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Tennis Newsletter | October 2010 |
Cardio Tennis Gets Participants Pumped!  

Our free demo class of Cardio Tennis was well received with over 20 participants in the heart pounding, hour session! The pros did a great job keeping everyone moving from station to station. Check out some photos of the event:

Cardio Fitness Class


Smaller, more intense Cardio Tennis classes will be offered on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9-10 am, beginning October 12. Cost is $15 per session. Call the pro shop for more information. 

Pro Tip: Feeling the Heat
 by Owl Creek Staff

Do you struggle to overcome nerves on the tennis court? Are you a great practice and clinic player, but struggle to reproduce the shots during matches? Well first, you are not alone. Everyone struggles with being nervous during their matches. It is the player who can channel that tension into a positive outcome who will succeed. Here are a few tips to get over the jitters:
  1. Don't go into a match with the first thought being, "I've got to win this match." 
  2. 'Stay in the now' and develop a plan on the match. This starts in the warm-up. Evaluate your opponent's strengths and weaknesses. Do they have a great forehand? Do they volley well? How is their movement?
  3. Most players have a strong shot whether it be a great forehand or terrific serve. Work to get that shot. When the shot is there, go for it. It doesn't mean try to hit the line every time, but look to take control of the point.
  4. Place index cards in your bag with little reminders to yourself about how you want to play. Read these during changeovers.
  5. And finally, in practice, put a little something on the line to inject some tension into your practice matches.
2010/11 Owl Creek Seasonal Information
Seasonal applications are now available. The deadline for completing the application and submitting deposits is Friday, October 29. Priority will be given to the groups who had seasonals last winter. Any remaining spots will be opened to the remaining players. Visit our website for the application and email Mike Mustgrave at with any questions.

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Recipe of the Month
Jamie's Chili
This is sure to warm your belly on a cool day! 


Round Robin
Held Wednesdays from 8 - 9:30 pm
Runs in 5 week blocks

$60/session or $15 as a drop-in

Call the pro shop for details at 385-2695


Drop-In Clinics
Looking for a weekly clinic that allows for a flexible schedule?
If possible, call the pro shop 24 hours in advance at 385-2695
Owl Creek Kids Are Doing Great! 
We would like to acknowledge the efforts of the following Owl Creek Select participants in the last few tournaments. Great job!

Virginia Beach Commonwealth Classic (Sep 4-5)
Andrew Jaycox, Finalist, Boys' 10s Singles
Kelly Sullivan & Megan Sullivan, Finalist, Girls' 14s Doubles
Thomas Mathwig, 4th Place, Boys' 14s Singles
Connor Yager, Consolation Finalist, Boys' 14s Singles

Virginia Beach Super Set 6 (Sep 18)
Connor Yager, Finalist, Boys' 12s
Andrew Jaycox, 3rd Place, Boys' 12s
Daniel Bunting, Consolation Winner, Boys' 12s

Arby's - Select Import Motors Jr. Open (Oct 1-3)
Thomas Mathwig, Finalist, Boys' 12s - Thomas upset the number 2 & 4 seeded players in reaching the finals, where he played a great three set match.
Andrew Jaycox, Semi-Finalist, Boys' 10s - Andrew, the number 4 seeded player, reached the semi-finals and played the number 1 seed in a tough three set match.
Megan Sullivan, Quarter-Finalist, Girls' 12s - Megan, the number 4 seed, played an extremely tough first round, three set match (18-16 in the 3rd set tie-breaker) in reaching the quarter-finals.
Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation believes all of our diverse citizens have a right to participate in community recreation and we are committed to creating equal access for everyone who may have a challenge or barrier. If you or your child require additional support, we can help.  Learn more about our accommodation and inclusion services.
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
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