Thank you for your willingness to volunteer for our Omaha Tennis Buddies program.
2022 Winter Practices begin January 15 at the Maple Athletic Complex.
THANK YOU, VOLUNTEERS!
NO TENNIS BUDDIES PRACTICE ON SATURDAY, APRIL 16th!
Jan 15, 2022- Winter Practices Resume at the Maple Athletic Complex
Our program continues to grow!. We are going to need lots of help this winter!
DEUCE/ACE GROUP- BEGINS JANUARY 15, 2022
2:45-4 PM DEUCE GROUP CLINIC
3:45-5 PM ACE GROUP CLINIC
LOVE GROUP- BEGINS JANUARY 22, 2021
2:45-4 PM CLINIC *** Note the time change for this year.
4-5 PM LEAGUE PLAY- Eight coaches needed
April 16 and May 28
SUMMER PRACTICES BEGIN JUNE 6 AT KOCH FOR ALL ATHLETES
5:45- 7:00 PM
7//22 USTA ADAPTIVE QUALIFIER (16 YEARS AND OLDER) MAC 5:00-9:00
7/23 FRED JOHNSON ALL STAR TOURNAMENT (16 YEARS AND OLDER) KOCH (OMAHA HOSTING)
7/23 BARN DANCE- TBD FOR ALL TENNIS BUDDIES
7/24 FRED JOHNSON ALL STAR TOURNAMENT (16 YEARS AND OLDER) KOCH
8/6 NEBRASKA STATE GAMES IN LINCOLN FOR ALL ATHLETES
News from Nancy- 1-11-22
Happy New Year! We are so grateful to be able to start our Tennis Buddies program back up! Thanks for the time that you devote to these athletes and their families. They are so grateful as are we that you put your passion for tennis to use in our program. I can't tell you how many athletes have contacted us because they are so excited to be back playing!
First, I want to remind everyone that you need to be signed up on SIGN UP GENIUS. If you have trouble finding the link it is always on tennisbuddiesrock.com. You can see all information that I post there too.
Also, ALL paperwork needs to be either emailed to me ahead of time or you must bring it on Saturday. If you are missing anything it can be found on SONE.org under get involved. We have just 2 volunteers signed up for this Saturday! As you know we need many more. Please look at your schedules and see if you can help us out. Note the time change. It is 3:45-5:00.
Please go to SONE.org
Become a Coach
Category A paperwork
Coach's Code of Conduct
Protective Behaviors Training completed
as you do not work with the athletes outside of the MAC we will not require the background check
Each court will have an assigned court leader. That person will be responsible for getting the equipment out to the courts and getting the drills started. They will assign others to needed jobs on the court. We want you to get started right away so we use the time wisely. We have just 45 minutes approximately with about a 15 minute pick up so that the next group can come in. Please be sure that the athletes are doing their share of picking up. They like to get out of it if they can. Little stinkers! At the end of the night be sure that all balls are picked up, especially the low compression balls and that all of the cones, dots...are in the basket. Take all of the baskets to the storage room on Court 1 to be put away. Thanks for your help with this!
Since the new variant of COVID is very active, we will return to using the temperature checks and COVID questions. As a precaution we will ask that you wear a mask into the MAC and for registration and warm ups.
We will not be able to meet on the Soccer side this year so will meet upstairs. If you can arrive before 3:45 to help with equipment it would be greatly appreciated.
We will use hand sanitizer before entering the courts and it will be available to use as you depart. We will distance the athletes on the court. They will each have a colored dot and a hopper with a corresponding color of tape on the handle. As they enter the court they should pick a dot and place their water bottle, backpack, coat...near that dot. We have many new athletes so a parent may want to escort them to the court and show them where to put their items. We ask that parents do not stay on the courts while the athletes are playing. The exception to that would be if an athlete is having a difficult time and we think having a familiar face might help. In that case we will come and get you. We try to work through most things on the court first so that the athlete becomes confident and comfortable.
All athletes will get a racquet to use that is theirs to keep. If they are a returning athlete then we will try to take a look at the racquet to make sure it does not need maintenance. remind them that they are always welcome to take their racquet to Center Court on 120th and south of Blondo and they will re-grip and/or re-string as necessary. Just tell them to let them know that you have a Tennis Buddies racquet. The athletes can always ask a coach or volunteer if the racquet needs to be taken in.
On the court you may wear a mask if you so choose. We are not required to wear a mask while exercising. It is an individual choice.
We are looking forward to getting back to tennis and seeing old friends and making new friends. See you on Saturday!
All volunteers must have completed paperwork done. Please go to SONE.org: get involved, become a unified partner, unified partner paperwork. There are all the links that you need under that. Be sure that you do the COVID forms and the athlete's code of conduct. If you are over 16 you need to do Protective Behaviors and over 19 a background check. Send one copy to SONE and bring one copy to me when you come to volunteer. A lot of you are done as we worked hard at this over the spring and summer. If you are not sure shoot me an email and I will look it up for you.
Looking forward to getting started with the athletes! Believe me when I say they are sooooooo excited to play!
Spread the word to tennis friends! We welcome any new volunteers!
Please be sure that you complete any paperwork ahead of time so that you don't have to do it last minute.
Protective Behaviors Training (Ages 16 and older. Renew every 3 years.)
Background Check (19 years or older)