End of Season Greetings!

Hello ATC Membership and hoping everyone is safe going into the late Fall. As I write this brief message there is a skiff of snow on the ground. The final days of playing tennis for the 2020 season are drawing nigh. We hope you had a great tennis experience in 2020!  A reminder that the nets will be removed November 1st in cooperation with the Town’s plan of winterizing all summer recreation facilities.

We would like to thank everyone for your support in following the COVID Guidelines and Club Rules though a rather challenging time. All reports suggest we have been successful as ATC Membership in modelling what can happen when we work together.  Well done!

Please be advised that your ATC Executive Committee is continuing to work on wrapping up 2020 and preparing for the 2021 season. We are writing our committee reports, reviewing data, balancing the books and preparing budgets and recommendations for 2021.

We will be announcing the date of the Annual General Meeting for next year in the late winter. We welcome any feedback, suggestions and recommendations – please respond in the “leave a comment” section at the bottom of this page. We would encourage any person who would like to get involved with the ATC Executive to please connect with us. We welcome your questions.

I would like to express a word of “Thanks” to the ATC Membership,  the ATC Executive and the staff of the Town of Almonte for a job well done and for a successful 2020 Tennis Season in spite of COVID19.

Sincerely,

Paul Scissons
President – ATC

Winding Down

Greetings ATC Tennis Players

We hope you have been enjoying this beautiful late summer weather and are planning a full October of tennis. We would like to thank everyone for your efforts in keeping within the guidelines for COVID, while still enjoying some great tennis and long distance socializing on the courts. 

Our normal closing date is October 31st. We have discussed the possibility of extending our season into November with the town.

Due to the extenuating circumstances with managing COVID the town has a mandate to close recreational facilities November 1st.

We appreciate and respect the hard work and responsiveness the town has provided all season and in particular during these challenging times. 

We encourage you to maximize October and enjoy.

Stay safe!
Paul

Hyacinth’s Corner

As we bump into September it is hoped that your tennis game is improving. Covid 19 has certainly changed our recreational and social habits. Golf and tennis seem to be two sports where social distancing is more easily met. Still remember, Covid is still around; social distance on the courts and wash your hands…..

Hyacinth’s coaching posts and quizzes have been an enjoyable way to stay current and competitive, if only with yourself. For myself I am thinking a lot more when I am on the court, practicing Hyacinth’s suggestions. I’m not sure if my game has improved, but I have had more fun playing the game this year.

As always, feedback to Hyacinth on these posts is appreciated.

So off we go………

HELLO !    BONJOUR ! IT’S A WRAP !   My weekly E-connection—in summer-2020 designed to cheer you along, from a “virtual” court-side in this “covid-combat-time” during JULY and AUGUST, has featured the following …            

[1]—FUN-FACTS (including quizzes)                    
[2]—HELPFUL-HINTS (charting progress)                                
[3]—PRACTICE-PLAYS (honing skills)

MERCI / THANKS    Many thanks to those who read-&-absorbed these weekly“communication-bits”, and especially to those who carved-out some time to participate, by providing me with your feedback!

YOUR NEXT STEPS   
(A)—For those who were wondering, yes—there is still time (up to and including Monday August 31st) to send-in responses for any-or-all of the 3 areas mentioned above. I will continue to tally the points earned, and everyone’s participation will be recognized towards the end of the season.   
(B)—Choose additional areas and continue practising your “Percentage-Check” as suggested in last week’s Section under “HELPFUL-HINTS”/ This practical way of keeping tabs on your progress will expand your comfort-zone, and also increase your “fun” quotient while playing this fab sport.  Sans doute.   
(C)—Try your best to complete the recent True/False Quiz. The link to the quiz is below

Every T/F answer gets a point for effort (minimum is 18-pts.) & Correct responses get double points (maximum is 36-pts.) 

CHEERS ! … 
Hyacinth-C Smile —613-623-0976
ATC-Pro & Adult Programme Coordinator

Hyacinth’s Corner

Cooler weather has arrived. It seems that a portion of the membership likes their tennis weather hot, hot. July made these people very happy! August seems to have brought moderate to cool temperatures. I looks like this year, everyone gets their wish. So get out and enjoy the bottom half of our ATC summer season.

Hyacinth’s Corner will be completed on July 28th, and Hyacinth is asking for feedback on her series of virtual coaching. When you have a few minutes, please respond to her with your comments. I have found myself “thinking” more when I am playing, based on Hyacinth’s posts this summer. For me it has made the game more enjoyable which in turn offers a greater incentive to play more often. What about you?

So here we go with the next coaching tips……………

SECTION#-[2]
HELPFUL-HINTS Sub-Section-[ii]:  
CHECK YOUR PERCENTAGES!

YOU may tell yourself—“I feel I’m really improving.”B-U-T you may wonder—“How can I be sure of this”?           

NO PROB  …  /  PAS DE PROBLÈME …HERE’S YOUR ANSWER

Do a Percentage-Check!WHY? 
•Easy to do  •Provides a factual response! SAMPLE OF AREAS TO CHECK
Here’s my suggested sampling of some areas that you might like to choose for checking your improvement …   
(a)->reliable placement of service   
(b)->accuracy of down-the-line approach-shots   
(c)->accuracy of cross-court approach shots   
(d)->lobs—defensive, offensive, & “sky-scraper”   
(e)->effective overhead shots & smashes   
(f)->use of various spins when serving or stroking   
(g)->alley-rally for accurate grounds—b/h + f/h   
(h)->net-play (volleys, ½-volleys, drop-shots, etc.)   
(i)->footwork (split-step, shuffling, running, etc.)   
(j)->poaching—from the left or right forecourt

And many others that you may personally wish to add to the above.

