Welcome to Minnetonka Girls Tennis

PLEASE READ: MHS Athletics Return to Participation Policy

The MHS Athletics Return to Participation policy contains important information for participants and spectators. Please read at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1P-TWOh7Smxr3b_wlWoyvm51DQeKLTx__riavEGwOmK4/edit?usp=sharing.

Our program consists of a Varsity, a Junior Varsity team, 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 post-season sectional tournaments are used to qualify for the state tournament in which both team and individual tournaments are held.


The varsity may also compete in multi-team competitions during the season. The coaches will select the top players in the school system to field a 14 to 16 player varsity team roster using direct competition results and coaches observations of players’ skill levels, potential, and needs of the team. The coaches will do their best to get matches for each player, although many times this will not be possible. As such, the coach will field the best players for all matches.

Junior Varsity

The Junior Varsity will consist of approximately 14 additional players, some of whom may 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 most often play in matches with the same dual match schedule as the varsity with an emphasis more on experience and participation.

B Team

The (B Team) will consist of about 14 players and will compete on a separate schedule with other similar teams. Their matches may consist of pro-sets rather 2 of 3 sets. The coaches will emphasize development and improvement along with an introduction to competition in a less competitive format.

It is the wish of the coaches that each player will have an enjoyable learning experience. We wish you the best and invite you to help make this year’s teams the best ever!

Girls' Tennis General Information 2017

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



  • UPDATE! All Teams 2017 Tryouts Begin August 14 with a 9 a.m. meeting in the Forum followed by tryouts schedule as noted:
    • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m - All Varsity returners report to courts to begin tryout/RR play.
    • 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. - All other players report to courts for observation and placement on a round robin.
    • 3 to 5 p.m. - All those players assigned to the Blue RR will report back for start of RR competition.
    • 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. - All JV players returners and invitees announced at the meeting report to courts for observation and to confirm placement on a round robin.
    • Download the detailed Tryout Schedule & Info here or visit /uploaded/images/MHS/Ath.....
    • Download the Girls 2017 Tennis Info Packet here or visit https://www.minnetonkasc...
  • Practices: The varsity and JV will practice from 3:00 PM to 4:45 PM M - F on non match days. The B Teams will practice from 4:45 to 6:15 PM on these days. Saturday practices will be announced weekly.
  • Matches: Home matches usually begin between 3:40 and 4:00 PM depending on the distance needed to travel.
  • Fees:
    Participation Fee = $75 (paid only once per year)
    Tennis Activity Fee = $85 (paid each season)
    Click to register!
  • Optional Costs: Optional clothing such as sweatshirts and sweatpants run about $60
  • Transportation: All teams usually take buses to matches. Buses leave from the South East side of the High School as noted on the schedule.
  • Captains are responsible for the first line of communication between players and coaches. They will work with the coaches with uniform sizes and design and they will organize fundraisers and the team banquet at the end of the season. They will serve as role models for the team.
  • Captains' parents will help organize the team banquet.
  • General awards are for All-Conference, Captains, Most Improved, Best Records (Single and doubles) and various special awards.
Lettering guidelines and expectations

All players making the varsity competition team will receive a varsity letter provided they:

  • Adhere to all state MSHSL rules and regulations
  • Attend all practices and matches subject only to illness with a daily notification to coach
  • Demonstrate proper sportsmanship and demeanor on and off the court
  • Give their best effort at practice and matches and display a positive attitude
Rules & Expectations:
  • Arrive at practice 10 to 15 minutes early and do individual stretching
  • Wear appropriate (coach approved) attire during practice ( It is the coach’s rule that all players wear shirts, shorts or sweatpants, and dress appropriately for the weather, and present themselves in a respectable manner during practice
  • Players who will not be at practice due to illness must call the coach the day of the absence stating the nature of the illness and why they will not be able to attend practice
  • Players will be excused from practice during spring break but must supply the coach with a note from parents
  • Players must wear team uniforms at matches and tournaments
  • Players must at all times treat their peers and coaches with respect
  • Players must give their best effort at all times
  • The coaches do not set expectations for placement in the conference or the state – our accomplishments will be a reflection of our abilities and amount of effort and passion for the game of tennis—all that is required is that you do the best you can each day, improve as much as possible, and enjoy the fact that you have done those things
  • Special Note: Newly adopted athletic policy states that any captain that violates the Chemical Usage Rules of the State High School League will lose their captain’s status for the season.


Varsity Head Coach
Dave Stearns