Discussion in 'College Tennis Talk' started by jaggy, Apr 11, 2012.
Anyone have indoor facilities exclusively for their varsity teams and if so how many courts?
yep, 6 in 12 out.
I hope you don't go to college in bloomington
Hope College in Holland, MI has only 6 indoor courts for now but they are building a 12 court outdoor facility that will be done later this year.
I am sure there are more but that is the only one I can think of off the top of my head.
Who has 6 in, 12 out? I am interested in what programs have their own indoor facilities.
The majority (if not all) in the B1G have indoor and outdoor facilities. It's necessary in the north more than the south. Here at Florida, we have a glorified awning over three practice courts, but no indoor facility since it is rarely necessary.
A lot of ACC teams have indoor courts.
Clemson,Wake,UNC,Duke,GT,FSU,Vrginia at least.
The entire Big 10 has indoor courts.
A few examples
1. Minnesota - Baseline Tennis Center. 10 indoor, 12 outdoor.
2. Illinois - Atkins Tennis Center. 6 indoor, 20 outdoor (Hosting 2013 NCAA Division 1 Tennis championships)
3. Wisconsin - A.C. Neilsen Tennis Center. 12 indoor, 6 outdoor.
4. Northwestern - Combe Tennis Center - 6 indoor; Vandie Christie Tennis Center - 15 outdoor.
I always wonder what the standard is for deciding to play indoor or out since the post-season will be outdoors and, ostensibly, a team would want to prepare for post-season conditions. Obviously, precipitaiton and very cold temperatures drives teams indoors. But, what if it's sunny or partly sunny, not too windy, and 52 or 53 degrees? Cold, but not that cold.
Sorry my point may be lost. Indiana has use of 8 indoor courts but they are not owned by the athletic department and they have to reserve them and pay for them(I am sure at preferential rates).
Do any schools have exclusive indoor courts, meaning they are not used by anyone but the varsity teams?
I don't know of any school that doesn't rent out courts or have memberships for extra income when it comes to indoor facilities. They limit how many courts they rent out and the times to work around the varsity members.
I kind of figured that but wasn't sure, kind of interesting given how possesive some sports are regarding facilities.
Stanford has one indoor court. But there are a few holes in the ceiling, so even when it rains, the court gets wet from a couple drip spots.
I don't understand why universities in the north even bother keeping up outdoor courts. The ITA requires that matches played outdoors must be played at temperatures above 50 degrees. That pretty much limits teams in Northern MI, WI and MN to playing 1 month in the Fall and 1 month in theSpring outdoors.
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All of the Big 10 schools I listed in my previous answer - Minnesota, Illinois, Northwestern, Wisconsin - have indoor courts owned by the school.
None of these facilities are used exclusively by the varsity team (that would be odd, and rare, since the courts would sit empty a lot of the time), but for all of these facilities, the varsity team almost always has priority for practices and matches over everybody else [one exception would be ehen Illinois Atkins tennis center hosts the Challenger tournament in the fall, and the teams obviously have to accomodate that].
Practice may be at the same time every day and other users of the facility (staff, students, etc.) will know that generally they can't play at that time. However, some facilities have enough courts so that, at least for practice, not every court has to be used by the team. Match schedules are known beforehand, so other users will know that the facility cannot be used.
Before Northwestern built their current Combe Indoor Tennis Center - on the main campus with 6 courts, they only had 3 indoor courts covered by a bubble where they practiced, located up by the football stadium, a fair distance (though certainly not that far) from the main campus. This might be an example of what you are talking about. These courts technically may have been available to students, faculty staff, etc., but they may not have been. I don't ever remember anyone every playing there or the courts being offered as an option. At that time, the Sports Pavillion (general student fitness/rec center) had a 200m track surronding multi use courts, and nets would be set up form time to time on some of those courts so the NU community could play tennis (though during peak times, it was usually 4 basketball courts). That was what was officially offered to student/faculty/staff tennis players. When NU just had the 3 bubble indoor courts, I think they played most of their matches at a private club, and for the most part just praticed there. But, I do recall a few matches being held there.
I played matches against some schools in the north that had their own indoor facilities, others pay for court time at nearby clubs when the weather is bad. Notre Dame had great indoor and outdoor facilities on campus. Marquette, being in Wisconsin, only had indoor courts on campus. DePaul played at a nearby private club.
Georgia has 4 & I think Georgia Tech has 3 that are on-campus. I know Tennessee just upgraded its indoor facility and has 6 now. Vanderbilt has 5 indoors courts on campus.
The schools generally have it scheduled that matches will be indoor or out so the opponent knows beforehand. Weather is the only thing that will change an outdoor match to indoors, but both coaches have to agree upon it.
My experience is that a northern school will schedule all their matches indoors until a certain date. After that date, everything is scheduled outside. Not that it is true for all, but spring break is a good point to move everything outside.
It's not like it's that expensive. If I were at Minnesota or Wisconsin, I'd have a minimal outdoor facility that is open to the public all summer. The varsity team would have locker rooms and things at a pimped out indoor facility.
But, some schools don't have outdoor tennis facilities...try finding campus courts at Alaska Anchorage or Faibanks. If there are any, they are probably used more as ice rinks. No tennis interest, thus no varsity teams.
Texas is building one that should open later this year.
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