Firstly can I take this opportunity to wish you a very happy New Year.
The year just gone by will go down as a difficult one in many industries, and tennis coaching was no exception. TICA will shortly become Tennis Coach Ireland, as voted for by the members at last years AGM. In the difficult trading conditions in which we are operating, our focus will be on encouraging all players and clubs to hire TCI coaches. Our new website, which will launch shortly, will play a major role in this process.
I will keep in touch on this and other developments designed to assist in promoting and generating work opportunities for our members.
In order to keep up with job vacancies in the tennis industry in Ireland, and to continue to receive all the other benefits that accrue as a member, we hope you plan to rejoin the Association for 2012. It is important to point out that Public Liability Insurance for all 2011 members expired on December 30th 2011. In order to be certain that you are not `working uninsured`, our Treasurer Paul Murphy needs to receive your membership and insurance documents and payments ASAP (if you have not already taken care of this!). Details of how to register and pay, either online or by cheque, are available at www.tica.ie.
Congratulations and best of luck to member Robert Turpin, who has recently been appointed as Director of Tennis at Sutton LTC. And he’s just in time to take advantage of the clubs two new indoor courts!
For those of you with an iPhone, an iPad or even an iPod, our Chairman Liam Cassidy recommends a new App ‘V1 Golf`. Although designed, as the name suggests, for a sport other than tennis, Liam tells me that he has found it very useful for on-court analysis and teaching. It costs a mere €3.99, so it is well worth checking out at the Apple App Store.
The ITF has just published issue number 55 of the Coaching and Sports Science Review. This issue contains a range of interesting and brand new articles on overtraining, coaching styles, parenting, conditioning and visual imagery amongst others.
The Coaching and Sports Science Review is an essential must-read for all tennis coaches. It keeps you up to date on the latest thinking and research from the world’s top experts. What’s more – it’s free!
Click here to go straight to the page where you can download CSSR number 55: http://goo.gl/ml9yz .
ITF Article of the month: The article of the month for December is “Dynamic Warm- up.” This article comes from the USTA’s extensive website that has a wide variety of information related to coaching and the sport sciences. To view the article, please Click here.
NEW LICENSING SCHEME
I wrote to you some time ago to detail the new Tennis Ireland licensing scheme. All coaches need to be aware of this in 2012. Your actions this year will dictate whether or not you can become licensed in 2013 – the first year in which licenses will be distributed. I attach a copy of a letter sent to all TICA coaches last year, and ask you to review it once again in order to be prepared for this major new development.
MARK TENNANT WORKSHOP
UK based coach Mark Tennant delivered another very well received workshop on ‘Performance Training For 10 And Under Players’ recently at Riverview in Dublin. Mark has kindly sent a copy of the slides that went with his presentation on the day, and you will find them attached.
All the best,