NOAH TENNIS Coaches:
Started at age 10. #1 in Oklahoma, #1-2 in Missouri Valley section, and top 10 nationally ranked in my age division every year thru age 18. Highest was #4 in the 16’s. Won national hard courts. Played Div 1 and 2 college tennis at #1 position. Undefeated my freshman year. Conference champ twice- Big 8 and Missouri Valley. Played NCAA nationals every year.
Selected for the Jr Wightman Cup team in college. Played a little professionally on the Virginia Slims circuit. Coached women’s team at ORU 1980-85. Coach of the year. Taught professionally as a USPTA pro at 3 clubs from 1981-91. Retired from teaching but continued playing 1991-2005. Advanced to USTA league nationals every year and won nationals at 5.0 level. Inducted into OK and Missouri Valley Tennis Halls of Fame in 2011. On the OK Tennis Foundation Board, on USTA-OK hall of fame nominating committee, honorary chair for the LaFortune tennis ball 2013-14, helping with NOAH tennis 2015-16.
Junior High Coaches:
Scott Hillock, a native of Western Oklahoma, played competitive tennis for Elk City High School as well as Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Scott is currently the director of bands for Jenks High School and has three children playing tennis for NOAH.
High School Varsity Tennis (Girls and Boys, 14-18)
NOAH Tennis teams compete at the Varsity level fielding both girls and boys teams. Our Spring Tennis teams compete against both public and private school teams in the Metro Tulsa Area. In addition to school tennis, many of our Jag tennis players participate in United States Tennis Association tennis matches and have state and regional USTA rankings. We participate in the week long Metro Area Tennis Tournament each year which includes many of the local tennis teams.
Junior High Tennis (Girls and Boys, 11-14 )
NOAH Tennis teams also compete at the Junior High level fielding both girls and boys teams. Opportunities for students to compete in area tournaments, dual matches with area schools/teams, as well as work on and improve their skills through regular practices are provided. In addition to competing against both public and private school teams in the Metro Tulsa Area, several of our students also participate in USTA tennis playing matches year round.
SPRING COMPETITIVE TENNIS
NOAH’s Spring Tennis Program is our most intense time – playing against local public and private schools. To this end, we use United States Tennis Association (USTA) grading standard, Level 2.5, as our benchmark. Following is the definition from USTA: A 2.5 Player is able to judge where the ball is going. Player can sustain a slow pace rally of several shots with someone of the same ability using both forehand and backhand sides and can volley with moderate success. Player can keep score unassisted, can call own lines, can serve overhand from the baseline and has a basic understanding of the rules.
If your High School student is below this level you are encouraged to participate in Fall Tennis as well as work with your student independently to prepare them Spring Tennis. We have found this approach provides your student with the best opportunity to succeed at tennis. Spring Competitive Tennis includes both Varsity and Junior Varsity events.
Junior High students are encouraged to participate in practices and drills during the spring. Practices are designed to prepare experienced players for duals and tournaments as well as helping younger players continue to improve their fundamentals, skills, and knowledge of the game.
There will be a team meeting for both the High School and Junior High Tennis Teams in mid-January. General information and operations, as well as the spring calendar will be shared at this time. Date, location, and time of the meeting TBD soon.
NOAH’s Spring Tennis season runs from February through May.
Spring HS Varsity Practice (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday) at Benedict Park, 12th and Utica,
Boys and Girls, 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Spring Junior High Practice (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday) at Tracy Park, 11th and Peoria,
Boys and Girls, 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Tennis fees are $125.00 for first individual, $100 for the second, and $75 for each consecutive player from the same family.
Uniforms are not part of the fees and are ordered separately.
Summer TENNIS initiative
NOAH encourages all current players to continue playing and improving throughout the summer and new players to begin learning the basics of the game. There are several options available:
Coach Canfield will hold practices and drill on Saturdays, from 9:00-10:30 AM, in the months of June and July at Benedict Park, 12th and Utica, for $5.00 a session. Coach Canfield is also available for private instruction. Contact Byron Canfield for additional information.
Brian Dick, Director of Tennis at Indian Springs, is also offering drills and instruction to NOAH tennis players for the summer. Contact Brian Dick for information and costs.
Shane Cheek holds weekly fitness, drills, and match play in Owasso throughout the summer. Information regarding days and times will be added once determined.
For players wanting to maintain their competitive edge, there are tournaments held at various facilities in the Tulsa Area throughout the summer. Most are sponsored by United States Tennis Association and players must have a USTA membership in order to participate, but there are usually a handful of tournaments available to the general public as well. For more information, browse the USTA website as well as summer schedules for local tennis clubs.
Finally, current players should stay in touch with friends and teammates. Call each other, set up times to hit and play. NOAH has had an outstanding competitive season with strong showings and multiple tournament wins. It is important to keep hitting and improving all aspects of the game so that the program continues to evolve.
Any questions, contact us. We are more than happy to help you.
Fall Tennis Outreach
NOAH provides Fall Tennis as an opportunity for students new to the game to participate in tennis instruction, in a relaxed environment. For experienced tennis players, Fall Tennis is an excellent time to work on strokes as well as develop match strategies and tactics.
Practices are 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday Evenings, Benedict Park, 12th and Utica from the beginning of September through the middle of October.
Homeschool students 6th grade and up are welcome to come out and learn to play tennis and/or sharpen their skills. Bring your court shoes and tennis racquet. Cost is $100.00 for first player and $75 for each additional player within the same family.
Come meet our incredible coaches and check out our program!