Every team in the country practices and
hits thousands of tennis balls every week. So what sets UC Santa
Cruz apart from all the other schools? Our strongest underlying
belief is striving for excellence in everything we do. Many teams
lack focus or direction and become frustratedwith practice. We set
specific goals and utilize our time to achieve those goals. We
understand that the real competition is the battle within, not the
victory or the loss. We have no control over the outcome of a
match, but we can control our attitude and state of mind. If we
compete with strong desire, intensity and a love for the game, the
winning will take care of itself.
Slug tennis is based upon physical, mental,
and spiritual training. You use your body, mind, and heart when you
play, so it is important to devote time to all three disciplines.
Athletes constantly battle with negative thoughts entering their
minds and many do not know how to properly deal with their
emotions. We incorporate various techniques such as visualization
and affirmations to ensure that our players have a positive mindset
towards practice and match play. We develop strength and
cardiovascular endurance through conditioning and weight training,
which helps build confidence when we compete. All of our hard work,
sacrifice, and discipline builds a mutual respect for one another
and helps develop skills which one can only learn through being
part of a team -- the Slug Tennis Team.
Every year, our goal is to be National
Champions. We accept the fact that we cannot control the outcome,
but we certainly can control the way we approach this lofty, yet
realistic goal. If we think like champions and act like champions,
we will be Champions.