Players in many of our leagues are filled with anticipation as the season approaches. They just can't wait to meet up with last year's opponents and to meet new players. How do we know? Some have written to us asking when they would receive the kickoff email. The answer? Well, it's here. The kickoff email went out the week of April 12. If this is your first season in the tennis league network (or even if you are a veteran), there are a few things that you need to know. First, how do you get started? Here’s how:
On the start day of the season, we break down the committed players by geographical location, gender and skill level. We try to keep the distance between two players reasonable and make divisions based partly on travel time. The start day of the season, players receive a kickoff email that contains important information about the league, the link where your league standings and players contact information.
We guarantee 6 playing partners at your playing level, but have been averaging closer to 15+ dedicated tennis partners in most cities. We can tell you that players in many of our leagues are filled with anticipation as the season approaches. They just can't wait to meet up with last year's opponents and to meet new players. How do we know? Some have written to us asking when they will receive the kickoff email. The answer? Very soon.
Your Task - "Flexible Scheduling”
After this kickoff email is sent, it is the player's task to communicate with each other. Players should work with their partners to find an agreeable time and location to play the match. While TennisPhilly doesn't mandate your playing schedule, it is recommended that players schedule at least one match per week. By request of the players in 2008 we started to allow players to play 1 rematch during the season.
Here’s some common sense advice:
Make sure that technology—telephone and email-- works for you, not against you. Email has by far become the most common communication tool. But you can get tripped up! Sometimes people don’t look at their messages very frequently, or they are out of town, or their addresses or phone numbers have changed since you received the players roster.
If you don’t get a response after a couple of tries, why not just pick up the phone and call? Try both home and cell numbers. At this point, of course, you may confront technology once again--voicemail! So leave a message and wait for a return call. If you still haven’t made a connection with the player, try again in a couple of weeks. Or contact the league administrator (me) to find out whether the player is still in the league or if contact information has changed.
Where to Play?
The league strongly suggests that players jointly try to pick a tennis court location convenient to both. We provide an extensive list of tennis courts for each area, including details such as number of courts, lighting, hitting walls, etc. We strive to keep this list fresh and up-to-date; players are encouraged to pass along any updated information. Your league website has a link to the courts in your area. These courts have been evaluated. They are accessible to you and in good condition. If you know of any courts that are in bad shape or are not playable, please let me know.
Tennis Orlando, Tennis San Antonio and Tennis San Diego will all have leagues kickoff in the near future.
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