Adult Programs and Calendar

April 2021

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  • PLEASE ATTEND THE ZOOM AGM-see info. below
  • ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING by ZOOM
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  • ON-LINE MEMBERSHIP REGISTRATION BEGINS
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  • OPENING DAY - Wait for more information to come by email after the AGM
  • DROP-IN TENNIS - all levels
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  • 2.5-3.0 LEAGUE COMPETITIVE TENNIS

Thank you to all those who attended the Virtual AGM.
Your input is valuable to us.

Your help is needed as a ‘participating member’ You can have a direct impact on tennis in Vernon.  WE ARE LOOKING FOR HELP WITH THE 4.0+ LEAGUE ON THURSDAY EVENING – 7:00-8:30 PM.  Contact us if you would like to help with the league or with something else.
The official opening of the VTA season is
Monday, April 19th.

2021 VTA Memberships will be available on our website (www.vernontennis.com) Friday after the AGM. No cheques or cash will be accepted.  Thank you.

BI- MONTHLY NEWSLETTERS
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THE VTA CALENDAR IS UP AND RUNNING, BUT CHANGES ARE ALWAYS HAPPENING.  FLEXIBILITY IS THE BY-WORD.  WE ARE LOOKING FOR COORDINATORS FOR THE 4.0+ LEAGUE ON THURSDAY EVENING.  IF YOU CAN HELP, LET US KNOW.

VTA UPDATE AS OF MARCH 31, 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
For all sports, ViaSport’s definition of an adult is a person who is 22 years of age or older.

  • Groups for lessons or instruction can be up to 4 adults and 1 coach.
  • When playing any sport, including tennis, or on a sporting field, or tennis court, a 3-meter rule for social distancing applies. This is different to the general 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 10 players per coach.
  • Outdoor tennis doubles is permitted but 3 meter social distancing applies.
  • 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.
  • Please read the COVID PROTOCOLS on this website menu before coming to tennis.  Find them on the Menu at left on the Home Page.

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

VTA 2021 RESERVED COURTS TIMES
AND WEEKLY PROGRAMS

Please check the this website regularly for the Calendar and the Adult Programs.  

MONDAY –  7:00 – 8:30 pm – DROP-IN – All levels of play on available courts
Coordinator:  Graham Cooper

TUESDAY – 7:00 – 8:30 pm.
COMPETITIVE TENNIS LEAGUE – 3.5 League. Registration required for 3.5+ League.  Contact:  Brian VanHuis at  bvanb@live.ca   to register for league.  Maximum players on court = 16.  Spares are always needed.  League starts May 4th.  You must be a VTA Member to participate in any Leagues.

WEDNESDAY – 7:00 – 8:30 pm.  DROP-IN – All levels of play.

THURSDAY – 7:00 – 8:30 pm.
COMPETITIVE TENNIS LEAGUE – 4.0+ League.  Registration required for 4.0+ League.  Contact:  to be determined   Maximum players on court = 16.  Spares are always needed.  League starts May 6th.  You must be a VTA member to register for any league.

FRIDAY – 7;00 – 8;30 pm. 2.5-3.0 Competitive League. Registration required for 2.5-3.0+ League.  Contact:  Graham Cooper at   graham_cooper@shaw.ca   Spares are always needed.   League starts May 7th.   You must be a VTA Member to participate in any Leagues.  DROP-IN if courts available – All levels of play.

SATURDAY – 9:00 – 11:00 am.  DROP-IN – All Levels of play.
Coordinator:  Joe Fabi

Court lights are available from 6:00 – 11:00 pm. in 1¼ hour intervals.  If you want to use the lights longer than an hour, re-start the lights before they turn off because they take approximately 15 minutes to cool down and light up again.

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.  You may also play tennis before and after the VTA time-frames, however the courts are not reserved during those times.  Marshall Field courts are Public courts, so please be courteous.


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