MY SUGGESTED “ACTUAL/FACTUAL” APPROACH   
At your next on-court-session, slot-in some minutes of practice-time, and proceed as follows: (good to work w/ “practice-pals”, as some areas benefit from ball-feeding, while others, e.g. the serve, are self-feeding)   
(1)•choose an area in which you’d like to improve   
(2)•take 10 balls, one at a time, and try the shot   
(3)•record your successes w/ these 10 balls   
(4)•if you make, e.g., 3 of the 10 tries, that’s 30%   
(5)•practise over the course of say, a week-or-less   
(6)•then check again with 10 balls
An increase in percentage shows your improvement. … BRAVO!!

YOUR FEEDBACK—SUMMER-2020   
As always, I welcome-&-enjoy your feedback during this summer-2020-series of my “virtual” cheering from courtside.  During this time, we have adjusted to, and coped w/, restrictions necessitated by the pandemic. Please keep in mind that e-a-c-h feedback/response earns “equi-points”, for which you will be recognized after the season ends.  So, if you wish to review some“communication-bits”, there’s still time—up to August31st—to submit answers/comments.  These will add to points already earned … ergo, 
E-N-J-O-Y the process !

My 9-wks. of “virtual-visits” will end FRI-28th-AUG—thanks/merci, for your participation !
HYACINTH-C

ADHS Tennis

Youth represent the future of our club membership. To that end, ATC will again welcome students from the Almonte District High School physical education program to participate in supervised instruction and play for the fall season.

In addition to school board rules concerning Covid 19, the supervising teacher will undertake to apply the ATC Rules and Recommended Behaviour while students are on the courts.

As planning becomes more defined, scheduled times will be posted on the ATC website.

NOTE:
This season has noticed a higher participation in Tuesday and Thursday morning play. For this reason, all courts have now been blocked for the remainder of the 2020 season, for member play on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:30 – 11:00 AM

HYACINTH’S CORNER

THIS IS THE LATEST SERIES OF TIPS FROM OUR CLUB PRO. ALL GOOD INFORMATION TO IMPROVE FOCUS AND MOVE A BALANCE OF CONTROL TO “YOUR” SIDE OF THE NET. 

SECTION#-[2]~HELPFUL-HINTS Sub-Section-[ii]:
Picture Y-o-u-r-s-e-l-f—Continued …

TAKING CONTROL •WHEN you can, •WHERE you can in 5 more areas where you’re totally in charge!

OPENING-NOTES:

  • some hints below are geared towards competitive situations; nevertheless, whether you’re involved in competing, or not, many are “fab-habs” to adopt!
  • when engaged in “social” tennis, the atmosphere is, understandably, far less stringent, sans doute …
  1. FACE

(i) Even if many thoughts-&-plans may be stressfully racing inside your head, let your facial expression exhibit calmnessdetermination and purpose.

  1. EYES

(j) Stay “in the moment” by looking at, and focusing on, events on your own court, e.g. the opponent’s movement, your racquet-handling, ball motion, etc.

  1. CONFIDENCE

(k) Whatever your motions involve—running, striding, shuffling, stroking the ball, etc.—let these actions exude confidence; the end-result will be to provide your performance with a built-in positivity.

  1. CHANGING ENDS

(l) In the time allotted for changing ends, create a personal routine, e.g. sipping a drink, towelling-off, checking/making notes, preparing your next moves.

  1. BREATHING

(m) Controlled breaths have a positive effect on your body language—breathing deeply as needed, will calm your mind, reduce stress, increase alertness.

CLOSING NOTES:

  • the 10subcategories that I have presented, mirror those listed in the International Magazine, “Tennis-Pro”, in its promotion of “Mental Metrics”.
  • the descriptions I provide are a blend of some ideas there, together with tenets from my TKT© approach.

HYACINTH’S GHOST/FANTOME

HELLO !    BONJOUR !

HYACINTH PROVIDES A LINK BETWEEN GHOST/FANTOME AND “PRACTICE-2-PLAY

Many thanks to those who reported having enjoyed the drill “The Ghost/Le Fantôme”. There is still time to practise the drill and the rules are repeated below. It would be great to now have additional comments from others; and you may opt to try this in a SINGLES or a DOUBLES setting.  This is an activity that transfers seamlessly from “Practice-2-Play”.)

So, enjoy this drill, then kindly send me **feedback** once you have completed your games. (FORM BELOW).

HOW TO PLAY AND SCORE GHOST/FANTOME

Play a regular set (1st to 6-games) if your time permits; or just decide ahead to play a certain number of games.

    EITHER try to avoid deuce—when you serve @ 40-30 … (receiver has opposite aim, bien sûr)

    OR aim to achieve deuce—if you’re serving @ 30-40 … (receiver has opposite aim, of course)

    AND, remember that if a score gets to deuce, the game ends there, and  Ghost/Fantôme wins that game—all the other players then record zeros as their scores for that game

Your participation would be very helpful with ongoing “statistical-tracking” for this drill.  BTW, NO names are used in compiling these stats; and please keep in mind that Season-2020 participants are earning “Equi-Points”  by responding to these “virtual” activities.  BONUS. 

LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR INPUT ON THE FORM BELOW

YOU WILL HAVE TO VISIT THE ATC WEBSITE TO COMPLETE THIS FORM.

HC  —613-623-0976