LIKE THIS — Tennis Coach Kendal Griggs shows Cowboy tennis players from the left, Calen King, Johnny and Luke Schlosser how to return a forearm shot during the opening day of spring sports practice on the tennis courts Monday afternoon. Coach Griggs was recently recognized by the United States Tennis Association for having a “no-cut” policy for the high school tennis team. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
The United States Tennis Association (USTA) today announced that Kendall Griggs from Conrad High School is being honored as part of its national recognition program for high school tennis coaches across America who implement a “no-cut” policy for their high school tennis teams.
Coach Griggs commented on the honor, “Conrad has had a “no-cut” policy for over 25 years. It’s nice to allow any student to learn the lifelong game of tennis.”
A no-cut policy ensures that every student who wishes to play is welcomed as a member of the team. Some of the programs being recognized have more than 100 official members of their high school tennis team. Since the start of this initiative in 2006, the USTA has recognized over 2,700 high school tennis coaches and programs.
“No-cut tennis programs are in keeping with the objectives of the USTA to continue to grow the game of tennis,” said Kirk Anderson, the USTA’s Director of Recreational Coaches and Programs. “We know the students who make their high school tennis team end up playing more tennis and staying in the game longer. We hope that by recognizing these individuals we can inspire more coaches to run no-cut programs.”
Coaches receive a certificate from the USTA congratulating them for their program and a letter is sent to the school’s principal and athletic director acknowledging the coach’s dedication to their students.
Registered coaches will also receive a complimentary one year subscription to Racquet Sports Industry. In addition, two coaches will be selected from the recipients, who will receive the National No-Cut Starfish Award in August at the USTA Tennis Teachers Conference held in New York City alongside the U.S. Open.