Invitational Programme Term 2 Aberdeen

INVITATIONAL PROGRAMME – TERM 2

Dates: December 1st 2016 – March 31st 2017

Venue: Aberdeen Squash & Tennis Centre

Head Coach: Jason Sankey

Performance Coach: Sanjay Kumar

Contact: Jason@otrtennis.com

Mobile/whatsapp: 94181074

INV C Admin: info@otrtennis.com

Website: www.otrtennis.com

 

We would like to welcome you back to a new term. Last term we tried to create a more tailored programme and we believe we were able to get more intensity out of our players, more participation in tournaments and better results.

This term there will be fewer tournaments but perhaps the biggest one – The HK Junior Nationals. With fewer tournaments, we should be able to have longer training blocks where we can target some of the key areas we feel the players can improve on.

You should be able to find some useful information here, but of course if you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us. Please note some of the tournament dates may change so do check the HKTA website regularly. 

Schedule and payment:

Inv C:

Tuesday 4-6:30

Thursday 4-6:30

Sunday bi-monthly match play sessions

All billing is done online through our Track My Tennis software. Adora will handle any admin issues: info@otrtennis.com

Players are expected to commit to each session. There will be no make-ups for classes unless a slot opens up during the week or on a weekend match session, and only if agreed by all 3 OTR directors. We will refund for rained out sessions or OTR cancelled sessions.

Inv A:

Monday 4-6:30

Wednesday 4-6:30

Friday 5-7

Saturday 11-1

Sunday bi-monthly match play sessions

Payments can be made through TMT online, online transfers to HSBC or cheques made payable to OTR Tennis Asia Ltd. and handed to Jason Sankey.

15 lesson package: $8,000HKD

20 lesson package: $10,400HKD

30 lesson package: $15,000HKD

We have limited the number of kids/day for each session. INV A kids have priority to nominate the days they would like to be coming to on a weekly basis. If we have some openings, we will go down the list in priority and offer slots to those who fall between A and C level: B players.

We will need at least 24 hours notice if a player cannot attend a day of their choice, otherwise we will charge them the full session rate.

If players repeatedly show lack of commitment to training, we may ask them to leave the group and open their slot up for other kids.

Structure:

In the past we have typically run training sessions based on the time on court so a warm-up, followed by drills, followed by points and finishing with fitness and stretching.

This year we are going to introduce a programme tailored around key tournaments in the calendar year: periodization training.

Key Tournaments:

  • HK Junior For both A and C players.
  • Junior Series u12 event. Age sensitive.
  • HK National Tennis Championship – there will be a President’s Cup as well as an open event and we encourage all players to enter the President’s Cup and the Open if ready.

Requirements:

  • Each participant must be a member of the HKTA. This can be done by filling in a form through the HKTA website – under the members section – ‘How to join’. Cost is $200HKD/year for players under 18 and $330HKD for those over 18.

Invitational C tournaments this term:

  • HK Junior National’s – January 21st – February 26th.
  • HK National Tennis Championship – February 25th – March 26th. President’s Cup included here.
  • Junior Series Under 12 event – March 9th – 26th.
  • Novice 1 – This will begin in May.

Invitational A tournaments this term:

  • HK Junior National’s – January 21st – February 26th.
  • HK National Tennis Championship – February 25th – March 26th. President’s Cup included here.
  • Junior Series Under 12 event – March 9th – 26th.
  • Junior series Comp 1 will start from April.

Training structure:

  • We will be dividing our training into specific blocks with our key focus solely on the key tournaments above –

Key areas to work on this term:

  • Point construction – DNA Theory – Defence, Neutral, attack.
  • Spin – in particular Neutral game.
  • Transitioning from Neutral to Attack – approach, net game, slice, drive volleys etc.
  • Serve – kick serve as well as 2 shot plans.
  • Return – implementing DNA into returning routine.
  • Process rather than outcome approach to the game.
  • In-between point rituals and overall body language and mental toughness on court.
  • Improved overall fitness – endurance, agility, speed, strength and flexibility.

