Welcome Future Bruins!!
If you have found your way to this site, then you are on your way to becoming a member of our Cherry Creek Bruins’ Tennis Program and part of The Bruin Brotherhood. All the information contained below this is pertinent information from the end of last season, our End Of Season tournaments, Regional Qualifying and State Championship Tournament and The Coach’s Summer Letter. It is information that you may peruse, it will be important to you one day. It will be removed, and updated, with new and important information as we approach Spring Camps, Summer Camps Season and the Fall 2021 Season. These will be available for signups, registration and payment all in one-stop-shop at milehighsportscamps.com, as they become available.
You may find our Coaches’ and Board Members contact info under Contacts.
Our Twitter handle is @cchsBoysTennis1
Thanks and great luck, GO BRUINS!
Coach Art Quinn
Due to the extraordinary circumstances of the 2020 boys tennis season, all new and relevant information specific to this season will be recorded HERE.
CHSSA has mandated that all players provide their own can of balls to be used on their serve games. This policy will likely be in place for the duration of the season, we encourage players to stock up on enough cans of tennis balls to last for the next 6 weeks.
All meetings for this season will be hosted virtually through Zoom INCLUDING THE MEETING FRIDAY AUGUST 7 AT 4 PM! If you have any questions please contact Coach Gonzales.
Due to the Covid-19 virus, each player will be required to have their temperature taken and answer a series of questions before they will be allowed on court, either to play cluster matches or to attend practice. We ask that all players show up 20 minutes prior to the scheduled time for clusters or practice to allow for proper check-in procedures.
We are anticipating holding 5 days of challenge matches. It is crucial that you are able to play in all 5 days of varsity clusters if you wish to contend for what may be a limited number of varsity slots.
Clusters this season will be held August 10-14, with both singles and doubles clusters scheduled to play at 9am and 3pm on all 5 days.
Singles clusters will be best 2 out of 3 sets with regular scoring, with one half of a cluster being played in the morning and the second half of the cluster being played in the afternoon.
Doubles clusters will function as normal with one cluster being played in the morning slot and one cluster being played in the afternoon.
This season will be 4 WEEKS shorter than usual, with the regular season slated to END on September 10th. The varsity 1 team will only play 9 total dual matches, all of which to be completed by Sept. 10. In addition, there will not be any tournaments such as the Pueblo or Creek Invites.
Regionals will be held September 16-19.
State will be held September 25-26.
GLOSSARY OF TERMS
Challenge Ladder: A numerical ranking system used to determine overall season
positions. Players compete via either clusters or singles challenge
Cluster: A grouping of 4 players that will compete via either singles or doubles in match
play to determine a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place that will then affect overall
Singles clusters are played out in either pro-set or best of 3 format; wherein the highest ranked player in the cluster plays the lowest, while the second and third ranked players play simultaneously. The winners of each respective match will play against each other, as will the losers. The player who wins 2 matches will advance, while the player who loses 2 matches will drop down a cluster.
Doubles clusters are played in a format similar to a “Top Dog” style of play, where each player in the cluster will play a total of 8 games with every other player on the court, totaling 24 games. The player with the highest tally of games will advance one cluster, while the player with the lowest tally will drop down a cluster.
Player Code: Each player will be provided a 3-letter code at the beginning of their
freshman year. These codes are compiled using the first 2 letters of the last name and the first letter of the first name of the player (Example: John Smith -> SMJ). In the event that the code for your name is taken, the first letter of the last name and the first 2 letters of the first name will be used (Example: Jordan Smith -> SJO).
The following letter will be updated soon as we are still awaiting what the upcoming season will look like.
Boys Summer Tennis Letter:
Soon our team will embark on the 2020-2021 season and another quest for the state championship. The coaches and I look forward to a great season, and coming together as a team, a school, and a community after all of this year’s adversity and uncertainty. I hope we will all have the chance to realize our potential as tennis players, and people, and contribute to the outstanding tradition of Cherry Creek tennis. At this point in time, our Summer Tennis Camp Series has been delayed until at least June 30. And, WE ARE NOT ALLOWED CONTACT WITH PLAYERS UNTIL JUNE 1. HOPEFULLY BY JUNE, IF WE ARE ABLE AND ALLOWED, WE WILL FIND ANOTHER REASONABLE AND RESPONSIBLE ALTERNATIVE TO SUMMER CAMPS. STAY TUNED. We hope to begin on Wednesday July 1 for all returning, and future players, at CCHS. In addition, we will be holding a Pre-Season Camp the week of August 3-7, details TBA. You may visit the following website, milehighsportscamps.com for information, dates and times. I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE ALL PLAYERS WISHING TO COMPETE IN CLUSTERS ATTEND THE SUMMER AND PRE-SEASON CAMPS TO MEET PLAYERS, COACHES, AND SHOWCASE YOUR TALENT!
