PROGRESS REPORT CARDS: Squad players are rated at the end of each term, on the 5 key areas of tennis development. Ratings are based on what they show when they play matches. What they show in practice/lessons doesn’t have any bearing on the report card ratings. Consequently, players who I haven’t been able to watch compete regularly during the latter part of the term can’t be properly assessed, and won’t be included on the Report Card.
Players scores relate to their own personal development as a tennis player, and won’t necessarily reflect what would happen if they played each other in a match tomorrow, especially when age gaps are involved. Do also remember that Orange is easier than Green, and Green easier than Yellow, which means it’s very likely that players scores will go down when they transition up a level. Scores will indicate to what extent a player is on the right path in terms of the following:
Correct technical development (Sections 1 and 3): Players can win tennis matches using bad technique, but it is the players who have better technique that will ultimately be better equipped to realize their full potential. Players who don’t pay enough attention to developing their technique (or struggle with it) simply won’t be as good as they could be. Therefore, extremely important sections these! Section 1 also moves into general skill level in terms of consistency, their array of shots, and ability to use them.
Correct physical development in terms of their movement skills (Section 2): I can’t emphasise enough how important movement is to being a good tennis player! It’s not just about being fast, but about developing the different technical aspects of good movement, which are listed in Section 2 on the report card.
Correct mental development in terms of tactical understanding/execution and emotional control (Sections 4 and 5): Doing well in these sections will indicate intelligence and mental toughness in matches, both extremely important for a competitive individual sport like tennis!
Putting total score into perspective: 40 is the maximum score achievable. Some areas are impossible to achieve higher scores in until players develop physically in their teens. As a guideline, a junior player who is nationally ranked and has ambitions to play pro tennis, should be recording a score of around 27-30 at age 12, a score of around 32-35 at age 15, and that would increase to high 30's by age 18.
Extra useful info for each of the individual sections on the report card:
Section 1: This is aimed at developing a complete player who has all the shots. The scaling up of how many points are awarded for what, is a guide to the order in which a player should be trying to develop each aspect. More specifically, players should begin by developing consistent topspin on their shots, followed by reducing the number of unforced errors, followed by developing more attacking shots and still keeping the errors down, followed by adding the ability to use slice shots effectively, and to move up to the net and be effective at finishing points with volleys and smashes. I will always make it clear to the player what area in this section is letting them down and needs work.
Section 2: This is very well explained on the report card itself, with 7 different aspects of speed and movement highlighted. The main point to emphasise is that all these aspects need to be worked on to develop this area properly. Just being good at one thing isn’t going to get a high mark in this section. For example, someone who might be very fast but not use side steps/split steps ect won’t get as high a mark as perhaps it seems they should. Likewise, someone who is technically very good with these tennis specific movements, but not so fast from a to b would get a higher mark.
Section 3: The only thing to add here is that player’s 2nd serves are just as important as their 1st serves. A player who changes technique for their 2nd serve or has a very weak 2nd serve will get marked down even if their 1st serve is very good.
Section 4: It's worth mentioning the link to confidence in this section. Players who are lacking confidence often struggle to play effectively on the more important points, and that can be reflected in this section. Also, it's important to emphasise the word basic where it says on the report card ‘understanding and using basic tactics effectively in a match’. The point is high scores are achievable in this section without having to be some kind of tactical mastermind on the court. Understanding important points is also fairly easy to grasp for any level player.
Section 5: This is the only section where ANY player of any age/ability has the potential to be as good as Nadal and Federer! Maintaining focus, staying calm, not reacting badly in matches are skills that can be learnt, true, but there is no initial skill level requirement to be good at these things, and so once again high scores and the maximum score are within reach of all squad players if they put their mind to it.
And Finally: A player can tell how close they are to moving up a point in any of the sections by noticing where their name is positioned within any particular section. If there is more than one column for the same point score, then the further to the right you are, the closer you are to moving up, and vice versa regards your name appearing further to the left. Ask Nick if this is not clear!
