Photo submitted by Wade Krout.
The Central York tennis team is barely mentioned but their spring season has just started back up. Their season began March 7 and coaches are holding practices every Monday-Friday from 3:00-5:00 p.m. There are 13 planned matches so far and the team is roughly halfway through their season. The team consists of 17 boys, with many of them playing for the first time.
“They’re all very talented.. they’re all solid up and down,” said coach Wade Krout.
They are very early in the season, but Krout has high hopes for the team. Their first two matches were very close, coming down to the very end with an unfortunate loss to CYHS. However, this can be attributed to the lack of players due to the band trip.
A typical match for the team is composed of three single courts where one person is playing against the another and then two double courts where two from each team play each other. The winner of the match is awarded to the best of five sets.
The coaches try to best prepare the athletes for every match by instructing them at every practice and focusing on specific skills. As listed on the tennis page of the district website, coaches encourage players to review stroke development, challenging themselves with tough competition, mental strength and applying strategies such as “attacking the net, controlling movement, maintaining consistency, hitting balls to the backhand and identifying a weakness.”
Overall, the tennis team aims to have a successful season and rebound from the impact COVID-19 had on their previous season.