High School Parent Info

The first step is to contact one of the coaches with your name, address, telephone and e-mail addresses. Another option is to inform Kerry Guyette in the high school office of their intent to play. Kerry will contact the coaching staff.
De Pere tennis began in 1980-81 and has historically been one of the area’s best in term of performance and participation. There are signs on the tennis center building showing the long list of state tournament qualifiers and all-time record holders since day one.
As the parent of a De Pere tennis player you will get multiple e-mails during the school year and by simply responding to any coach you will be invited to the next meeting. They are typically Ix per month and hosted by a coach or tennis family.
Apart from attending the meetings, there are plenty of opportunities to help: Middle school coaching, girls basketball concession fund raisers, Pink Flamingo softball tournament fund raiser, driving to varsity away matches, flower garden upkeep, contact day help, etc.
In 2011 the tennis booster club helped fund the resurfacing the courts, then raised $50,000 for the tennis center (team room, coach’s office and concession area) and most recently raised $113,000 in order to install lights on courts 1-4. Currently a fund raiser is being run to add 2 championship tennis courts, a pavilion and an improved entrance.
DPHS tennis is both. Team comes first as shown by the typical 25-30 dual matches but players are asked to perform individually in singles as well as with many different but cooperative doubles partners. DPHS is part of the FRCC conference and competes in dual matches throughout the season
Coaches design practices before the season starts based on the number and skill levels of returning players as well as how many athletes are participating in winter and off season tournament play. The practice schedule is progressive in nature allowing for players to learn basic concepts before being presented with more advanced strokes and drills. Players are also given the opportunity to demonstrate strokes to teammates as well as lead in pre-and post-practice stretching, warmup drills and team building activities.
Players are placed on a ladder by skill level, experience and athletic ability. Later they are assigned and encouraged to play “challenge” matches for those positions. Coaches ultimately decide the line-ups. Currently teams play 4 singles and 3 doubles matches. Matches are decided by the total wins. EX 4-3
There are 2 types of scoring: Traditional or Ad scoring is when points are tracked as 0-15-30-40-game. Jftied at 30-30 or 40-40, the term used is “deuce” which means either player needs to win 2 consecutive points to win that game. No-ad scoring is simply 1-2-3-4 with the game winner being the first one to 4. Most matches are played with the winner of the set being the first one to 6 games, winning by 2. Ex. 6-4. 2 out 3 sets wins the match. Match tie-breakers imply that the 3rd set will be the first player to IO points/win by two for the match.
Parents and fans can and should cheer after points are won. It is not appropriate to cheer when it is obvious that the other player simply missed. Cheering should also not be confused with coaching which is not allowed by parents or spectators. Comments like “Hit it to his backhand”, “Concentrate” and “JS1 serves” are not allowed, but outbursts like “Great point”, “Way to go” and “Good job” are acceptable. Only players can call lines and whether a ball was “in” or “out”.
Per the WIAA, if a school has a 9th grade team, they can only play other 9th grade teams and because very few schools have them, we would be at a serious disadvantage compared to having all freshman, sophomores and juniors play JV. Seniors cannot play on our developmental JV teams.
Comfortable clothing and tennis shoes are a must as well as an appropriate sized and weighted racquet. Coaches are there to help you and your tennis player with both. See The Pro Shop, George St. De Pere.
Periodically DPHS budgets for replacement uniforms. In some years, parents are asked to purchase team jerseys which can typically be worn for a player’s entire high school career. Jerseys are provided but players must wear black, white or cardinal shorts to matches.
Tennis is a competitive game which requires stamina, concentration, patience and focus. Getting the proper amount of sleep is a must. Eating healthy foods (fruits and vegetables) and drinking plenty of water or sport drinks is also important as is having small snacks like granola bars, bananas, sandwiches on court while competing. Chocolate milk is a great post match drink.
By playing competitive teams it helps the players know where they fit in and it helps the coaches see where our weaknesses are and what we need work on. Whenever possible, we strive for 50/50 type matches where the outcome is not predictable. In any case, we expect our players to try as hard as they can regardless of the opponent.
For away varsity matches, players often times are driven by parent and/or coaches. Jfthe match requires overnight stays, parents will know where the team is staying and are certainly welcome to stay at the same hotel. The tennis booster club pays for the rooms but the players must bring along money for food. For the state tournament, DP HS provides limited funds for meals and pays for the rooms. For away JV matches, players will be driven to the match by a bus provided by the school. Home varsity matches start at 4:00 pm with JV matches systematically going on around 5: 15pm
Players will be given a written list of what to pack in their tennis bag for home and away matches.
Yes, provided a school form has been filled out, signed by the parent and given to a coach before leaving for an away match.
Only players in the varsity #1 and #2 singles or #1 and #2 doubles positions can qualify for the WIAA Individual State Tournament. If a team wins the sectional tournament 10 players in good standing would then qualify for the WIAA Team championships as decided by the coach.
Parent’s night is a athletic department requirement in which all parent’s, athletes and coaches attend in order to answer questions regarding schedules, injuries, team, school and WIAA rules, line-ups, practices, etc. Award’s Banquets are held late in the season in the evening for all individuals and parents for team recognition in each sport at De Pere.
The WIAA allows coaches to have “5 contact days” with their tennis players before August 1. These days are times when players get more individual instruction from the coaches than during the season. “Freshman Only Days” is unique to De Pere in that we coaches can work with any incoming 9th grader up until school officially starts. These are typically held on Friday mornings in August for incoming Freshman only.
Players are encouraged to play other sports in the o.ffseason. Cross training makes for better athletes and every coach wants stronger, quicker and more coordinated athletes. Experience allows for athletes to like to compete and important in life as well as in athletics. If not playing another sport, DP HS tennis players are urged to play as often as they can in the summer as well as participate in indoor drills, lessons and tournaments over the winter if possible.