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Florida Tennis Briefs(2): UF Tourney Open to All; ROGY Fun

March 6, 2013 01:16 PM
ROGY Tennis at TOPS'L Has Kids, Parents Dancing on the Court
 
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USTA Florida's new series of ROGY (for the Red, Orange, Green, and Yellow ball progressions) "Tourn-events" had kids hitting balls and hitting the dance floor during the event on March 2, 2013, at TOPS'L Beach & Racquet Resort in Miramar Beach, Fla.
 
"With lots of cookies, hot chocolate and music playing during the event, the kids had an absolute blast," said TOPS'L Director of Tennis Joe D'Aleo. "I would say the highlight was when the song Gangnam Style played, and most of the players dropped their racquets and started dancing with the parents following in their steps."
 
ROGY "Tourn-events" are three-hour play periods where young beginner to intermediate-level children hone their tennis skills in a fun, no-pressure format using modified equipment. Depending on a child's age and experience, they will play with the correct racquet size (smaller for kid's hands) and court size (36-foot for beginners or very young children, up to 60-foot and regulation 78-foot courts), and with lower-compression balls that bounce in a child's hitting zone rather than over their head.
 
"We had 30 kids participating in the 8-and-under red ball, 10-and-under orange ball, and 12-and-under green-dot ball levels, and despite the weather being a little on the chilly side, the theme of the day was let's have some fun," D'Aleo said. "The format was a round robin non-elimination of up the river, down the river to allow maximum participation, with the 8-and-under rotating every 15 minutes, and the 10- and 12-and-under rotating every 25 minutes."
 
D'Aleo and the parents of participants met prior to play to go over the ROGY format and what to expect through the course of the day, encouraging them to cheer for all participants. All players received a ROGY t-shirt when they checked in, and everyone received a medal for participating. Special recognition awards in all divisions included Fastest Feet, Fair Play, and the Sportsmanship Award.
 
"I want to give a very special thanks to Michael Edge, head tennis professional at Roger Scott Tennis Center in Pensacola, who brought his Booker T. Washington High School girls' tennis team to be court monitors, with Michael also being my official for the 10 and under division," D'Aleo said. "Also a big thanks to Jessica D'Aleo, USTA Florida Jr. Team Tennis local coordinator who was the official for the 8-and-under division, and Sam Vickroy, head tennis professional at TOPS'L for being the official for the 12-and-under division."
 
By removing the rankings, and focusing on gaining experience playing against kids of the same level rather than winning, ROGY events provide a more fun way for youth players to get into the game.
 
"It's a great step for kids who were introduced to tennis through a Festival or Kids Tennis Club, and are ready to play more organized matches," said USTA Florida Associate Executive Director Andy McFarland. "Kids enjoy immediate success playing with the modified equipment, making tennis fun as opposed to playing with adult equipment on an adult court."
 
D'Aleo will host another ROGY "tourn-event" on May 11, for more info e-mail Joseph.DAleo@resortquest.com.
 
"At the end of the event it was great to talk with the parents and get so much positive feedback on the fun format of play, and how they felt this was a positive experience for there child without the pressure of winning and losing," D'Aleo said.
 
For more information on ROGY Tennis in Florida go to www.floridarogy.com.
 
 
Gator Classic Tennis Tournament Open to All Players
 
TOC-FGCU-Gators-champs-webThe University of Florida Club Tennis Team will play host to the Gator Classic Tennis Tournament on March 16-17, 2013, at the Flavet Tennis Courts (directly across from the Hume Residence Hall) and the Southwest Recreation Center on the UF campus in Gainesville, Fla.
 
The event is open to all players.
 
"This tournament is an opportunity for Gainesville top juniors, adults, former and current varsity players, and top club teams around the state to compete against each other," says organizer Adam Decker.
 
Matches start at 8 a.m., and the event will feature singles, doubles, and an open mixed doubles tournament. All matches will be two of three sets, with a full third set.
 
Entry fees are $20 for one event ($10 for Tennis on Campus club members), $30 for two events, and $40 for three events. Cash or checks will be accepted Saturday morning.
 
T-shirts will be provided for all participants, with trophies for 1st and 2nd places. Draws and match times will be available on the website (www.ufclubtennis.com) on the Thursday before the tournament.
 
The tournament registration deadline to is Wednesday, March 13. To register go to www.ufclubtennis.com/Tournament_Registration.html.
 
For additional info e-mail aadecker91@gmail.com or call (850) 819-9130.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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