Love 50 makes District Playoffs from Shippan Racquet Club

Shippan Racquet Club would like to extend congratulations to Captain Susan McClive’s 3.5 senior team, Love 50, who won the district playoffs and are now going to Sectional’s, August 19th in South Hadley, Massachusetts. The team played two matches on Saturday. The first match against Milford, they won all three courts! The second match they took two out of three against another Stamford team. On Sunday they played again and won all three courts against Trumbull. The “Love 50” team who played over this past weekend were the following team mates;  Captain Susan McClive, Elizabeth Shuman, Elaine Potash, Margot Turk, Sue Kwan, Stephanie Packard, Beth Eiseman, Jan Woglom, Beth Pearce, Romana Wedell, Evelyn Hagenow and Meredith Raynor.

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Shippan Racquet Club Announces Managing 2011 Summer Children’s Program along with Swim and Tennis Season at Long Ridge Swim and Tennis Club

(May 31, 2011) Stamford, Conn. – Today Shippan Racquet Club announced it will now head the 2011 Summer Swim and Tennis Season including the Children’s Summer Program at Long Ridge Swim and Tennis Club . Long Ridge Club is located at 2517 Long Ridge Road in Stamford, CT. The 2011 Children’s Summer Program and the Swim and Tennis Program are now open for registration at Long Ridge.

The LRC Children’s Summer Program is designed for preschool and early elementary school aged children. The three two-week sessions include swim and tennis lessons as well as games, arts and crafts, storytelling, special programs, and outdoor play. The children’s program is available to members and non-members.

The swim team is a competitive swim, diving, water polo and pre-team program for members only. Long Ridge is home to the 2010 LRC dive team champions. The team was number one in Fairfield County diving and number three for swimming in Division one with 33 clubs participating. Kurt Bittel will remain the Head Swim Coach, Jim Bowser the Head Dive Coach and Justo Karell the Head Water Polo Coach and Assistant Swim Coach at Long Ridge.

The tennis program offers recreational, social, instructional, and competitive junior and adult leagues for members. Shippan Racquet Club has appointed two new tennis professionals to manage and direct the LRC summer programs. Aurelie Udall will perform as the new Director of Tennis and Pete Torgrimson will become the Head Pro.

“Not only will members continue to enjoy the benefits of their expert staff but will also gain the success and experience the new tennis coaches have to offer,” said Barbara Cavaliere, manager Shippan Racquet Club. “Together Aurelie Udall, Pete Torgrimson, Kurt Bittel, Jim Bowser and Justo Karell will work as a team to bring fun and success to the 2011 LRC Summer Swim and Tennis and Summer Children’s Program,” added Cavaliere.                                                   

For more information on the children’s summer program along with the swim and tennis programs please email tennis@longridgeclub.com or call the Pro Shop at 203 322 6849. The following lists the credentials of each program coach at Long Ridge.

Aurelie Udall was born in France and grew up playing with Amelie Mauresmo (former WTA number one player in the world).  Aurelie has worked at the IMG Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Florida both on court and off where she managed 40 pros along with 400 full-time and part-time students.  Recently she coached at the Tennis Club of Pont Ste Meaaxence in France, Polynesian Tennis Federation in Tahiti, UCPA Resort in France and locally at the Weston Field Club in Weston, CT.  Also she was Director Assistant, Manager and USTA Coordinator at Intensity in Norwalk, CT bringing many USTA teams to the Districts.

Peter Torgrimson played successful high school and college tennis and has years of teaching experience as a USPTA certified tennis professional. He was the state high school singles champion in Minnesota in 2002. Peter first played collegiately from 2002-2004 at Assumption College in Worcester, Mass. He returned to his home state to play on the Division I level as a Golden Gopher for the University of Minnesota from 2004-05. After graduating from college in 2007 he played professionally and held a world ranking. Peter has taught tennis at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I., the Peninsula Racquet Club in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., the Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex in Phoenix, Ariz., and most recently at the Greenwich Country Club in Greenwich, Ct. He has worked with players of all ages and ability levels at several competitive junior programs across the country. Peter’s tennis philosophy is that the more fun a player has on the court, the better they will play and the more they will learn.

