Coaches News 22.08.11


Coaches News 22.08.11

Dear TICA Member,

Here is the latest update from TICA.


Hrjove Zmajic on biomechanics and the launch of the Tennis Ireland/TICA Schools Tennis Initiative: Castleknock LTC, Sunday 25thSeptember 2011. For further details and to register, please go to


TICA Chairman and Level 3 coach Liam Cassidy is developing his own channel on YouTube called `TennisinFocus`. Liam currently has six short and very informative videos loaded at the site. They include interviews with some of the world’s top coaches. Click on this link to go straight to Liam’s video on `Developing a Strong Throwing Action` – You can also access the other videos from the right hand column of this page.


Do you want to learn more about Social Media?

Do you want to improve your Club programme?

Do you want to increase your Club membership?

Do you want to improve your Club’s profitability to increase funds for covered courts, etc?

Do you want to learn more about the Ulster Tennis Player Pathway and Talent Identification?

Do you want to learn more about the importance of working with parents at your Club?

If so, please come along to the Tennis Development in Ulster Conference on Wednesday 9th November 2011 at 7.30pm, House of Sport, Belfast.  

Please register your interest now in attending this event by e-mailing Lauren Smythe at or by telephoning 07540466750. This Conference is open to all TICA coaches and members of affiliated Ulster Tennis Clubs

TICA members who attend will be credited with 33 points under the 2011 Continuous Professional Development Programme.


John Yandell has just published some new videos and articles at New material includes

point patterns in a Nadal v Djokovic match, an analysis of the Djokovic forehand at 500 frames per second, and a close look at Bernard Tomic on the slice backhand.

Go to the site and log in using the password you have received from TICA, to access all this and much more.


Human Kinetics has teamed up with Peak Performance to give all its customers a FREE Peak Performance eBook, The 9 Key Elements of Fitness.

“This 168-page eBook tells you exactly how to train each aspect of fitness in turn, so you can make sure you have all the speed, power, flexibility, endurance and co-ordination you need to excel at your chosen sport. The emphasis is on practical advice and concrete suggestions. All of this information is the result of evidence-based sports science studies conducted around the world – many millions of dollars worth of research in all. So you get cutting-edge tips and techniques designed to boost your sports performance to new heights… and what’s more, it’s completely free to download!”


Annette Smith, Director of Tennis4kids is seeking two full time coaches in the Dublin area, commencing September 2011. “Tennis4kids specialises in teaching mini tennis to 5 – 12 year olds. We are currently coaching 2,500 children in the programme each week.

We are seeking two experienced and motivated coaches. Candidates should have:

1. Excellent communication skills and enjoy working with children.

2. Minimum Tennis Ireland Level 1 Coaching Qualification.

3. Experience in business would be beneficial.

4. Coaches must have their own transport.

5. Fluency in Irish would be an advantage.

Remuneration and terms and conditions of employment will be discussed at interview. Rate of pay will reflect the importance of these positions.  This is a fantastic opportunity to work with a committed team of coaches who are dedicated to delivering a first class mini tennis programme to children”.

Interested candidates should email their CV to  before 31st August.

For further information contact Annette on 086 285 9043, or visit us at


Expanding Your Market Size – Everyone is looking to expand their customer base. One of the easiest and most overlooked ways to grow is by working your products and services through multiple generations. However, at the same time, be sure to stick with your expertise, your niche, your focus, and your passion.

A good example is the tennis coach or teaching pro who works with juniors. This is the person who works with the younger kids and lights up their world with a smile and they do the same for him or her. How about creating a parent-child day, once a week or once a month. It could work like this.

Set up a one-hour program in the afternoons or on a weekend day that would involve the parents with their children. You might just charge the same as your normal junior program but would have twice the number of people on the court. Have the parents bring their racquets. Teach them how to feed balls, make basic corrections to help their kids, and even throw out a few tips for the parents’ own tennis game as well. The results should be powerful. More parents playing with their children will result in a higher level of commitment and improvement. Plus, some parents may get in the swing of things and start taking some tennis classes themselves!

For more tips and teaching aids, go to


Video Tip on the Split Step:

All the best,