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Should Middle School Students have a School Tennis Team?

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Voting closed: January 21, 2005, 08:54:59 AM

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Offline ToukonFudoRyuu

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« on: January 21, 2005, 08:54:59 AM »
I am a Middle school student wishing to have a school tennis team, what are your thoughts about this?
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« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2005, 09:09:40 AM »
I used to coach high school tennis and the city I coached in wanted to put one together for the middle school.  I think it would be a great idea.  I believe it would strengthen the tennis talent as well as get kids involved earlier in other sports.  I think it would be great!  Even if they had just 5-6 matches per year.
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« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2005, 11:18:06 AM »
Grass roots tennis is what we need more of in this country.  That would give the sport the boost it needs.
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« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2005, 11:21:26 AM »
I shall now demonstrate my ignorance...

What do you mean "grass roots tennis"?  I assume you are not talkign about grass courts...
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« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2005, 12:21:12 PM »
Haha.  No I am not talking about grass courts.  I should have phrased that better.  I am talking about getting the kids involved at an early age (i.e. grade school and middle school programs); sort of like all the little leagues thay have in football, baseball and hoops.
I was at this casino minding my own business, and this guy came up to me and said, "You're gonna have to move, you're blocking a fire exit." As though if there was a fire, I wasn't gonna run. If you're flammible and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit.  - Mitch Hedberg

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« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2005, 12:27:46 PM »
://   brutha!
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« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2005, 10:36:14 PM »
i agree the more tournaments the better that woudl be cool if i could be a highschool coach one day i would make sure i had a good team by organizing the middle schools in the area to play tennis    it would be hard for me to coach a team that lost i would make sure i had some good players

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« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2005, 11:28:43 PM »
What really stunk while I was coach was that 2 of the best players in the State lived in the suburb of Columbus that I coached, but both went to Private schools.  I would have easily had the best team around!  Some things are out of your control.  :(
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« Reply #8 on: January 27, 2005, 09:40:27 AM »
Wow ;;) , I am sure this all will help me in concinvsing my princepal to get a tennis team, if only more people could vote. :whistle:
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« Reply #9 on: January 30, 2005, 05:08:38 PM »
Man, high school tennis is gonna be so sweet.  Gotta wait one more year till I can join the team.
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« Reply #10 on: January 31, 2005, 08:49:20 AM »
Well, I get to be the one no vote so far.  Our entire educational system is being broken on the back of varsity sports, so I'm all for anything that miniizes sports in the schools, and its overall importance.  And this comes from a guy who lettered in 4 sports.  But hopefully with some maturity I can see that we need to break our dependence on school sports.

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« Reply #11 on: February 15, 2005, 06:27:43 PM »
Val,

I appreciate your concern for the taxpayers of our communities but the lesson that our students can learn, and the discipline and commitment necessary for one to be successful at ant sport are among the lesson we try to teach at the middle level. Sports help us extend our classrooms and our lessons in a way that is difficult to replicate in our classrooms. I think that anytime we can extend our programs to get more kids involved in anything to do with school is money well spent.

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« Reply #12 on: February 16, 2005, 08:25:57 AM »
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Val,

I appreciate your concern for the taxpayers of our communities but the lesson that our students can learn, and the discipline and commitment necessary for one to be successful at ant sport are among the lesson we try to teach at the middle level. Sports help us extend our classrooms and our lessons in a way that is difficult to replicate in our classrooms. I think that anytime we can extend our programs to get more kids involved in anything to do with school is money well spent.


These are the standard arguments for sports and extra-curriculars, but I don't buy them any more.  You can accomplish all the goals of teamwork and discipline through intramurals and extended-block gym programs.  I live in a rural area with low population density and yet we've got lacrosse, ice hockey, gymnastics, a running club, a full slate of winter/indoor sports, field hockey, all in addition to the "standard" team sports.  Yeah, they cost money, but every league offers some form of scholarship.  Money can be got.  

What our schools need to do is educate.  We need to start the school day later, say 9:00am.  The bus picks up down my lane at 6:55am.  These kids sleepwalk through the first two periods.  Yet, if we started later, we wouldn't have time for these great sports.  Secondly, the standard model for middle school is becoming 6-7-8th grades while high school remains 9-12.  Middle school is the crisis age and usually the worst school in any school district.  6th grade is way too early for these kids to be in middle school.  Yet middle school is too expensive, resources-wise, to be just two grades.  It would be much better if middle school were 7-8-9, but that would leave people with "just" three years of varsity sports.  

The holy grail of a college sports scholarship is breaking American education.  It's time to revisit how we organize our schools, and the mythical place of lessons of sports participation has to be broken.

Rant over.

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« Reply #13 on: February 19, 2005, 05:11:24 PM »
I really don't care my school never had any thing to do with tennis.

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« Reply #14 on: March 08, 2005, 11:10:16 AM »
I see that a lot of you think thathaveing a tennis team, or any sport team, effects school work. But the truth is you can't be on any sports team if you have a bad grade, you can't play until the grade goes up. At least that is how it is in my school.
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« Reply #15 on: March 14, 2005, 07:46:20 PM »
Quote from: "ToukonFudoRyuu"
I see that a lot of you think thathaveing a tennis team, or any sport team, effects school work. But the truth is you can't be on any sports team if you have a bad grade, you can't play until the grade goes up. At least that is how it is in my school.


That is definately how it is at all schools. You have to have at least a C average.
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