Monthly Archives: June, 2010

Tim Smith – Winning Coach

Tim Smith is another one of our featured College Tennis Coaches at the Future College Tennis Players Camp in Glens Falls.  In the past 10 years, his Marist men’s teams teams have compiled a record-setting 78-5 mark in the MAAC.  In his 14 seasons as Marist Men’s Tennis Coach they have won the league 8 times, including this year.

Prior to coaching at Marist, Smith registered an 80-4 record over four years at Dutchess Community College and one year at SUNY Oswego for a combined career record of 296-74, a winning percentage of .800. While at Dutchess, he coached three nationally ranked teams, two of which finished in the top 10 and three junior college All-Americans. Over the past 25 years he has guided numerous students to receive state and national rankings.

In addition, Smith is an ETA-USTA National Team Coach, an ETA Junior Davis Cup Coach and a USPTA Level I teaching professional. Smith was named the USPTA Coach of the Year for the Eastern Section in 1993, 1995 and 2009. Additionally, he was the recipient of the Presidential Sports Award for Tennis. His peers selected him as the MAAC Coach of the Year in 2003. In 2008, he was inducted into the Dutchess County Sports Museum Hall of Fame for his contributions to tennis and the community.

Coach Smith Being Interviewed after winning this Year’s MAAC Championships – CLICK HERE


We didn’t let a little rain stop us

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From 12 noon till 4:00 it rained at the Glens Falls Tennis & Swim Club but the tournament went on.  One of the advantages to playing on clay is that if it doesn’t rain too hard, you can keep on playing.  This weekends level 1B tournament stayed on schedule, due to some hardy souls who would rather play tennis then sit inside worrying about the rain.  It also marked the debut of a new match format for the doubles.  Instead of a pro set, we played 2 out of 3 sets to 4 games with a tiebreaker at 4 all.  The format made today’s competitive matches even more exciting.  With three doubles matches, we played four tiebreakers.  For tournament results – CLICK HERE

Biys 14 and Under & Boys 16 and Under singles finals will be played tomorrow.

The Mental Side of the Game

Here are some good tips for improving your mental toughness on the court:

Top Mental Mistakes Players Make

Ready for a Mind Game

Tennis Confidence Checklist For Matches

Footwork for hitting the ball going backwards

Footwork Video

Empire State Game Tennis Tryouts

Empire State Game tryouts were held this weekend to determine who will represent the Adirondack Region at Empire State Games in Buffalo this summer.   Cat Crummey of Shaker. won the right to lead the team at #1 singles in an excitingly closed match, by beating Amanada Rosati of Holy Names 7-6(5), 7-5.  The match was a rematch of the Girl’s High School Tennis Finals where Crummey won 6-4, 6-2.  The team is coached by Sarah Mayer, who also represented the Adirondack Region when she was at Shaker.  Sarah went on to become the most successful women’s tennis player Siena has ever had.  Sarah is now Head Women’s Tennis Coach at the College of Saint Rose.  Joining Crummey and Rosati as the #3 and #4 singles players on the team are Kirsten Ackerman and Terumi Greene.

The Girl’s doubles was won by Jennifer Macaluso (Shenendahowa) and Nicole Kellogg (Burnt Hills) who beat Claire Schmitz (Scotia) and Molly Goodman (Emma Willard) in the finals.   Schmitz and Goodman will be teammates, as Schmitz is transferring to Emma Willard in the fall.   Claire was the third singles player representing our area at High School States (along with Crummey and Rosati).

The Boy’s singles lineup was also decided this weekend.  Josh Jachuck of Bethlehem defeated Robert Schmitz of Scotia 6-3, 6-3 to win the #1 singles position (Schmitz will play #2 singles).  Jake Rosansky and Logan Sugitan will play 3rd and 4th.

For the Empire State Games, each of the states 6 regions fields a boys and a girls team and they play each of the 5 other regions over the course of the event.  Each match consists of 3 singles and 2 doubles with the winning team being the team that wins 3 or more individual matches.  The 3rd singles and 4th singles players rotate, one plays one match, the other plays the next match.  The 3/4 rotation assures that a team will always be able to field enough players for every matchup.  In the event of an injury, the 4 player plays all of the matches remaining.  Medals are awarded to the top 3 boys teams and the top 3 girls teams as well as the top 3 #1 singles players (boys and girls) and the top 3 #1 doubles teams (boys and girls).

We hope to have the boys doubles results as soon as they are available and to keep you up to date while the event is going on.  Congratualtions to Sarah and all of the players who made the team.  Best of luck.

