Junior Competition is the next step in your child’s tennis journey once they have completed or are near completing the My Vida Journey Program. So why should you get involved in Junior Competition and how does it work?
How does it work?
Competition is played on Saturdays and Sundays and works in a ‘Home and Away’ format. This means that one week your match will be played at your Home venue (club) and the next week it is played at the opponent’s team venue. Teams are made up of 2, 3 or 4 players who play each week depending on what format your team plays. Normally there is an extra player nominated per team which allows for your child to be rostered off every few weeks.
There are Green ball level and normal ball level competitions which enable all players to play at a level which best suits them. A small team fee is required for each season which covers tennis balls, team entry to the association and at many clubs your team shirt or uniform. Players will require to be a member of their club to play junior competition.
5 Reasons why you should get involved!
- It improves the development of your childs tennis
When your child plays competition they are playing tennis more often and having the opportunity to practice what they are being taught in their tennis lessons more often. This will lead to further improvements in their tennis!
- Helps the kids become accountable to their learning
When playing competition your child has the opportunity to play without a coach on court, they will start to understand what they need to improve on or learn. When they bring that information to their coach they can spend more time practicing the specific needs of the child – this helps the child feel like they are in control of their development and want to practice more.
- You get to compete with your friends in a social environment
You can enter in a team of players that you already practice with in your lessons. This makes the entry into a new competition much easier and allows your child to have fun with their friends.
- Make new friends and have fun while being active!
Stay active on the weekend and play the sport you love while meeting new kids to play tennis with from other clubs or possibly play with in your own team.
- Creates new tennis goals for your child
Once your child has completed the My Vida Journey Program it gives them a new goal or target to try and achieve, with many sections in junior competition and the possibility of Senior Competition one day there is plenty to strive and continuing practicing for.
What’s your role as a parent?
Once you are registered in a team we encourage you to come and watch and support your child but also allow them the opportunity to learn on the court for themselves. No matter whether they have a win or a loss it is about them learning and enjoying themselves.
At some clubs, the parent will be required to be a team manager or match day supervisor. These requirements are not a major role, and a great way to stay involved with your child’s competition experience.
Want to get involved in a team?
If you think your child is ready for Junior Competition contact your local Head Coach and they can let you know what your options are. All Vida venues offer junior competition in their local associations.