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Tennis Newsletter | July 2009 | VBgov.com/Parks
Hi there!   

Summer is here and our youth camps are underway!  The kids are having a blast learning to play tennis and improving their game.  See the article below about getting your child involved in tennis.
 
Looking for a morning workout?  Join us for our adult drop-in clinics on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 9:00 (level 2.5-3.5) and don't forget about our popular Boot Camp.  Boot Camp is a great workout and also a good hitting session for adults who are looking to keep themselves and their game in shape.  Times are: Tuesday 8:30 to 9:30 am, Thursday 8 to 9 am, and Friday 11 am to noon.  Give us a call at 385-2695 one day in advance to sign up.

Our new U.S. Open blue courts are now open!  We'll keep you updated as we complete our renovations.
           
-Pam, Pro Shop Manager
Spring/Summer Leagues Update 

The staff at Owl Creek wants to congratulate all participants in the spring USTA adult leagues.  It was a great season with some very close, compelling matches.  We wish all level winners' good luck in Districts.
 
Summer leagues are beginning and we have a weekly Friday night Round Robin from 5:30 to 7 pm.  Come out and meet new players in an enjoyable, social atmosphere.  Sign up in the Pro Shop each week by Thursday.
 
 

 

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Pass the Water: Hydration Tips to Keep You in the Game
 
As the temperatures rise, it's especially important to stay hydrated before, during and after play.  The tips below will help keep you performing at your best. 
  
HydrationBefore hitting the court:
  • Limit/avoid caffeinated beverages especially right before and after match play.
  • Consume enough fluids throughout the day so urine is a light or pale yellow color before starting a match.
  • Drink 17 to 20 oz. of fluid within 2 hours pre-match.
During play:
  • Thirst is not a good indicator of hydration level. Players should consume 5-10 oz. of fluid every 15-20 minutes.
  • Have a minimum of 2 liters available courtside.
  • Favor sports drinks to enhance rehydration. Sports drinks contain carbohydrates and electrolytes, like sodium.  Sodium replacement is important since a significant amount of sodium can be lost through sweat.
Post-match:
  • Replace 150 percent of body fluids lost or at least 20 oz. per pound of weight lost within 2 hours of a match.
  • Avoid high-protein and high-fat foods as these will contribute to dehydration.

Find more hydration and nutrition tips at Active.com.

KidsGet the Kids on the Court!
 
Tennis GirlKeep your children active and healthy this summer by getting them involved in tennis.  Not only will kids reap the physical benefits of the sport, but they will also be exposed to sportsmanship and teamwork while developing hand-eye coordination and motor control.  The United States Tennis Association put together a list of Ten Things Kids Should Know About Tennis that will help introduce the game.
 
If your child has already shown an interest in learning tennis, we have youth classes and camps available all summer long.  Outdoor tennis camps run weekly Mon-Fri from 9 am to noon.  We also offer indoor tennis camps in the afternoon from 1 to 4 pm in our air-conditioned bubble.
What to Know Before Racquet Restringing
 
Before you go to get your racquet restrung, you should think about the following items that will help your stringing center choose a string best for you and your game.
  1. Describe your game - "I hit hard," or "I need more power."  You might need more or less tension based on your game.
  2. Do you have any arm problems?
  3. Do you just need durability or is comfort of the string important also?
Owl Creek Municipal Tennis Center
Location: 928 S. Birdneck Road, Virginia Beach | Phone: (757) 385-2695
Hours: Monday - Friday: 9am - 9pm | Saturday and Sunday: 9am - 5pm
We welcome your comments and questions.  Feel free to email us at fun@vbgov.com.
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