We are excited to bring our audience the first-ever anonymous guest in our episode called “Local League Coordinator Anonymous”! We met and chatted with a Local League Coordinator recently and asked her to be on the show. She didn’t want to be identified by her real name so we’re calling this “Local League Coordinator Anonymous” so she can tell us all the dirt! We’ll call our guest “Sarah”.
A Local League Coordinator’s Job Description
Sarah does a lot for her local league and says it’s the best job she’s ever had. It combines her love of tennis and helping people play more tennis.
She describes her job as a mediator, facilitator, and teacher.
- She is a mediator between captains
- A facilitator of leagues and scheduling to keep seasons moving along
- She’s a teacher to captains and players on rules and etiquette in order to have a good league experience
Creating Schedules is Not A Conspiracy Against Certain Teams
Sarah talks to us about how people get upset about their schedules. Believe it or not, as the LLC, she has no control over how schedules are created. It’s all done by a computer. Some captains and players insist that Sarah has given advantages to certain teams. Despite the theory, players will believe a “super team” has been formed and they get special treatment. These teams are formed to win their local league and move on to post-season play. Tennis players that aren’t part of these so called “super teams” complain season after season that they get the advantage in scheduling as well. It’s just not the truth according to Sarah.
A just simply hits “generate schedule” on her computer.
Tennis Players and Captains: Don’t Bother to Make Scheduling Requests
We’ll let you in on a little secret. USTA schedules are generated by a computer. The LLC just simply hits “generate schedule” on their computer.
Sarah gets a lot of scheduling requests as well. For instance, one captain asked, “Can you schedule all of my matches for Saturday mornings at 9:30 a.m.?” Huh? It doesn’t work that way!
Crazy Situations or “Silly Situations by Sarah”
Since we have a Local League Coordinator recording with us Anonymously, we knew we could get some crazy situations stories out of her.
You won’t be shocked to hear that most of the tennis drama happens when trying to schedule make-up matches. Captains are always trying to finagle their way into getting their best players on the court for the most important matches. They will come up with any excuse in the book to do so. Because of this, Sarah must read a lot of screen-captured text messages and help facilitate a resolution.
There are captains (and players) that are notorious for being a pain. Sarah tries to keep her players happy and playing. She encourages them not to file grievances and plays peacemaker with phone calls and messages to her local league players so everyone can continue playing.
Next Episode of “Local League Coordinator Anonymous”
We have a second episode of “Local League Coordinator Anonymous” coming out next. Watch for it!
If you want a further explanation of what a “Local League Coordinator does, you can listen to past episodes:
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