on their age, children often begin in the Launch Pad or Red stage of ANZ Tennis Hot Shots. Older children may start at the
Orange or Green stage.
they will begin in a small group, although some clients do prefer a semi-private or private lesson, which is sometimes also
Children who begin
in a group and show good qualities will often be invited into a smaller class where there can be more one-on-one attention.
Children can also be invited to take part in one of my
Performance Squads, which train weekly.
From the beginning of their participation in my program, chidren are exposed to competition and matchplay. This is
part of the Hot Shots philosophy. From my participation in competition and officiating, I know exactly what children need
to know to be able to run matches and particpate in competition.
As early as possible, I encourage children to begin playing in the Toowoomba & District
Junior Tennis League. I organise players from my program to play in teams. Matches are held on Friday afternoons, 4:00-6:30pm,
at James Street and the Toowoomba Regional Tennnis Centre - USQ.
Competition, not just coaching, is what tennis is all about.
The next step on the competition pathway is to add participation
in the South Region's Junior Development Series (JDS) tournaments to participation in Junior Tennis League.
Children begin their participation in Tennis Queensland-sanctioned
tournaments in these events. This is a circuit of tournaments conducted in centres around the TQ South Region. They are held
over weekends, outside of school holidays.
The next step would be for players to enter tournaments such as the Toowoomba Junior Tour event, which carries Australian
Ranking (AR) points. Even young juniors can now earn ranking points and obtain an Australian Ranking. All ages share the Australian
ranking system, from our top pros down.
Participation on the JDS circuit and Junior Open events can qualify players for the South Region Team. The South
Region competes in two state regional events each year, one in Rockhampton, the other in Brisbane.
From this point, Tennis Australia has a whole world of
competition waiting - through a number of levels of junior and open competition up to Grand Slam and Davis Cup / Fed Cup level.