Key to Success: Serve Like A Pitcher – July 2018

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If you follow baseball, you know that some of the greatest pitchers in the major leagues have a variety of pitches that they can execute at any time. They have a fastball, curveball, knuckleball, slider and off speed pitch. The pitcher will use different pitches based on what the batter likes and doesn’t like. For example, if the batter is phenomenal at hitting fast balls, the pitcher would intentionally throw everything but the fastball. The pitcher would also throw pitches that he knows the batter struggles with.

 

You should apply this same concept with your serve. The serve options are flat, slice, the kick serve, body serve, varied speeds and placement. The best servers would keep their opponents guessing by hitting a variety of serves against them. The last thing you want is your opponent to get a rhythm on your serve. If you are hitting the same serve over and over again, your opponent will know exactly what’s coming, therefore, you would make it easy for them to hit a strong return to put you on the defensive. If you mix up your serve by slicing away from your opponent, slicing into the body, serving flat down the T, and mix up your speeds with the various serves, your opponent would never know what’s coming. The more they are guessing, the better opportunity you have to win your serve. Mix up your serve, don’t be predictable and you will be in every match that you play. Keep on playing!

 

Tennis Etiquette

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By: Terrance Scott, Tennis Director

 

Tennis Etiquette
The game of tennis is by tradition one of focus and concentration, which is embraced by all who play the game. During play it is typically silent as observed by those on the professional level. It is important that we strive to embrace the proper etiquette passed on from  generations of the sport. Listed below are some friendly reminders on how we should conduct ourselves as students of the game. Please read every topic to ensure we treat our club and this sport with the upmost respect it deserves.

Indoor Court Etiquette
When entering or leaving the court, players must wait until the bell rings or they are invited to come on the court. All balls, baskets and equipment must be cleaned up and put away before the bell rings. Two hoppers should be left in each basket of balls.

Outdoor Court Etiquette
When crossing a court to get to another, please walk briskly across the court that is in play. Always wait until the point is over and you are granted to cross the court.

Noise Levels
Voices should be at a reasonable level in-between points and during change overs. Conversations should be had softly and at a minimum, as not to disturb the court in play next to you.

Calling Lets
If another courts ball comes on to your court, a let may be called immediately to ensure a low risk of injury or distraction. The court that the ball enters will determine if a let is deemed necessary. If a let is not called, after the point is over one of the players retrieve the ball and pass it back to the original court right away. The chaser of the ball from the other court is not allowed to disrupt play just because their ball rolled on another court.

Shirt Change
Wet shirts may be change during a change over or at the end of a match. A dry shirt must be put on right away. This process should take no longer than three minutes. Players are not allowed to walk around shirtless for any period of time.

Borrowed Tennis Balls
Members are allowed to borrow tennis balls from the Club baskets to work on their serve and/or for play. Balls must be returned after the completion of your usage of them. Do not leave balls in a hopper on the court as the courts must be fully clean for the members coming on court after you. If unreturned balls are left out, they risk being ruined by our sprinkler system or the rain. We try to maintain and keep fresh tennis ball in excellent condition for all of our members to use.

Checking in at the Front Desk
It is very important that everyone checks in at the front desk before you go to your reserved court. This process helps us keep track of who is at our Club, and in case of emergency provides us with information that you have arrived for your reservation. If you do not check in, your reserved court may be given away to another member on the waiting list.

Towels
Please place towels in the towel baskets when you are done with your play. Please do not take them home or leave them on the court when you are done. Always place your towel in the bin even if you didn’t use it. You should always be mindful of the members coming on after you.

Clay on Sneakers
Please wipe your feet on the clay brushes before walking into the Club. This will limit the trading of clay on our carpets, indoor courts and locker rooms.

Water
Please do not take the lid off of the water igloos for any reason. The water on the courts are for drinking purposes only. No one should be sticking their hands or any particle of clothing inside the cooler for any reason. If ice or more water is needed, contact the front desk and we provide you with some.

Profanity, Court  Abuse, Curtain Slamming and Throwing Racquets
There is no profanity allowed at the Aspen Hill Club. Foul language will not be tolerated by juniors or adults. Loud outburst, curtain abuse and throwing of racquets is prohibited. If any of the instances occur, you will be warned. If intolerable behavior continues, you may be asked to leave the court. The racquet, courts you play on and curtains are very expensive. We must take care of our equipment and facility to ensure it remains intact.

