High School Tennis

High school tennis is a vital part of the overall tennis picture, even for developing college players. The competitive and social aspects make it a fun and important piece of the junior experience. For most players high school tennis is the pinnacle of their playing careers. The problem with high school tennis is the format. The teams are too big. High school tennis should be played in the sa…me format as college: 6 players playing doubles forst, then singles. Bring back the prestige of making the top varsity squad of only 6 players and stop diluting the play by having 9 to 11 players on the starting squad. Many high school varsity players aren’t at a competitive tournament level. Imagine going to a varsity basketball game and some of the kids can’t play. The counter argument here is to increase participation you have to increase the team size, but I disagree. Have a varsity 1, V2, JV1, 2 and 3 and a few frosh/soph squads. Let everyone make a team even if you have to play off-campus. Have parents volunteer coach and push the level of quality up to the top, whereas the top varsity is highly prestigiuos because it is difficult to achieve. This will help high school tennis turn into a top junior achievement instead of something the better kids do as a pastime.