Thursday, December 29, 2011

The 2012 ALTA season begins next week(end)

As both a captain and a player, it’s an exciting time: the first ALTA season of 2012 is almost here. For many of us, it’s been more than 2 months since we’ve played our last competitive match (unless we play USTA or in a flexible tennis league).

At the beginning of any season, there is the anticipation of what is to come. What kind of year will I have? Will my team be good enough to compete for a bag tag? As a captain, there is the additional responsibility of creating an environment that’s fun, and lineups that maximize your players’ strengths, hide any weaknesses, and give your team its best chance for success.

It’s the proverbial “clean slate”, nothing has been ventured and nothing has been gained, it’s all “in front of you” ... and any number of other clichés that one can conjure up. But it’s also important to remember what the objective is: to try one’s best, to compete fairly, to not lose oneself in the heat of the moment and forget about why we play the game (and it’s only a game).

So good luck to you and your team(s); savor the days and thank God that you are healthy and able to play this great sport of ours, whatever your ability. Enjoy!

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