LOVE, HARD WORK, DILIGENCE
Players and Parents--Please read this handbook and on the last page called the signature page, please sign and turn in to the coach. Feel free to print out and keep for your reference.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
NOTE TO THE SENIORS ON NCAA CLEARING HOUSE RULES AND PROGRAM GOAL
2-5--GENERAL POLICES AND PROCEDURES
6--TENNIS PLAYERS CODE OF RESPONSIBILITY
7--UIL WEB SITE AND MIDLOTHIAN TENNIS WEBSITE
COACH SAM WRINKLE
ABOUT ME--- Graduated from Great Bend High School in Kansas in 2003. Finished 7th in the KHSSA tennis tournament in 2003. Played for Barton County Community College in Great Bend Kansas from 2003-2005 where I was nationally ranked 49th in singles and 14th in the nation in doubles in the fall of 2005. In spring 2005 placed third in the NJCAA national tournament. Both years BCCC finished ranked top 5 in the nation. From there I went to Ouachita Baptist University and played from 2005-2008 where we were ranked top 5 in the nation all three years and academic all American from 2005-2008. After graduating I spent one year as a teaching pro at Walnut Creek Country Club in Mansfield Texas. In 2009 I lived in Malaysia for six months where I won the KTT Malaysian Open and was allowed to be a hitting partner for Malaysian Davis Cup team from Feburary to March of 2009. After moving back I built and ran Midlothian Tennis Academy. At its peak we faciltited lesson and groups for over 120 MISD students a week. I am also a United States Professional Tennis association certified teaching Professional.
I am married to my beautiful wife Jessica and we have one kid (dog) Kramer. I have been working at MISD for the past two years and teach Game Programming and Design at the High School.
Players I’ve worked with:
Anna Dollar: Currently ranked top 500 in the world according to WTA
Tori Dollar: 4 year letter recipient at Oral Roberts Univeristy (D-1)
Austin Grossklause: 1 year player at Tyler Junior College
Brian Shular: 2 year player for Oklahoma Baptist (D-2)
Tali Dollar: 2 year player at ORU and current player at Evangel University
Tyler Cawthorne: Current Player at Arizona Christian
TO CONTACT COACH WRINKLE
Sam Wrinkle 682-999-1386
Note to Seniors: If you are a Senior and you have any aspirations of playing college tennis at a Div 1or II school, Junior College, or NAIA you must register with what is known as the CLEARING HOUSE. You can talk to the counselors or go to for info.
Note to Juniors: All MIDLO juniors who are student/athletes are encouraged to enroll in the ACT/SAT by January of their 11th grade year.
GENERAL POLICIES AND PRODEDURES
If a player chooses not to behave in line with the Goal of the Program or does not follow the instruction of the coach, he or she will be subject to consequences chosen by the Coach. These could include running, suspension from a match, practice, etc.
50s: 50 pushups, 50 situps, 50 squat thrusts, and 4 laps.
100s: 100 pushups, 100 situps, 100 squat thrusts, and 7 laps.
Note: Extra conditioning will be done outside and in addition to the normal team workout. The Coach reserves the right in certain instances to enforce punishments and not allow the student to return to participate in regular practice until the disciplinary procedures are completed. If time is limited players may be required to report before school. Continuous or repetitive offenses may result in suspension or removal from the team.
II & III Missed Practices- Excused and Unexcused
Most practices begin during athletic period and end between 5:15 and 5:45. In some excused cases, if a player is absent from practice they may be required to run a 50. This does not mean it is considered punishment. It may be only for conditioning purposes as the players must earn a grade for the class.
Excused Absences that do not include running:
Participation in other UIL events/competitions, required school related leadership meetings, required field trips, etc.
Any other pre approved absences by the coach
All other absences from practices will be considered unexcused absences and will be required to be made up with a 100 for every practiced missed. Please contact us when scheduling doctor or dentist appointments, etc. we possibly can help you pick a time that will make it less stressful for the student.
Missed Games: Any matches missed will be automatic 2 100s unless absence is tennis related (USTA tournament) or a conflict from another other UIL competition.
IV. Challenge Ladder.
There will be a ladder tournament at the beginning of the fall season that will determine the starting position of each player on the ladder. Challenge matches are played throughout the season to give the players a chance to advance and also to increase their match play skills. Players will have a numerical ladder rank. The format of the challenge rounds will rotate from odds challenging evens to evens challenging odds.
V Team Tennis.
Team Tennis is when the best players on our team compete against the best players of another team in singles and doubles. There are 6 boys singles matches, 6 girls singles matches, 3 boys doubles matches, 3 girls doubles matches, and 1 mixed doubles match for a total of 19 possible wins. The first team to reach 10 wins will win the team match. During the fall is when 6A schools hold their regional and state team competitions.
