Coach News 7.8.13


Coach News 7.8.13

Dear TCI Member,

Below please find the latest news from Tennis Coach Ireland. Let me know if you have any news, comments or suggestions of your own that you would like to share with other members.

All the best,


National Tennis Day 2013 – Saturday 6th July: Has your club signed up to participate in this crucial opportunity to market the game, your club and your coaching? See for details.

Thought for the day?: Do you have Assistant Coaches who work with/for you? Are they members of Tennis Coach Ireland? If not should you request them to join? This will help ensure that your assistants are kept up to date with access,, and can source TCI Public Liability Insurance, as well as the other benefits of TCI membership. Help make your assistants as useful and efficient as possible by encouraging them to join Tennis Coach Ireland!

(Play and Stay Assistants can join TCI as Associate Members – not eligible for insurance. Tennis Ireland 1, 2 and 3 coaches can join as Full Members, with access to insurance).

Red Sea Tennis Academy – Tennis Coaching opportunity in Egypt: Two Tennis positions are available with Red Sea Tennis Academy Egypt, one in Sharm El Sheikh at the Reef Oasis Hotel and one in Hurghada at the Sindbad Aqua Hotel. The contract period will run from October 2013 – May 2014. The coach will be responsible for the Mini Tennis programme, organising groups, registering the kids and collecting payments from parents. The post also includes opportunities to coach adults from beginner to advanced level. The successful applicants will report daily to the Head Coach. Previous experience of coaching adults and Mini Tennis is necessary, and applicants are required to have a UK Level 2 or 3 qualification or equivalent. Salary is dependant on experience but will include accommodation, food and return flight. Interviews will be held in the UK in August. Please send your CV with covering letter by 31st July 2013 to Eslam Shaaban at

TCI Connacht Regional Workshop: Details of the TCI Connacht Provincial Coaches Workshop, attendance at which carries 25 points under CPD 2013. If you would like to attend this Workshop, please text (086 822 8235) or email me your name. Note: If you are not resident/working in Connacht, you would still be very welcome to attend this event.


DATE: Monday 24th June

TIME: 10.30am to 1.30pm


Garret Barry – ‘Teaching Serve & Return Patterns in Groups’.

AlanMcCormack – ‘Dealing with large groups in schools or parks’.

Peter Farrell – Games for the ABC’s (agility, balance, coordination, speed).

South Leinster (Greystones) Junior Open 2013: Saturday 13th – Saturday 20th July. Events include : U8 Team , U9 Team, U10 Round Robin and U11, U12, U14, U16 & U18 singles and doublesU11 Boys & girls singles: This years Greystones junior open includes a new U11 event, which is ideal for good club players who have not yet gained Leinster Ranking points or who are entering an open tournament for the first time. The event will be played using a green ball. A Round Robin format will also guarantee each player a minimum of 3 matches. U10 players born in 2003 may also enter but must have played in at least 3 U10 Green ball open events in the last 6 months. Coaches: We would really appreciate if you could promote this event to your U11 players. Enter online at or

High Speed Video Analysis: Inexpensive and Simple?: To the Tennisplayer Community from John Yandell – OK not no cost, but at very low cost!  I mean ridiculously low cost. With the resources of Tennisplayer and a $300 camera. Click Here for the New Issue!Yes it really can be inexpensive and simple. And if you want to come to San Francisco and pay me to work with you (also a bargain) you still can, but here are the secrets of doing it for yourself. This first article goes over the technicalities of the cameras. Did you know you can shoot gorgeous 240 frames per second video (that’s right like in our Speed High Archives)? Using a camera you can get from Amazon? Find out what to do once you buy it.


Child Protection – Drills: “Totally agree Peter, another one for your list might include the name “Suicides” which I feel is totally inappropriate for kids of any age, where tragedy might have been part of their lives”.

“I totally agree with you on Red Ass. I don’t know Car Crash, thankfully”

“The older boys who used to receive coaching, when they were in charge of looking after the kids for the Summer Programme starting playing “Red Ass”, lining 12/13 year old kids up against a wall and getting the kids to fire tennis balls at their private regions. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing…one child had to go home with a severe bruise on their arm and I’m sure there were many other injuries from it”.

Preventing another tragedy: “I have put a notice at my club straight after hearing of the accident. The notice includes having the children wait inside the courts at the end of the class. Also I was always conscious of children waiting at the outside gate to be picked up as car pulled up – especially at dusk/dark. I asked this to stop. This for other reasons – possible abduction of child”.