Dear TCI Member,
Hope you had a great summer, and looking forward to seeing you at the National Conference on September 29th. 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,
CSSR – NEW ISSUE OUT NOW
The ITF has recently published the latest issue of its Coaching and Sports Science Review online magazine.
“Welcome to Issue 60 of the ITF Coaching & Sport Science Review. In this special monographic issue of CSSR, the main topic of focus is modern teaching methodology. This edition features articles from various authors all boasting years coaching experience”. You can download this free publication here: http://goo.gl/CVV5Jl.
A NEW EVENT FOR YOUR PUPILS…
One of our members, Muireann Raleigh, has taken on the important job of providing an appropriate level competitive event for children born 2001/2002, who have 15 or less ranking points. The event will take place at Celbridge LTC from September 27th to 29th, and I hope that you will encourage your pupils/club members to take part. The Green Spot ball will be used, and all entrants are guaranteed at least three matches. The closing date for entries is September 22nd, or when capacity is reached. You can get more information from Muireann at 087 833 5800 or email@example.com. Online entry is now open at ti.tournamentsoftware.com/.
NEW LEVEL 3 COACHES
Tennis Coach Ireland is delighted to welcome a new crop of Level 3 coaches. This is the highest qualification in Ireland for tennis coaches, and is also fully recognized by the ITF. Those qualifying are: Conor O’Callaghan, Conor Casey, Owen Casey, John McGahon, Ben Neal, Karen Nugent, Jamie Pilkington, Darragh Rowan and Robert Shulver. See the photos from the recent Tennis Ireland awards ceremony at Fitzwilliam LTC here: http://goo.gl/tJcL4i.
ANOTHER REASON TO PLAY TENNIS…
“Warning of spine damage to young from computer games – Medics say condition becoming common among 8-18 year-olds”.Read the full story here: http://goo.gl/SQYlKY.
DO YOU COACH YOUNG HARD OF HEARING PLAYERS?
Young Deaf/Hard of Hearing Tennis players, aged 12 to 20 are invited to enter an international Open Tournament to represent Ireland. The tournament will include Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles. This competition will last for three days, during the 6th German Deaf Youth Sports Festival, in Hamburg. No fees need to be paid for participation in the Youth cup. Travel expenses and accommodation will be the only costs. If a pupil/s of yours is interested in entering the competition, email Paul Ryder at:firstname.lastname@example.org.
JUST MY OPINION…
According to a recent poll, 37% of people under 35 no longer wear a watch. Why would you, when you can check the time on your phone? But for a tennis coach, I think there is a danger. To your pupil or a watching parent, it may appear as if you are checking your text messages, and this is not good PR. So maybe the old-fashioned solution is the best one, at least while we are on court?
COACHING KIDS FOR SELF-BELIEF
Andy Knibbs has written a very interesting article entitled “Do you know if you are actually being directive or non-directive?” for our website. Andy has developed the online Coaching Kids for Self Belief course, which carries 25 points under CPD 2013 – for details of the course see: http://goo.gl/HJX1SW. You can read the article at our website here: http://goo.gl/72twnh.