On August 7th we will have an organizational players’ meeting at 3:00pm in Shillinglaw Lecture Hall. All players must attend this meeting to receive vital information about the upcoming season. CHALLENGE SEASON/TRYOUTS WILL BEGIN THE WEEK BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS ON MONDAY, AUGUST 10. CLUSTER MATCHES WILL BE PLAYED TWICE A DAY AT 9AM AND 3PM AT CCHS, WEST MS, AND ROSAMOND PARK. ALL PLAYERS WILL NEED TO BE AVAILABLE FOR PLAY, CLUSTERS AND CHALLENGE MATCHES INCLUDED, ON THIS DATE.
Cluster match times will be after school at predetermined Cluster sites, CCHS, WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL AND ROSAMOND PARK. Match times will be at 9am and 3pm. The top 40 from last year’s ladder and invited players will participate in cluster play at CCHS, West Middle School and Rosamond Park. IF YOU ARE RANKED HIGH ENOUGH TO BE IN CLUSTERS, OR ARE PLACED THERE, AND DO NOT WISH TO COMPETE FOR A VARSITY SPOT, PLEASE NOTIFY COACH QUINN. Each day, every player below Clusters will have a minimum of one assigned challenge match to play as well, at an agreed upon time and site. If possible, players are encouraged to play more than one match per day. School courts are used for Varsity 1, Varsity 2, and Varsity 3 tryouts/practice, and varsity and non-varsity matches. Challenge matches must be played at another location.
The athletic online registration for 2020-2021 sports will be available in July on the Cherry Creek High School website – click on the Athletics tab on the left. This will take you to our new Athletics website! Or you can go directly to: cherrycreekschools.org. From the new Athletics home page, click on Register, then choose your sport, then create an account. This system will re-populate all the students’ information for subsequent sports in the winter and spring, as well as sports in future years.
An athlete will not be allowed to practice with the team until these forms are (first) submitted electronically AND (next) the athletic fee is paid either online or in person, and physician’s form is turned in, IN PERSON, at the Athletics Office. Athletes will not be allowed to try out until all 3 parts are completed: online registration + payment + physician’s clearance. The Athletics Office will be open to accept doctor’s clearance forms and payments beginning July 23rd. If you do not have your registration completed before the first official day of clusters/challenges (August 10th) you will not be on the 1st ladder or be able to participate in cluster or challenge matches. Please take care of this early!
It is our expectation that you will play at least one challenge match per day starting August 10th, which will be assigned on the computer ladder, at creektennis.com, and arranged by you and your opponent. A computer code for the beginning ladder will be provided to all players, on the website, before challenge season begins August 10th. These matches will improve your game and your ranking on the team, and they will help the coaches determine who will play in interscholastic matches. I will be assigning 2 matches daily for players assigned to the singles clusters starting on August 10th. Doubles Clusters will be assigned one full round, CONSISTING OF 8 GAMES PLAYED WITH EACH PLAYER IN YOUR CLUSTER, 24 GAMES TOTAL, with matches at 9am and 3pm. The varsity teams will hopefully be determined by late August. IT IS A LIKELIHOOD THAT POSITIONS ON THE VARSITY TEAMS WILL NOT BE DETERMINED ENTIRELY BY CHALLENGE MATCHES, LEAVING ROOM FOR CHANGES THROUGHOUT THE SEASON, DETERMINED BY MATCH PLAY AND THE COACHES’ DISCRETION. THIS WILL BE IN EFFECT FOR THE VARSITY 1 LINE-UP. ONCE AGAIN, THE COACHING STAFF RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MAKE CHANGES TO THE VARSITY LINE UPS AT ANYTIME THROUGHOUT THE SEASON.
There will be a parents meeting at SCHILLINGLAW LECTURE HALL in West Lobby next to West Café at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 19th to explain our program, and to give Cherry Creek High School the opportunity to welcome your parents and explain the academic and behavioral expectations for our athletes. The Creek Court Club, our parent’s booster organization, will be soliciting parents’ help and also selling and taking orders for team clothing, one of the team’s fund-raising activities. We need your parents’ support and ideas. Don’t let them miss this meeting; it is very informative for all parents. On Saturday August 22nd, we will have our annual pre-season social event (location TBA).
Finally, please be advised that this year, like every year, serious and worthy champions await us. Be assured that the coaches, players, and supporters of CCHS tennis will work their hardest to maintain the proud tradition of this program. Please check our team website http://www.creektennis.com for the clinics being run by our coaches throughout the summer, before the season begins.
Head Tennis Coach
Cherry Creek High School