Prepared for Capilano Tennis Club Members by Howie Jackson, CTC Club Pro

The opportunity to play interclub team tennis is a gift and a privilege. Interclub tennis is the way that a club sets itself above the collective by winning against other clubs and achieving notoriety and credibility for their home club. The goal for all interclub tennis teams should be to win their league and represent the club well throughout the city. Clubs that achieve success in interclub tennis acquire a city-wide reputation for high quality play that greatly enhances the club’s public profile and attracts new competitive members who want to be a part of their winning formula. Our public profile in interclub tennis, our “CTC brand”, should definitely be a highly successful and competitive group of teams that play with intensity and the highest degree of sportsmanship at all times. All players who are participating in interclub tennis competition should understand the responsibility of representing their club in the wider tennis environment.

The expectations for players who are interested in playing for a specific interclub team should include the following guidelines:

* Be sure that you are the appropriate skill level for the team you are interested in playing for. The team captain or Club Pro can help you with that assessment.

* Make a strong personal commitment to the team in terms of availability for matches. If you are signing up as a ‘regular’, place the team playing-schedule ahead of other more flexible, personal activities. Remember, the team captain is trying to produce the highest number of wins for every match, so if you are a good player but you can only play one or two matches, you are not helping the team by signing up and then withdrawing from matches during the actual season. If you can’t commit, sign up as a ‘spare’.

* Don’t commit to play an interclub match if you are injured.

* Be a good team member. Trust your captain to make the best choices about who gets to play each match based on attempting to win as many points as possible for the club. Be ready to step in and make a difference if and when your captain calls you to play.

* Play every match as if its your last. Play with joy, intensity, & sportsmanship. Leave it all on the court. Halfway effort or a casual approach to competition is not really a part of successful interclub tennis.

* Remember when you are playing a match against another club, you ARE the living embodiment of your club. Your actions will be linked to the club. Be the best representative you can possibly be. Be an ambassador for the club.