Kurt Bittel has been the Long Ridge Head Swim Coach since 2001. Kurt resides in Stamford with his wife and three children. He swam for Westhill High School in Stamford and Southern CT State University. Currently he is the Head Age Group coach for the Stamford Sharks Swim Team and coaches swimming for both Westhill & Stamford local high schools. During Kurt’s first six seasons, Long Ridge moved from Division three up to Division one and has finished in the top three at FCSL County Swimming Championships for the past 4 years. His accomplishments of swimmers coached includes, Olympic Trials, Nationals, Junior Nationals and Sectional Qualifiers, National and State record holders, high school All-Americans, high school and CT Swimming State Champions  and with FCSL Champions and record holders. 

Jim Bowser has been the Long Ridge Head Diving Coach since 2001. Jim resides in Stamford. He dove for Westhill High School in Stamford and Colgate University. Currently he is the Head Diving Coach for the Stamford Sharks Diving Team and coaches diving for both Westhill & Stamford local high schools. The Long Ridge Diving Team is the current FCSL County Diving Champion for the 2010 season and has finished in the top three for the past four years. His accomplishments of divers coached include, National Qualifiers, high school All-Americans, high school State Champions along with FCSL Champions and record holders.

Justo Karell has been the Long Ridge Head Water Polo Coach and Assistant Swim Coach since 2007. Justo resides in Stamford with his wife and two children. He is a Certified Pool Operator. He was a member of the Water Polo and Swim Teams at San Jose State University. From 1979 to 1990, Justo was a member of the Puerto Rico National Water Polo Team which played in the 1982 Central American Games in Cuba, 1983 Pan American Games in Venezuela, and 1987 Olympic Water Polo Qualifying Tournament in Brazil. Currently he is the Strength & Conditioning Coach and Assistant Swim Coach for the Stamford Sharks Swim Team.

 

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Learning to play under pressure! By Charl van der Merwe, Shippan Racquet Club Pro

Has this ever happened to you? You are in a pressure situation in an important match. You tighten up, and one more times you choke. What can you do that will help you learn to play better under pressure?

I have been asked this question a thousand times by players in my clinics at Shippan Racquet Club. The answer is you must first learn to fail in order to learn to play under pressure. That’s right – FAIL!   You have two separate skills you are trying to master when playing under pressure; the mental skills and the physical skills. The mental skill is staying in the present shot not focusing on the outcome or result of the shot. The physical skill is keep breathing, which now under pressure looks like the size of a grapefruit!   First lesson we need to learn is what it ‘feels’ like to hit your shots under pressure.

Here is the problem most players say, “I did go for my shot, but I missed!” But I missed? Who said anything about making the shot? Our first lesson we need to know is WHAT IT FEELS LIKE. You must treat this situation exactly like learning – anything else in tennis…you practice! You practice playing points under pressure. One drill I like to do with my clinics to help playing under pressure is to have the server serve the ball at 30 love down.  

When I am teaching a play action, doubles drill, where my students are playing points I constantly try to put them under pressure. I may say something like, “this is a key point, money ball, and your partner is counting on you.” Sounds cruel doesn’t it? They think so too!!! I let them know I do not care if they win or lose the point, what I am interested in is their ability to go for the shot and accept the outcome.

If you would like to learn how to play under pressure you must put yourself in pressure situations over and over and over again and consistently choose to go for your shots. Eventually you will shock yourself. And your opponent too!!!

As a junior player, this native of South Africa was captain of his South African province team. Prior to coming to the United States, Charl worked with many top 10 junior players in both South Africa and New Zealand. He has also represented one of New Zealand’s provinces at the senior national tournament in 2005. In this country, Charl has held teaching/coaching positions at the Julien Krinsky School of Tennis in Philadelphia, the Beaverbrook Tennis Club in Danbury, the Tokeneke Country Club in Darien and the Country Club of Darien. He is the Director of Tennis at the Oak Hills Tennis Club in Norwalk. Charl has helped guide many of the top 14-and-under and 12-and-under age division players in the area to success. He helped coach the Shippan Stormers team that won a New England Sectional championship to advance to the 2010 USTA 14-and-under National Championships in Surprise, Ariz. Charl is also an accomplished High Performance Tennis Trainee, having earned his certification from famous fitness trainer Pat Etchberry.

