Adult Programs and Calendar

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THE VTA BOARD OF DIRECTORS 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 SOON – KEEP CHECKING THE WEBSITE AND THE BI-MONTHLY NEWSLETTERS.  SEE BELOW FOR  MOST RECENT INFORMATION.

(Newsletters appear on the Latest News page).  

VTA UPDATE AS OF FEBRUARY 14, 2021 – COVID-19

Currently, we are in Phase 2 of the Public Health Order. In this regard, the VTA is bound by the direction given to us by ViaSport/Tennis BC.

PHASE 2
In summary form, the following presently applies:

  • For all sports, ViaSport’s definition of an adult is a person who is 22 years of age or older.
  • Only private lessons can be given to adults (one adult per coach). However, Tennis BC has indicated that should 2 people from the same household work with a coach. then this is acceptable.
  • When playing tennis or on a tennis court a 3-meter rule for social distancing applies. This is different to the Public Health Order that requires 2 meters for social distancing.
  • For coaching for juniors (players under 22 years of age), there can be up to 4 players per coach.
  • As of this date, a partial loosening of the singles/doubles rule is in effect.  At an outdoor facility only, Doubles tennis is permitted as long as the 3-meter rules for social distancing can be adhered to.  This rule was changed recently from the previous rules at the beginning of February 2021 (under the Order of Provincial Health Officer – Gatherings and Events – “If the group sport is outdoors, only 4 persons may participate.).
  • The name, address and phone number of any person taking part in one of our programs needs to be recorded each time, on each occasion, they are at the courts. This information is required for tracking purposes by Interior Health.
    While it is appreciated that many players prefer to play doubles, we do ask everyone to follow the regulations above. For those players who are planning to play, but do not want to play singles, we have a couple of suggestions:
  • Rally the ball to each other and then play “21”. Simply, after hitting the ball to each other twice, the ball becomes live and simply the winning shot wins the point. The first player, who reaches “21” wins.
  • If you do not want to play full court, then play cross court singles. This way you do not have to run near as much. Simply, serve the ball across court. The return needs to be across court and so the point goes on. Doubles side lines are out plus should the ball not cross the center line the point is lost. Use regular scoring.

WHERE TO FROM HERE?

We simply do not know how long Phase 2 will be in effect. However, we will be working with the City to be ready to commence our programs as soon as we are able to do so. 

PHASE 3

For Phase 3, ViaSport presently states the following:
∙    Competition slowly introduced.
∙    Regional competition for sports in cohorts
∙     Limited travel

VERNON TENNIS ASSOCIATION PROGRAMS PLANNED FOR PHASE 3

While we will need to wait for direction from ViaSport/Tennis BC, as to the actual impact Phase 3 will have on tennis, we are assuming that doubles will be played. This in turn will mean that we will be able to run the following:

  • Our drop-in programs: in 2019, we had 3 drop-in opportunities
  • Our league play: in 2019, we had leagues nights of 4.0+, 3.5 and 2.5 to 3.0.
  • The FAST program for adults: (Fun Adult Starter Tennis)  In 2019, we organized 5 opportunities for those adults who wanted to learn to play tennis. These players then had the opportunity to play in the 2.5 to 3.0 league.
  • Skills and drills: in 2019, while these were geared for players once they had completed the FAST program, they were also open to all players.
  • A singles ladder:

VERNON  PARKS AND RECREATION

As you are possibly aware, some of our VTA members voluntarily coordinate the senior tennis morning programs for Vernon Recreation. While we are presently in Phase 2, should we move to Phase 3 in the near future, their plan is to run the following programs:

April 12 to October 14            – Women’s Fun Competitive Tennis
April 12 to October 14            – Men’s Fun Competitive Tennis
April 13 to October 15            – Morning Social Tennis


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


PREVIOUS YEAR’S PROGRAMS BELOW – this may change as the COVID restrictions change – thank you for your patience

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 by level
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