"We want our players to be competitive and to learn how to compete with the right attitude. Tennis is a fantastic tool for children to learn such life skills as honesty, integrity and determination and all of this can be found in a tennis match."
Complimenting our weekly tennis programme are a series of match play classes and tournaments that are aimed at giving players some invaluable competitive experience on the tennis court. Each match play class is supervised by a one of our tennis professionals who will co-ordinate a series of organised drills, offer match play advice and make sure that players understand what is needed to make the jump from hitting tennis balls into becoming a competitive player.
Match play classes are encouraged for players aged 9 years and above at the academy (with special exceptions made for our ACE squad mini players who start younger). We have a range of match play classes throughout the weekend (Friday-Sunday) depending on a players age and level of play. Please read through the options and call the office if you have any further questions.
Our weekly tournaments are new for Autumn 2016 and offer both our own players and players from outside the academy a chance to work on their rating in sanctioned tennis events. A full list of tournaments for the Autumn term will be made available shortly.
Yellow Ball Matchplay (Fridays 7pm-8.30pm)
Friday matchplay classes have been extended to offer chances for our players to work on their rating if they have missed out on playing mini tennis at a younger age. Typically, players following this pathway start at a 10.2 rating and struggle to make headway with this side of the game quickly. ACTA match play classes on a Friday can help solve that problem by giving some ratings matches to each player over the course of the term and also helping each player understand the areas that they need to improve on when they are playing in a game situation.
ACE Squad Matchplay (Saturdays - times vary)
Saturday classes at the NTC are all aimed at our ACE Squad for higher level players looking to move their rating higher (and learn key matchplay features) and who have been invited to train by Sophie Cockell. Classes run for all age groups and players must have a BTM (British Tennis Membership) to participate.
Entry Level Matchplay (Sundays 9am-12.30am):
Sunday matchplay classes are for players starting out on their matchplay journey and who are looking to try to build confidence in their play independently on court, learn about what to practice and how to participate in matches Players in this class are learning to be competitive for a number of reasons and are usually encouraged to play at the same level they train at each week rather than be guided by LTA competition guidelines. Classes run for Orange players from 9am-10am, Green players from 10am-11am and for yellow players from 11am-12.30pm. Players interested in these classes need to be playing beyond our Level 1 beginner stages of learning but this is not an invite only class and is open to a wide range of players.
Questions Answered: Matchplay made simple for parents
We are constantly receiving calls from parents about matchplay explaining that they don't understand the system run by the LTA and what they need to do to get their child into more competitions at the academy or at their club. Please read through below and hopefully we can answer some of your FAQs, however, if you have a particularly good one then please give the office a call!
|FAQs: BTMs and Ratings Explained..|
|1. What is a BTM? Answer: BTM stands for British Tennis Membership and is run by the LTA (Lawn Tennis Association) who are the governing body of tennis in Great Britain. BTM is free to join for all junior players and is compulsory if your child wants to play in external tennis tournaments.|
|2. How do I get a BTM? Answer: BTM is a very simple process, is FREE and can be completed by clicking this link . You will be asked to state the Annabel Croft Tennis Academy as your chosen place to play.|
|3. Who do the ratings work? Answer: Depending on your age group, you will receive an entry rating to get you started. This is usually a Level 4 rating for players aged 7-10yrs and a rating of 10.2 for players aged 11 and over. Once you have this rating you are ready to play matches. You can play similar rated players to help improve your own rating up to a certain level. All the results are completed by a professional coach and sent to the LTA where your winning matches will help you move up the ratings chart!|
|4. Do matches need to be against the same rated players and the same sex players? Answer: NO. Players can play in mixed tournaments and timed tennis tournaments up to a rating standard of 8.2 when they must then start playing against the same sex player and in more traditional length matches (best of 3 sets)|
|5. How does my rating move up and when? Answer: The best guide to this is the LTA website . Players must accumulate a number of wins against similar rated or higher rated players to move up. The ratings are changed at regular intervals throughout the year. Once a player gets to a rating of 8.2 then the system changes slightly to reflect the higher standard of play.|
|6. Can my child still do matchplay without a rating? Answer: YES. But of course the match wont count for anything other than a sense of satisfaction if you win and some good experience on court!|
|Autumn Term Matchplay Schedule 2016|
|Friday Club Night Match play (Yellow) - 7pm-8.30pm with Francesco||Ages 11-16 years||Cost: £20.00 per class|
|Saturday ACE Squad (Red) - 9-10am with Sophie||Ages 6-7yrs||Cost: £13.50 per class|
|Saturday ACE Squad (Orange) - 10-11am with Sophie||Ages 8-9yrs||Cost: £13.50 per class|
|Saturday ACE Squad (Orange) - 11am-12pm with Sophie||Ages 10yrs||Cost: £13.50 per class|
|Sunday Matchplay (Orange) - 9-10am with Matt||Ages: 8-9yrs||Cost: £13.50 per class|
|Sunday Matchplay (Green) - 10-11am with Beatha||Ages: 10yrs||Cost: £13.50 per class|
|Sunday Matchplay (Yellow) - 11am-12.30pm with Matt||Ages: 11-13yrs||Cost: £20.00 per class|
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