General preparatory training block:

  • From December 1st – January 15.
  • Increased emphasis on physical training – especially endurance work and strength conditioning.
  • Increased attention and detail to technical aspects of the game – in particular the execution of key situation shots – DNA.
  • Decreased focus on results and outcomes of point play.
  • Increased focus on process of how they play points.
  • Create the correct mindset for the year ahead – never give up, fighter mentality.

Pre-competition block:

  • January 15th – January 21st.
  • Less technical adjustments. Only minor changes.
  • Physical training intensity drops and a change to more speed/agility work.
  • Feedback will be more tactical-based rather than technical.
  • Increased point construction and match play scenarios – serve/return points in particular.
  • Develop confidence and enhance focus levels.
  • Positive reinforcement of players’ strengths rather than looking at weaknesses.
  • Develop rituals for matches – pre, during and post matches.

Competition block: 

  • January 21st – Feb 26th.
  • Longer rest periods in training to reflect match environment.
  • Reduced fitness. Just maintenance.
  • Tactical reinforcements. DNA.
  • Positive, confident mindset.

Specific targeted training block for U12 kids:

  • February 27th – March 1st.
  • Increased fitness training again – strength and endurance in particular.
  • Targeted technical improvements based on tournament observations.
  • Reinforcing the mindset of an athlete – never give up.
  • Less emphasis on results, more on the process.

Pre-competition block for U12 kids:

  • March 1st – March 9th.
  • Less technical adjustments. Only minor changes.
  • Physical training intensity drops and a change to more speed/agility work.
  • Feedback will be more tactical-based rather than technical.
  • Increased point construction and match play scenarios.
  • Develop confidence and enhance focus levels.
  • Positive reinforcement of players’ strengths rather than looking at weaknesses.
  • Develop rituals for matches – pre, during and post matches.

Competition block for U12 kids:

  • March 9th – 26th.
  • Longer rest periods in training to reflect match environment.
  • Reduced fitness. Just maintenance.
  • Tactical reinforcements.
  • Positive, confident mindset.

Specific targeted training block for over 12 kids:

  • February 26th – March 25th.
  • Increased fitness training again – strength and endurance in particular.
  • Targeted technical improvements based on tournament observations.
  • Reinforcing the mindset of an athlete – never give up.
  • Less emphasis on results, more on the process.

Pre-competition block before Junior series Comp 1: 

  • March 25th – April 1st.
  • Less technical adjustments. Only minor changes.
  • Physical training intensity drops and a change to more speed/agility work.
  • Feedback will be more tactical-based rather than technical.
  • Increased point construction and match play scenarios – serve/return points in particular.
  • Develop confidence and enhance focus levels.
  • Positive reinforcement of players’ strengths rather than looking at weaknesses.
  • Develop rituals for matches – pre, during and post matches.

What we expect from players:

  • 100% commitment to every training session.
  • Arriving on time unless head coach is notified.
  • Skipping rope, notebook, pen, water, snacks in bag. We would like players to keep a diary of their tennis activities and thoughts throughout the term.
  • 2 racquets minimum and proper tennis shoes.
  • Commit to entering and participating in as many key events as possible.
  • Match reports done throughout the year as well as notes.
  • 100% commitment in every match whether in practice or tournament setting.
  • Positive, respectful attitude towards coaches, other players and themselves.

Extras:

  • We will also be running inter-club/academy/association matches throughout the year.
  • We may run overseas trips if timing works out.
  • Possibility of a ladder league from 2017 after Lion’s.

Thanks for trusting us with your kids. We promise to make this term a positive and successful one. We are counting on your support to help make this happen. We would encourage parents not to sit on court during training sessions but of course feel free to ask me at any time about their progress, or if you have any concerns or questions.

Thanks again, and see you on court!

Jason Sankey, Sanjay Kumar and Team OTR.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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