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Long Island Commits to No Cut High School Tennis

Massapequs HS team members display their pink "no-cut" tennis wristbands
September 20, 2017 12:10 PM
Port Jefferson High School Girls Tennis Team

The USTA Long Island Region is working with high school coaches to expand the USTA’s vision for No Cut High School tennis this season. Nassau and Suffolk coaches have been enthusiastic in their support for the program. The No Cut initiative was undretaken in conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October) in several schools.

In reaching out to coaches across the Island to introduce the program, Mike Pavlides, USTA Long Island Regional Board High Schools Coordinator, said “The USTA recognizes the critical role you play in growing tennis by allowing students of all abilities to join a team and represent their school. Your contribution creates well-rounded student-athletes, develops leadership and teaches responsibility.”

According to Pavlides, “the LI Region is proud to recognize and support the high school tennis teams on Long Island that have No Cut teams. We are taking this opportunity to give the players on these teams pink wristbands to wear during their October matches (Breast Cancer Awareness Month) and, in the process, support two important causes.”

All No Cut team members received pink “No Cut Tennis” wristbands.

High schools participating in the No Cut Tennis Program are: Massapequa, Plainedge, Carle Place, Farmingdale, Hewlett, Long Beach, Manhasset, Freeport, Clarke, Bellmore Kennedy, Bellport, Southold, Southampton, Walt Whitman, Commack, Port Jefferson, Bay Shore, Southside, Friends Academy, Lynbrook, Oyster Bay, Plainview JFK, Herricks, MacArthur, Bethpage, Lawrence, Glen Cove, Baldwin and Malverne/East Rockaway.

According to the USTA, No-Cut tennis programs are important for several reasons including:

  • It’s the right thing to do—every child should have the opportunity to engage in healthy, lifelong activities in a safe and supportive environment with their peers.
  • A no-cut policy sends the message that developing kids, even the less talented and/or late bloomers, is important to the coach and school.
  • One week of tryouts is not enough for a coach to know who the best players will be in four years. Coaches are often pleasantly surprised by the contributions made by individuals considered to have less potential.
  • Participating on a team helps create well-rounded student athletes, develops leadership and teaches responsibility, discipline, teamwork and cooperation- skills every student should be entitled to develop.
  • Veteran no-cut coaches typically have higher winning percentages because they are able to capitalize on talent from a larger pool of players. Coaches conducting no-cut programs implement better coaching techniques, group management skills and set a great example for other school activities.

In addition to wearing the pink wristbands, many of the teams opted to wear pink during October matches to support breast cancer awareness. Some teams also organized fundraisers, with the proceeds going to breast cancer research organizations.

Port Washington High School held a breast cancer charity event tournament called Play with the Teachers. According to Coach Shane Helfner, "Every girl asked a teacher from the district to form a doubles team and we got donations from the community to hold a raffle. We raised $566, which we will donate to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation! There is no better way to bring the tennis program, school, and community together for a great cause while having fun!"

At Commack High School, the girls held their annual Varsity Tennis With The Teachers Find a Cure Tournament. Coach Jackie Clark worked with the team to coordinate the event, which brought together team members and educators in the district. 

To see photos of many of the teams participating in No Cut Tennis or Breast Cancer Awareness programs on Long Island, please click here.


Does your school have a No Cut team? Did the team coordinate a breast cancer awareness fundraiser or awareness event? Please email us with the name of the school and coach and a photo and we will add it to this list.