Tennis / Frisbee

Want to work on your one handed backhand, try throwing a frisbee.  See link below.

U.S.Open Bus Trip

The Glens Falls Tennis & Swim Club is running a bus trip to the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament on Monday, September 6th (Labor Day).  The bus will leave from Queensbury at 7:00 am and return at 11:00 pm.  The cost is $110 for club members, $130 for non members.  Price includes ticket to Arthur Ashe Stadium plus transportation down.  Sign up before July 16th for a $10 discount.  For inquiries or to sign up contact Peter at (518) 229-0323 OR

To see or print out the flyer – CLICK HERE

Discounted Buzz tickets for JTT Players

The NY BUZZ WTT team is offering deep discounts for Junior Team Tennis players and accompanying adults for 2 dates during the upcoming WTT season at SEFCU arena (U Albany). The dates are:

July 6 (Kids Night ) and July 16
The tickets will be $5 per child and $10 per adult–a substantial discount over regular ticket prices
The deadline for ordering is June 24.  Call 378-BUZZ to order.

Tennis Around the Net

Andy Murray Fun Commercial – Click Here

American Andrea Collarini Reaches Boys’ Singles Final at Roland Garros – Click Here

Tennis for 90 and overs – Click Here

Analysis of Federer Footwork – Click Here

College Tennis Camp

The Glens Falls Tennis & Swim Club hosts a unique camp that brings in different college coaches each day with the focus on how to prepare for college tennis.  The camp deals with choosing the whole process starting with what you want skills you want to work on to get on a good team, to how to chose the right college.   Also, we talk about what to expect.  Today’s blog highlights Gary Glassman, one of the coaches coming to the Future College Tennis Player camp.  Gary just finished his 11th season as both Men’s and Women’s Coach at Stony Brook.  His record in enviable.  He has had a record of .500 or better record in all but one of his 22 seasons (11 Men’s and 11 Women’s).  More importantly, his players have earned 53 ITA-All Academic awards.

Excellence has been Gary’s trademark wherever he has gone.  He has earned Coach ofthe year awards at every school he has coached.  While at Georgia Southern his team won the Southern Conference Championship and – he was named Southern Conference Coach of the Year (1995).  His team was ranked as high as #42 in the country.

At University of Louisiana-Monroe he won the conference championships and – was named Southland Conference Coach of the Year (1997).

Gary returned to our area – where he was born and raised – to coach at RPI in 1999 where he won –  Coach of the Year in the Upstate Collegiate Athletic Council.

Then at Stony Brook, Gary and his staff won the America East Coaching Staff of the Year award.

His peers have also recognized him.  Gary has just finished a term as a member on the NCAA Division 1 Tennis Committee.  He also served as a member of Intercollegiate Athletic Association (ITA) Regional Ranking committee.  Gary was a fine high school player who represented Section II well.  Now he is a well respected college coach and we are proud to have him back with us, even if it’s just for a day.

For more information about the camp – CLICK HERE

But how many points do I get

Most players know that the junior rankings are on a “Points Per Round” system.  Many people do not understand the points.  We will try to explain the points here.

First off – where do I find the points.  There is a link on the Glenwood tennis web page with the current point able but for the purpose of this blog we will also put it here.

POINT TABLE – Click Here

The first thing you must do is determine what level of tournament you are playing. The name of the tournament has the level of the tournament for Eastern Section tournaments.  The categories are (listed from the most points to the least) : Level 1+ (also called Designated and Sectional Closed), Level 1 (also called Championships), Level 1B (also called Challengers), and Level 2 (Level 2 Open and Level 2 Regional have the same amount of points per round).

All of our tournaments give points towards a sectional ranking.  Some of our tournaments also give points towards a national ranking.  We will get into this later.  Level 2 tournaments are the only tournaments that count towards regional rankings.  The Eastern Section is made up of 6 regions.  We are the Northern Region.  On page 1 of the chart, the far right hand column shows how many points you get for your wins.  You must have a win in the tournament to get any points.  Withdrawals, Walkovers and Defaults are counted as wins.  The points are awarded for getting to that round, provided you have a win. For example.  If there are 10 players and somebody with a preliminary round wins – they did not draw a bye – that would bring them to the quarter finals. If they lost in the quarter finals they would get 10 points.  If a player did not play in the preliminary rund and lost in the quarter finals – their first round – they would not get any points because they did not win a round.  If the tournament has a consolation round you will see at the bottom of the page there is 2 points awarded for each win in the consolation.  If the tournament is a round robin, winners are rewarded 5 points for each win they have (last line of the first  page).  You will notice there are two Level 1 columns. The upper line of the column header is for the National Designation, the lower line is for the sectional designation.  Our section does give points to Eastern players who have wins in national tournaments, even if they are not Eastern Section Events.  Our Level 1+ events have the most points per round for sectional events.  They can actually be Level 3, Level 4 or Level 5 events nationally, but the sectional points awarded are the same. 

