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Competition Formats


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Competition Formats

  1. 1. Competitive Formats Mike Barrell evolve9
  2. 2. Running programs that are only instructional is like teaching a language that no one will ever use! Ultimately without using this language your skills diminish and you will lose the motivation to continue to develop
  3. 3. Objectives Today <ul><li>Show simple club based formats </li></ul><ul><li>Create an understanding of competition as viewed by a beginner or younger player </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrate the key benefits of different formats </li></ul><ul><li>Ideas to support competitive development </li></ul>
  4. 4. Why Different Formats? <ul><li>Formal formats generally well catered for </li></ul><ul><li>Growing the game means more players competing </li></ul><ul><li>Competing is just playing, as long as it is presented properly </li></ul><ul><li>Coaches and clubs need to present appropriate competition and not just leave it to the associations </li></ul><ul><li>APPROPRIATE Competition Drives the sport </li></ul>
  5. 5. Flap Before Flying or it could be fly or die! Getting it Wrong!!
  6. 6. “ One of my students, a 6-year old, was sure he was going to win the 8 and under.  It was cool to see his reaction when he finished 6 matches without a win.  He wanted a lesson to get ready for the next tournament.” Butch Staples, Head Professional Midtown Tennis Club, Chicago Getting it Right!!
  7. 7. Teach The Game
  8. 8. Setting Up <ul><li>Use all these in Lessons </li></ul><ul><li>Courts, Balls, Rackets </li></ul><ul><li>Tools, Scoreboards and Equipment </li></ul><ul><li>Teach The rules of tennis. </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching little ones – in and out </li></ul><ul><li>Teach scoring – best of 3, 2 serves etc </li></ul><ul><li>Teach serving order for tiebreak </li></ul>
  9. 9. Understanding Kids
  10. 10. Different Orientations <ul><li>Stage 1 - Trying Tennis </li></ul><ul><li>Stage 2 - One Lesson a Week </li></ul><ul><li>Stage 3 - My #1 sport </li></ul><ul><li>Stage 4 - #1 thing in my life </li></ul>
  11. 11. Competitive Issues <ul><li>FEAR - Controlling external factors </li></ul><ul><li>FAIR - Get the level right </li></ul><ul><li>FUN = </li></ul><ul><li>Not knowing what will happen before it starts </li></ul><ul><li>A perception of competence (Different for under achiever vs. over achiever) </li></ul><ul><li>Being with friends </li></ul>
  12. 12. “ Round Robin? Great More Opportunities to Lose!” Mark aged 8 Getting it Wrong!!
  13. 13. “ It’s not fair , he was too good!” Jamie aged 7 Getting it Wrong!!
  14. 14. Over Achiever & Under Achiever Under I Can’t Socially aware Extrinsic Support Needs incremental success Fear of consequences – peers, parents Must be Fair Team start <ul><li>Over </li></ul><ul><li>I Can </li></ul><ul><li>May be socially naive </li></ul><ul><li>Intrinsic challenge </li></ul><ul><li>Will try anyway until successful </li></ul><ul><li>May not understand consequences </li></ul><ul><li>Bring it on </li></ul><ul><li>Individual </li></ul>
  15. 15. Progressive Orientation Stage Process Format Establishing 1 Skills festival No competitive measurement Environment 2 Skill Circuits Team based measurable tasks Improve through skills 3 Team based singles Short tiebreak, Best of 3 tie-break Compete with team, short scoring 4 Team based singles & doubles Best of 3 tie-breaks Longer and best of 3 5 Singles and Doubles Short sets to best of 3 sets Longer and set scoring
  16. 16. Training In Lessons <ul><li>Improving own score or performance </li></ul><ul><li>Improving skill with partner </li></ul><ul><li>Competing with partner vs. other pairs </li></ul><ul><li>Competing vs. other players at skills </li></ul>
  17. 17. Format Factors <ul><li>Location (moves further) – club provides security and familiarity </li></ul><ul><li>Team (moving to individual) – tennis is an individual team sport in most competitions </li></ul><ul><li>Event Duration (gets longer) – investment in time for total event </li></ul><ul><li>Match Duration (gets longer)– shorter matches mean more starting and stopping </li></ul><ul><li>Rewarding (relevant to importance) – what to reward </li></ul><ul><li>Connection (train to play) – lessons need to connect to lessons or else why do either </li></ul>
  18. 18. Format #1 Team Rallies <ul><li>Task based </li></ul><ul><li>Teams </li></ul><ul><li>Short Duration </li></ul><ul><li>Club Based / Lesson based </li></ul>
  19. 19. Format #2 Team Cones <ul><li>Quick Matches </li></ul><ul><li>Team format </li></ul><ul><li>Club based only </li></ul><ul><li>Limited stress on individual </li></ul><ul><li>Who do I get to play next? </li></ul>
  20. 20. Format #3 Mixed Age Slam <ul><li>Team Format </li></ul><ul><li>Appropriate Level </li></ul><ul><li>Longer match duration </li></ul><ul><li>Could be formal team format </li></ul><ul><li>Club or interclub </li></ul><ul><li>Adding Luck </li></ul>
  21. 21. Reward and Award <ul><li>What do kids want? </li></ul><ul><li>What messages do we want to send? </li></ul><ul><li>What deserves a reward? </li></ul><ul><li>What doesn’t? </li></ul>
  22. 22. “ Why play? We all know is going to win anyway!” Joe Aged 8 Getting it Wrong!!
  23. 23. “ When can I play again?” Hannah aged 7 Played 6 lost 5 Getting it Right!!
  24. 24. Don’t start by skiing the black run! Getting it Wrong!!
  25. 25. Conclusions <ul><li>Club based competition is vital to the health and growth of tennis </li></ul><ul><li>Formats must adapt to orientation and lifestyle </li></ul><ul><li>Players may become more competitive as they gain confidence and competence </li></ul><ul><li>A pathway / variety of formats provides for all competitive orientations and encourages progression </li></ul>