Captains & Co Captains: Checklist:


Contact the opponent’s Captain and decides how many teams:  Men; Women; Mixed and make up your teams.   Post your teams as soon as possible on the bulletin board using the “Weekly Players Assignment Sheet” provided by Henri.  Save these sheets to assist you in the future in determining who played with whom.

Plan drills and games play for the practice (30 mm.)  It is suggested that after drills the teams that are scheduled to play that week practice together.


Notes: you may ask an upper rated player to help you with the practice and drills. You may share with the Co Captain and other players the tasks of making the teams, the practices, courts setup, coffee, food,

You may use the player’s stats to make your line-ups (1st,  2nd  . . . position) you will be given the stats of the other team at the same level and the lower level teams in order to get the best player to complete your set up. If you have a computer, there are templates for the Match Play Log and Tally sheets. You can get team’s rosters and schedules; assign sheet, tennis rules and a lot of drills and lessons on internet at:

If you don’t have a computer, you may asked for a printed copy of any document that is not in your Captain’s book.


Prepare EVSTL Match Play Log: (put a carbon behind original to make a copy for the stats).  After the game, put a copy of the Match Play Log in the mailbox attached to the end of the bulletin board.  Save a copy.


CAPTAIN’S TEAM RECORDS: Complete each week to maintain a record of each player; games played; lost/won; sit-out; sick; played-up


Away Games:  Plan time of departure, schedule drivers and note the directions.  Map is in Captain’s Book and on the bulletin board.




Purchase snacks; donuts, fruit, cheese or vegetables, etc. at any grocery store:

Prepare the food in small portions, and place it in covered plates or plastic boxes provided in the kitchen.  Store any unused food in the refrigerator for the next day’s match.  Contact the Captain of the match that will be played the following day with the information regarding the unused food.

a.     Not to exceed $20.00 November and December, except Friday and that is $25.00.

b.     After Christmas it is $25.00 and on Fridays $30.00

Save your receipt and give to the current VDO Tennis Club Treasurer to be reimbursed.  Remember, the maximum amounts reimbursed are stated above.  Note:  Turn in your receipts as soon as possible so that the cash disbursements can be kept up-to-date.

Prepare coffee. Prepare regular and decaf coffee (50 cups or more each), start it at 7:30 am, put a cover on it and place it outside.  Timer is available in the/kitchen in the event that you would like to prepare the night before to start perking at 7:45 am

Coffee making instructions are on wall of kitchen.  Set out cups, napkins, milk substitute, sugar, etc… or whatever.




Place one banquet table and two chairs for the Captains for record keeping; clip boards for the Score Tally Sheet; sharp pencils; can of balls for each match.  Place used balls’ sign ($1.00); collection can and used balls (in cans) on Captain’s table for sale.  Collect balls from court after each match and display for sale. 

Note:  Do not sell balls from the November and December matches, as they will be used for the ball machine.  This could be changed each year.


CLEAN UP AFTER PLAY ENDS:  All items used in the kitchen should be washed and stored properly (air dry).  All equipment taken out of storeroom prior to start of play should be returned to its appropriate place.  All trash should be collected, bagged and taken to the dumpster.



(October 2003)


You should have complete familiarity with the EVSTL (East Valley Seniors Tennis League) by-laws and Rules of Fair Play, which set requirements and responsibilities for all League teams and team captains. EVSTL Web Site:


Match players so that you get the best possible competition.  Arrange your players into three levels: number 1, number 2, and number 3.  Rotate your best players in the number 1 position.  These are people you might consider rating up.  You can move the number 1 and number 2 people between levels 1 and 2, and the number 2 and 3 players between levels 2 and 3, but do not put a level 3 player in the number 1 position or a level 1 player in the number 3 position.  Avoid pairing players who vary significantly in their level of play.  This is a difficult match-up for both people and generally does not work to the advantage of either.  Mark the level of play for each doubles team on the Match Play Log.


Communication is paramount to being a good captain.  It can be helpful to ask who your players are most compatible on the court with, but also tell them that this is a team effort and you must work out the best combinations for the team; the final decision on who plays with who is the captain’s.


When you call the opposing team captain you should share the skill levels of your players so that adjustments can be made to produce the best possible matches. It is possible to have 2 teams at position #1 and none at position #2.  If possible, extra matches should be arranged so that you can use as many of your people as possible.


Let players know as soon as possible who their partner is so they have the opportunity to practice together.


Schedule TEAM practices!  It would be particularly good to schedule team practices with all of the 3.0 players together, for instance.  You could get together with the other captain at your level, pick a day, and time for a joint practice.  This could consist of round robin play and/or tennis clinics set up on several courts.


When the rating committee asks you to provide names of players from your team to participate in a rating session, you should provide players who are relatively fresh and from the middle skill level to the upper skill level of your rating level.