By: Kara Y.
Many people living in various places worldwide enjoy playing and/or watching sports. Most of the time, players are required to work well with other people for their team to win. In tennis, there are two types of matches: singles and doubles. When playing a singles match, paying attention and being able to run fast are necessities. When playing a doubles match, both teammates need to communicate to see who is going to hit the ball. Carle Place Middle School Tennis teaches middle schoolers how to play tennis in a fun way and it is a great way to make new friends.
Carle Place Middle School Tennis is a tennis team made up of seventh and eighth graders. The team helps teach middle school students how to play tennis. There are drills and games that the team does or plays that are made to have the players practice their skills. The coach, Mr. Breslin, oversees how everyone is doing at practice, and then uses the observations he made to help him place us in the match that he thinks is best. He switches the order of players every game to give people a chance to play a match that counts, because not all do. All four singles matches and the first four doubles matches count toward the score. If he sees that a player is struggling with something, he will go over it and practice doing that skill with you.
The matches that the team plays can make the middle school players nervous, yet excited. It is nerve wrecking to play against a player(s) that you have not met. You do not know if they are above or below your playing level, but you should always try your best. Although it is nerve wrecking, it can also be exciting because you want the team to win. You cannot wait to hear the news; if the team won, lost, or tied. Winning a match can be rousing with everyone cheering and screaming.
The day after our last match, we had a pizza party in the cafeteria after school. We were able to bring in a snack if we chose to. There was pizza and many desserts, from brownies to chips, which were all delicious. It was fun way to end the season. After about an hour, we started to head home.
The Carle Place Middle School Tennis Team helped me become a better tennis player from last tennis season, but it also helped me make new friends in another grade. Playing singles matches, games, and doing drills at tennis practice was so fun because I was able to experience how tiring playing singles matches are and practice my skills with the rest of the team. The matches we played made me eager, energetic, as well as jittery, but I felt glad and tired when it was over. After the season ended, the pizza party we had was so fun and it was an amazing way to end the tennis season. You should definitely consider joining the tennis team next year because it is so much fun!