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Eight high school tennis courts ready to serve

Original post made on Jul 25, 2013

Good news for tennis players: The improvements at the San Ramon Valley High School tennis courts are finished, with two new courts open and the lights operational. The campus now has eight courts, including six with lighting, which are open to the public after school hours.

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Posted by FanDanville
a resident of Danville
on Jul 25, 2013 at 12:33 pm

There are problems with the lights.....and they were obviously NOT DESIGNED OR CONSTRUCTED BY SOMEONE WHO KNOWS OR IS AN EXPERT IN TENNIS COURTS:

1. The lights on the four SE and SW are on SHORT poles. This creates overly strong light spots on the courts with shadow spots in between. When a high-speed tennis ball flies through light and dark areas it is EXTREMELY DIFFICULT to play--it's like a strobe light where the ball disappears). This is a "hack" light job.
I wonder (hopefully) if this can be corrected in the future (when there is later funding) by installing additional height to the poles!?!

2. The only decent lighting is on the two older NE courts because they have an additional light pole in the middle (giving four additional lamps of light).
HOWEVER, currently, the middle court light on the NE is NOT working at all. This needs to be fixed!

3. As previously, there's a timer on the lights that prevents them from coming on until a certain time period (when its dark-ish and until 10 PM) However, currently, the timer is not set correctly and the lights don't come on until 8:20 PM. but this is after the courts are already too dim at 8:00 many players leave beforehand without even knowing that the lights will come on.

Otherwise, THANK YOU to the school, Sandusky, and city for the additional courts and lights.
(Even though they are very primitive courts constructed to the poorest standards as to drainage, fencing, spacing, etc..)
I am very happy that the extra two courts exist at all (with the bad economy and tight school budget).
Also, thanks for Coach Frank for his extensive time and effort.

Tennis is a great (and relatively inexpensive) sport and exercise for students and the general public. Too bad to have such sub-standard courts for the citizens of such an up-scale area.
Everyone should understand that, by only having 8 courts (on all local high schools now), that limits the size of school tennis programs and the training of student players, including the development of younger players prior to making it onto the varsity teams (boys & girls).
For years SRV HS, was at an even greater disadvantage than the other local High Schools become of only having 6 courts, so at least that inequity has been addressed.