In doubles, understands the basic positioning; comfortable only with the forehand volley; avoids backhand volley and overhead.  In-complete service motion. Toss is inconsistent. Double faults are common.
2.5   Can rally consistently 10 balls in a row, especially on the forehand, with an arched trajectory over the net when the objective is to hit to a partner at moderate speed.  In singles, consistent when returning towards the middle of the court. In doubles, difficulty returning cross-court to start the point. Becoming at ease at the net in practice but uncomfortable in a game situation.   Attempting a full service motion on the first serve. First serve in inconsistent (less than 50%). Uses an incomplete motion to ensure a steady second serve.
3.0 Able to rally consistently 10 balls in a row on forehands and backhands. Able to maintain the rally when receiving high, short or wide balls, assuming the ball is received at a moderate pace, especially on the forehand stroke.  Can control the direction of the ball in both singles and doubles, when receiving a serve of moderate pace.  Very consistent on forehand volley with easy balls, inconsistent on backhand volley. Overall has difficulty with low and wide balls. Can smash easy lobs.   Full motion on both serves. Able to achieve more than 50% success on first serve. Second serve much slower than first serve.
3.5   Able to move the opponent around the court or hit harder when receiving easier balls. Can execute approach shots with some consistency (more than 50%).  Can return fast serves or well-placed serves with defensive actions. On easy second serve, can return with pace or directional control; can approach the net in doubles.  Becoming confident at net play; can direct FH volleys; controls BH volley but with little offense; general difficulty in putting volleys away. Can handle volleys and overheads that require moderate movement.  Can vary the speed or direction of first serve. Can direct the second serve to the opponent’s weakness without double-faulting on a regular basis.
4.0   Able to develop points with some consistency by using a reliable combination of shots. Erratic when attempting a quality shot, when receiving fast or wide balls, and when attempting passing shots.  Difficulty in returning spin serves and very fast serves. On moderately paced serves, can construct the point through hitting a good shot or exploiting an opponent’s weakness. In doubles, can vary returns effectively on moderately-paced serves.  In singles, comfortable at following an approach shot to the net. In doubles, comfortable receiving a variety of balls and converting o offensive positioning; can poach on weak returns of serve. Able to put away easy overheads.  Can vary the speed and direction of the first serve. Uses spin.
4.5   Can use a variety of spins. Beginning to develop a dominant shot or good steadiness. Erratic when attempting a quality shot in two of the following situations: receiving fast balls, wide balls, and in passing shot situations.  Off first serves, can defend consistently but very inconsistent (less than 30%) when attempting an aggressive return. In doubles, has difficulty (less than 50%) returning a first serve at the feet of the incoming serve and volleyer.   When coming to the net after serving, consistently able to put the first volley in play but without pace or depth; however, inconsistent when trying to volley powerful or angled returns. Close to the net, can finish a point using various options including drop volley, angle volley, punch volley.  Aggressive first serve with power and spin. On second serve frequently hits with good depth and placement without double faults. Can serve and volley off first serves in doubles, but experiences some inconsistency.
5.0   Able to maintain a consistent rally, 10 balls in a row on faster balls. Very steady strokes or has a dominant shot. Periodically succeeds (50%) when attempting a quality shot when receiving fast or wide balls, and in passing shot situations.  Periodically succeeds (50%) at aggressive return off fast first serves using dominant shot (forehand or backhand). In doubles can return at the feet of serve and volleyer.  In doubles, after the serve, has a good, deep crosscourt volley. Overhead can be hit from almost any position.  First serve can win points outright, or force a weak return. Second serve can prevent the opponent from attacking. Serve and volleys on first serves in doubles with consistency.
5.5   This player has developed a game style which is recognizable as either an all court player, an aggressive baseliner, a serve and volleyer, or a retriever. Has developed good anticipation either technically (can read toss on serve, body position…) or tactically (can read opponents tendencies in specific situations). Has no major weaknesses and can counterattack effectively against a hard ball, wide ball or in passing shot situations. Capable of competing in “open” category provincial level tournaments. Ability to use specific shots in order to exploit opponent’s weakness: drop-shot, lob, angle, moonball…
6.0 to 7.0    These players will generally not need a rating. Rankings or past rankings will speak for themselves. The 6.0 player typically has had intensive training for national tournament competition at the junior level and collegiate levels and has obtained a provincial and/or national “open” ranking. The 6.5 player has extensive international “open” level tournament experience at the entry professional level (challenger or satellite experience). The 7.0 is a world class professional tennis player