HAWKER JETS SQUAD
These squads are suitable for juniors who play 2-3 times per week, and compete regularly (minimum twice a month), but not necessarily in anything other than Matchplay and our internal programme. These squads run weekly for various age groups. Currently, Tuesday's 5-6pm for 9-11 yr olds, Wednesday's 6-7pm for 11-14 yr olds, Friday's 4.30-5.30pm for 10-12 yr olds, Friday's 5.30-6.30pm for 8-10 yr olds, and Friday's 6.30-8pm for 12+ yr olds. If you would like a trial, please contact Nick. For contact details, please follow the link at the bottom of the homepage.
This is our academy level squad, and suitable for players playing 3-4 times a week or more, and who are competing regularly. These players should be motivated to improve their LTA rating and their county/national ranking, and willing and able to play regular competitions away from Hawker Centre in order to pursue their goals. If you would like further information, please contact Nick. For contact details, please follow the link at the bottom of the homepage, or on the 'Videos' page.
Hawker Junior Tennis Squads are first and foremost about training juniors for competitive tennis, but I'm committed to working closely with all our squad members, not just to help them achieve their goals in tennis, but also to use the sport to help them develop life skills that they can put to good use in whatever they pursue.
Regards competition, I'm a strong believer that just like other sports (football, rugby, cricket ect), children who are having tennis training during the week, should also have the opportunity to play real matches at the weekend. Hawker Matchplay was created with this in mind, and many of our squad players also represent the Hawker Jets in team competition, and compete in individual competitions too.
Do also check out TNT (Thursday Night Tennis!). These sessions are great for players who are driven to improve, as well as those who want a structured and productive session with their friends. Top quality sessions for higher level players who are competent with rallying and serving. There are no competition requirements as there are with the squads. Please see below for more details on Squads and TNT.
WEEKEND SQUAD COURT TIMES:
I have discontinued this section, as it seems no-one is interested in free weekend court time. If you are interested, or you did use this information, please get in touch with me personally on the preceding Friday, and I'll tell you when they are available. If there is enough interest, I'll revert to updating this page!
THURSDAY NIGHT TENNIS (TNT!)
Suitable for players who are competent with rallying and serving, these sessions run for 1 hour, with 3 options for timings. 5.45pm, 6.45pm, or 7.45pm. The unique aspect is you can choose your own group, with either 3 or 4 players! Alternatively, Nick can select an appropriate group for you. The sessions focus on developing the core fundamentals in tennis, and also have an individual element as Nick is will work closely with all those who attend. The sessions also include fun and challenging drills, and fun games, all of which are very popular with the children! Please contact Nick directly to enquire about booking (you CANNOT book TNT through Hawker). For contact details, please follow the link at the bottom of the homepage.
Individual successes of Hawker Tennis Squad players (newest at the top)
May 2017: Rosie McDermott - Grade 5 LTA U9 Singles Winner
May 2017: Matthew Lightbody - Kingston Open U14 Singles Winner
Apr 2017: Liam Murtagh - Grade 5 LTA U9 Singles Winner
