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Running a High School Tennis Team

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Global Tennis Network gives you all the tools you need to run a well organized high school tennis team, from helping you run tryouts, manage players, organize practices, schedule matches and more.

Create a Network

The first step to organizing your tennis team, is to create a network. A network is your own online tennis community where you can organize your own ladders, leagues, tournaments and events. You can see a network in action with our demo network.

Give you network a name like "West High School Tennis Team". Then, customize the look and post some information about your school, team and upcoming tryouts.

Create a network


Team Tryouts

Now that you have a network, it is time to choose your players for the team. This process is called "tryouts". Typically, after school all the players looking to play on the team will show up, and the coach will assign some matches, and observe the skills of the players. It can be a very unscientific method of choosing the best players.

A better method to determining the best players would be to run a tennis ladder. With a tennis ladder, your best players will be at the top. If you don't have a lot of players, a simple round robin ladder will ensure all your players play each other.

After enough matches have been played, you simply take the top X players on the ladder. Your ladder can run itself, and your players can even submit their own scores. Just set the ladder rules to ensure fair play. To save time, you can use shorter match formats. For example: best 2 or 3 games.

Check out all the rules you have available in our demo tennis ladder settings.

Feel free to give our ladders a try in our demo tennis ladder.


Team Practice

It is important your players get practice each weak. Within your network, you can create events, and even repeating events. For example, you may create a repeating "Wednesday Team Practice" event. You players will be notified when you create an event, and your players can even RSVP and comment on each event.

At this point, you may want to create a new tennis ladder with all your team players. The top players on this ladder, could be your 1st, 2nd and 3rd seed players.

See events in action in our demo network events.


Team Schedule

Keeping your team players informed of when, and where they play their opponents is easy again with events. You can create an event for each scheduled match. You can even contact your players directly by sending a mass email. Just have you players RSVP the night before, to ensure they have remembered their match.


Conclusion

Hopefully with these suggestions, you will be able to run a winning high school tennis team. But, it doesn't have to stop there. Keep a few ladders running year round. It is a great way to keep your players active and ready for the next season.
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