…are vital for any players’ development. Everyone is different and some people will thrive in competitions straight away, others could be put off for life if they have a bad experience to start out.
The first taste of competition should be low key, in a familiar environment with familiar people present.
At our competitions, players will be supported by the referee and umpires to know the rules and scoring, understand that it’s okay to lose and we should go out and try again, and of course to push themselves to see how well they can do.
There are 4 levels of competition on offer here:
- TEAM events: Players of any age (5 years old to adult) enter individually and get put in to one of two teams. These are all about FUN and may include singles and doubles, fun challenges like ‘pinata tennis’, ‘splat the coach’, treasure hunts etc.
- SATURDAY PM competitions: Mostly based on singles, will include some doubles. We have a different age group each week as shown on the poster below.
- LTA Grade 5 competitions: Count towards ‘ratings and rankings’ and will attract higher levels of players from our club and from further away.
- LTA Team tennis: a team of 2 or 4 players compete for Hythe LTC against other clubs in fixtures home and away.
It is fantastic to compete at other venues as well, once the player and parent are ready for that step - we advise to not take this step too early as we have had cases of players giving up tennis completely because they weren’t ready to compete with players who train 6+ hours per week.
Please do speak to any of the coaching team for guidance.
SATURDAY PM SCHEDULE:
3rd March 8 and under
10th March 9 and 10 and under
17th March 11-18 years
24th March 8 and under
14th April 8 and under
21st April 9 and 10 and under
28th April 11-18 years
The next Graded competition starts on 09/04/18, all age groups are a £10 entry fee:
|8U Mixed (Red Ball)||Friday 13/04/18||12-3pm|
|9U Mixed (Orange Ball)||Monday 09/04/18||2-5pm|
|10U Mixed (Green Ball)||Monday 09/04/18||2-6pm|
|12U Boys and Girls||Wednesday 11/04/18||1-6pm|
|14U Boys and Girls||Tuesday 10/04/18||1-6pm|
|16U Boys and Girls||Thursday 12/04/18||1-6pm|
|18U Boys and Girls||Friday 13/04/18||3-9pm|
|Men and Women||Saturday 14/04/18||9-2pm|