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Middle School Tennis

The USTA Southwest, Northern New Mexico's Fall Mid-School Tennis League started in 1996 by direction of the Board and through the vision and guidance of Sue Jollensten. The league is designed for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students.  The league is an after school tennis program that provides every middle school player that tries out a chance to engage in a healthy after school activity, learning what is truly a sport for a lifetime, and an opportunity to represent and identify with their schools. The program emphasizes participation, sportsmanship, adherence to the rules, and team spirit.
 
Public and private middle schools are organized into a six-week league season culminating in an End-of-Season Tournament in which all players are invited to participate. The league attracts upwards to 700 students playing on nearly 40 teams each year. Teams range in size from 6 to 60 students - many of whom would never have had a chance to learn and play tennis had it not been for this program and our dedicated volunteer coaches. The program is financially supported by the USTA Southwest, and the New Mexico Youth Tennis Foundation. 
 
The City of Albuquerque is co-sponsor to the event each year, donating over 20 public court facilities to the program.  Private school partners such as the Albuquerque Academy and Bosque School also donate their courts for use.  Teams as far away as Taos, Los Alamos, Belen, Las Cruces, and Las Vegas have participated in the year-end championships.  
 
SCHOOLS IN NEED OF A HEAD COACH FOR FALL 2022 ARE:  
 
LBJ
KENNEDY
TAYLOR
WILSON
 
Link to recording of the 8/25 Coaches Meeting:
ZOOM MEETING RECORDING
SCAN THE QR CODE BELOW FOR THE 2022 COACHES APP - WHICH INCLUDES ALL REGISTRATION DETAILS AND GUIDANCE ON CHOOSING YOUR TEAM FORMAT.
 
PLAYER EQUIPMENT PACKAGE:    (This info is on the App)
If you have any kids that are in need of some athletic clothes or real tennis shoes or a racquet, you, the coach, can fill out this form on their behalf and we will order them something. 
We have funds to cover this, as part of money raised thanks to the Becky Lee Adult tournament last Spring.
 
GREEN BALLS FOR SALE IN OUR OFFICE
- $10 per dozen or $60 per case
- yellow balls at Costco for $46 for a case of 20 cans
 
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ANNUAL MID SCHOOL ADMIN RESOURCES

For the current Middle School League Rules, click here.
For the Team Player Roster Excel Sheet, click here.
For the current Middle School Full Format Division Scoresheet, click here.
For the current Middle School Co-ed Division Scoresheet, click here.
 
For Tournament Rules, click here.  These will be posted later in the season.
For CODE OF CONDUCT/Rules of the Game and Helpful Hints, click here.
For a Sportsmanship Contract, click here.
For EQUIPMENT GRANT info click here.
Background Check Requirements for Coaches:
For brand new coaches, go to https://www.usta.com/en/home/safe-play.html? and sign in or sign up using your usta log in details) - it will then walk you through SafePlay/SafeSport/NCSI
For recurring coaches - please check your background check status by going to that same link.
 
For APS Volunteers, go to this link: http://www.aps.edu/volunteer-with-aps.
For APS Field Trip Permission Form, click here.
For APS Private Vehicle Use, click here and use this form.
For the USTA Net Generation/Safe Play Background Check Website
 
For a court reservation sign, click here.  Edit for approved court dates and times.
For an example sign up sheet, click here.  Edit for your school and contact information.
 
For a Certificate of Participation, click here.  Edit for the school and year.
 
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OCT 22 - 24TH 2021 STATE MIDDLE SCHOOL TOURNAMENT RECAP (Division Winners and Pictures)
The Middle School State Tournament returned last weekend during some beautiful Fall weather at Jerry Cline and Albuquerque Academy.

37 Teams Participated
31 Schools Represented
400+ Players combined in the season and tournament


Full Format Division: 
Desert Ridge earned 1st place after defeating Eisenhower 9-3. Bosque placed 3rd and Tony Hillerman 4th.
Coed Mix & Match Flight 1:
Jefferson earned 1st place after defeating Charter Schools 8-1 / Wilson A Team placed 3rd and Desert Ridge B Team placed 4th / Las Cruces Team was the consolation winner beating Valencia 7-2
Coed Mix & Match Flight 1 Green Ball:
Eisenhower B earned 1st place defeating Cleveland 6-3 / Garfield won the Consolation defeating Annunciation 6-3
Coed Mix & Match Flight 2 Green Ball:
Eisenhower C1 Team earned 1st place after defeating Wilson B Team 6-3 / Jefferson B Team placed 3rd / Desert Ridge C placed 4th / Bosque B Team won the Consolation beating Eisenhower C2 8-1

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