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  • How to Approach a BIG Event

    By Tyler Tarnasky | In Tennis | on December 8, 2017

    1.) Prepare with the tournament in mind.
    – Manage your practice schedule months out.
    – Think about the event frequently for motivation.

    2.) Set a realistic goal that is not revenge motivated.
    – Set a challenging but not discouraging goal.
    – Revenge motivated goal is one that revolves around playing a player who has beat you in the past. The problem with goals like that are there is no guarantee you will play that player. Also, it takes the focus off the event and simply on playing one player meaning you might not be appropriately focused for all your matches.

    3.) Prepare the week of and arrive early for event.
    – Practice the week before but do not cram.
    – Have school in a good place so you are not stressed out.
    – Eat, sleep, and hydrate appropriately.
    – Do not be rushed and stressed arriving to the event.

    4.) Just because it is a BIG event, do not over-respect your opponent. Everyone is in the tournament for a reason and anyone can beat anyone.

    5.) Just because you travel far, do not put too much pressure on yourself. Try to approach the tournament mentally just like all your other events. Think about a tournament or situation where you performed really well. Have that mentality.

    6.) If tournaments stress you out in general and you find you perform better practice — have a practice mentality. Approach the event with the mentality that you do for drills or lessons.

    7.) Make the event comfortable.
    – Have a routine.
    – Be particular about your meals, hydration, and snacks.
    – Warm up the same way you typically do.

    8.) Be careful with the section. There is sometimes a belief that if you play someone from California or Florida or Georgia — that they must be really, really good. The reality is that there are good and beatable players from all cities, states, and sections.

    9.) Take in the scene but do not be the scene. Watch other players and try to learn something, however, do not be too social or unfocused.

    10.) Win or lose — make the experience beneficial. Take tournament notes. Learn something. Improve from the experience.

  • Retreat Spa Holiday Specials

    By dbrunk | In Spa | on December 7, 2017

  • Holiday Kid’s Camps

    By dbrunk | In FACtory Flyer | on December 7, 2017

    Please click here for a pdf of the Holiday Camp flier and registration form.

  • Winter Adult Basketball League Registration

    By dbrunk | In The Sports Page | on December 7, 2017

    Please click here for a pdf of the Basketball League flier and registration form.

  • How to Deal With a Bad Call

    By Tyler Tarnasky | In Tennis | on November 10, 2017

    Stop. Breathe. Think. Relax. Then Speak.

    What not to do…

    Do not call the person a cheater. Everyone who has played tennis has likely made a bad call at some point. Also, there is a chance that you are mistaken as you are half a court away. Even if you are playing someone who has (in your opinion) repeatedly made calls against you/others that you do not agree with — do not call them a cheater. We do not speak negatively about or to our opponents. We also do not go around the facility (or use social media or any other form of communication) to tell everyone that you got cheated and/or your opponent was/is a cheater. We would not want someone saying those things about us and like I said earlier…because of human imperfection we have all likely made a bad call or have been confused on the score.

    Stop. Breathe. Think. Relax. Then Speak.

    What to do…

    One bad call, give your opponent the benefit of the doubt. Second bad call, calmly explain that you are going to get a line judge. Be careful with asking…”are you sure?”. You are not supposed to make a call in tennis if you are not sure, so calling the ball out by default means that you are sure. Also, very rarely does anyone reverse their call because someone asked are you sure. You could spend that energy and time more resourcefully. It is similar with “how far out was that?”. It doesn’t matter if it was out by a little or out by a lot — the call was out. Often times what happens is your opponent will answer with an exaggerated distance which is extremely frustrating or tell you that you missed by the smallest margin which can be equally frustrating and compound the problem. Either way — time and energy can be better spent.

    Stop. Breathe. Think. Relax. Then Speak.

    The main point is do not lash out in anger at your opponent which can negatively affect you for the upcoming points. Simply remain calm and go get an official. It is YOUR job to get an official. Officials are not perfect themselves but it is the best way to try to ensure as fair of a match as possible.

  • Arkansas Comets will begin offering a Winter Skill Training Program in the FAC Futsal Court. 

    Come learn from the best coaches in NWA. 

    Arkansas Comets have over 100 of their team players that have continued play at the collegiate level.

    Early Bird Registration – save $10 is you register before November 10, 2017.

    Click on the document below to print a pdf of the Winter Skills Training Program form.

  • Get in the best shape of your life with WAYMO

    By dbrunk | In Waymo | on October 18, 2017



  • Fall/Winter 2017 FAC Program Guide

    By dbrunk | In Club Guide, News | on October 12, 2017

    Click on the Program Guide Cover below to see the complete guide.

  • Scouting Opponent

    By Tyler Tarnasky | In Tennis | on September 28, 2017

    1.) When gathering information about an upcoming opponent — make sure the information is reliable. For example, a friend might have played your opponent months ago. Your friend says: “Their backhand is terrible. Hit every shot there.” Even if months ago your opponent’s backhand was not very good, they have likely been working on that shot for months now. So when using information that you hear from others — consider the source and the amount of time involved regarding the information. Your parents and coaches are frequently the best source for information.

    2.) Be careful with the warm up. Frequently people use the warm up to determine their starting strategy for their opponent. The problem is that the warm up is a very small sample size. In only 5 minutes, you are hitting a very limited number of shots. Anyone can hit good or bad shots for a brief period of time. Also, some people do a good job of hiding their strengths or weaknesses in the warm up. It is far better to let the match develop to determine their true strengths and weaknesses or watch a previous match that your opponent is playing.

    3.) Start simple — when you are watching your opponent play…try to find a strategy. Do they have a better forehand or backhand? Are they better on the move or standing still? Do they come to the net a lot and which side should you pass them on? Even if you are able to watch your opponent before the match, start with YOUR best stuff. Your primary strategies and tactics. You are the best version of yourself, when you do what you do best.

    4.) Remember, each match is different. Meaning if it appears (from a previous match) that your opponent has a bad backhand…they could have just been having a bad day that particular day. Start the match with what you do well and go from there. Each match is different and each day is different.

    5.) Study their return technique and look for technical flaws with all shots. Does your opponent back up when they return — then you should use more spin and wide serves. Does your opponent move forward when they return — then you should serve more body. Find technical flaws. Bad technique breaks down in pressure situations. On big points, it is smart to hammer away at technical flaws.

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