The State Finals experience begins soon, and it's going to be incredible. Thank you for all the work it took to get there. So, let's get prepared:
Finanaces - let's get the money talk out of the way first...
State T-shirts - Girls should bring $18 to give to the VandePoel's before we leave for the tournament. If a check is made out, write it to Superior Sports. (Thank you VandePoel's for doing all this, you did a great job as always)
Food Money - I was informed this morning that West Ottawa has made the decision that money for food will no longer be provided for the team. I am sorry to have been told this, and I am sorry that it was communicated to me the day before departure, and only because I inquired. This is in no way Mr. Marsman's fault. Please believe me that our athletic office is bending over backwards to support the team on this. My guess is that $35 will be needed if we don't make it a 2nd day, and about $50 will be needed if we do make it to the 2nd day.
Parent's Dinner Thursday Night - Holiday Inn Sports Bar in Midland at 7PM. The Hosner's and the Keech's have already made reservations. If you are in town, join them for some fun and enjoy each other's company.
Banquet Information...this is important so I'm sneaking it in:
CELEBRATE TENNIS SEASON AND RECOGNIZE ACCOMPLISHMENTS!!!!
West Ottawa Tennis Banquet
Tuesday June 4, 2013
South High School Cafeteria 6:30 PM
Freshman bring desserts
Sophomores bring appetizers
Juniors bring Desserts
Seniors bring drinks
RSVP name and total number of people attending to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 616-836-8794 (cell) or 616-738-2168(home) by 6/2/2013
1. The Draw. CLICK HERE for the Divsion 1 State Finals draw. However, make sure you don't get too caught up in it. Time spent thinking about WHO you play is time you are not thinking about HOW you are going to play. Put your focus in the right place.
2. The Itinerary.
10:00am Players are excused from class
10:15am Players are expected to be at the Athletic Office. Parents are welcome to come and
see them off.
10:30am Depart for Midland
Noon We will stop for lunch.
1:30pm We will practice at the Midland Tennis Center. CLICK HERE for tennis center info.
3:00pm Check in at the Hampton Inn. CLICK HERE for hotel info.
5:30pm Hang out at the Mall/Dinner - Buffalo Wild Wings seems to be what the girls want at
8:30pm Team meeting in Coaches Room
*After the meeting we'll head to our rooms for some rest. (Got that girls!?!?!)
7:00am Arrive at Midland Tennis Center (warm-up)
7:45am Coaches Meeting
8:00am Players Meeting
8:15am Play begins
*We play till we are all done. If anyone advances to the Semi-Finals, we all stay a 2nd day. In this case we return home on Saturday afternoon. If we are all done on Friday night, we will get home very late on Friday, even as late as midnight possibly.
1. Don't do anything stupid.
2. Perform to your ability.
3. Have fun.
4. Players, some time over the weekend, thank your parents for all they do. If there is a particular instructor(s) who have helped you over the past year, this is a weekend to send them a call or text. They spent a lot of time and energy so you can have experiences like this. Weekends like this are great times to acknowledge the people who have helped you.
5. And seriously, don't do anything stupid this weekend.
Those of you who have been to this event know that we will consume a lot of food throughout the tournament. If you are going, leave a comment below about what you are going to bring. And a reminder that parents are meeting at the Holiday in Sports Bar at 7PM on Thursday night! And if any parents are on the fence about whether you should make the trip, the answer is YES! If you like things that awesome, you will like this:)
Make it a great week!