Head Coach: Father Michael Speziale
Assistant Coach: Mary Anne Crowe
Objectives and Goals:
- To teach our boys the basic skill set of a competitive tennis player (e.g. ground strokes, volleying, serving, and lobbing) as well as the incorporation of topspin and slice into those shots.
- To improve footwork and conditioning, strategy, scoring, on court etiquette, and sportsmanship.
- To provide knowledgeable and supportive instruction that will allow our boys to compete at a high level and provide an opportunity for our boys to grow athletically and socially.
- Have fun and learn a lifelong sport.
Practice Days and Times:
Pre-season typically begins the first week of March with daily practices occurring in the afternoons (3:00 – 5:00 pm), Mondays through Fridays. We use Radnor high school and middle school, Cabrini University and Bob White Park.
During the pre-season the boys play each other in a Round Robin 4 game Pro Set in order to establish a working ladder.
From that point, challenge matches (USTA format – best of 3 sets with Ad scoring) are played to allow firm establishment of the latter that will ultimately determine the hierarchy of the competitive team (e.g. Varsity: 1st, 2nd and 3rd Singles, 1st and 2nd Doubles; Junior Varsity: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th Doubles). Mixed in with this ladder establishment a one on one critical analysis of a player’s strokes in order to provide knowledgeable suggestions for improvement of that players skill set.
The boys will engage in interspecific competition via two scrimmages versus area high school teams. Also, drills and skills (athletic and social) as well as singles and doubles strategy will be strengthened via drills and games, which the boys really enjoy.
Once the regular season begins, weekday practices will occur on non-match days.
Finally, the boys will be strongly encouraged to participate in a community service project. The purpose of this would be to teach the benefits of a generous spirit to those in our community in need, but may foster a future desire for community service, whether professionally or personally.