The fall Tennis season runs August – October. Practices are on Sundays beginning August 18 from 1:30-3:00PM at Los Altos Park Tennis Courts. Games are on Thursdays from 4:00-6:00PM.
Tennis: The tennis team will practice this Sunday, September 4 from 1:30-3:00 at the Los Altos Tennis Courts. Students in 5th-8th grade interested in playing for ILS should plan on attending. Matches will be played on Thursdays. Mrs. Becky Thuma is our coach again this year and you can contact her at 417-7358 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Golf: The golf team has it’s first tournament Saturday, September 10 at Puerto Del Sol at 2:00 pm. The team will have Friday practices. If you are interested in playing for the ILS golf team contact Bryan Ruddy at 554-3810 or by email at email@example.com.
Volleyball: My apologies to assistant coaches Jamie Adkins and Heather Brenner who are also helping out with volleyball. Congratulations to our C-team and Varsity who defeated Sandia Prep on Monday. Our JV team lost a heart breaker in 3-games. All three teams will play Friday, September 2 vs. Fatima at Fatima with games times 4:00, 5:00, and 6:00. Next Tuesday, September 6 JV will play Hope at 4:00 and Varsity will play Queen of Heaven at 6:00 at Queen of Heaven. Finally on Wednesday, September 7 C-team and Varsity will play San Felipe here at ILS with game times at 4:00 and 5:00. Good luck Panthers!
Physicals/Code of Conduct: A reminder to all 5th-8th grade students who plan on participating in sports this year. You will need a physical on file in the office, so please make plans to get that done as soon as possible. You will also need to complete the league Code of Conduct form. If you have any questions about the physical or need the forms please contact the school office.
Coaches: All coaches working with ILS teams will need a current background check on file with Mr. Angell. If you have not had a background check in the past two years, you will need to get that done. You can get those forms from Mr. Angell and he will submit them for processing.
It is tennis season again! I am writing to welcome back returning ILS Tennis Team members and to recruit new players for the fall. If your middle school student is interested in learning and playing tennis, please encourage him or her to join the team.
The ILS Panther tennis team is a co-ed team that will have its practices and home matches at the Los Altos Park Tennis Courts at Eubank and Lomas Boulevards. Practices will be on Sundays at the Los Altos courts from 1:30-3:00 pm, and tennis matches will be held on Thursdays after school from about 4-6 pm at Los Altos or at our opponents’ designated home courts in and around Albuquerque. The season finishes with a city-wide middle school tennis tournament, usually on the weekend following our last match. I don’t have the official match schedule yet, but I should know the dates soon and will send them to you as soon as I can. The season runs about two months, from the end of August to the end of October.
The athletic fee to join the team is $25. All team members must pay the sports fee, submit a signed Permission/Insurance Form, Code of Conduct, and Sports Physical, and meet ILS grade requirements in order to be eligible to play. The required forms are available from the ILS Athletic Director, Stephanie Kelley (firstname.lastname@example.org), or on the APIAL website
(http://www.htosports.com/teams/default.asp?u=APIAL&s=basketball&p=custom&pagename=APIAL+Required+Participation+Documents). Our first team practice will be on Sunday, August 21, at 1:30 pm, at the Los Altos tennis courts. I hope to see everyone there.
If your student doesn’t already have a tennis racquet, I recommend purchasing an inexpensive one for him or her at any sports equipment store. ILS has a few tennis racquets that we can lend out at practices and matches if someone forgets to bring . Other than that, all your student really needs for tennis is a pair of sturdy court shoes, comfortable clothing such as shorts, a t-shirt, and a hat/visor, sunglasses (optional), sunscreen, water, and an eagerness to learn, play, and have fun.
The ILS Tennis Team has won its division at the end-of-season tennis tournament for the past two years, and I have high hopes for another great year this fall! Let me know if you have any questions.
Coach Becky Thuma
P.S. If you know any ILS middle school students who would like to join the team, please forward this information letter to them.
We had a terrific run in the tournament and ended up winning our flight for the second year in a row. Today’s championship match against Desert Ridge Middle School turned out to be an anticlimactic finale to an otherwise very exciting weekend; ILS routed Desert Ridge 12-0! Thanks and congratulations to all the players for their hard work. Everyone showed great team spirit and great determination to achieve the win. Some of the organizers at the tournament desk asked me where Immanuel Lutheran School is located in Albuquerque, so our school definitely made an impression on a lot of people.
Sadly, this year’s tennis season is over and we will have to say goodbye to our eighth grade team members: Annalisa, Jerry, Mercy, Nathanael, and Neve. Our end-of-season party is Thursday, October 29, at 12:05 pm in the school gym/cafeteria. So far, volunteers have signed up to bring the following items:
· sandwiches and Uncrustables
· veggie tray
· disposable plates, cups, napkin, and utensils
· bag of chips
I will also bring Nutrigrain cereal bars and other leftover snacks from our matches, but we could use some drinks, fruit, a dessert, and perhaps another bag of chips or something similar. Let me know if you can provide any of these items.
For those of you who would like to continue to play competitive tennis before next fall, the New Mexico Youth Tennis Foundation is sponsoring its annual Lucky 7 Rookie Tournaments from November 2015 – May 2016. There will be one tournament a month for seven months, all on Sunday afternoons from noon-3 pm at Jerry Cline Tennis Center. I will send out an e-mail with more information about the tournaments soon.
