How does it work?
A player's map will build up as they progress through a term. They will earn attendance stickers each week and will be scored on their rallying, serving and racket skills twice a term. As well as this, players will be rewarded for their attitude and for completing various other tennis related activities throughout a term such as: attending matchplays; having individual lessons; attending half term camps and for freeplay with their friends and family!
What do we hope the Player Maps will achieve?
We hope, as a result of the Player Maps, that our mini players will grow their own personal desire to improve their tennis. When the motivation comes from the players themselves, that is when progress can really happen. Tennis is a tough skill sport to learn so finding a way to reward and track improvement is vital to keeping players motivated.
This is the main page on our Spring Term 2018 Club Maps and this is where you can see a player's journey through a term on one page! This map rewards a player's attendance, their attitude, skills they've practiced and events and activities they've participated in. The theme for this map is the Australian Open – every map will be themed differently depending on the grand slam being held at that time. Maps for our Development and Team players will be arriving in Spring 2018. We also have a bespoke DRH Performance folder arriving this year for our performance minis and juniors.
How do we track skills and progress?
We score and monitor three main skills twice every term to see how the player's are improving. These skills are: Rallying, Serving & Racket Skills. We chose these three elements as they can be objectively monitored and scored and because they are very important in tennis.
MY PLAYER MAP HOMEWORK TASKS
The below homework tasks have been carefully created to give players and parents information on what they can do in order to improve their tennis outside of their coaching sessions.
Please select 2 tasks from each of the secitons below and perform them as many times over the term as you can.
Enter the task code in the My Player Map Insert, then mark how many times you have completed it. Enjoy!
ABC & Fitness
TAPU10 - 10 tap ups in a row keeping your feet still
TAPU20 - 20 tap ups in a row keeping your feet still
TAPD10 - 10 tap downs in a row keeping your feet still
TAPD20 - 20 tap downs in a row keeping your feet still
SKIP10 - Perform 10 skips in a row without a mistake
SKIP50 - Perform 50 skips in a row without a mistake
SKIP100 - Perform 100 skips in a row without a mistake
FREEPLAY - spend 30 minutes or more playing tennis outside of the coaching sessions with a parent or friend.
RALLY10 - Have a 10 shot rally with a parent or friend without making a mistake from near or on the baseline (this alone does not count as freeplay unless more than 30 minutes)
RALLY20 - Have a 10 shot rally with a parent or friend without making a mistake from near or on the baseline (this alone does not count as freeplay unless more than 30 minutes)
THROW - Throw a tennis ball overarm with serving action 25 times to a partner
SERVES - Practice hitting 30 or more serves outside of the coaching group (this alone does not count as freeplay)
SERVESIN - Hit 10 serves in to the correct service box from the relevant baseline
SERVESIN* - Hit 5 serves in to the correct service box in a row with no mistakes from the relevant baseline
GAME - Play a tie break to 7 points against any other player
SET - Play a set (fast4 or normal set to 6) with any other player outside of the coaching session.
MATCH - Play a tennis matches outside of the coaching sessions
MATCH2 - Play any tennis match at an external venue to MKTC (this has to be in a tournament environment)
Disclaimer: In order for a player to move up a group there must be space available in that group and the player must be the right standard to enter the desired group. If there are no spaces available in the group above we have the right to not move a player up even if they have completed all the above attributes until space becomes available. As well as this, the standard of the player has to fit in with the desired group, a final decision about whether a player is capable enough to move up will be made by the coaches. At the coaches discretion, we can move players up or down to fit the best interests of that player's development.