The information below is for all players/families, regardless of age. Information specific to Junior High and High School is available by clicking on the words in this sentence or by clicking on the Pictures below.
Spring Season Summary
NOAH’s Spring Tennis Program is the most intense time of the year. This includes regular practices & drills as well as competitions against public and private schools in scrimmages, duals, and tournaments. NOAH’s Spring Tennis season runs from February through May.
Info on Teams
For Junior High players to be able to compete, they must be able to judge where the ball is going, sustain a slow pace rally of several shots with someone of the same ability using the forehand and backhand strokes, the serve, and volleys with moderate success. A player must also be able to keep score unassisted, call their own lines, and have a basic understanding of the rules of the game. If your Junior High student is below this level, you are still encourage to participate in practices and drill during the spring, but keep in mind that practices are primarily designed to prepare experienced players for competitive play. Some time and attention is still given to help younger/inexperienced players continue to improve their fundamentals, skills, and knowledge of the game.
For High School players, the above mentioned information is maintained at a higher level and includes learning & executing advanced techniques and strategies.
Players in 9th grade may compete at either the Junior High or High School level, but not both. Players must decide which team to participate with before the first competition.
HS Tennis Teams (Girls and Boys – 14-18/Grades 9-12) compete at the Varsity and Junior Varsity level fielding both girls and boys teams. Our Spring Tennis teams compete against both public and private school teams from the Tulsa Metro Area and OKC Area. In addition to school tennis, many of our Jag tennis players participate in United States Tennis Association tennis matches and have state and regional USTA rankings.
JH Tennis Teams (Girls and Boys – 10-14/Grades 6-9) compete at the Junior High level fielding both girls and boys teams. Opportunities for students to compete in area tournaments, dual matches with area schools/teams, as well as work on and improve skills through regular practices. In addition to competing against both public and private school teams from the Tulsa Metro Area, several of our students also participate in USTA tennis playing matches year round. Players younger than 6th grade with playing experience may be allowed to practice with the team. A simple interview and tryout may be required.
The calendar will be passed out at the team meeting and will include both upcoming duals and tournaments. Team pictures and end of the year banquet will be added to the calendar once those dates are set. A copy of the calendar (as of 2/24/22) is available HERE.
The team meeting is usually held in January in the evening at the Owasso Pentecostal Church (210 W Second Street, Owasso, OK 74055). At the meeting, paperwork was finalized, fees paid, policies and procedures reviewed, the spring calendar passed out, and questions answered.
Players new to NOAH tennis will need to complete the Online Registration and complete a Physical (Form) for each school year. Returning players do not need to register online for the spring, but will have to read the Parent and Athlete handbook, fill out the Code of Conduct and Medical Release Authorization Forms, complete a Physical (Form) for each school year, and update registration information at the team meeting.
Tennis fees are $125.00 for first individual, $100 for the second, and $75 for each consecutive player from the same family. Payment can be made with check or cash at the team meeting in January. Checks should be made out to NOAH Tennis. Do not attempt to pay Online with your credit card on the NOAH website. It does not work.
All players must have turned in their Code of Conduct, Medical Release & Authorization, and Player Physical Forms before they can participate in any competitive event.
Communication with all players and families is usually initiated via email. As the season begins, large amounts of information will be communicated via the website and email. Smaller amounts of information will be communicated through the GroupMe App. Avenue of communication depends on the amount of information provided and the amount of time needed to get that information out.
Boys – Uniform consists of Adidas blue shirt (polo or T) and Adidas white shorts. Girls – white Adidas tank top and Adidas black skirt/shorts. See information below. Preference is for Adidas Apparel.
These are the options discussed at the team meeting. If you don’t have a uniform, it will need to be ordered as soon as possible to be here in time for matches. Purchases can be made online individually at fromuthtennis.com, tennisexpress.com, Tennispoint.com, or Tennis warehouse.com.
Logo can be added to the top for $7.00. Contact Shane Cheek with uniform and logo questions.
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University of Tulsa Tennis
The University of Tulsa Tennis Program has one of the premier Tennis programs and Centers in the nation. The Michael D. Case Tennis Center, named a premiere college tennis facility by the U.S. Tennis Association, includes a 54,000-square-foot tennis pavilion with spectator seating, conditioning and training facilities, lounges, essential support facilities including bath and locker rooms, lighted outdoor courts and indoor courts and electronic scoreboards. The center, which officially opened in 2001 with an inaugural dedication game played by John McEnroe, has been the host site of NCAA Men’s and Women’s Division I Tennis Championships on several occasions. Opportunities to see some of the best collegiate players in country are plentiful, with many of them being free and open to the public. Players are encourage to go and watch match play as time allows. For more information regarding schedules and matches, see the links below:
University of Tulsa Mens Tennis and University of Tulsa Womens Tennis
HIGH SCHOOL - SHANE CREEK
Shane Cheek began playing competitive tennis relatively late at the age of 17 after being a basketball player as a youth. He quickly feel in love with the game, qualified for the state tournament and finished in the top 5 as a high school senior in doubles and went on to advance to being a USTA 4.5 competitive player.
Shane began teaching his 2 sons to play at the ages of 3 & 4 years old and has been instrumental in their development as top 10 ranked Oklahoma and Missouri Valley competitive players. In 2014, Shane began giving private tennis lessons in the city of Owasso and has been instrumental in the development of a number of Varsity team players and competitive junior players from the Owasso area. Shane began helping coach the NOAH junior high program in 2016 and is absolutely thrilled and honored to be a part of coaching staff for the NOAH Varsity team for the 2019-2020 season! Shane has two sons, Cayden and Cameron, who play tennis for NOAH.
Shane and his wife Christie, along with their 2 sons, have been pastoring in Owasso for the last 11 years.
JUNIOR HIGH - SCOTT HILLOCK
Scott Hillock, a native of Western Oklahoma, played competitive tennis for Elk City High School as well as Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Scott is currently the director of bands for Jenks High School and has four children playing tennis for NOAH.