Welcome to Minnetonka Boys Tennis!

2021 tryouts

Tryouts are held the first two weeks of our season. This year, with Spring Break coinciding with our first week (March 29-April 2), we have adjusted our tryout schedule slightly. Round robin levels (Black, Blue, White, Red) will be determined the first week in order for round robins to occur in the second week. You will receive an email with final times and location for the first two weeks of tryouts. Expect to play in the round robin competition on Saturday, April 10.


Team selection

Our program consists of a Varsity, Junior Varsity and a B Team. The Varsity and JV teams play the same schedule with one team at home and the other away at the opponent's site. The Varsity is a competitive team that plays dual matches with other schools in a format of 4 singles and 3 doubles matches totaling a 7 point match. Standing in the conference and non-conference wins affects placement in the sectional tournament. Both team and individual postseason sectional tournaments are used to qualify for the state tournament in which both team and individual tournaments are held. Tennis is a lifetime sport and it is our goal as coaches to teach the fundamentals and accentuate the passion each player brings to the program.

  • Varsity – Coaches will select the top players in the school system to field a 14-16 player varsity team roster using direct competition results and coaches' observations of players’ skill levels, potential, and needs of the team. Note: Seniors must make the Varsity team.
  • Junior Varsity – The Junior Varsity team will consist of approximately 14-16 additional players. Some players may at times practice with the Varsity and play matches with the JV team. The core JV team will practice as a developmental group and play in as many matches as possible. The JV players will mostly play in matches with the same dual match schedule as the Varsity, with an emphasis more on experience and participation. Note: Juniors must make the JV or Varsity team.
  • B Team – The B Team will consist of approximately 16 players and will compete on a separate schedule with other similar teams. Their matches may consist of pro-sets, rather than 2 or 3 sets. The coaches will emphasize development and improvement, along with an introduction to competition. It is the wish of the coaches that each player will have an enjoyable learning experience. 
registration and Fees
  • Participation Fee: $75 (paid only once per year)
  • Tennis Activity Fee: $85 (paid each season)
  • Clothing Fee: Approximately $70-$120 depending on the team

Note: Scholarships are available for this and all MHS activities. Request by contacting MHS Activities Director, Ted Schultz at ted.schultz@minnetonkaschools.org.

click to register

General Team Information

In addition to the general letters of information, here are some specifics on the team and season.

player questionnaire

Please begin by completing our Player QuestionnaireIt’s the foundation from which we get to know your player and communicate with the family.

competition Schedules
varsity JR VARSITY

B TEAM

 
practice schedule

You will receive an email about which group in your player will start in for week 1. 

date
time
location

Mon Mar 29

1:30 Black
2:30 Blue/White
3:30 Red

Lifetime Crosstown

Tues Mar 30

1:45 Black
2:40 Blue/white
3:35 Red

Lifetime Crosstown

Wed Mar 31

1:00 Black
2:00 Blue/white
3:00 Red

Lifetime Crosstown

Thu Apr 1

2:00 Black/Blue
3:00 White/Red

Lifetime Crosstown

Fri Apr 2

NO PRACTICE NO PRACTICE

Mon Apr 5

NO PRACTICE NO PRACTICE

Tues Apr 6

3:15 Black RR
4:15 Blue RR
5:15 White RR
6:15 Red RR

Plan on MHS courts

Wed Apr 7

Thu Apr 8

Fri Apr 9

Sat Apr 10

TBD

TBD

 
transportation

All teams typically take buses to matches, but this year COVID may require some personal transportation.

captains

Captains are responsible for the first lines of communication between coaches and players. They will work with the coaches with uniform sizes/design and help organize fundraisers and the team banquet at the end of the season. They will serve as role models for the team and lead our new Varsity/JV B-Team Mentorship Program.

BANQUET, awards & lettering

We will have an end of the season team banquet which captains' parents help organize. (Thank you in advance!) More to come as the season progresses.

General awards include All-Conference, Captains, Most Improved, Most Valuable Player(s), Best Record in Singles or Doubles, and various special awards that our creative captains design. All players making the Varsity competition team will receive a Varsity letter, provided they meet the following expectations:  

  • Adhere to all state MSHSL rules and regulations.
  • Attend all practices and matches, subject only to illness, with notification to coach.
  • Demonstrate proper sportsmanship and demeanor on and off the court.
  • Give their best effort at practices and matches, and display a positive attitude.
Player Rules and Expectations
  • Arrive at practice 10-15 minutes early to do individual stretching.
  • Wear appropriate attire during practice. 
  • Players who will not be at practice due to illness must text the coach the day of absence at 651-402-8211 (please include your name in the text).
  • Players must wear team uniforms at matches and tournaments.
  • Players must, at all times, treat their coaches and teammates with respect.
  • Players must give a solid effort at all times.
  • Expect that any coach in the Minnetonka Tennis Program can offer you feedback as praise or constructive criticism. We follow a team coaching philosophy. 
  • Special note to captains: Athletic policy states that any captain that violates a chemical usage rule of the State High School League will lose their captain status for the season.
  • Academics will always come first, please consult your coach if there is an issue with practices/matches and team responsibilities. 
  • Let’s work together for an exciting and fulfilling tennis season! 
New this year
  • We will work as a team and program to properly honor former coach Dave Stearns for his many years of dedicated service to Minnetonka Tennis. 
  • Varsity and JV Teams will make every effort to play the full 16 contest dates as allowed by the Minnesota State High School League. Extra matches will allow us to offer opportunities for players 11-14 that would normally not have an opportunity to compete at the varsity level. The goal for the B Team is 10 individual matches. 
  • The Varsity will have an overnight away tournament to promote team bonding. (ON HOLD due to Covid for 2021). Coaches will work to schedule a tournament for ALL teams. 
  • The captains will lead and coordinate a Mentoring Program between teams. 
  • To accentuate team pride, we will have a bulletin board displaying team pictures, captains, schedules, and summer tennis information as a way to highlight Minnetonka Tennis. 
  • Indoor courts will be coordinated for the varsity and junior varsity in the case of multiple lost practices due to inclement weather.
  • New equipment! A ball machine, camera to record drill sessions, and roll drys (for light rain days) are all new equipment being secured for the development of ALL players. 
  • Summer fun and education! The program will work to connect with local USTPA teaching professionals to lend support in developing our players over the summer months. No player will be expected to participate, we simply will offer an enticing opportunity.
  • Coach Siegel will be designing and coordinating 5 new summer tournaments for Minnetonka Tennis players: Varsity Boys/Girls Doubles Mixer, JV Boys/Girls Doubles Mixer, B Team Boys/Girls Doubles Mixer, Legends Tournament and Challenger Tournament. The Legends and Challenger Tournaments doubles teams will be composed of one Minnetonka team player and one family member of their choice. There will be two competitive levels of play: Legends for competitive teams and Challenger for developing players. 

“Losing is not my enemy, fear of losing is my enemy.” 
– Rafa Nadal

 

CONTACT

Varsity Head Coach
Howe Siegel
howard.siegel@minnetonkaschools.org

JV Head Coach
Ben Wheaton
benwe10@gmail.com

B-Team Head Coach
Dan Wheaton
dan.wheaton957@gmail.com

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