Seymour women tennis head coach Sharon Wooden took a day journey to Bloomington final Saturday together with her husband, assistant women tennis coach Bob Wooden.
The 2 determined to cease at Bloomington Excessive Faculty South, the place there have been 15 representatives from Seymour competing in a U.S. Tennis Affiliation match.
Coaches aren’t allowed to really coach their gamers throughout these USTA-sanctioned occasions, so it was odd for Wooden to silently sit there and watch her gamers play as a fan.
“It was laborious on me, on each on Bob and I,” Wooden mentioned. “We had been actually glad that they had been answerable for their match, however you simply needed to go run as much as that fence and provides them encouragement or give them a tip.”
However as Wooden mentioned, she was very happy with how everybody was taking part in. Six of the 15 Owls competing ended up inserting of their bracket.
Claire Combs and Emma Woodard performed doubles collectively, and so they received the 14U doubles bracket. Lane Woodard additionally was there, however he didn’t have a doubles companion, so he randomly joined a child from Jasper, and the duo wound up inserting second within the 14U doubles bracket.
The No. 1 singles participant for the Owls’ varsity crew this yr and The Tribune’s Women Tennis Participant of the Yr, Brooke Schafstall, was in attendance, as effectively. She teamed up with Jessica Hougland, and the tandem received the 16U doubles bracket.
The lone singles participant to position for Seymour was eighth-grader Shun Takeuchi, who took second place within the 14U singles bracket.
“They performed nice,” Wooden mentioned. “The important thing issue for us is we’ve been preaching to our youngsters for years is that you could enhance in tennis, the alternatives are there, however you and your households must make the dedication to do the tournaments.”
Of the 15 Seymour representatives in Bloomington on Saturday, 10 of them had been experiencing their first USTA match.
With no teaching, lots of the gamers needed to determine issues out on their very own, too.
“You’re the ref. You’re the coach. You’re the participant,” Wooden mentioned. “You need to self-analyze and self-reflect through the match.”
This USTA occasion got here someday after Seymour wrapped up its record-breaking five-day tennis camp at the highschool final week.
Greater than 80 children confirmed out final week to attend the camp run by Wooden and boys tennis head coach Brandon Davis.
Wooden known as it “tennis fever,” and now, that’s extending exterior the highschool camp. There was all kinds of individuals from Seymour final Saturday with the youngest age being 12 and the oldest being 18.
“The crew camaraderie, though they aren’t all on the highschool crew, only for the city of Seymour, Seymour tennis, it was nice seeing them work together with one another,” Wooden mentioned.
Wooden believes it was an enormous step for the Seymour tennis program to have a rising quantity of children begin to work on their sport exterior of a camp or scheduled follow setting.
She is aware of from expertise together with her personal daughter that these kinds of tournaments will help a participant enhance and simply see different varieties of types and opponents, like how Lane Woodard teamed up with a child from Jasper with out ever taking part in collectively and the 2 carried out effectively as a crew.
The mindset is beginning to flip from simply interested by doing one thing to really going out and doing it.
“We see our tennis gamers now actually begin to enhance,” Wooden mentioned. “As a substitute of considering of going to a match or going to get some classes, they’re now doing them. It simply makes me overjoyed as a coach.”