Train. Compete. Enjoy.

Train. Compete. Enjoy.

Is the Development Squad for Me/My Child?

-Is your family open to supporting your child on their competition journey?

-Can you commit to playing regular competitions (4-6 each year) plus regular HotShot Tour events

-This program is designed to compliment a competition schedule  

-Players should maintain a high standard of behaviour and contribute to a strong work ethic amongst our squad.

-Are you ready to buy into the ethos of the hard working, respectful and highly motivated Deeside Squad? 

-Can you regularly commit to another coaching session each week with the aim of training hard to aid competitive performance?

-If the answer to these questions is "yes", this may be the place for you!

Development Squad Explained

Academy Commitment: To provide players with the necessary skills to compete well at a local level; to foster a positive and healthy atmosphere where players can come and learn, enjoy and improve in a group environment.

Player and Family Commitment: Training twice per week, plus entering regular local matchplays (HotShot Tour and Club matchplays) and competitions (around NE Scotland) to complement the training sessions; entering a minimum of 4-6 tournaments per year (These are different from matchplays). These players will enjoy improving fast and practising regularly with friends to master their skills.


Importance of Tournaments/ Matchplays:

The speed of a players progress will closely relate to the number of tournaments and matchplays a player enters. This means that those players who can play more matches against tough opponents will improve very fast and if they can communicate effectively with the coach and we can identify required performance improvements after each tournament to learn from these matches and we can rectify any issues in training. 

Players  commitment  in  training

The development squad sessions are group training sessions. The development squad has been set up to allow players to train for competition at a more affordable and accessible level than private lessons. This however puts the emphasis on the player/ coch family to work together to improve. The alternative is for players to take private lessons which is far more expensive. The coaching team will work extremely hard to give technical/ tactical/ and help with mental skills training  throughout these group sessions an will be available to help via phone calls/meetings on request.  The emphasis is on players to listen and concentrate in order to take coaching advice on board to show that they are determined and motivated to improve and to learn. It is up to the players to show a good level of motivation and commitment towards their own improvement by turning up on time with the correct attitude and focus that is required to be a good competition player/athlete. This requires a  good level of concentration, determination, commitment and a desire to improve from the player. Players are required not to distract others in the lesson and allow a good learning environment to occur through their positive attitude and respect for themselves, their peers, the coach and to respect the ethos of the coaching sessions which is to provide development competition squad training to a wide variety of motivated individuals. 


Deeside Squad attitude! Minimum scores: 

 commitment 8/10,  (turn up regularly to training with a good training mindset , engage with the sessions regularly)

body language 8/10, (have a positive impact in the group  session  by setting a good example. Listen well, turn up early, be polite, don’t distract others during the session, be proactive, follow the rules, help others, help foster a positive  training environment) 

desire to improve 8/10, (regularly show a desire to improve through aspects such as asking questions, listening well, shadowing  the coach,  working hard , focusing on the tasks set by the coach, practising between sessions, engaging with the coaching sessions by listening, focusing, concentrating and staying in the moment .

respect  8/10, (respect the coach and training partners with good manners, attitude, body language, commitment, desire so we can foster a good training ethos)

footwork 8/10,  ( how well you move your feet shows that you are engaged and willing to try hard)

discipline  8/10, (don’t distract others with social chit chat, play fair, have a positive impact on the session and the others around you, listen well, collect the balls, focus on each task and let others do the same)

 concentration 8/10,

self  motivation 8/10 ( players in these group lessons must be self motivated to improve at certain points in the session they will be asked to go and perform a task, at this point they must be willing to have a motivation and desire to improve on what the coach has asked them to work on) 

Development Squad Mission Statement

The aim here is to encourage players to enjoy high quality training sessions with their peers in a hardworking environment. The training provided gives them the tactical, technical and psychological skills to confidently enter local competitions and matchplays. These group sessions are intense, energetic and enjoyable, and are filled with respectful, focused and motivated competition players. 

The Importance of Good sportsmanship

DTA are very proud to promote good sportsmanship and fair play. In the past we have created the HotShot tour to encourage a fun environment for kids to learn and play in a good and fair atmosphere. With Deeside Squad we are constantly trying to associate wearing our squad hoody with the highest of good sportsmanship standards and fairplay whilst giving the players a good understanding of the rules to help them
enjoy the game. This at the heart of what we do and it is emphasised every day in training and before our matches.

The Importance of Competition

Playing competitions is a very important part of the Development Coaching program. Our development players and their families have committed to attending a squad session on top of their weekly core training session. We aim to develop the technical, tactical and mental skills required to play competitive matches; however, these skills must be put into practise in competitive environments. This is why it is important that both the players and their families alike understand this significance and agree to the child regularly entering a number of tournaments and matchplays in order to truly benefit from this training. 

Alignment of Player, Parent and Coach Goals

We place great emphasis on ensuring the goals of the player, their family and the coach are aligned. This is critical for the coaching process to work for each individual. Open communication is key. Important aspects from the coach’s viewpoint are a commitment to improving skills between sessions and a desire to compete regularly in order to learn competitive matchplay. 

Weather policy: 

Development Courses are booked in blocks and in the event of bad weather cancelations....

1 bad weather session per course per term will be rescheduled for a later date. Players can also double up their sessions the following week by attending another similar session. 

If 2 or more bad weather cancelations per course occurs then this will be given back wherever possible but cannot be guaranteed. In this scenario every effort will be made to arrange an extra day however players who want to catch up may arrange to attend similar sessions until they have been reimbursed and caught up on missd time.