I hope you have found these tennis etiquette reminders helpful to ensure that all of The Aspen Hill Club Members  both enjoy and have a pleasurable experience here at our beautiful facility.

Key to Success: Serve Like A Pitcher – July 2018

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If you follow baseball, you know that some of the greatest pitchers in the major leagues have a variety of pitches that they can execute at any time. They have a fastball, curveball, knuckleball, slider and off speed pitch. The pitcher will use different pitches based on what the batter likes and doesn’t like. For example, if the batter is phenomenal at hitting fast balls, the pitcher would intentionally throw everything but the fastball. The pitcher would also throw pitches that he knows the batter struggles with.

 

You should apply this same concept with your serve. The serve options are flat, slice, the kick serve, body serve, varied speeds and placement. The best servers would keep their opponents guessing by hitting a variety of serves against them. The last thing you want is your opponent to get a rhythm on your serve. If you are hitting the same serve over and over again, your opponent will know exactly what’s coming, therefore, you would make it easy for them to hit a strong return to put you on the defensive. If you mix up your serve by slicing away from your opponent, slicing into the body, serving flat down the T,  and mix up your speeds with the various serves, your opponent would never know what’s coming. The more they are guessing, the better opportunity you have to win your serve. Mix up your serve, don’t be predictable and you will be in every match that you play. Keep on playing!

Key to Success: How to Survive Brutal Outdoor Conditions – May 2018

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Cold Weather – On very cold days, it is very important that you layer up. It is better for you to have too many layers on than too few. As you start to warm up, start taking layers off. I would also recommend long tights, shorts or skirt over the tights and then sweat pants on top of everything. That should keep your body nice and warm and loose. As for your hands, try and have pockets with fleece material on the interior. Another option would be hand warmer rocks. There is a packet that you can buy that will heat up once you crunch up the little rocks. You may purchase that and keep them in your pocket as well. It is very important to keep your hands warm. If your hands get super cold and numb, it will be very difficult to feel your shots and maneuver the racquet the way you would like.

The Sun – One of the first things you should check out when stepping foot on the tennis court is where the sun is. This will help you determine if you would like to serve first or receive. If you can, you should always try and have your opponent serve first into the sun. This is a great way to get out to a quick lead as they struggle to figure out the sun. When it’s your turn to serve into the sun you have two options; 1. Try and block the sun with your tossing hand. While the ball is up in the air, extend your 5 fingers and use your hand as a shield. 2. Try and toss your ball where the sun is not. This may take a few practice tosses to find out exactly where that spot is. Do not try and go after a toss that you have lost in the sun. Let the ball drop and start your serve over again. There is no penalty for catching the ball and starting again.

The Wind – Now this one is my Achilles heel. I have always struggled with playing in the wind. I have won some and I have lost some, badly. A good way to prepare your mindset for that dreadful windy day is to remember that your opponent has to deal with the same condition as you do. If you go in with that mind set, that makes it a little easier to have to cope with. The winner of the match is going to be determined by who manages the wind the best. First things first, let’s find out which direction the wind is blowing. Take a look at flags, trees or even your hair if it’s long enough. Knowing which direction the wind is blowing in is half the battle.

Now how do we play the wind to our advantage? If the wind is blowing north and south (toward your opponent or toward you), I find it easier to hit into the wind. This way you can hit out on your shots and the ball will stay in the court. If you are hitting toward the wind, you will have to take some pace off of the ball and try and put a little extra top spin on your shot to keep it in.

When the wind is blowing East and West (toward the left or right), you want to hit toward the opposite direction the wind is blowing. For example, if the wind is blowing toward your right, you should try and hit majority of your shots toward your left.

When the wind is swirling, simply hit the ball right down the center of the court. The wind will take the ball all over the place but hopefully the ball will stay in play.

Outdoor conditions are tough for us all to handle, go into the match with a positive attitude and know that your not the only one that will have to struggle. Good luck to everyone as we transition into our outdoor season. Keep on Playing!

Key to Success: Good Doubles Partner vs. Bad Doubles Partner – June 2018

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In this article we will discuss the tendencies of a good doubles partner versus a bad doubles partner. It is very important to have a great positive connection with your partner. If a good connection is not there from the beginning, then you and your partner are in for a very loooong game of doubles.

