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High School Tennis Starts In Middle School

High School is a memorable time in all of our lives; the bright future, the friends, the parties, there’s nothing quite like it. The same goes for high school sports. For many players, high school is the biggest stage on which they will ever perform. But what if you are not mean enough for football or tall enough for basketball? I mean, the thought of running cross country makes me break out in hives! But tennis is a different animal: it’s physically demanding and mentally challenging, like every other sport, without the risk of serious injury. Sounds amazing, huh? In fact, High School tennis coaches are eagerly awaiting new arrivals next fall!

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Suncoast HS Girls Team cheer on their teammates

But there’s a problem: many Middle Schoolers have never played tennis before.

Get your High School tennis career started on the right track by joining All American Team Tennis. Following in the footsteps of High School and College tennis, All American Team Tennis places the team front and center, not lessons and tournaments. Our players train together, travel together, and compete together to develop unity, and chemistry among the teammates.

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It is this kind of ‘Team’ attitude High School coaches are looking for when players arrive for tryouts. They are looking for players who are considerate of others, who assist others when they need it, and who encourage their teammates. Of course, coaches are looking for talented players but more importantly, they’re looking for TEAM players. Because the Team is the key to victory.

Join All American Team Tennis and see how much fun tennis can be when you play on a team. Visit your local Parks Department for more information.

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Calling All Middle Schoolers…

High School is a memorable time in all of our lives; the bright future, the friends, the sports, the parties, there’s nothing quite like it. The same goes for High School Tennis. For many players it is their only opportunity¬† to experience team sports on that level. Maybe they’re not mean enough for football or tall enough for basketball. Maybe the thought of running cross country makes you break out in hives. Whatever the reason, High School tennis teams are eager to receive the incoming class of Freshman every September.

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Suncoast HS Girls Team cheer on their teammates

But there’s a problem.

Schools all across South Florida are gearing up for the 2016 season , but something is missing in their preparation. Every team experiences it, many have no way to address it, it hinders the sport in such a way it makes it hard to win: is it a lack of talented tennis players. All of Florida has been exposed to tennis in one way or another: elementary school gym class or tennis lessons at the local tennis club. Unfortunately, just as many decide to try something else when they find tennis to be boring. So when these players finally get to High School and have to choose a sport, and see tennis as their only option, tennis coaches are left to teach the fundamentals rather than coaching their team to victory.

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Don’t they look excited to be at tennis practice?

What are we going to do? Ask yourself these questions:

Question 1: Why do players decide not to continue playing tennis after being introduced to the game as a child?

Question 2: How does tennis compare to other youth sports? And…

Question 3: What can be done to keep kids playing tennis or to bring players from other sports over to the tennis court?

Former USTA Florida President, Bob Pfaender, recently penned an essay outlining junior participation in High School tennis vs. tournament tennis. According to USTA President Dave Haggerty, 355,000 juniors play High School tennis… 36,396 played one USTA tournament a year. That’s a 10% success rate!!! Meaning 90% of High School players play High School tennis, exclusively. There lies the key to popularity. If the goal is to play on your High School tennis team, wouldn’t it make sense to play on a team in Middle School, too?

‘Chemistry’ is an often overlooked key to the success of a team. Players must learn to cooperate and to communicate if they have any plans of winning. Unfortunately, tennis tournaments, while developing a player’s individual abilities (and ego), do very little to promote community, camaraderie, cooperation, or teamwork. That is what makes All American Team Tennis special.

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The Team is where friends are made

Following in the footsteps of College tennis, All American Team Tennis places the team front and center, leaving tournaments as an option for the summer break. Our players train together, travel together, and compete together to develop unity, and chemistry, among the teammates. It is the kind of ‘Team’ attitude High School coaches are looking for when players arrive for tryouts. They are looking for players who are considerate of others, who assist others when they need it, who encourage their teammates. Of course, coaches are looking for talented players but more importantly, they’re looking for TEAM players. Because that is the key to victory.

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GO TEAM!

Get your High School career started on the right track. Join All American Team Tennis and see how much fun tennis can be when you play on a team.

All American Team Tennis… Because Life is a Team Sport! GO TEAM!