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Raider Tennis

Schedules:
Mar. 6 (Tues) vs. Prosper Reynolds
                            at Prosper Reynolds
Mar. 20 (Tues) vs. McKinney Cockrill
                            at McKinney Boyd HS
Mar. 27 (Tues) vs. Prosper Rogers
                            at HPHS outdoor courts
Apr. 4 (Wed) vs. McKinney Dowell
                            at McKinney Boyd HS
Apr. 11 (Wed) vs. McKinney Evans
                            at McKinney Boyd HS
Apr. 16 (Mon) - District Tournament (Doubles, Mixed)
                            at McKinney Boyd HS
Apr. 17 (Tues) - District Tournament (Singles)
                            at McKinney Boyd HS

NOTE: Practices will not be held on match days.

Important Clarifications regarding the HPMS Tennis Team

 
  • Students do not have to be taking a PE/tennis class in order to be on the tennis team.  
  • Students who are taking a PE/tennis class are not required to be on the tennis team.
  • There is no connection between the PE/tennis classes and the tennis team.
  • Students do not need to be enrolled in 1st or 8th-period athletics in order to be on the tennis team.
 
 

Students who are in Off-Campus PE are encouraged to be on the tennis team as well as students who are competing in ZAT tournaments and are Champ/Super-Champ.  Students have found that being on the tennis team and participating in a high-level Junior Development program (e.g., Seay, TBarM, Brookhaven and so on) several days/week does not inhibit either activity. In fact, Super-Champ players have commented that playing for your school helps you compete in USTA tournaments because you are dealing with a different type of pressure. (Note:  If you are in one of the high-level programs, and want to know how the team and the JD program can work together, contact Coach Welch to discuss your situation on an individual basis.)

 

Unlike most of the other sports at HPMS, the tennis team is a coed combination of 7th and 8th graders.

Tryout Information

Tryouts take place during the PE/tennis classes for many students.  For students who are not enrolled in one of PE/tennis classes, tryouts are held after school on the HPMS courts.  In addition, to facilitate some head-to-head play between those who are taking the PE/tennis and those who are not taking the PE/tennis class, a few after-school tryout days will be scheduled.  Not all students are asked to attend the after-school tryout days.  Tryout evaluations assess ground strokes, serves, actual play, strategy and movement.  Tryouts will be held in October, 2017.  Specific details will be on Coach Welch’s school website and will be distributed at the parent information meeting in mid-September. Meeting date is TBA.  Meeting details will be posted on Coach Welch's Home page.

Team Composition

 

Both 7th and 8th grade boys and girls compete together on the tennis team.

 

The tennis team has an “A” and a “B” team.  The “A” team competes against other schools whereas the “B” team does not.

 

Any student who wishes to be on the tennis team may do so.  There are no cuts.  Tryouts serve to place the student on the correct team (“A” or “B”) initially.

 

We are allowed to play 12 boys and 12 girls in a district match so the maximum size of the “A” team will be 14 boys and 14 girls.  There is no limit on the size of the “B” team.

Practice Schedule

 

All practices are held on the HPMS tennis courts.  

 

Practices will begin around mid-January depending on the weather.  Coach Welch works with other teachers regarding schedule conflicts, e.g., band, orchestra, drama performances and so on.

 

“A” team: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-5:30PM.

 

“B” team:  Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30-5:30PM.

 

No specific uniform is required for practices.  There is a specific uniform for matches against other schools.

Matches against other schools

Matches begin March 6th.