 

Bad Doubles Partner

  • ​​A bad doubles partner would not connect with their partner in-between points. They would only give a hi-five when the point is won.
  • A bad doubles partner would go into a match thinking they are better than the other. Yes, sometimes one player is stronger than the other but during the match you and your partner should be one unit.
  • A bad doubles partner would coach their partner in-between points with technique advise on how to hit the ball. You are not their coach, you are their partner.
  • A bad doubles partner would put pressure on their partner before big points by saying keep the ball in play or don’t double fault. Pressure points should not even be brought up at all.

Good Doubles Partner

  • ​A good doubles partner will give their partner a hi-five each and every time whether the point is won or lost.
  • A good doubles partner would be very supportive and positive knowing that they are a team and there to win together.
  • A good doubles partner would say that’s alright if a point is lost and focus more on winning the next point instead of dwelling over one mistake.
  • A good doubles partner would focus on strategy and not even mention the severity of the point that is a must win situation.

 

It is very important to be supportive and positive as a dynamic duo to play successfully. You will find that a small change in your mindset, behavior and habits between points can go a very long way. Make eye contact with your partner and give them a    hi- five, especially when the two of you just lost the point. By not connecting, your partner may assume that you are mad at them, it’s human nature. Always talk to one another in-between points to strategize on how to win the match. By doing this, it keeps you and your partner in sync. It also makes your opponents think that the two of you are coming up with a master plan, but in reality you and your partner could be saying badda bing badda boom alakazam. Just the thought that something is coming could make your opponents nervous and make them make a mistake. Whether you win or lose the match, always give your partner the respect and shake their hand first and then with your opponents. Always remember, you are going to win some and lose some, it’s not the end of the world if you lose. Be gracious to your partner as we all have good days and bad days. Practice with one another to learn each others tendencies to get better. Good luck to everyone and please strive to be a great doubles partner!

Aspen Hill Club Night at the Washington Kastles!

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Thursday, July 19th, 2018 – Aspen Hill Club Night at the Washington Kastles!

Enjoy discounted tickets by following THIS LINK. Watch the Bryan Brothers and Frances Tiafoe play against the San Diego Aviators!

We’d love to have you come out to see the Kastles on July 19 and we are providing discounted tickets.  In addition, these tickets will get you into the silent auction to support the Montgomery County Tennis and Education Foundation (MCTEF).  MCTEF is the non-profit arm of MCTA, and provides after school tennis clubs to undeserved children throughout the county as well as summer camp experiences at UVA.  Join the auction at 5:15 that night, bid on some wonderful prizes, enjoy complementary beer/wine and Italian food, meet some of the pros, and above all, support a worthy cause.  See you there!

Questions? Please contact Alex at ext. 119 or aaguendel@aspenhillclub.com.

MCTA Sizzling Summer Tennis Social “Sundae Saturday” at AHC!

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MCTA Sizzling Summer Tennis Social “Sundae Saturday”

The Aspen Hill Club

Saturday, July 14, 2018, 5:00-8:00pm

 

The Best Ice Cream Tennis Social of the Summer! Celebrate the end of a long hot week with an evening of cool tennis and scrumptious, homemade ice cream sundaes. This popular MCTA tennis social returns to The Aspen Hill Club this summer on Saturday instead of Friday in order to provide you with a traffic-free journey to hot tennis and mouth-watering ice cream!

 

“Sundae Saturday” will be held on the clay courts, Saturday, July 14, 2018, 5:00-8:00pm. Ann & Bev from Tennis WinWin will arrange competitive matches for you with players of the same ability level, answer questions about MCTA tennis opportunities, and provide some unique tennis “extras.” The Aspen Hill Club’s café will cater the delicious ice cream sundaes.

 

All adult players age 18 and above are welcome! You do not need to be a USTA member to attend and you do not need to bring a partner.

 

Space is limited to 24 players, so sign-up now!

 

Registration: Cost is $35/player, paid through the MCTA online store.

 

Register Now!

 

Last Minute Registration: The MCTA online store will close for registration at 5:00pm on Friday, July 13, 2018.  After that time, you may register online at www.tenniswinwin.com. Questions? Contact Ann Bent, 561-289-2299, or ann@tenniswinwin.com.

