Saturday junior matches start on or before 8.30am and must finish by 12.30pm, with any game in progress to be completed. Sunday junior matches start on or before 9.00am and must finish by 1.00pm, with any game in progress to be completed. Junior Development Competition matches have a modified format and usually finish within 1.5 hours. Our standard home matches at Greythorn often have two courts each and usually finish within 2.5 hours. At some away venues you might be playing until the cut-off time.
Players should allow adequate travel time to arrive at the venue at least 15 minutes before the start time of any match, to ensure they warm up before the scheduled start time.
How are teams selected?
Junior tennis teams are graded on ability, not age, (except Junior Development Competition which is a modified format for new players under 12 years). Convenors and the club coach select teams on the basis of players' competition experience, statistics and commitment, and the mix of players registered for the season. We also consider team continuity, friendship groups and player requests made at the time of registration. Junior Development Competition sections are based on location. For standard junior competition we request section gradings from Eastern Region Tennis (ERT) with the aim of challenging but not overwhelming players. ERT manages all its clubs' requests and cannot always give the gradings we request.
Will I have to play every week?
Greythorn Park enters teams with one or two extra players so there is some allowance for illness, injury and other activities. We ask that you consider your commitment carefully before registration and advise us at registration of any likely absences. You will be given a list of team contacts in case you need to arrange roster swaps.
How far will I have to travel?
The Eastern Region extends from Hawthorn to Healesville and Yarra Glen. However most matches are usually within the Hawthorn, Kew, Doncaster, Ringwood area. Higher sections (lower numbers) sometimes have to travel further. Junior Development Competition is designed to limit travel required for younger players.
What commitment is expected from parents?
One parent from each team is rostered for duty each week. Parents rostered for duty must remain at the venue, supervise the team for the entire match and send a photo of the completed score card to the designated convenor team member. Parents rostered for duty at home matches also assist with court maintenance, kitchen, cleaning and venue supervision
What do the team captain and team manager do?
The team captain is the child of the team manager. The team manager assists the captain with the following duties. We encourage team captains to take as much responsibility as possible and some are able to do this without parental help.
Prepare the playing and duty roster at the start of the season, and send it to team members. Team members who need to make swaps are asked to arrange it and advise the team manager of the change.
Send weekly reminders to the team about the roster.
Check online for washouts (see 'What happens if it rains?') and notify the team if necessary.
Send a photo of the scorecard to the relevant convenor as soon as possible after each match.
Try to organise a time for the team to meet during the week to practise together.
The team captain signs the score card each week. When the team captain is rostered out, the child of the duty parent signs the score card. In the case of washouts, team managers check the ERT website and then notify their teams.
The ERT handbook (part one) lists appropriate tennis attire. Jeans, sweat shorts, dress shirts, jogging shorts, cargo pants/shorts and clothing with advertising (except sporting logos) are specifically listed as unacceptable. Appropriate tennis shoes for the court surface should be worn and hats or caps are recommended. Greythorn Park has shirts and caps for sale.
What happens if it rains?
Check the ERT website www.ertinc.org.au after 7.30am (Saturday juniors) or 8.00am (Sunday juniors) to see if a washout has been declared. If a washout is declared, you don't have to attend the match. If the home venue has not recorded a washout, travel to the venue.
Rules for partial washouts (after the match has started) are explained in the ERT handbook (part one).
Do you have a behaviour policy?
Yes, we do. It is all about sportsmanship and positive encouragement of players. This is our core value for junior tennis. Read about our junior competition policy.
Who can play in finals matches?
Six team draws play 15 rounds of home away matches and the top 2 teams at the end play a grand final. Most of our teams are in 8 team draws. After 14 rounds the top 4 teams play semi-finals 1 v 4 and 2 v 3 at the home venues of 1 and 2, and those winners play the grand final the following week.
Players who have played three or more matches for the team during the season are eligible to play in the finals. ERT rules allow teams (except Open Rubbers) to substitute up to two players in the last doubles sets of finals matches. See ERT appendix H and finals scorecard ertinc.org.au/ert/competitions-overview This is to allow all team members to participate in the finals. Choosing the playing order and substitutions in finals can be difficult for team managers. Players are usually aware of ability rankings within a team and will have determined a playing order throughout the season. Therefore it is preferable to allow players to settle the playing order and substitutions for finals without interference from parents. If this causes perceptions of unfairness, junior convenors can provide advice based on ERT statistics. If it isn't possible to make a clear distinction based on ability, players can draw straws to determine playing order and substitutions.
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The Club is run by volunteers. See Contact. Coaching enquiries to Fireball Tennis Academy ph 0422 270 224.