The Florida High School Tennis Coaches Association was founded to assist high school tennis coaches in providing young players with the tools needed to make them successful on and off the court.
FHSTCA Mission Statement
Organized in 2006, as the tennis arm of the Florida Athletic Coaches Association, the Florida High School Tennis Coaches Association was formed to increase the interest of high school tennis in Florida.
Our purpose is to ensure that Florida high school tennis players experience the full benefits of scholastic athletics, through competition in the Florida High School Athletic Association.
Our goals are to raise the quality and competence of Florida high school tennis coaches through furthering their interest in the FACA; wpromote the policies and rules of the FHSAA; provide speakers and training for high school and middle school tennis coaches at the FACA workshop; promote our coaches and players though the National High School Athletic Coaches Association; and to conduct an All Star Tennis Tournament for our high school seniors, like other FACA sports enjoy.
On September 5, 2012 the FHSTCA became a not for profit Corporation in the State of Florida, N12000008527. On October 8, 2014 the Internal Revenue Service informed us that FHSTCA is now exempt from federal income tax under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 501 (c) (3) and that donors can deduct contributions.
With a joint effort of our coaches, community organizations, and sponsors, the Inaugural All Star Tennis Tournament was held in May, 2012. Sixty-four senior boys and girls, representing the eight FHSTCA Regions, converged on Embry-Riddle College to compete for the final time as high school players.
Our commitment to the above efforts have included continuing education opportunities, including FHSTCA Tennis Team Coach Certification. The recent completion of our 2015 High School All Star Tournament produced another rewarding send off for our seniors; it also produced challenges for the 2016 high school tennis season. Should we continue the All Star Tournament or do we conduct a pre-season invitational event?
Please take the time to like FHSTCA.org on your Facebook and Twitter site; read our article in each issue of Florida Tennis Magazine and listen to FHSTCA Perspective on High School Tennis on BlogTalkRadio/UR10sNetwork.
With your help, we can continue these and hopefully other beneficial programs which will build a bridge from high school tennis to the life skills needed for college and the athletes future.
What to expect from FHSTCA Coaches…
…They monitor student’s grades and see that they are achieving in the classroom.
…They provide a safe learning environment for their players in practice and during games.
…They use losing and winning as an opportunity to teach students how to handle these situations properly.
…They strive to develop and maintain positive relationships with their athlete’s families.
…They understand that high school sports are for the student athletes, not the parents or coach.
…They keep an open line of communication with other coaches, players, parents, and administrators.
…They have written practice plans that challenge their players, refine their skills and execute them at a proper pace and in a fun manner.
…They promote and demonstrate good sportsmanship by showing respect to opponents and officials at every game.
…They hold athletes accountable for their actions and teach them how to take responsibilities for their own actions.
…Placing the athlete first, they strive to build champions on and off the field.
…They are positive role models on and off the field.