Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Spearfish Tennis Association -  Middle School Boys Tennis Developmental Program

tennis playerThe Spearfish Tennis Association is offering a middle school tennis program this spring for all Spearfish area 6th, 7th, and 8th grade boys. Joe Doerges will be running the program with assistance from other Spearfish Tennis Association members.

This program is for any 6th, 7th, or 8th grade boy in the Spearfish area. Since tennis is not an official middle school activity at Spearfish MS, any area MS boy may participate in this program.

Team t-shirts order deadline is March 19, 2021. Other apparel can be ordered online from Alpine Impressions https://alpineimpressions.net/product-category/spearfish-tennis/

Practices are Monday - Friday from 3:30-5:00pm starting March 15th ending May 14th (weather permitting). We will practice at the HS tennis courts when the HS is out of town. Players are not required to attend all practices, but it is helpful for staffing purposes to know when your child will not be at practice. Practice schedule and meets are posted on the STA Calendar.

At this time we have three scheduled matches on Saturdays - 1 in Spearfish and 2 in Rapid City. More information will be posted when dates are finalized.

Participants will need proper practice clothes, T-shirt, shorts with pockets, tennis shoes, warm clothing for those cooler days. NO flip flops, jeans. We will provide water but they need to have their own water bottle. SCHOOL PHYSICAL IS REQUIRED!

The Spearfish Tennis Association will provide tennis rackets or students may bring their own.

Players will learn:

  • basic tennis skills (footwork, grip, forehand, backhand, volley, serve, and overhead)
  • rules of the game
  • tennis etiquette
  • keeping score (regular, no-add, and tie-breaker)

7th and 8th graders attending Spearfish Middle School who have adequate skills as determined by the coaching staff, may participate on the Spearfish HS boys tennis team.  Those studentswishing to move up to HS tennis will need to commit to attending all high school tennis practices and meets. High School practices are Monday-Friday 3:30-6:00pm and the season runs from March 15th – May 18th.

Parent letters, STA Registration/Waiver Form, and Online registration Information:
1. Download Parent Letters
Click here to download public school parent letter
Click here to download private school parent letter
2. Download and complete the STA Registration/Waiver form and return to the your school office or bring to your first practice.
Click here To download STA Registration/Waiver form
3. Register online through our USTA web site. 
Online registration requires a USTA account. A parent needs to create an account themselves and then add their child. You have the option to create a FREE or PAID USTA account. We suggest that you go with the FREE option at this time. You can always upgrade later if needed.
If you choose not to use the online registration, we will use information from the STA Registration/Waiver form to add the parent to our contact list and sign your child up for this program.
Click here for more information on why we are using the USTA for registration.
Click here for Online Registration

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at:
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