Junior Tennis

Junior Tennis Players: How much practice ?

This is a question a lot of parents ask, with many different answers from coaches and other players.  Below is the current ITF guidelines and how much the current ITF No1 Junior trained up to now.

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) recommendation for junior players:

For 6-8 years olds:  3-4 sessions a week, each session no longer than 45 minutes. Group lessons, practice on mini court. 50% tennis – 50% other sports. Soccer, handball, basketball, swimming, etc.
For 9-11 years olds: 1 hour, 3-4 times a week. 70% tennis – 30% other sport.
For 12-14 years olds: 2-3 hours a day, 4-5 times a week of group lessons. 85% tennis – 15% other sport.
For 15-16 year old (intermediate level): 3-4 hours of training a day, 4-5 times a week.
For 16-18 year old (advanced level): 3-4 hours a day, 5-6 times a week.
Approximate number of tournaments per year (singles & doubles): for intermediate players: 15 – 20, for advanced players: 20 – 25.  Rest for 1 – 2 days after each tournament.

Filip Peliwo‘s Background

I started playing tennis at five years old.  My dad is a recreational player and I would hit balls against a wall while he played with his friends.  I only started playing on a regular basis at age 7 or 8, and really got serious about training when I was 10 or 11.  By that time I was playing or practicing maybe three hours a day, with some fitness drills on top of that.  My dad was my coach until I turned 15; after that I started working with coaches from Tennis Canada at the National Training Center in Montreal.  A typical day is 4 hours on the court and 2 hours of fitness, though that can vary depending on what we’re focusing on.

Let’s do a little math, add up all the hours, and see where Filip stacks up against Malcolm Gladwell’s famous “10,000” hours theory:

Filip Peliwo

“Weekend Warrior” (Age 5-8):  3 years x (approximately) 2 hours on court per week x 50 weeks = 300 hours

“Competitive player” (Age 8-11): 3 years x (approximately) 10 hours on court per week x 50 weeks = 1500 hours

“National-level junior” (Age 11-15): 4 years x 20 hours on court per week x 50 weeks = 4000 hours

“World-Class junior” (Age 15-18): 3 years x 24 hours on court per week x 50 weeks = 3600 hours

Total: 9400 hours of tennis-specific training accumulated by age 18

If Gladwell’s conclusion that 10,000 hours of focused practice is enough for someone to achieve world-class performance in a given discipline, we can see that the theory holds pretty true here. (http://indecentxposure.com/grind/152878f7fb57e00a0dc07875529bdd743aa18a39/ )

Wilson Junior Tournament No 4 : 24 September 2012

Fourth Leg / Vierde been : 24 September 2012

Entries for the above tournament are now open.

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Welcome to Tennisonline !

Tennisonline  started very modestly as a project from this father of 3 boys, all playing tennis.  Being active in sport myself, I was used to enter into MTB cycle races via Online Entry forms.  When my 2 oldest boys started to participate in local Junior Tennis tournaments here in SA, I got frustrated with having to fill in paper forms for each entrant and then having to fax or scan and email those forms to the event organizer.  These manual forms meant there were frequent mistakes made and or delays in confirmation on entries.

The idea therefore originated to try my hand at coding and developing a web based entry system.  This “little” project quickly engulfed me and I was head over heals into it before I realized how big a task I signed myself up for.  Luckily I am a committed person and don’t easily give up a challenge.  So to cut it short, after many weeks of study,  coding and testing, I now have a  working online entry system in place having learned  HTML, CSS, PHP and MySQL coding !

The internet based system have been  used successfully in a couple of ROX and Wilson Junior tennis tournaments during 2011 and the feedback was very positive. The organizers was happy about the huge amounts of time saved and all the tools available to effectively communicate with all entrants as well as  the organized way  the entry data is available.  Parents and players on the other hand are grateful for the time saved in entries and the immediate confirmation of entry details.  Match venues and results are also much earlier and easily available.

Much time and effort has gone into this project and I have now started to also make this online entry system available to other tennis event organizers for a very modest fee. Please feel free to get in touch with me via the contact page.

If you are involved with Tennis in South Africa, please become a member of our Facebook group where we all can share our “tennis lives” , as parents of kids playing tennis, or as players ourselves.

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Kind regards
Albie Cilliers