Dear Rosemary. I am sorry I heard the decision I no longer live out there but I did forward this to my old team mates in Portland and many signed. Although there are other opportunities to pursue I am sorry you won’t get to be part of a high school team. My high school and college tennis teams were a big part of my enjoyment of the game.
Michael Rocheleau USPTA
Best wishes in your fight to play high school tennis. It is a battle well worth the effort.
I hope that it turns out for the best for you, and that it paves the way for opportunities for others that also want the chance to play, as well.
Head Coach, Women’s Tennis
University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth
Rosemary – I coach the Gorham Boys team and I support your bid to play with a team as Tennis at the High School level in Maine is a Team sport whether the MPA wants to recognize it or not.
Dear Rosemary and members of the tennis committee,
As a long-time tennis player, coach, and volunteer — as well as someone who has spent the better part of his career as a college admissions dean — I hope that the tennis committee will revisit the rule governing high school tennis in Maine for students who do not have direct access to a program at their own high school.
The unintended consequence of the rule as it currently stands it that it limits competitive tennis opportunities for Maine high school students. Not only is this unfair — particularly vis-a-vis the “cooperative team” rule, which differs substantively from the tennis rule — but by limiting competitive tennis opportunities for Maine students, we reduce access to what is, for many, a lifetime sport.
We may also unintentionally be limiting student access to colleges and universities. I know from my 20+ year experience in college admissions, including selective colleges, that high school students with substantial extracurricular involvement are more likely to be admitted to colleges — especially the more selective colleges — than those who are not.
Please, for Rosemary’s benefit, and all of the other current and future tennis players who would be impacted, I ask that you review and reconsider this rule.
Your comment is very greatly appreciated and brings up a lot of very good points, some of which I hadn’t even considered until you mentioned them. This certainly goes to show all of the negative effects this rule has on tennis players and the disadvantages it brings them. Thank you so much for your support!
Good luck Rosemary. What a mature, succinct and thoughtful argument you have posted. I wish you well!
Thank you so much for your support and for the support of everyone in the WOCSD district. I have learned so much from all of my teachers and to have them supporting me on this issue means a lot to me. Thanks again!
Hey, everyone! I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has signed so far! The deadline for the petition is coming up so we’ll be sending the names early next week. Feel free to keep sharing this with everyone you can! We are still looking for as much support as we can get. Thank you again!
Rosemary, I can’t believe you have to go through this just to play high school tennis, but am very proud of your efforts. Many of my favorite high school memories were from being on the tennis TEAM.
Is there anyway you can add a counter or keep us updated with signature numbers? I want to see how much traction this can get.
There is a counter in the petition box. I believe it is right underneath the orange “Sign Now” button. In case you can’t see it, there are currently 252 signatures!! Please let me know if you can’t view the counter, too. And much thanks for your involvement and support!
Rosemary, I am the coach of the Camden Hills boys varsity team but I also teach private lessons. One of my clients is a senior girl who goes to school on Islesboro and has been denied the opportunity to play for Belfast for the last 3 years. I thank you for your work on this and I will help you in any way possible. Good luck!!
Wow. We had no idea that someone else was denied their opportunity to play team tennis in the past. I find this incredibly shocking. Please tell her that I wish her the best of luck this season. And thank you so much for your support for all of us who are impacted.
Rosemary, I am so proud of you for speaking up for yourself in this matter! Many times rules are put into place to prevent a certain situation, but the unintended consequences never come to light until someone brings forth a concern and clear issue. Great job in articulating your argument! 🙂
Thank you very much! These consequences certainly weren’t intended, and we do hope to eliminate them for everyone in the long run.
I had no idea. Thank you for trying to fix this for all!
And thank you for your support!!
I’m blown away at what a mature and thoughtful post you put together. I hope to see you out on the court when we face Kennebunk this season. Best of luck to you Rosemary.
Thank you very much for your thoughtful comment! I hope to see you too this spring season.
Great post. Hopefully the committee will thoroughly investigate this issue, as every Maine high school tennis player deserves an equal opportunity to compete on a team (without restrictions).
Exactly, we hope the committee will realize the consequences of this rule and fix it so high school team tennis can be fair for all!
Good Luck, Rosemary!! I am really proud of you for tackling this issue!
Thank you so much, Cynthia! And thanks to everyone who’s signed so far!!