Competitive Team Play
Like most tennis clubs, we like to compete. Although anyone can enter A, B and C tournaments as long as they pay the competition license (to the Norwegian Tennis Federation), we also have one competitive team that is in the men's division during the outdoor season. We currently have only one active team (not divided into men's and women's teams as before), so both men and women are welcome to apply for a spot on the team (we are technically playing in the men's series, but women are also allowed to play). The season usually starts mid-May and ends in August, with time off in July for vacation.
The number of teams we set up depends simply on the number of qualified players that are interested. A team in our club typically consists of 10 players, and at least 4 have to play when facing another team. Facing another team means playing two doubles matches and four singles matches in total.
When choosing players, we usually focus on factors like skill, motivation and contribution to the team. The ideal OSI-player is someone who plays well, loves to be on the court and is eager to play matches. A captain is also set up to lead the team and should be especially awesome with regard to motivation and team contribution.
Outside of league play, it has been normal for our competitive team to have one or two extra practices per week in addition to the regular common sessions - to focus on specific skills and tactics as well as getting used to playing together.
Above all, team play is about having fun together as a team, as well as representing OSI to the outside world!
You can also contact Jack if you need a general license to enter tournaments arranged by the tennis federation.