McCallie’s tennis program is adding new and innovative tools to help improve the quality of instruction and game analysis available to Blue Tornado tennis players and others looking to improve their game at the amazing facilities on the Ridge.
The recent installation of the PlaySight SmartCourt video analytics system at the Strang-Voges Tennis Center will greatly increase the ability for varsity tennis Coach Jeff Clark ‘91, Director of Tennis Operations Eric Voges ‘81, and other McCallie coaches to provide even more effective coaching.
“The PlaySight system is at the cutting edge of tennis instruction,” said Voges. “This system will allow players to view their strokes and statistics, providing us with immediate feedback. As coaches, we will be able to provide better input to improve the game of players at any level.”
The SmartCourt system uses a series of nine cameras and PlaySight software to track, tag, and record all player and ball movement. Players and coaches can review shots and play from multiple angles, get in-depth player statistics and access gamified drilling options during practice. Once play is complete, all video is automatically uploaded, where it’s accessible anytime for further instruction and review by players and coaches.
“We want to provide McCallie tennis players with the tools to bring out their best, and Playsight is an innovative, outstanding instructional system,” Headmaster Lee Burns ‘87 said. “It is rare for any high school — and even colleges — to have this state-of-the-art system. It can benefit everyone who comes to McCallie to improve their tennis game, from our varsity and middle school boys who compete at very high levels to other boys who are newer to the game.”
SmartCourt has been installed on court one of the indoor Strang Voges Tennis Center, and internet streaming cameras have been installed on all six of the indoor courts as well. This will allow practice or matches to be streamed and accessed live by family and friends of players.
“Our guys are really excited about this,” says Varsity Coach Jeff Clark, “and it will enable our coaches and players to get detailed analysis and statistics.”
Approximately 60 McCallie students play on a school tennis team annually. The coaching staff includes five former Division I college players, plus other coaches who themselves have a total of over 50 years of coaching experience.
“Our coaching staff is second to none,” says Dean of Athletics Jeff Romero. “The addition of the PlaySight tools and technology will greatly enhance the instruction our tennis players are receiving.”
A few McCallie parents and alumni connected to the tennis program recently made gifts to fund it the Playsight system and the cameras on the other courts.