The table on page 2 is for most of our level 1+ tournaments where we play a full feedin tournament.   That means, if someone loses, they get fed into the consolation bracket.  Point tables are again, based on what round they get to.  All these events have 32 players in the draw.  For example, a player that loses inthe first round, wins a round in the consolation (Qualifyer Round), then loses gets 120 points (they reached the quarter finals of the Qualifying Round).  The last page shows bonus points.  If any of your wins are against players in the top 50 inthe section  – at the time of the win – you get additonal, or bonus points). There are some National Tournaments that are team events.  You would use Table 4 to figure out how many points you would get for a win, depending on what position you were on the team (1st singles, 2nd singles, etc.).

Your ranking is determined by taking your top 6 results and adding up the points. Bonus points are included in determining which are your top 6 (so if you get ot the same round in two different tournaments but in one of them you beat a player in the top 50, that one will count before the other one does).  In addition, if you play doubles in sectional tournaments, you will get 15% of your best 6 doubles tournaments added onto the points you got in singles to get your total ranking points.  If your teamhappens to get to junior team tennis ectionals, you can get a few additional points for wins there.  I hope this clears up any questions about rankings.

Junior Tennis Web Sites

Here are some great web sites for junior tennis players:

College & Junior Tennis

Junior Tennis

Tennis Recruiting Network

College Tennis Recruiting

Empire State Games

Empire State Games is an Olympic style event on the run by the New York State Office of Parks and Recreation.  This years event is in Buffalo July 21-25. Any player who is eligible to play varsity tennis and who is not graduating this June may try out. In the past they took  4 singles players and 2 doubles teams from each region. They play on a college campus and are housed in the dorms.  Housing, transportation, breakfast and dinner are provided.  See this link for more information:

Tryouts will be held at the Union College tennis courts on Saturday January 19th (DOUBLES) at 9 AM and on Sunday January 20th (SINGLES) at 9 AM. YOU MUST REGISTER ON LINE IN ADVANCE IN ORDER TO TRY OUT. Register here:  (scholastic division) Registration closes 25 hours prior to the tryout.  If you have any questions you may call Sarah Mayer at 518-598-3944. She is running the try-outs.  There is a $10.00 fee for tryouts.

Junior Team Tennis Sectionals

Six teams from the Capital District will be representing the Northern Region at the Junior Team Tennis Sectionals this weekend, June 12 and 13, at Syracuse University. Three teams earned their way into the sectionals by virtue of winning the local league championship, one team had to win not only the local league championship, but also a regional title, and two teams that were runners-up to league champions were invited to participate as wild cards when teams from other regions dropped out. The following teams will be representing the Northern Region:
12 and unders:  Sportime Slammers  The Slammers got off to a fast start this year and then held off their rapidly improving opponents down the stretch to finish the year in first place with a record of 11-1 – Jessica Benson (Capt.)
14B: Tri-City Terminators  The Terminators charged out of the starting gate and never looked back, finishing the season undefeated at 12-0 and dropping only 13 sets all season. Dee Fallati (Capt.)
14A: Got Tennis? (Champion); Dynamite (wild card)  These two teams were neck and neck all year and the championship came down to overtime in the final meeting between the 2 teams. It’s only fitting that both teams will get a chance to play at sectionals. Patty DiCaprio (Capt.) / Kevin Lau (Capt.)
18B: Hurricanes  This team breezed through the Red 18B league, and then handled the competition they faced in the playoffs, defeating the Blue 18B Saratoga Thunder to take the championship. Then they secured their spot in the sectionals by defeating a team from the Old Chatham league in regional competition. Steve Etkin (Capt.) 
18A: Zico (Champion); Junior NY Buzz(wild card)  Another 2 teams that battled all year (along with some stiff competition from third place team Lethal Chaos); the championship came down to the final meeting between the 2. Both will represent the Northern Region well at sectionals. Bill Brahler (Capt.) / Tom Schmitz (Capt.)
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