"Rage, rage against the dying of the light."
"It gets late early out there."
Darkness descends. It impinges on our...play, on our... consciousness. It shortens our season even more than the advent of cold weather. Early darkness makes us think of playing indoors, setting up winter contracts, the end of the CTC season. (Rage, oh rage.) People don't seem to enjoy playing outdoors under the lights. Some nights, we have empty (lighted) courts at prime time. Indoor facilities are opening. Vin played indoors last week. Vin.
The courts are packed every day from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and again at 4:00 p.m. and every hour on the weekend.
But we are seeing some old friends who haven't been around much lately.
This year's tournaments have been cancelled for lack of interest except for the Mixed Doubles Tournament. The sign-up sheet is on the porch bulletin board. (You can also call the club and ask a staff member to put your name up, and you can request the club pro to find you a partner. We recommend that you ask for a formidable partner while you're at it.)
There's been some, er, discussion about the club's dress code (or lack thereof). Let us compare and contrast Longwood's dress code (lifted from Longwood's website) and the CTC dress code (lifted from this website):
The Board of Governors reaffirmed Longwood's traditional all-white rule. Tennis attire must be white including any hats, caps, and/or wrist bands.
The only acceptable qualifications to the rule are as follows:
* Minor trim or piping on a collar or sleeve is acceptable, Not acceptable are swatches of color or large logos across the front or back of the shirt. A small "pocket" logo on the upper right or left front, or on the sleeve, is acceptable.
* Men's shirts must have collars; t-shirts, even all white, are unacceptable.
* Warm-ups and sweats worn as warm-ups may be non-white.
* Tennis shoes must be predominately white with white laces. (It is recognized that many shoes now contain some color - the word "predominate" is critical here)
* Before 4pm on weekdays, Juniors may wear t-shirts that white with LCC logo (or similar). Not acceptable are t-shirts with anything on the back or large lettering or swatches of color on the front or back. After 4pm Juniors must conform to the Senior dress rules.
* Headbands, wristbands, and hats must be white. Hats may have a logo on front such as the LCC hats at the Pro Shop.
* Members are expected to see that their guests comply with the Club Rules.
* The Tennis Host and Club Manager have been asked to see that the rule is uniformly enforced. It is the ultimate responsibility of the members to observe the rules of the club.
And the CTC dress code as pithily stated in the club's Rules:
(Rule) 11. Tennis Attire. "Appropriate tennis attire is encouraged."
"Encouraged." Our dress code seems very Cambridge, no?
"On the court, tennis players exchange not only ground strokes but lots of information. It�s a richly interactive sport, both verbally and non-verbally. If players communicate clearly, simply, and consistently, the game will proceed more quickly, and with less fuss and misunderstanding. Here are a few guidelines that can make the game more fun, friendly, and fair for all...."
We've had some requests to run Craig Lambert's piece, sampled above, on Tennis Communication. (We'd better leave this link up on the newspage permanently. Bettern't we?)
Take a look
Some useful links:
And here's a link to the espn site, with pro ranking.
And a club member (let's call him Sol) suggested a link to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I. The site is rich.
The club book, right now, should be right by your hand. The website also has up-to-date info. The Rules section, the Governors and Committees and Activities (tournaments, round robins, etc) sections are current for 2005. Also, the Waiting List (which is not featured in the book) is current and ordered on the website. (The Waiting List and the list of New Members can be accessed through the FAQ page.) We thank the committee heads for making the information available in such a timely fashion and we urge all public spirited readers to proof-read.
'Members', and' Reservation Requests' are not active parts of the site nowadays. 'Timelines' is for adepts.
We'll keep the tournament draws available on-line (including all of the results), thanks to the Java Kid:
And the previous tournaments:
And here's the saga of 2002's tournaments (so's we can compare and contrast):
And the saga of the year before (we're mighty fancy here, and mighty grateful to the Java Kid for doing all this work):
The Yearbook link will take you to the last newspage from 2004. From there you can see the whole of the Persistant Archive of last year's news.
Website Note: The time and temperature icon below is a link to a Boston weather site.
Joe DeBassio, Webmaster
Website Note II: The honey-comb icon is also a link. It takes the clicker to an archive of all the past news pages so that you can read the news pages for the whole year (2004). The less-than link (<) next to the honeycomb icon will take you to the last issue of the newspage.