July 2016: Rohan Madaher - Surrey Postal U10 Singles Winner
May 2016: Nick Clark - Kingston Open U12 Singles Winner
May 2016: Alisha Banghard - Kingston Open U12 Singles Winner
May 2016: James Eburne - Kingston Open U10 Singles Winner
Nov 2015: Rohan Madaher - Grade 5 LTA U9 Singles Winner
Oct 2015: Rohan Madaher - Grade 5 LTA U9 Singles Winner
Sept 2015: Rohan Madaher - Grade 5 LTA U9 Singles Winner
Aug 2015: Arjan Madaher - Grade 5 LTA U12 Singles Winner
Aug 2015: Zino Arbane - Grade 4 LTA U16 Singles Winner
June 2015: Zino Arbane - Grade 4 LTA U16 Singles Winner
May 2015: Rohan Madaher - Kingston Open U10 Singles Winner
Feb 2015: Zino Arbane - Grade 3 LTA Men's Doubles Winner
Feb 2015: Harry Vincent - Grade 5 LTA U14 Singles Winner
Feb 2015: Nadia Sabania - Grade 5 LTA U14 Singles Winner
Jan 2015: Harry Vincent - Grade 5 LTA U14 Singles Winner
Dec 2014: Milan Gasic - Grade 5 LTA U16 Singles Winner
Oct 2014: Harry Vincent - Grade 5 LTA U14 Singles Winner
Aug 2014: Zino Arbane - Grade 3 LTA U16 Doubles Winner
Aug 2014: Zino Arbane - Grade 3 LTA U16 Doubles Winner
Aug 2014: Zino Arbane - Grade 4 LTA U16 Doubles Winner
Aug 2014: Harry Vincent - Grade 5 LTA U14 Singles Winner
July 2014: Georgiy Lesyuk - Grade 3 LTA Orange Singles Winner
May 2014: Joseph Taylor - Kingston Open U14 Singles Winner
May 2014: Harry Pocock - Kingston Open U12 Singles Winner
May 2014: Nicola Siedl - Kingston Open U12 Singles Winner
Apr 2014: Harry Vincent - Grade 5 LTA U14 Singles Winner
Mar 2014: Moritz Stuebing - Grade 5 LTA U12 Singles Winner
Mar 2014: Leonard Macejin - Grade 5 LTA U14 Singles Winner
Feb 2014: Harry Vincent - Grade 5 LTA U14 Singles Winner
Feb 2014: Zino Arbane - Grade 5 LTA U16 Singles Winner
Jan 2014: Milan Gasic - Grade 5 LTA U14 Singles Winner
Nov 2013: Moritz Stuebing - Grade 5 LTA U12 Singles Winner
Oct 2013: Zino Arbane - Grade 4 LTA U16 Doubles Winner
Oct 2013: Sebastian Sabania and Max Von Wittgenstein - Grade 4 LTA U13 Doubles Winners
May 2013: Frederick Zahn and Leonard Macejin - Kingston Open U14 Doubles Winners
May 2013: Louis Cuff - Kingston Open U14 Singles Winner
May 2013: Max Von Wittgenstein - Kingston Open U12 Singles Winner
May 2013: Matthew Lightbody - Kingston Open U10 Singles Winner
Mar 2013: Louis Cuff - Grade 5 LTA U14 Singles Winner
Feb 2013: Owen Davies - Grade 4 LTA U14 Doubles Winner
Feb 2013: Moritz Stuebing - Grade 5 LTA U12 Singles Winner
Oct 2012: Zino Arbane - Grade 4 LTA U14 Doubles Winner
Oct 2012: Harry Vincent - Grade 4 LTA U12 Doubles Winner
Sept 2012: Owen Davies - Grade 5 LTA Singles Winner
July 2012: Nadia Sabania - Surrey Postal U12 Singles Winner
May 2012: Finlay Schlieper - Grade 5 LTA U12 Singles Winner
May 2012: Frederick Zahn and Leonard Macejin - Kingston Open U14 Doubles Winners
May 2012: Finlay Schlieper - Kingston Open U12 Singles Winner May 2012: Cameron Hair - Kingston Open U10 Singles Winner
May 2012: Moritz Stuebing - Grade 5 LTA Green Singles Winner
Feb 2012: Zino Arbane - Grade 4 LTA U14 Doubles Winner
Dec 2011: Moritz Stuebing - Grade 5 LTA Green Singles Winner
Oct 2011: Max Von Wittgenstein - Grade 5 LTA Orange Singles Winner
May 2011: Owen Davies - Kingston Open U14 Doubles Winner
May 2011: Harry Vincent - Kingston Open U12 Singles Winner
May 2011: Gary Pitman - Kingston Open U10 Singles Winner
May 2010: Owen Davies - Kingston Open U14 Doubles Winner
May 2010: Owen Davies - Kingston Open U12 Singles Winner
May 2010: Gary Pitman - Kingston Open U10 Singles Winner
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