County Training Programme – 2020 – 2021 – Selection Policy

Tennis Sussex County Training Programme 2020-2021 – Selection Policy 

County Training Programme – Selection 

8U 

Individual Coaches and / or Tennis Sussex are to nominate players who may have the ability to be part of the County Squad. These players will be invited to attend a  “Tennis Sussex FUN Day” in November 2020 where the lead coach of the 8U team alongside other coaches associated with County Training at Mini Tennis level will  be present to assess the suitability of the players to be part of the Squad. The squad be reviewed again in March 2021 alongside another “Tennis Sussex FUN Day”  and if spaces allow and if required, new players will be added to the squad for April – July. 

9U 

Individual Coaches and / or Tennis Sussex are to nominate players who are not already involved and may have the ability to be part of the County Squad by the end  of September 2020. These players will be invited to attend one of the squad sessions where the lead coaches of the 9U team will be present to assess the suitability  of the players to be part of the Squad going forwards. Please note all players who were previously involved in last year’s County Training Programme and missed half  of the year due to the pandemic will be automatically selected directly into the County Training Squad again for this year. The squad will be periodically reviewed and  if spaces allow and if required, new players will be added to the squad. 

10U 

Individual Coaches and / or Tennis Sussex are to nominate players who are not already involved and may have the ability to be part of the County Squad by the end  of September 2020. These players will be invited to attend one of the squad sessions where the lead coaches of the 10U team will be present to assess the suitability  of the players to be part of the Squad going forwards. Please note all players who were previously involved in last year’s County Training Programme and missed half  of the year due to the pandemic will be automatically selected directly into the County Training Squad again for this year. The squad will be periodically reviewed and  if spaces allow and if required, new players will be added to the squad. 

11U 

Individual Coaches and / or Tennis Sussex are to nominate players who are not already involved and may have the ability to be part of the County Squad by the end  of September 2020. These players will be invited to attend one of the squad sessions where the lead coaches of the 11U team will be present to assess the suitability  of the players to be part of the Squad going forwards. Please note all players who were previously involved in last year’s County Training Programme and missed half  of the year due to the pandemic will be automatically selected directly into the County Training Squad again for this year. The squad will be periodically reviewed and  if spaces allow and if required, new players will be added to the squad. 

12U – 18U 

Please note all players who were previously involved in last year’s County Training Programme and missed half of the year due to the pandemic will be automatically  selected directly into the County Training Programme again for this year. All players ranked inside the top 12 players in Sussex for their age group (based Year of  Birth) who were not previously involved in the County Training Programme will be nominated to be considered by the selection panel. Rankings will be taken from  the LTA rankings run at the time of selection (October 2020).

County Training Programme – Selection Criteria 

A selection panel consisting of the County Performance Manager, County Adminstrator and County Age-Group Captain (where required) will then make the final  selection based on the following: 

8U 9U 10U 

All players will be selected by the panel based on a mixture of the following factors: 

  • Mini Tennis Rating (Orange/Green only) 
  • Performance in preceding County Training Programme (2019-2020) and other events / external tournaments. 
  • Level of involvement within LTA Player Pathway (National, Regional, County) 
  • Performance at County Open Day if applicable  
  • Attitude 

11U 12U 14U 16U 18U 

The top 6 players (top 8 boys and girls for 18U), based on their ranking after the first ranking run in September, will be awarded a direct County Training Squad place.  The next 6 (4) players will be selected by the panel based on a combination of the following factors: 

  • Player ranking 
  • Player rating 
  • Performance in preceding County Training Programme (2019-2020) and other events / external tournaments. 
  • Level of involvement within LTA Player Pathway (National, Regional, County)  
  • Attitude 
  • Commitment to a regular training programme 

Players selected will receive an invite from the Tennis Sussex Team providing them with information of the training dates, times, venue and payment process.  Players will be expected to pay a subsidised rate of £130 for the year (10 session of 2 hours) to help cover some of the costs of coaches and court fees. 

County Cup & other Team Events – Selection 

Players selected for County Training (or Regional / National training) in 8U, 9U, 10U, 11U, 12U, 14U, 16U & 18U age groups will automatically be in contention for  the County Cup and any other County team events. Further details on the County Cup selection process can be found in the Tennis Sussex Junior County Cup Team  selection document.