US Open Bus Trip 2018

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Fourth Annual Bus Trip to the US Open! Monday, August 27th, 2018

Schedule of Events, 6:00am to 11:30pm:

  • 6:00am—leave the Aspen Hill Club (parking in AHC parking lot)
  • 11:00am—arrive at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows
  • 7:00pm—leaving the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows
  • 11:30pm—arrive at the Aspen Hill Club

Basic Information:

  • ONLY 15 SPACES REMAINING!
  • First Come First Served, No Refunds, tickets are able to be transferred to other members
  • The Charter bus will offer TV’s, a bathroom and Wi-Fi
  • Open to guests—must be guests of accompanying members
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult

Cost: $175 per person

Interested? Register in the Main Lobby or by contacting aaguendel@aspenhillclub.com.

Mixed Doubles Tournament for Citi Open Tickets!

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Saturday, July 14th, 2018

1:00pm Start Time

 

Winning team in each division receives box seat tickets to the Citi Open.

Finalists receive a consolation prize.

Cost: $40+ tax per team—Entry deadline is Wednesday, July 11th.

 

MIXED DOUBLES!

 

Three Divisions: 3.0, 3.5 & 4.0

 

Dependent on the number of teams entered, the tournament will be played over one or two days. First round matches will begin on Saturday, July 14th at 1:00pm. Prepare for the possibility of playing two matches on Saturday. If you do not have a partner we will attempt to match you up with one.

Citi Open Tournament Information: Saturday, July 28th to Sunday, August 5th, 2018 – Located at the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center, 16th & Kennedy Streets, NW, Washington, D.C. 20011

Sign-up in the Main Lobby or by contacting Terrance Scott at 301-598-5200 ext. 121 or terrance.scott@aspenhillclub.com.

Summer Outdoor Tennis Tournaments

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2018 Summer Outdoor Tournament Schedule

Men’s & Women’s 2.5 & 3.5 Singles, July 23-August 5, Deadline July 19.

Men’s & Women’s 3.0 & 4.0+ Singles, August 6 – 19, Deadline August 2.

Men’s & Women’s 2.5 & 3.5 Doubles, August 20 – Sept. 2, Deadline August 16.

Men’s & Women’s 3.0 & 4.0+ Doubles, Sept. 4 – 16, Deadline August 30.

 

Results

Men’s 50’s Singles – Lawrence Detterville def. Greg Owens, 5-1 by default

Women’s 50’s Singles – Carolle O’Neil def. Elaine Yuan, 6-3, 6-2

Men’s 70’s Singles – Michael Gurmai def. Michel Loir, 6-0, 6-0

Women’s 70’s Singles – Barbara Pace won our round robin

Men’s 60’s Singles – Steve Reed def. Bob Monsheimer, 5-7, 6-1, 10-5

Women’s 50’s Doubles – Linda Shaffer & Riette van Laack won our round robin

Men’s 70’s Doubles – coming soon

Men’s 60’s Doubles – Mike Makuch & Mike Moriarty won our round robin

Women’s 60’s Doubles – Barbara Pace & Manette Tao won our round robin

 

Rules & Regulations: 

The Outdoor Championships will run through September. Each individual tournament will run from the start date to the end date, which is now two full weeks. First rounds begin on Monday and/or Tuesday, and final rounds are played Sunday.

There will be no extensions to any tournament. Please do not sign-up for a tournament if you are not available for the full duration of the event. When you sign up for a tournament, you must be available to play on the day and at the time you are scheduled, please be conscientious of this fact. Please be courteous as any scheduling conflict affects the entire tournament. If by chance you have a scheduling conflict, you may be forced to default to not disrupt the flow of the tournament. Once the tournament starts there will be no refunds.

Matches will be played on the outdoor clay courts, usually starting at 6:00pm on weekdays and early mornings on the weekends. In the event of rain, matches will be moved inside as long as there are courts available.

All participants will receive a t-shirt and awards will be presented to the finalists in each division. Scoring and play format may vary depending on the size of the draw. Entry deadlines are listed.  Players will be contacted about their first round opponent.

Have fun and good luck to all!                                    $20 + tax per entrant