Competition in more detail
Inter club (within the club) competition runs on Fridays and Saturdays and covers standard’s from beginner to inter-mediate and advanced players. Our competition is divided into the following formats:
For children in the each stage of learning, by invitation only, and Coaches will group children in section according to ability, experience and friendships. By invitation only means, your child has been recommended due to their ability to concentrate and complete tasks asks of them in their technique lessons.
Our Clubs participate in the Eastern Region Association Competition and enter teams in red, orange, green and yellow inter-club based competition. These competition formats are the perfect introduction and ready children for inter-club based competition.
Is my child ready?
Yes! Competition, including club based competition all use modified rules, and smaller courts to allow children to compete. Every child wants to “play a match” and test and chalenge the skills they are learning. Absolutely your child is ready, you will notice a massive improvement in your child over the season, due to increased motivation to want to win their competition matches, with transfers into their technique lessons.
The aim of Red Stage Competition is to build skills into a rally. At the core of this is practicing both “sending” and “receiving” skills. While this is hard for young children, by creating activities and challenges which are appropriate engages and encourages children. Rolling the ball along the ground, with or without racquets, throwing and catching, one player hitting with a racquet, whilst the other is catch and throwing are all activities completed in the Red Stage.
Activities and Challenges set-up in the Red Stage are Team based activities to avoid pressure on our young players, and focus more on the enjoyment of movement, discovery and self awareness.
The aim of Orange stage competition is to increase the pace and depth players are comfortable rallying with, direct the serve and direct the ball away from the opponent. During the Orange Stage Competition players will be introduced to basic tactic’s, starting with understanding the court, through the use of modified shapes, directions, and moving up the court. As an integral part of competition the serve and return will feature weekly.
Activities in the Orange Stage will be team and individually based to allow players time to adjust to performing in singles events, and to start to handle emotions on court.
The aim of Green competition is to increase awareness of court zones and targets, build attacking and defensive skills and use all these skills appropriately. Throughout Green Stage players will develop a greater tactical awareness, utilize spin, changing gears, tactic of opposing player and reading the play.
Activities in the Green Stage are both individual and team based, and their are elements of ‘luck’ to replicate the uncertainty in any match. (Wind, Sun, bad bounce etc)
Who is it for?
Hot Shots is for all Australian Children wanting to further their tennis and enjoy playing the game. Learning tennis which is instructional is like learning a language no one will ever use! Ultimately without using this language skills diminish and you will lose motivation to continue developing. This is why competition is VITAL to our children.