Tennis IPSHA

General Information

  • This year teams in Division A and B1 will play 6 games in each singles match. All other divisions will play 4 games in each singles match.
  • Girls should log onto blinkm.co/IPSHA/ and click on the appropriate venue.
  • All girls should be instructed on how to use the umpiring sheet that is included.
  • As no points are tallied at the end of term, no games should be forfeited. If only 3 girls turn up then the other girls should double up so that all opponents get as many games as possible in the allocated time.
  • There is a 3 point Deuce.
  • Most courts will not be open until 7:50 am. Aim to get to your court 15 minutes before your match.

Schools should supply the following for each team every week:

  • A scoresheet with the names filled in, in graded order before play commences.
  • A clipboard with a sharpened pencil attached.
  • 3 NEW BALLS from each team plus at least one decent ball in case of loss during the match.
  • A captain should be chosen each week to take the balls and scoresheet(and fill in the scores) 

8am Match

Will be played on 2 courts simultaneously, umpiring duties should be shared.

 7.50 am  

 Arrive at venue

     

    

     

 7.55 am

 Warm up

 

 

 

 8.00 am

 Court 1 

 No 1 Doubles v No 1 Doubles 

 8 games

 

 

 Court 2

 No 2 Doubles v No 2 Doubles

 8 games

 

 8.30 am

 Court 1 

 No 1 Singles v No 1 Singles 

 4 games (6 games-‘A + B1’ Grades) 

 Umpire No 2

 

 Court 2

 No 3 Singles v No 3 Singles

 4 games (6 games-‘A + B1’ Grades)

 Umpire No 4

 8.50 am

 Court 1 

 No 2 Singles v No 2 Singles

 4 games (6 games-‘A + B1’ Grades)

 Umpire No 1

 

 Court 2

No 4 Singles v No 4 Singles 

 4 games (6 games-‘A + B1’ Grades) 

 Umpire No 3 

 9.10 am

 Court 1

 No 1 Doubles v No 2 Doubles

 8 games

 

 

 Court 2

 No 2 Doubles v No 1 Doubles

 8 games

 

 9.50 am

 Definite finish
 of games 

 

 

 

 

10am Match

Will be played on 2 courts simultaneously, umpiring duties should be shared.

 9.50 am

Arrive

 

 

 

 9.55 am

Warm up

 

 

 

 10.00 am

Court 1

 No 1 Doubles v No 1 Doubles

 8 games

 

 

Court 2

 No 2 Doubles v No 2 Doubles

 8 games

 

 10.30 am

Court 1

 No 1 Singles v No 1 Singles

 4 games (6 games-‘A + B1’ Grades) 

 Umpire No 2 

 

Court 2

 No 3 Singles v No 3 Singles

 4 games (6 games-'A + B1’ Grades)

 Umpire No 4

 10.50 am 

Court 1

 No 2 Singles v No 2 Singles

 4 games(6 games-‘A + B1’ Grades)

 Umpire No 1

 

Court 2

 No 4 Singles v No 4 Singles

 4 games(6 games-‘A + B1’ Grades

 Umpire No 3

 11.10 am 

Court 1

 No 1 Doubles v No 2 Doubles

 

 

 

Court 2

 No 2 Doubles v No 1 Doubles 

 

 

 11.50 am

Definite finish
 of games 

 

 

 

Matches should be completed in less than 2 hours. The convener / teacher must encourage the girls to get on and off the court quickly between sets and to keep matches progressing.

Teams

There are 4 girls in a team. They should be graded 1-4, the combination making the doubles pairs may be made in any suitable way. If the doubles combination varies from 1 with 2 and 3 with 4, the team manager (supervisor) should inform the other team before play starts. 

If the number of players for any team is less 4 at the scheduled start of play, all possible singles matches should be played. If, when the singles games have been completed, the missing player has not arrived, as many doubles matches should be attempted so that girls do not miss out on too much play. 

Below is a suggested format if a team in ‘A, B1-3 or C1-3) has 5 players attending the match. Each member of the team must play a minimum of two matches.

  • Doubles 1 & 2 v Opposing 1 & 2
  • Doubles 3 & 4 v Opposing 3 & 4
  • Singles 1 v Opposing Singles 1
  • Singles 2 v Opposing Singles 2
  • Singles 3 v Opposing Singles 3
  • Singles 5 v Opposing Singles 4
  • Doubles 1 & 2 v Opposing 3 &4
  • Doubles 4 & 5 v Opposing 1& 2
  • The five member team is the highlighted (bold) team.

Uniform

Girls will wear their school sports/tennis uniform and should be encouraged to wear a sunhat and at least 30+ sunscreen. Don’t forget your water bottle.

Umpires

Umpires are expected to stand (unless a proper high chair is provided) and in the proper position. They are expected to complete an umpiring sheet, concentrate and call clearly. Some of the girls may need encouragement and guidance in umpiring particularly those in lower teams. An adult/teacher may be needed to remind them to call the score and to concentrate. Where all girls are playing doubles at the same time they should umpire their own games or if unable to umpire, the game should be umpired by an adult or teacher. A sample scoresheet is attached. 

Tennis_Umpire_Sample 

Tennis Etiquette

Parents and players are requested to abide by the following tennis etiquette.

  • Introduce yourself to your opponents.
  • Display good sportsmanship at all times. It is very important to be calm while you are playing and not lose your temper or throw your racquet. Staying calm will assist you to play better and improve your tennis.
  • Return the balls along the ground to the server.
  • Make sure the server always has 2 balls at the start of each point.
  • Don’t walk at the back or side of the court when a point is being played.
  • Say sorry and hold up your hand if you get a net cord that dribbles over the net during a rally or if you happen to hit your opponent with the ball.
  • Don’t return ‘faults’ unless the ball is very close.
  • Compliment your opponents good shots.
  • Don’t talk during a point unless to say “yours” to your partner or “mine”etc
  • Don’t talk to the umpire as it can disrupt her concentration.
  • Don’t question the umpire’s calls and especially don’t hassle the umpire. Accept mistakes if they are made (mistakes are even made at Wimbledon) You can check the accuracy of the score.
  • It is very important for parents and other spectators to also accept the umpire’s calls, whether they are correct or not, and not interfere with the play from off the court.
  • Spectators including parents should not sit on the court or speak to the players during the match.
  • Spectators should clap good shots from both teams and should be particularly careful not to clap mistakes, eg double faults.
  • Wait until the end of the game before you take off or put on extra clothing, as it interrupts the flow of play.
  • Do not jump over the net to change ends, walk around the post.
  • Take your water bottle onto the court and put it by the net post so you can have a drink as you change ends. 
  • At the end of a match shake hands with your partner and then over the net and your opponents whatever the result. After all it is only a game. Thank the umpire. 
  • Umpiring   - Concentrate
    - Call the balls and score loudly
    - Call fairly, remember any part of the ball that touches any part of the line is in
        -   The server should call the score before playing the next point.
        -   Doubles players umpiring their own matches should only call balls on their side of the net unless the opponent requests it