Sunday, August 21 at Southern Oaks
Sunday, September 18 at The Legacy
Sunday, October 9 at Highland Park
FALL BALL will be offered to kids ages 9-18. It will consist of 3 play days (Pre-Season Exhibitions) and a half-day team tournament (Fall Ball Championships.) Players do not have to participate in the Pre-Season Exhibitions to play in the Championships, but are encouraged to attend at least one!
Fall Ball will consist of 3 play days (Pre-Season Exhibitions):
Sunday, August 21, 2016 at Southern Oaks
Sunday, September 18, 2016 at The Legacy at Bonne Esperance
Sunday, October 9, 2016 at Highland Park Tennis Center
The Pre-Season Exhibitions will be offered to players of all levels (Beginner, Intermediate and Advance).
The Fall Ball Championships will be held on Sunday, November 6 at the YMCA and Highland Park Tennis Center. It will be offered to Intermediate and Advanced players only. What defines “Intermediate”? A player who understands the basic rules of tennis, who is able to serve and keep score.
Registration Fee: $10/per player for each Pre-Season Exhibition. GBRCTA will supply pros, courts, balls and Gatorade.
When registering for a Pre-Season Exhibition, players will chose from one of the following: (Session times for each Pre-Season Exhibition may change or vary.)
1:00-2:30 Beginner Clinic. Pros will be on site to run drills and play games with players.
2:30-4:00 Intermediate Match Play. Pros will be on site to organize round robin match play and/or run drills (depending on the number of registrants and court availability).
4:00-5:30 Advanced Match Play. Pros will be on site to organize round robin match play and/or run drills (depending on the number of registrants and court availability).
FALL BALL CHAMPIONSHIPS:
Registration Fee: $20/per player. GBRCTA will supply courts, balls, drinks, snacks and prizes. Registration will open Monday, October 3, 2016! The Championships will be held on Sunday, November 6th at the YMCA and Highland Park Tennis Center, from around 12:30-6:00 pm.
The Fall Ball Championships will be a TEAM event. Each team will be assigned an “SEC” team name. (For example, LSU, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Florida, etc.) The number of teams and the number of players on each team will depend on the number of registered players. Each team will have the same number of players at equal levels of play. (For example, let’s say Team LSU consist of 2 Advanced players, 4 Intermediate players and 4 Intermediate/Beginner players, then all other “SEC” teams will have the same number of players, at that same levels of play. At the Fall Ball Championships, the Advanced players from one team will play the Advanced players from another team; Intermediate players from one team will play Intermediate players from another team; and Intermediate/Beginner players from one team will play Intermediate/Beginner players from another team.)
How are the teams formed?
Teams will be formed through a draft. Registration for the Fall Ball Championships will close at noon on Friday, November 4th and a draft will be held Friday evening.
How does the draft work?
All names of registered players will be placed in “hats”. Each hat will represent a level of play (Hat #1 being the most advanced players), and each hat will be labeled a football position. For example, Hat #1: Quarterback, Hat #2: Running Back; Hat # 3: Tight End, Hat # 4: Safety, and Hat # 5: Kicker. The number of hats and the number of names in each hat will depend on the number of players. If a large number of registrants, then more hats (positions/levels of play). If less registrants, then less hats.
Once all names are placed in the hats, volunteer captains (TEAM MANAGERS) will take turns picking names out of the hats. In the end, each TM will end up with an equal number of players on their teams (equal in number and in level). Team Mangers will be allowed to have their own kids/grandkids on their teams.
We will need a parent/volunteer (Team Manager) for each team! If you sign up as a TM, registration fees for one child will be waived.
The Role of a Team Manager: No tennis experience necessary! We would like TMs to attend the draft party on Friday evening, November 4th. (Attendance will be recommended, but not required.) After the draft, TMs will be asked to send out an email to all their team members. TM’s will need to attend the Fall Ball Championships from start to finish (around 12-6pm). TM’s will not be asked to assign “positions” to their players because all positions will be assigned prior to the draft. TM’s will only be asked to keep track of their players and to inform all of their match times throughout the day.
Match Format: A round robin type format consisting of doubles, and possibly singles play; no-ad scoring; first to 6 games; TB at 5-5. In the end, the team with the most games won (not set or match wins), will be the Champs! If we have a large number, we may divide the teams into 2 divisions. For example, SEC-West and SEC-East. “West” might play at the YMCA and “East” might play at Highland Park. If we have two divisions, then we’ll have two Champions.
Our Goal: To offer our Baton Rouge junior players fun and organized, yet competitive match play, in a team format!