Adult Programs

  • April 2019

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    • Marshall field courts being washed
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    • VTA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
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    • ADULT MEMBERSHIP SIGN-UP BEGINS
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    • EASTER MONDAY-NO TENNIS PROGRAM
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    • Deadline for signing up for 4.0+ League
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    • Adult Drop-in Tennis
    • BOARD OF DIRECTOR'S MEETING
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    • Adult Drop-in Tennis
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    • Adult Drop-in Tennis
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    • Adult Drop-in Tennis
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    • 3.5 Competitive Doubles League

    2019 VTA Memberships will be available on-line beginning Friday, April 17. 
  • Adult Tennis Programs for 2019 will commence Monday, April 22, 2019 and run for approximately 21 weeks.  The schedule is below and on the Calendar.  

 2019 DAILY TENNIS PROGRAMS AT MARSHALL FIELD:

Adult Dates and Times for all 4 courts at Marshall Field from April 22 to June 29, 2019.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday = 5:30 – 7:00 pm.
Tuesday and Thursday = 7:00 – 8:30 pm.
Saturday = 9:00 – 11:00 am.
Adult Dates and Times for all 4 courts at Marshall Field from June 29 to September 14, 2019
Monday, Wednesday, Friday = 7:00 – 8:30 pm.
Tuesday and Thursday = 7:00 – 8:30 pm.
Saturday = 9:00 – 11:00 am.
See complete program description below.

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


Monday – 5:30 – 7:00 pm. – Drop-in – All levels of play.  Ball machine will be available for drills if requested.  Access to the ball machine is free to VTA Members, but instruction must be carried out prior to use.  Use the Contact icon to ask for instruction, and set up a date and time.  (Private use of the ball machine by VTA Members can not be during VTA reserved times. Thank you.)

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.  2019 VTA Membership should be purchased on-line between April 17th and prior to beginning of play Tuesday, April 30, 2019.

Wednesday – 5:30 – 7:00 pm. – Drop-in – All levels of play – some coaching may be available.  Some “Skills and Drills” sessions may take place if requested.

Thursday – 7:00 – 8:30 pm – 4.0+ 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, by April 23, 2019.  Organized play will commence on ThursdayMay 2nd, 2019.   The intention of Thursday night doubles league is to have the strongest level of play possible.  In determining the sixteen “regulars”, the level of play, tournament experience and last year’s Thursday results will all be considered.  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 becomes filled.  2019 VTA Membership should be purchased on-line between April 17th and prior to beginning of play Thursday, May 2, 2019.


Friday – 
5:30 – 7:00 pm – Drop-in – All levels –
Some “Skills and Drills” sessions may take place if enough players are interested.  Information will be sent by email and posted on the website.


Saturday – 
9:00 – 11:00 am. – 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