Southbourne Tennis Club – Team Ethos and Selection

  • Southbourne Tennis Club aims to be a very friendly club open to players of all abilities.
  • The club will aim to run enough teams for the number of members wishing to play in teams.
  • The club will run a squad system for each of the teams.
  • The squad will elect a captain at the start of each season.
  • The club will always try and pick the best players for each squad.
  • The squad will be chosen using the squad and match selection criteria.
  • Where a squad is made up of very committed members with good availability a minimum of 6 players would be suitable. Where a squad comprises members with not such good availability a larger number of members may be required.
  • Members wishing to be a member of any squad will be required to attend at least one pre-season selection evening.
  • The selection of each squad will be made by head coach and the coaching team.
  • All team members should be good ambassadors for Southbourne Tennis Club
  • Team captains will choose the teams having regard to the good practice for teams captains criteria.
  • Team players will have regard to the good practice for team players criteria.

Finally whilst putting our best teams out is important at Southbourne Tennis Club, having fun and enjoying tennis is paramount.

Good practice for Team Players

The club recognises that team players play an important part in club life.

  • Always support you captain, especially with the sometimes difficult decisions they have to make.
  • Let you captain know your availability and update monthly.
  • Attend pre-season selection evenings
  • Try and attend the Monday evening team training session when possible
  • Pay match fees promptly to the team captain
  • Try and take an active part in the running of the club
  • Be a good ambassador for the club.

20th JulyAll team and prospective team players to hand in team member details
31st JulyDecision on number of teams to be entered in winter league.
3rd September
10th September
Team trials
13th SeptemberSelection committee
1st OctoberWinter league begins
  
7th DecemberAll team and prospective team players to hand in team member details
31st DecemberDecision on number of teams to be entered in summer league.
21st MarchTeam evaluation
14th MarchSelection committee
31st MarchWinter league ends
1st AprilSummer league begins

SQUAD AND MATCH SELECTION CRITERIA

Squads are needed so players feel part of a team and to cope with injuries, illnesses and squad members being away. Squads will therefore need to be made up of a minimum of 6 members.

Dorset League

This is a two pair doubles league playing other Clubs. Hence selection will be based on:

  1. Doubles success/experience at Senior Club level or other representative level
  2. Doubles results
  3. Flexibility to play with different partners and in a team environment
  4. Fitness to play 2 doubles matches
  5. Availability
  6. Behaviour and attitude on and off court to maintain the good standing of Southbourne Tennis Club
  7. In the case of adults their previous highest rating as their rating may go down due to playing less often
  8. In the case of juniors their current rating

Team Tennis events

This is four singles and two doubles against other Clubs. Often doubles results can make the difference between winning a match and hence selection will not be based on singles ability alone but on a number of factors including:

  1. In the case of adults their previous highest rating as their rating may go down due to playing less often
  2. In the case of juniors their current rating
  3. Doubles success/experience at Senior Club level or other representative level
  4. The ability to fit into and potential contribution to a team environment
  5. General fitness
  6. Behaviour and attitude on and off court to maintain the good standing of Southbourne Tennis Club

A small committee will put together the clubs squads taking advice from the coaching team. The team captain has the final decision on the selection of the Team.

These decisions will be subjective and doubles ability will always come into this decision.