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.
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.