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Play Monitors



 

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Play Monitor and sharing your love of tennis! Play Monitor volunteers have an integral role in creating a fun and engaging environment for kids just beginning their tennis journey. 

 

These volunteers support the event experience in important ways that help develop the overall youth player and make sure they have a positive and fun experience.

 

Here are some of the responsibilities of a Play Monitor: 

  1. Help kids with sportsmanship and match play support.
  2. Provide all-round support for our youth who are entering formal match play with the goal of them coming back to play more events.
  3. Work alongside the play event directors to create a fun and encouraging low-pressure environment for youth players to compete.

 

Your efforts set the stage for players to continue to make tennis part of their active lifestyle! Don’t forget to arrive early and dress in appropriate attire! Remember, you’ll be out on the courts for a while, so it's essential to wear comfortable shoes, a hat, sunscreen, bring a towel and drink a lot of water. Also, be sure to introduce yourself to each player’s parents so they know who you are and your role.

 

Please note, we follow the current CDC guidelines as well as State and County guidelines, which include wearing a mask at all times, practice social distancing of at least 6 ft from players and their parents, and wash your hands or use hand sanitizer often.

 

Here are some potential tasks Play Monitors will perform on the day of the event to help create a fun experience:

  1. Walk the players to their courts.
  2. Make sure the players have event balls.
  3. Explain the court lines to the players, but you will not be calling the lines.
  4. Explain the scoring and scorecards, but you’re not managing the scoring – you’re not an umpire.
  5. Explain when a ball is in or out; and if there are disagreements on the line how to come to a resolution. 
  6. Explain the serving side and receiving side, and when to change sides of the court.
  7. Help with determining who serves or receives – spin racquet or a coin toss at the start of the match.
  8. Let the players know that you’re available for any questions during the match, but are not there to resolve disputes. 
  9. Once the match is done, help players to the event desk to record the final scores.

 

Most importantly, bring your love for our sport to youth play events and competitions by delivering a fun and engaging environment. We should have called this program the Fun Monitor!

 

Unfamiliar with tennis, be sure to read “Intro to Tennis” Guide

 

Ready to become a Play Monitor? Fill out this form here to get the process started or contact playmonitors@norcal.usta.com to learn more! 

 

Watch the Video to Learn More on the Role of a Play Monitor

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