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“Make Some Noise” By: Shippan Racquet Club Pro, Peter Torgrimson

Each time a boxer throws a punch he exhales as he throws his jab. The same is true for tennis players when they swing the racquet. Players often forget to breathe out forcefully when they strike the ball, and it causes tension in the body. Over the course of a ten shot rally that is a long time to hold ones breathe. Muscles can become tight and play becomes impatient and erratic when starved of oxygen.

If you’ve ever witnessed a professional tennis match or watched tennis on TV, you probably have noticed that a lot of players grunt when they hit the ball. Some players have even become famous for their grunts like Monica Seles, Maria Sharapova, and the William sisters.  These players are prime examples of good breathers. Each time you hit the ball and breathe out, it allows your body and mind to relax which in effect makes it possible to play long points and get less tired. So the next time you step on the court, get tough, and develop your own grunt!

Torgrimson’s background includes success as a player in high school and college and plenty of teaching experience as a USPTA certified tennis professional. He was the state high school singles champion in Minnesota in 2002. Torgrimson first played collegiately from 2002-2004 at Assumption College in Worcester, Mass. He returned to his home state to play on the Division I level as a Golden Gopher for the University of Minnesota from 2004-05. After graduating from college in 2007 he played professionally and held a world ranking. Peter has taught tennis at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I., the Peninsula Racquet Club in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., the Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex in Phoenix, Ariz., and most recently at the Greenwich Country Club in Greenwich, Ct. He has worked with players of all ages and ability levels at several competitive junior programs across the country. Peter’s tennis philosophy is that the more fun a player has on the court, the better they will play and the more they will learn

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How to be a Successful Doubles Team: By Pro, Eusebie Oprea

DOUBLES -Doubles is a team sport, it’s not a big team – just two players, but it is a team and two players who work together will usually beat two players who don’t work together as a team.

Here are two tips on how to be a more successful doubles team:

1: COMMUNICATION

Both players should discuss a plan before the start of each point. For example, when you serve you should have a primary plan and a secondary plan. The primary plan is execution: HOW and WHERE are you going to hit the ball. The secondary plan is action: WHAT is the volleyer and the server going to do after the ball is in play.

Let your partner know which ball you are going to go for by signaling “ME” and which you want him/her to go for by signaling “YOU”. By the way, if there is a lot of “YOU” in the air perhaps you might need to remind your partner that they are on the same team as you and they need to make a contribution to the team too. Or if you are looking for a more drastic message, at the end of the game you might consider changing partners for the future.

 At any time during the point if you think the ball is going out make sure you let your partner know and signal “LEAVE IT”!

2. SUPPORT

Let your partner know after they made a mistake that its ok, you got their back; let’s move on to the next point.

Let your partner know how good he/she was during the point or with a particular shot by giving them a Hi-5 and say great job partner! Of course you could go to a more extreme celebration in order to recognize your partner’s successful shot like the Bryan brothers chest bump, but that’s entirely up to you as a team!

I hope this was helpful for your doubles game, now go out there and have some fun!

Eusebie was born in Bucuresti, Romania and he began playing tennis at the age of 8. It wasn’t long before his talent and zest for the game began paying off, gaining him top 10 rankings in juniors and men in Romania. Eusebie came to the United States to attend Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. He played singles and doubles for the Aggies and earned his degree in Physical Education. Eusebie taught and coached for three summers at the Tokeneke Country Club in Darien. He is a certified member of the United States Professional Tennis Registry and also a certified physical trainer, having earned his certification from famous fitness trainer Pat Etchberry. A huge soccer (football) fan, Eusebie’s favorite team is Inter Milan.

