Travelling Overseas – A guide for players
The following is a list of travel tips for young tennis players travelling overseas. They are designed to help maximise the enjoyment and success for the player while travelling, and allow them to make the most of the opportunity they have been presented with.
A Guide for Parents of Players Travelling Overseas
- Review and discuss the above list with your child
- Check the insurance cover for the trip – are all your concerns covered?
- Ensure you are comfortable with all arrangements prior to your child’s departure and have a copy of the itinerary and contact details
- Encourage your child to do his/her best and most importantly to enjoy the trip
- Encourage your child to make the most of every day, every experience and every learning opportunity. They have been presented with a fantastic opportunity that many other children would be envious of, so ensure that they understand the responsibilities that come with such an opportunity.
- Make sure that your child is self-reliant. Managers/Coaches are not there to take the place of a parent, but to guide them and offer support and encouragement. Players will need to be able to be responsible for themselves while away in regards to meals, luggage, packing, racket re-stringing, hygiene and personal care etc.
Player Responsibilities while away
- Hygiene and personal care
- Professionalism – on and off court
- Responsibilities of representing their team and country
- always be on their best behaviour
- 100% commitment
- watching and supporting teammates
- being available for other team members for practice partners
- First-hand match analysis – finding out about opponents in consultation with coach
- Gaining permission from coach – keep in-touch with coach or manager
- Leave nothing up to chance – do everything to produce the best performance
- eating correctly
- getting enough sleep
- game preparation and plan
- drinking enough fluids
- Checking match times for next day – entry and withdrawal of opponents
- Make sure equipment is in good working order – racquet re-stringing etc
- doubles partners
- sign-in into tournaments
- booking of practice courts
- organising practice partners
- towels and water
- showering after practice and matches
- meals and eating at right times
- completing diaries
- scouting opponents
- Empathy for coach/manager of squad
Managing a team is an incredibly demanding role and the co-operation and support of team members is required at all times. Players should abide by team rules and regulations at all times during the tour, to ensure that the tour is as enjoyable as possible. This will help to maximise the experience and benefits gained by not only the players but also the managers.