52 players attended the Summer Program during the 2nd week. This included 6 to 10 year olds, middle school players and high school players. The red Dragons Summer Camp T-shirts were provided by IRC Team Sports
A photo of players in the Summer Program during the 2nd week of June 2016
Coach Brent Barrett feeding volleys to 10 and under players
Coaches Craig Tammen and Brent Barrett organizing group drills with the 10 and under group
Junior David Hockett plays a forehand during the “beat the defender” team game
The High School group in the Des Evans Summer Tennis Program
32 players attended the first week of the Program
The high school clinic has been the most popular so far
Coach Des Evans is a certified PTR Tennis Professional – 17 years at IRC New Palestine Dragons Boys & Girls Head Tennis Coach
Des’s 3 adult children all won Indiana State Team Championships with Carmel H.S. (Gareth twice). Nicola played 4 years college tennis for the Jags at IUPUI (Division 1) Stacey reached the final of the IHSSA State Girls Doubles in 2006.
8 WEEK JUNIOR TENNIS PROGRAM Venue : New Palestine High School Tennis Courts
Coach Des Evans will be assisted by Coaches Craig Tammen, Jean Graham and Veronica Clark ( Doe Creek Coach)
Players will improve strokes & serves ( techniques, placement, adding spin & power ), match tactics & strategies in singles & doubles, speed & fitness, mental approach and ability to compete at a higher level
Tuesday May 31 to Thursday July 28 :- ( 4 days a week – Mon to Thurs) 1st Week Only – Tues May 31 to Friday June 2
Please Note – NO PLAY during Moratorium Week : July 4-7
Middle School & Jr High Players : Boys & Girls : Ages 11-14 : Mon to Thurs 8.30-10am. Cost $72.00 per week Discounted Price for Season – $528.00 ($66.00 per week – for 8 weeks)
High School Players : Boys & Girls : Ages 14 -18 : Mon to Thurs10.00am – 12 noon. Cost $96.00 per week Discounted Price for Season – $720.00 ($90 per week – for 8 weeks)
Classes will focus on :-
Stroke Techniques & Swings Patterns
Singles & Doubles Strategies
Competitive group games and drills
Singles & Doubles Point Play
Mental Strategies for Competitive Play Individual & Group Private Lessons Available with Des Evans by Arrangement
Sign up with Des Evans on a weekly basis prior to 30 May
The New Palestine Lady Dragons girls tennis team have begun their 2016 season with a 2-2 record. 34 players are playing on this year’s team and after 4 matches every player on the line-up has played at each match! This promises to be an active and exciting season.
The New Palestine Dragons have worked extremely hard and have been rewarded with an impressive 18-1-1 record and a Hancock County Championship at Mount Vernon so far this 2015 season. Please follow their progress at :- http://newpalestineathletics.com/boys_tennis
Some over competitive and pushy parents place too much pressure on their children to be successful. They also refuse to accept responsibility for their son’s and daughter’s bad behavior on the tennis court or sports field. Parents and coaches should be scrupulously fair and always set a positive example.
I believe that young sports persons can be taught emotional control, mental toughness and good sportsmanship by learning the following 7 principles for lasting success:-
Love the challenge of competing – and enjoy the contest!
Respect the rules of the game, your opponents, coaches and parents
Accept that pressure, errors, failure and losing are part of the game
Establish realistic and attainable goals and ensure that levels of expectation are not too high
Focus on improving performance and do not concentrate merely on winning – be performance driven
Be an enthusiastic and good spirited team-mate – always encourage your partners or team members. Allow for an appropriate margin for error in sport – the perfectionist mentality leads to frustration and disappointment
Always try and give your best effort irrespective of whether you are winning or losing – never give up!
Be humble and respectful in victory and defeat. Champions do not gloat or “rub it in” when they win because they know that tomorrow they may be on the losing or receiving end.
Des’s Junior Challenge night events which are held twice a month continue to be extremely popular – as are the family challenge events held on Thanksgiving morning and on New Year’s Day. Between 56 and 73 players participate in these events on a regular basis.
A full house at Des’s junior challenge night
The joint winners of the family challenge on Thanksgiving morning
Yet another successful tennis program at IRC winds up! Fortunately, the weather was mild compared with last years intense heat. Numbers were up this year with Hector Clavijo, Sule Ladipo, Yulia Smirnova and myself involved in running the program which included juniors and adults.
Maria Sharapova deservingly lifted the French Open title – beating rising star Simona Halep of Rumania in 3 close sets in the final. Rafa proved too good for Novak Djokovic and captured his 9th French Open title. An amazing record on the red clay surface of Roland Garros!
Maria Sharapova celebrates her French Open Championship
Sharapova captured her 6th Grand Slam title at the French Open
Rafa beats Djokovic in 4 sets to capture his 9th French Open
Rafa lifts the French Open trophy for an incredible 9th time!