Nov 15

On and Off the Tennis Court 11.15

In midst of being unable to practice in Butler University’s tennis bubble due to recent wind damage, it is important to remember that you do not need a tennis court in order to improve certain skills and stay focused. This is especially useful on days where there is only access to outdoor courts but the weather drops too low for comfort. Here are some ways that practice can continue off the court:

  1. Find an area with a tall ceiling and place a piece of tape on the floor. Pretend that this is the baseline. Grab a tennis ball, and mimic the motions of a serve, focusing on the toss. Dictate the rhythm of the toss, keep your muscles relaxed, toss the ball in the air and let the ball drop to the ground. Do this until you can toss the ball at your desired height and bounce at the desired place past the “baseline” 100 times in a row. 
  2. Footwork is huge in the game of tennis, because improving footwork can aid in other aspects of the sport. There are tons of Youtube videos and websites that list various agility training workouts specific to tennis. One to check out is http://www.optimumtennis.net/tennis-footwork-exercises.htm 
  3. Lifting weights is beneficial, but don’t forget to stretch it out! It is very important to have long lean muscles, and one of the best ways to do that is stretching after a strengthening exercise. 
  4. Do some research. The pros know it the best, and there are plenty of sources online that show how and why they chose their personal methods of playing. Sometimes, in order to improve, you need to take it back to the basics and learn from the ones who know best. 

Although it is still encouraged to utilize these tips, with the help of Butler Club Sports, the Club Tennis team has found another place to practice starting November 6th! See you all on (and off) the courts!

Good luck to the few players traveling to the Badger tournament this weekend! Go Dawgs!

Sources: 

http://blog.fiveseasonssportsclub.com/tennis-drills-you-can-do-at-home 

http://tennis.isport.com/tennis-guides/how-to-practice-tennis-off-the-court 

Sep 28

Fall 2017 Update

So far the Club Tennis team has had an amazing start! After appearing at Block Party and talking with many of the interested first year students, the Executive team and the returning players were very excited to see the enthusiasm and talent they would bring to the first practice. We were not disappointed. The turnout was better than expected, and the pumped up attitudes were contagious.
Because we have two practices every week, we decided to dedicate our Monday practice to a specific stroke, including groundstrokes, serves and volleys. Our Wednesday practice is dedicated to fun – we always play games and create more of a social atmosphere to get to know the team better. This method has been working great to create relationships between players, while also improving skills each week. 
Stay tuned for more updates throughout the semester, and don’t forget to follow us on social media!
Twitter: @BUClubTennis
Instagram: @clubtennisBU
Go Dawgs!
By Marley Shovlin

Nov 01

Play (317) Review

At the beginning of October, Butler Club Tennis hosted Play (317) Tennis On Campus: An Alumni Event. The event was held through the sponsorship of the USTA Tennis On Campus to provide opportunities to former club members. The format of the tournament was in played with World Team Tennis (WTT) rules and the same as all USTA club matches. The event at Butler was run with a fun, welcoming, and competitive environment! Each participant received a t-shirt, lunch, and the possibility of winning prizes. Music was played throughout the matches and the players were able to meet other local tennis players. All of the sets were great matchups and played hard. Tennis was not the only sport being played, as participants played corn hole between matches and could take a swing at our homerun derby competition using tennis racquets and balls. Play (317) Tennis On Campus: An Alumni Event provided local Indianapolis club tennis players the chance to meet and compete together. 

Oct 22

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Bulldogs go 2-0 today after beating IUPUI (23-22) and IU (25-21) #GoDawgs @BUClubSports

Oct 01

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Play (317): @TennisOnCampus Alumni Event underway soon! https://t.co/heZQtaRa1j

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Sep 25

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Final Days to register for Play (317) @TennisOnCampus Event! Plenty of spots left! Deadline Tuesday 5pm. blogs.butler.edu/tennis

Sep 21

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.@IHSTeCA IndyArea Coaches have questions about Club Tennis in College? Come Play (317). Share with your teams too! https://t.co/5GZ6z4Oydg

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Sep 20

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.@butlerHRC did you know you don’t have to be i@BUClubTennisis to Play (317)? Lots of freebies with registration.blogs.butler.edu/tennisiz

Sep 20

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Why wouldn’t you register for Play (317)? Look at these goodies fro@TennisOnCampusus !!! T-shirts coming too! https://t.co/opLjqUYTCU

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Sep 19

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Less than 2 weeks until Play (317)! Register today! blogs.butler.edu/tennis https://t.co/GeC8uH2HWr

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