Tennis

Announcements


4/16/21

Practice Cancelled today (Friday, 4/16)

The courts are too wet and it’s still raining intermittently. Please note match schedule below.


4/16/21

Final Matches:

  • Tue. 4/20 vs Gorzycki @ Anderson (top 10 and invitees)
  • Wed. 4/28 vs Lamar & Small @ Anderson (top 10 and invitees)
  • Thur. 5/06 Tournament with Bailey and Gorzycki @ Bowie HS (top-6 only)
Please let coach Reed know if a player is unable to attend one of these matches. Thanks!!

4/5/21

Wednesday 4/7 Match

This week’s match will be this Wednesday 4/7 at Anderson High School vs. Bailey MS @ 5:00. This will be for the top 10 boys and girls only. We’re going to start earlier this time. Plan to be there by 4:45 if possible. We should be done by 7:00. Please note: if you ever need to leave a match early, simply let Coach Reed know. Thanks!!


3/38/21

Monday 3/29 Practice is cancelled

Coach Reed is feeling under the weather.

Please note that our first match is Wednesday the 31st at Austin High School, not O. Henry.


3/26/21

First Match

Good news! We don’t have the whole season scheduled yet, but we do have a confirmation on our first match vs. O.Henry next Wednesday the 31st @ Austin High courts at 6:00.  We will take all the players, regardless of their rank. Players should plan on getting there around 5:30 to warm up. Please reach out to Kerry Burris or Coach Reed if you need help getting to Austin High. There will not be a bus.

Practice Schedule

There has been some confusion regarding practice schedule, so here is this week’s schedule:

  • Monday: top 10 girls
  • Tuesday: top 10 boys
  • Wednesday: top 6 boys and girls
  • Thursday: top 6 boys and girls
  • Friday: 7 and below.
I have still not received an official match schedule, but it appears that matches are likely going to be on Wednesdays or Thursdays, so the top 6 boys and girls day would normally just be whichever day we didn’t have a match that week. Since there is no match this week, both days will be top 6 boys and girls (not top 10 boys, as an email mistakenly said–my bad).

March 12, 2021

Please note that practice does not start until we return from Spring Break. There will be no practice Friday 3/12.


March 10, 2021

Parent Meeting 

Please plan to attend the Zoom call if possible. If you are unable to attend, email Coach Reed with any questions:  mark.reed@austinisd.org

  • When: Thursday 3/11 @ 5:30
  • Where: Virtual ONLY : Zoom Link Meeting ID: 860 3922 3777

Player Ranking

Unfortunately, we are not allowed to post the names of the players on the website, but you can email Coach Reed for your child’s rank. This is important to know so the player will know which days to come to practice.  See FAQ for practice schedule.


March 9, 2021

Shirts

One shirt will be given free-of-charge to each player. If you would like to purchase extras, they are $10 apiece for adult, unisex sizes xsmall-XL and $12 for XXL or XXXL. Checks should be made out to “Murchison Middle School”. They are a very soft, tri-blend material.


Feb. 24, 2021

Tennis Tryout FAQ

  • Does my child need to submit an AISD Physical packet to participate?
    • YES!!! And a Covid waiver. Both must be on file with the Athletics office before any child can participate in tryouts, practices or matches. The forms can be found here.
  • When are Tryouts?:
    • Girls: March 8th and 9th 4:00 – 5:00
    • Boys: March 10th and 11th 4:00 – 5:00
    • Parent Meeting: Thursday, March 11th @ 5:30
  • Will there be cuts?
    • No.  The top 10 Girls and top 10 Boys (7th and 8th grade combined) will go to all matches (although only six players will play in the end-of-season tournament), and anyone ranked 11 or below will be invited to only some of the matches
  • What is the practice schedule?
    • Please note that the schedule is tentative. I have yet to receive the match schedule.
    • Mondays: Top 10 Girls
    • Tuesdays: Top 10 Boys or Match
    • Wednesdays: Top 10 Boys or Match
    • Thursdays: Top 6 Boys and Top 6 Girls
    • Fridays: 7 and below Boys and Girls
  • What if my child can’t make all the practice days?
    • As long as they can come to at least one practice a week, they are eligible to play in the match. Please let Coach Reed know if your child will miss a practice.
  • Can 6th graders participate in Tennis?
    • Unfortunately no, UIL only allows 7th and 8th graders to participate.
  • Does my child have to be in Athletics class to be on the team?
    • No. Your child can come to the after-school practices.
  • Will my child be able to challenge to move up in the rankings?
    • Yes, to an extent. The first few weeks will include challenge matches during practice. I reserve the right to choose doubles teams for the end-of-year tournament based on what I believe will benefit the team the most, NOT simply according to rank.
  • What is the match schedule?
    • The district has not set the schedule yet. Check this page for updates.
  • Will we need to pay for T-shirts?
    • No. The shirts will be provided for free this year.
    • Extra shirts will be for sale at a discounted price (first come, first served).
  • Will there be buses to matches?
    • No, you will be responsible for your own transportation to and from matches
  • Can I volunteer?
    • YES!!! Please contact Coach Reed if you would like to help with any of the following:
      • Messaging via Remind App and social media
      • Water/Gatorade at matches
      • Transportation to/from matches
      • End-of-year party
  • Does my child need their own racquet?
    • Yes, if possible. We do have a limited number of team racquets they can use if they need one, however.
  • What other equipment does my child need?
    • Athletic shoes (shoes designed for tennis are preferable, but any athletic shoe will do.
    • Shorts or tennis skirts with pockets (for balls)
    • Athletes will be provided one team t-shirt to wear for matches.

Make plans to attend the Parent Meeting Thursday, March 11th @ 5:30, or  contact Coach Reed for any other questions:  mark.reed@austinisd.org