Thank you for being such a great group of tennis players. I really enjoyed coaching everyone, and I look forward to working with you all again next fall.
There will be no practice on Sunday, September 20. Instead of practice, I hope you can attend the free clinic offered by the Mid-School Tennis League from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm at the ColemanVision Tennis Championship at Tanoan Country Club. There will be complimentary Dion’s pizza provided after the clinic. See the attached flyer and below note:
We are again inviting all of your players to a Mid-School Clinic at the Coleman Vision Tennis Championships. We will have touring professionals, UNM’s Women’s coaches, and area pros conducting the clinic. This is a great opportunity for your players to see world class tennis up close and be on the court with these players and professionals. Because the first Sunday has free General Admission all day, mid-school players can bring their siblings and parents to watch the clinic and the tournament matches. – Sue Jollensten, CVTC Tournament Director
There will be no practice on Sunday, September 27. My whole family will be out of town. I encourage everyone to hit with someone else or practice on your own that weekend. Practicing serves or hitting against a wall are easy to do on your own and can greatly improve your hand-eye coordination.
I have not heard back from many of you about your availability for our matches this season. Please let me know if you can make the matches, especially the one on Thursday, Oct. 8, which is during ILS’s Fall Break. Our first match is against LBJ next Thursday, Sept. 17, at 4:00 pm. The match will be at the Los Ranchos courts on Rio Grande. I will send out a match reminder with the lineup next Wednesday. If anyone needs a ride to the match, let me know. The match schedule has been emailed out and is available on the ILS website.
Since I don’t quite know who is available for matches, I am assigning the following players to bring snacks and drinks for next week’s match:
Thursday, Sept. 17
Kate T: Snacks
Jared M: Snacks
Avery & Max G: Drinks
1. TEAM ROSTER – First, I need to confirm who is going to be on the team this year. If you are receiving this e-mail, you either signed up for the team at registration day, played on the team last year, or showed up at practice. I am assuming that means you want to be on the team. If you do not wish to be on the team, please let me know and I will remove you from my e-mail list. If you DO want to play on the team, you must complete the required forms, get a sports physical signed by a medical professional, and pay the $25 team fee to the ILS Athletic Director, Stephanie Kelley. Ms. Kelley has a mailbox in the school office where you may leave those items, and she will contact me if your child does not have all the necessary paperwork to play tennis. You will not be able to practice or play in team matches unless everything has been submitted to Ms. Kelley. You can contact Ms. Kelley at email@example.com or 505-261-7855 if you have any problems or questions.
2. REGISTRATION – In order for me to register you for the Middle School Tennis League, I need your current USTA number (if you have one), or your BIRTH DATE. The cost for each player is $15, which is included in the sports fee that you will pay to Ms. Kelley. Please e-mail me that information as soon as you can.
3. FORMAT/LEAGUE PLAY – Immanuel Lutheran School will be competing in the full-format green-dot ball division again this year. That means we will be using a lower pressure, “green-dot” tennis ball for matches. The division matches will consist of 3 matches each of boys’ singles and doubles, and 3 matches each of girls’ singles and doubles, for a maximum of 18 players per match. The match format is one set, no-ad scoring, with a 12- point set tiebreaker at 6 games all.
4. MATCH DATES – The match season runs six weeks from September 17- October 22. Depending on the weather or other scheduling problems, we will probably have about 5 matches plus 1 bye week. There will be a Middle School Tournament the weekend of October 24-25. The official schedule is not out yet, but I will let you know after Labor Day weekend which schools we will play, and when. ILS is responsible for our own snacks and drinks at matches; I will create and distribute a snack and drink rotation once I know our match dates.
5. MID-SCHOOL CLINIC KICKOFF EVENT – There is a free middle school tennis clinic on Sunday, September 20, from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm at the ColemanVision Tennis Championships at Tanoan Country Club. There will be no regular team practice scheduled that day at the Los Altos tennis Courts. I encourage you to attend the clinic at Tanoan to get a chance to play with some pros and scope out the other middle school teams in the league.
6. PRACTICE – We had sixteen players at our first practice on Sunday. Thanks for attending practice, and I look forward to more of you coming out next Sunday, August 23, from 1:30-3:00 pm. I ask that you be patient and cooperative at practices, because we have a large team with many different playing levels. I have decided to organize practices a little differently this year so that we all know what to expect and can be more efficient with our time:
90-minute Practice Schedule
5 minutes dynamic stretches
15 minutes court warm-up
20 minutes shot drills
20 minutes game drills
25 minutes match play
5 minutes cool down stretches & practice recap
8. T-SHIRTS – I will bring our tennis team T-shirts to next Sunday’s practice. If you wish to purchase the T-shirts, they are $8 each, cash or check payable to ILS. I will collect the money for ILS when you receive the shirt. You can also opt to borrow a team shirt and return it to me at the end of the season.
9. SPORTSMANSHIP – The purpose of the middle school tennis program is to introduce players to the game of tennis and promote good sportsmanship, participation, and positive involvement with other students and schools.
10. E-MAIL – If your middle school student would like to receive team updates, too, please forward me their e-mail address. I usually send out our match lineup a few days before a match, so it is useful to communicate the information directly to the players.