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A Good Warm Up Meets Three Important Objectives By Pro, Aldrin Dinya

1. Decreases the risk of injury.

2. Increases agility, skill, power and performance.

3. Allows players to mentally prepare and focus on the Match or session at hand.

A cold muscle is stiff and rigid. Sudden twisting, turning and stretching can place greater tension on muscles and connective tissue than they can handle.

Warming up and stretching the active muscles can decrease the risk of strains, sprains and muscle tears. Muscles can also produce energy faster when they are warm. This can affect speed and power, not to mention the ability to perform complex skills and movements with accuracy and precision.

By also practicing some short, sharp drills, an effective warm up can get players into the right state of “readiness” right from the beginning. Even if you are warming up for a practice session, it’s a good idea to follow a set warm up routine.

Also bear in mind that a resting muscle is never warmed up no matter what the outside temperature is, it takes physical activity to achieve the desired outcome. Have a great match and practice sessions after a great warm up and I hope that you will always warm up before a session.

 Aldrin Dinya has represented his country of Kenya in the Davis Cup. He worked eight years for the ITF Africa Training Centre and was also the head coach for the Kenya team before he came to the United States. He has continued to have success teaching and coaching players in several categories. As a certified International Tennis Federation Level 2 coach and four years as ITF’s traveling coach, he has coached internationally ranked juniors at the Grand Slams and ITF tournaments. He worked at Oak Hills in Norwalk for two consecutive summers, leading the “A” team to wins in the Ladies “A” League in 2009 and 2010, and the “B” Team to victory in 2010. Aldrin deals with many women’s clinics as well as junior players from beginners to tournament players. He has worked at the Shippan Racquet Club since 2008. Aldrin played a key role in coaching and helping guide the Shippan Stormers to the New England Sectional championship in August of 2010. That sectional title earned the Stormers a berth and the opportunity to play in the 2010 USTA 14-and-under National Championships in Surprise, Ariz.

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The Serve and Return of Serve By Shippan Racquet Club Pro, Marshall Brown

What are the two most important shots in tennis?  If you guessed the serve, and return of serve, you are correct!

The fact is, the serve is the only time during a match that the ball is not hit to you. It’s a clear opportunity to be offensive, to take control or win the point outright.  You can practice your serve on your own thus making it a weapon. No excuses.                                                

The second most important shot in tennis is the return. The fact is, you will have to break your opponent’s serve to win a match. You can attack & return serve in an aggressive manner to put your opponent on defense, or at lease use your return to make the point neutral.  If you want to be a better player then you must practice your serves and returns. Practice is the key to success!

An Atlanta native, Marshall began playing tennis at age six and competed through all junior age groups. He was No. 1 in singles and doubles in the boys’ 18’s for the state of Georgia. Marshall received a tennis scholarship to Tennessee State University, where he was a four-time All-Conference player. After graduating with a degree in Exercise Science, he played on the ATP tour. He has taught at the IFPA Tennis Academy in Tampa and the Olympic Tennis Center in Atlanta. Marshall has been the Head Pro at Roxbury Swim and Tennis for the past two summers. When not playing or teaching tennis, he enjoys reading, exercising, sports and travel.

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Tennis in the Cold Seasons

We all play tennis in the summer months. We get excited, meet new friends and become even more competitive than ever before. We get to be outdoors, play in the sun, get involved in a league, have a lot of fun and then… suddenly the season is over. It felt so short…where to now?

   The answer – Indoor tennis at Shippan Racquet Club – we get to keep playing. Indoor tennis is a fun and competitive way to keep playing our favorite sport. We stay fit with a good cardio work-out, keep our competitive edge, improve our tennis game, work on our co-ordination skills and (on those long days with the kids at home) we get to keep our sanity by hitting balls!!

   We also make new friends, stay in contact with our summer friends and prepare for our summer tennis at our favorite outdoor clubs.

    It could even better our favorite “Outdoor winter sport” – Platform Tennis (Paddle)…

 

Kevin van Rensburg, Shippan Tennis Professional

PTR Certified & PPTA Certified

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