The essence of strong discipline is RESPECT.
Respect for Authority: Listen to the coaches and others in a position of leadership. Be coachable and willing to listen to advice about your game or about yourself as an individual.
Respect for Others: This means to respect other players at the club and in your clinic. Do not talk bad about others or engage in gossip. Do not cheat with your score in clinic or during a match.
Respect for Self: This means no negative self-talk. Do not cut yourself or your abilities down. Do not demean yourself or talk to yourself in a manner that you would not want others to do. Be aware and proud of your strengths.
Respect for the Process: This means to know and obey the rules of the clinic. Do not look for ways to undermine or avoid the rules. Accept responsibility for your own actions and do not blame others for your mistakes.
- A positive, present attitude
- Encouraging and lifting up others
- Putting forth your best effort
- Being open-minded as well as embracing challenges and adversity in order to improve
- Being coachable
- Listening and focusing on the coach when they are talking
- Respectfully responding to coaches with “yes sir or yes ma’am”
- Talking back to coaches
- Gossiping or socializing during drills/warm-up
- Questioning calls with a negative attitude
- Talking or playing with tennis balls while coaches are talking
- Foul language
- Negative self talk
- Negative comments about a specific drill
- Negative personal judgments
- Bullying (name-calling, personal attacks, etc.)
- Racket and ball abuse
First offense: sit out for 5 minutes
Second offense: sit out for 10 minutes
Third offense: sit out for the rest of clinic
After two offenses, you will also be required to apologize to the entire clinic for disruptive behavior. If you reach the third offense in a clinic, your parents will automatically be contacted. If there is any situation that you are potentially involved with bullying, harassment, physical abuse, name-calling, etc., the consequences will escalate based on the offense and your parents will be notified that you were involved in an extremely negative situation/interaction.