We will play in individual tennis tournaments mainly in the winter and spring. This is when the players will specialize in double or singles and prepare for district, regional, and state UIL individual tennis events. Although, a player may advance individually, they earn points for their team in the district event and can win the TEAM district event.
In order to participate in the Midlothian Tennis Program players must accumulate points based on the Summer Tennis Point system. The reason for the points is to ensure us that we have players that enjoy tennis and want to get better. It also encourages the players not to lay their racquets down entirely during the summer and lose the edge that they had when school let out.
Some people on the team string rackets.
The coach strings rackets as well.
It is very important to have good communication between the players, coaches, and parents. If you have any questions, please ask. PLAYERS DO NOT tell the coaches what you are going to do, YOU ask them. It is extremely hard to run a practice and get challenge matches done when players don’t check with us about the possibility of being gone. Parents please feel free to contact us when scheduling any kind of appointments. We possibly can help you with this and make it less stressful for the student. The coaches contact information is in the introduction to the coaches section of this handbook.
Out of town trips.
It is very important not to be late when going out of town. The coaches allow enough time to get there and get a good warm up. Tardiness affects the entire teams preparation time.
The Athletic Code of Conduct applies at all times. There should never be boys and girls hanging out in the same room without a coach present and the door open. Curfews will always be in place. Always behave as if a coach was standing right beside you.
Practice is the most vital aspect of each student’s maturity and growth as a person and tennis player. After school practice will be set and before practice time begins the following will be done:
Having changed to appropriate clothing, rackets gripped, cell phones off, and any other preparation that the certain day of practice might require. Those late for practice: 5 minutes late or less- 2 laps
10 minutes late-4 laps
More than 10 minutes-dismissal from practice & 100 next practice day at coaches’ discretion (any challenge matches for that day are forfeited;doubles or singles)
During the athletic period & other practices, as in section II and III, missing or arriving late to practice is unacceptable and is subject to punishment.
NOTE: The COACH UNDERSTANDS there will be possible conflicts in some of the students’ schedules between other school activities and practice, matches, and tournaments. In each of these instances COMMUNICATION in advance is 100% necessary.
XVI Team Unity Activities
During the course of the year the team may participate in activities off the tennis court. They may include supporting other Midlothian HS extracurricular activities by being present at them, community service, fundraising events, and anything else that could benefit the team. These events will be scheduled only a couple times a year.
PANTHER TENNIS PLAYERS CODE OF RESPONSIBILITY:
1) Be prepared---it is your responsibility to have a spare set of clothes and at least 2 racquets with you each day at practice. “My mother forgot to bring me my stuff” will not cut it---you must be responsible for all of your own actions.
2) “Don’t be a weatherman”---The Texas weather is very unpredictable, pouring in the morning and dry in the afternoon. Don’t say “it was raining this morning so I didn’t think we would practice.”
3) “I have a Doctor’s appointment at 3pm”---That is practice time. Get mom to work with the coaches on scheduling doctor’s appointments. They can help!
4) Keep courts clean—there are plenty of trash cans, let’s be proud of our facilities and keep them clean.
5) NO BALLS LEFT BEHIND ACT---Pick up tennis balls after practice if we lose 10 a day that is 300 a month. The more we keep track of them longer they all last. Including tournaments.
6)Have more than one racquet—you would not go into battle with one bullet, so don’t come to practice or a match with one racquet and break a string.
7)For Matches—Have your own water jug filled with water and ice—take snacks and meals, you do not know if we will be able to take you to lunch. ALWAYS BE IN MIDLOTHIAN UNIFORM DURING MATCHES.
For Practice- NOTE: We will have a water cooler filled everyday for practice but you should bring your own water jug.
9) TRAVEL WITH THE TEAM---be a team member and travel with the team until we return from the match---except when ok’ed by the coach for family events, birthdays or holiday travel that occurs outside of Midlothian.
10) BE A SUPPORTIVE TEAMMATE---When we are in competition with other teams, and your teammate is out there playing their heart out, WE EXPECT YOU TO BE AT THEIR COURT AND ACTIVELY SUPPORTING THEM. It is not time to have a social hour, do homework, or make a cell phone call.
11) CELL PHONES---From the time students arrive to training during the period or after school until practice is over the students must have cell phone off and not in use. If a student wants to use it they must ask the coach. If they need to make a call they must have coaches’ permission. By UIL rules, only after a match may a player use the phone to make calls.
Thank you for allowing your child to participate in the Panther Tennis Program. We want to have good communication between players, coaches and parents. The Tennis Handbook is attached and it will answer most of your questions about the tennis program, contact the coaches should you have any further questions.
SAM WRINKLE 682-999-1386
Please read the handbook and return this page with you and your child’s signature.
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