Ability Guide / Player Progression

For club sessions to run smoothly it is important that all player are of a similar ability. This is why we invite New and Intro Members to attend a Wednesday Evening Session so your ability can be assessed and we can advise you about membership and coaching. Juniors can attend Club Sessions by invitation.

Improving players, as per the ‘Player Standard’ and Ability Assessment, will be invited into full club membership to take advantage of additional club sessions on a Friday evening and Sunday morning.


GENERAL GUIDELINES – These have been collated as general advice from past suggestions and may be added to or adjusted as appropriate…

Who plays when? In general, you should feel comfortable in two of the general weekly  sessions…

• Fridays and Sundays are for intermediate and advanced players.

• Wednesdays  are for introductory members, recreational and improvers.

• Tuesdays are for men who are regular team players and other intermediate and advanced players. 

• Saturdays are for ladies who are regular team players and other intermediate and advanced players.

The New Thursday Session is open to Intros and Full members

Please note: It is perfectly acceptable for an intermediate Player to attend on a Wednesday  session as long as they tone down their game so as not to spoil the enjoyment of the other players… …it is not acceptable for a beginner or introductory member to attend on Fridays or Sundays until they are able to play at a standard that would not affect the quality of play for the other players. If you think you are in between improver and intermediate standard, it depends on whether your game is on an upward or downward trajectory. If upward, you will probably improve by playing with better players and we will invite you to try out the Sunday morning session. If downward, it will probably not and you will only be spoiling the enjoyment of the other players; you should consider moving to the general Wednesday club sessions. If you’re not sure, please ask a committee member. Club sessions are run by a committee member and take the form of mixed doubles. Player mixup takes place approximately every 20 mins. If the session is over booked PLEASE be prepared to sit out for one 20 min mix-ups, a player turn around will be arranged by the organiser, but volunteers to take their turn to sit out is much appreciated.

Starter / Beginner: The player is in the early stages of tennis skills development and is primarily learning simple tennis coordination tasks / exercises. Currently they are not quite ready for club session tennis but would be welcomed to Monday Adult coaching at 7pm to improve their skills ( Suspended). Their coach will advise them when they are ready to become a Introductory club member and join in Wednesday  club sessions.

Introductory: To varying degress this player is fairly consistent when hitting medium paced shots, and has the ability to carry out a consistent rally. They have dependable strokes, including directional control and depth on both ground strokes and on moderate shots. They are further developing the ability to use lobs, overheads, approach shots and volleys

Recreational / Intermediate: This player has dependable strokes, including directional control and depth on both ground strokes and on moderate shots. They have the ability to use lobs, overheads, approach shots and volleys with consistent success. They represent the club in league matches.

Advanced: This player has good shot anticipation, consistently produces winning shots and play variation. They can regularly hit winning shots and force errors off opponents short balls. They are representing the club in one of the top level teams and can show a variety of serves, match play and shot anticipation.

Player Progression and Assessment

The following assessment guidelines have been provided as general advice and may be adjusted as appropriate by the Committee.

A beginner/introductory member can make a request or be recommended by a committee member or coach to progress.

The player will be buddied to no less than 2 committee members (or coach(es), who should ideally be unknown or unfamiliar with the player in question for the purposes of providing an independent playing observation

If possible, the observations should occur during 2 consecutive Wed sessions for both consistency and speed of decision making. They should also occur during normal social rotation of between 20-30mins.

Once the total of 4 observations have taken place (2 session x 2 observers), then the observing committee members or coaches will confer and make a recommendation, possibly using previously accepted members as a baseline.

If successful, the player being assessed will be informed and their member status amended accordingly, along with any subscription fees to be paid.

If unsuccessful, then the player should be notified of the areas that need to be improved upon during future Wed sessions or via adult coaching.

The committee should also be informed of the decision either way, in order for this to be captured during the minutes.