“Tennis – the Game for Life”
Why Play Tennis & Get Serious about it?
Tennis is great fun, very physical and incredibly challenging. You get to travel, experience many cultures and meet lots of interesting people – many who will become friends for life. If you work hard and take on board the right advice to become an elite player, there are many rewards that may come your way. Tennis Australia encourages and supports these players as they pursue this great journey.
The sport of tennis and development of a player is an avenue for life. Rankings, trophies, prize money, sponsorship and winning are just bonuses that go with the journey. Our goal is to take a holistic approach towards an athlete’s overall development in all areas – technically, tactically, physically, psychologically and environmentally. It’s important that all stakeholders work as a unified team – player, parent, private coach and Tennis Australia.
In Tasmania, we have two full time and one part time staff members. These three staff are employed by Tennis Australia, under the performance department. Falling under the performance department is ‘talent’ and ‘national academy’ departments respectively. We are also fortunate to have a part time strength and conditioning manager, overseeing the physical development of talent and national academy athletes.
Trent Constance – Talent Manager – Tasmania
Simon Youl – National Academy Head Coach – Tasmania,
Damien Lawler – Strength & Conditioning Manager – Tasmania
Talent is improving the quality and quantity of athletes under the age of 15. In Tasmania, we have an extensive player development pathway as follows;
10/u talent development squad – This 60 minute squad is a combination of functional & perceptual motor skill development (coordination, decision making, perception/reception etc) and ball striking/team work activities. This squad is all about providing standout 10/u players the opportunity to train together in a competitive environment.
Selection into this 10/u talent development squad is based on Super 10s participation and recommendations from private coaches.
12/u boys & girls talent development squad – These gender specific squads are again all about providing opportunities for standout players 12/u to come together in a team environment. These squads go for 90 minutes, with selection based on State Team representation (Bruce Cup/Foundation Cup), recommendation from private coaches and upholding the National Academy values of Compete, Commit, Respect.
Talent Tiers (12-15/u)
Tasmania has adopted selection guidelines surrounding players going down a player development pathway. These guidelines are used to select & invite players aged 12-15/u with support offerings dependent on the talent tier achieved.
12-15/u Talent Development Extension Squad – This 120 minute squad is offered for standout players to come together and train in a competitive team environment.
Selection for a Tier 1 -3 Scholarship in the National Academy Hobart is firstly based on the Tennis Australia National Selection Criteria Guidelines. If a player does not meet criteria for the National Selection guidelines they will need to gain an invitation by the National Head Coach TAS- Simon Youl. To know more about the National Selection Guidelines contact Simon.
An invitation for discretionary selection to train at the NA Hobart is based on a players age and the following attributes:
12 -18 Years and Post Junior
Playing and physical abilities/standard
Performance and Results State Wide/Nationally
Working in a team environment
Tennis Tasmania’s Competitions Pathway
⇒ Pro Circuit Events
⇑ Australia Money Tournaments
⇑ Junior Tour Tournaments
⇑ Junior Development Series
⇑ Pennants / School Competitions
⇑ ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Super 10s
⇑ ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Challenges
State Team Events
- Talent 10s
- Bruce Cup
- 12’s & 14’s Australian Teams Championships
- Foundation Cup
- Pizzey Cup
The Tennis Tasmania Player Development Objective is “to support and develop nationally successful tennis players” in line with National Academy philosophies. This will be measured by playing standard and Australian ranking tournaments and national results. It is the aim that, via this objective, players will go on to be internationally successful professionals.
Whilst an athlete is residing in Tasmania and to become the best possible tennis player they can be, it is all about utilising all available resources and opportunities the sport has to provide. No matter who is up the other end, there is always something you can work on. Pure talent and ability without commitment is not going to make a successful national or international player.
What does commitment involve?
Determination, conviction, dedication, persistence, self-direction and motivation, drive, desire, intensity, focus, organisation, professionalism, sacrifice, goal orientated, pursue dream, enjoyment and passion. It’s what you are doing when no one else is watching or organising, that will make the difference! For example:
- Modes of self-initiated training, practice, competition
- Private or group coaching lesson
- Ring up a hitting partner
- Use a rebound net or wall
- Use a ball machine
- Play in a pennant team
- Organise to be in another squad or set one up yourselves
- Organise match practice
- Play in a tournament
- Take control of a physical program and get in better shape
So lets get out there and LOVE THIS GAME!