Training & Development Pathway
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"Successive levels of education must correspond to the successive personalities of the child. Our methods are oriented not to any pre-established principles but rather to the inherent characteristics of the different ages.
It follows that these characteristics themselves include several levels."
- Maria Montessori
Introductory Level Programs
These programs are designed to introduce players to the Courtplay Athletics - Junior Development Pathway while covering the prerequisite skills that will ultimately be required for success during later stages of their development.
Code Red (Phases 1 & 2)
Players introduced between the ages of 5 & 8 will begin in Code Red. During this time they will complete the first two phases of the Courtplay Athletics Junior Development Pathway.
In Phase 1 players will develop the core balance, coordination and agility skills necessary in order to be successful in later stages of our pathway. Once a player moves to Phase 2 in our Code Red program they will learn the secrets to “Crack the Code” TM. Using specific age/size appropriate equipment, we create a learning environment that develops competence in the following key fundamental areas:
Code Orange (Level 1 & 2)
Our Code Orange program is a great opportunity for players between the ages of 8 & 10 to be introduced to the Courtplay Athletics Junior Development Pathway. For beginners, we are able to lay a complete physical, technical & tactical foundation right from the onset of their tennis career.
Intermediate “Code Orange” players may have playing experience in both training and competitive environments. However, prior to entering the pathway, they may need work in one or more of the areas we deem fundamental to success in the program. Those areas can include but may not be limited to:
Code Green (Level 1 & 2)
Our Code Green program is a great opportunity for players ages 11+ to be introduced to the Courtplay Athletics Junior Development Pathway. For beginners, we are able to lay a complete physical, technical & tactical foundation right from the onset of their tennis career.
Intermediate “Code Green” players may have playing experience in both training and competitive environments. However, prior to entering the pathway, they may need work in one or more of the areas we deem fundamental to success in the program. Those areas can include but may not be limited to:
Performance Level Programs
The performance level programs are mid-level programs designed to develop and refine technical and tactical proficiency
Phase 4 (Level 1 & 2)
Players in Phase 4 of our developmental pathway will begin to gain a deeper understanding of groundstroke, volley and serve fundamentals. Phase 4 students will learn to effectively utilize all strokes, demonstrate variety in their shot selection, use spin, depth and various movement patterns.
Phase 6 (Level 1 & 2)
Phase 6 (Level 1) players will work on developing the fundamentals of the players’ technique to prepare them to play on the full 78’ court and the green dot ball. There may be a need to use orange ball, if deemed necessary by the instructor, to transition the player to the full court.
Ages 10 - 12
The primary focus of the Phase 6 (Level 2) is to continue to develop and refine the fundamentals of a players’ technique using the full 78’ court and the green dot ball.
Proper use of the kinetic chain, loading and unloading techniques and overall physical development continue to be priorities. As the player progresses through Phase 6, we revisit many of the tactical concepts initially introduced in earlier phases.
Towards the end of Phase 6, players will complete the transition to the standard (yellow) ball. During this process a close eye is kept on all proficiencies developed up to this point
Ages 13 +
The "High school" level of our program is a new effort created specifically for players ages 13 and older.
This program takes place on the full court with the yellow ball and is designed to equip high school level players with the necessary skills to complete their foundational development.
Throughout the course of this class we will work to identify and correct any remaining deficiencies in the players game prior to moving them into the next phase of their development.
Commonly, some of these areas may include:
Mastery Level Programs
The following programs are invite only and require Director Approval prior to enrollment
During the first half of Phase 3, players will learn to play with appropriate forehand and backhand grips, utilize topspin, recognize basic patterns and anticipate their opponents’ response.
As the player progresses through Phase 3 we begin the transition to the 60’ court & orange low compression ball. The player will begin to experience variations in the court size and shape as well as the speed of the ball, in order to test and strengthen their movement, tactical and technical capabilities.
Phase 5 is considered a “Mastery” Phase in the Courtplay Athletics pathway. Players invited to Phase 5 will have developed sound fundamentals and will be ready to learn advanced tactics in the 60’ Orange court space. After completing their orange ball curriculum, they will begin to transition all skills to the full court and green dot ball.
Phase 7 pulls together all of the learning focuses and skills the players has developed to this point in their development. Through a targeted system of higher repetition, frequency and increased intensity, players in phase 7 begin their transition from the fundamental stages of their development into an environment where they can begin to "Learn to train".
Tennis can be a very frustrating sport. There is no way around the hard work. Embrace it. You have to put in the hours because there is always something you can improve. [Y]ou have to put in a lot of sacrifice and effort for sometimes little reward but you have to know that, if you put in the right effort, the reward will come."
- Roger Federer