hawker jets squads

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Mission statement

Hawker Junior Tennis Squads are first and foremost about training juniors for competitive tennis, but I'm committed to working closely with all our squad members, not just to help them achieve their goals in tennis, but also to use the sport to help them develop life skills that they can put to good use in whatever  they pursue.

Why are the squads so successful?

Why are Hawker Jets one of the most successful clubs in Surrey when it comes to team competition? The main thing that stands us apart from most clubs and academies is the individual attention all the players recieve with their personal tennis journey and game-style. Beyond that, it's simply about a very strong focus on performing in competition, from superior preparation to all things tactical, mental, and emotional.

Hawker Jets Premier Squad

This is our academy level squad, and suitable for players playing 4-5 times a  week or more, and who are competing regularly. These players should be  motivated to improve their LTA rating and their county/national ranking, whilst being willing and able to play regular competitions away from Hawker in order to pursue their goals. If you would like further information, please contact Nick.

Hawker Jets Squads

These squads are suitable for juniors who play 2-3 times per week, and compete  regularly (minimum twice a month), but not necessarily in anything other than Matchplay and our internal programme. These squads run weekly for various age groups. Currently, Wednesday's 6.30-7.30pm for 12-14 yr olds, Thursday's 4.15-5.15pm for 9-10 yr olds, Friday's 5.45-7pm for 9-11 yr olds, and Friday's 7-8pm for  14+ yr olds. If you would like a trial, please contact Nick

Thursday Night Tennis (TNT!)

Suitable for players who are competent with rallying and serving, these sessions run for 1 hour, with 3 options for timings. 5.45pm, 6.45pm, or 7.15pm. The unique aspect is you can choose your own group, with either 3 or 4 players! Alternatively, Nick can select an appropriate group for you. The sessions focus on developing the core fundamentals in tennis, and also have an individual element as Nick is will work closely with all those who attend. The sessions also include fun and challenging drills, and fun games, all of which are very popular with the children! Please contact Nick directly to enquire about booking (you CANNOT book TNT through Hawker).

Squad Trials

Squad trials are available on request. Please contact Nick to arrange

SQUAD TOURNAMENT WINS

Individual tournament wins 2015-present

August 2019: James Eburne - Grade 5 LTA U14 Singles Winner

July 2019: Charlie Richardson - Grade 4 LTA U14 Singles Winner

July 2019: Nicho Kram - Surrey Junior Trophy U12 Singles Winner

May 2019: Nicho Kram - Grade 4 LTA U12 Doubles Winner

May 2019: Tristan Scurr and Georgiy Lesyuk - Grade 4 LTA U14 Doubles Winners

May 2019: Tristan Scurr - Grade 5 LTA U14 Singles Winner

Mar 2019: James Eburne - Grade 5 LTA U12 Singles Winner

Mar 2019: Josh Derks - Grade 5 LTA U14 Singles Winner

Feb 2019: Nicho Kram - Grade 4 LTA U10 Singles Winner

Nov 2018: Tristan Scurr - Grade 5 LTA U14 Singles Winner

Nov 2018: Nicho Kram - Grade 6 LTA U10 Singles Winner

Oct 2018: Luca Werbelow - Grade 6 LTA U10 Singles Winner

Oct 2018: Jackson Penny - Grade 6 LTA U14 Singles Winner

Oct 2018: Nicho Kram - Grade 5 LTA U10 Singles Winner

Oct 2018: Luca Werbelow - Grade 6 LTA U10 Singles Winner

July 2018: Tristan Scurr - Surrey Junior Trophy U12 Singles Winner

July 2018: Nicho Kram - Surrey Junior Trophy U10 Singles Winner

May 2018: Joshua Derks - Grade 4 LTA U12 Singles Winner

May 2018: James Eburne - Grade 5 LTA U12 Singles Winner

Apr 2018: Rosie Mcdermott - Grade 5 LTA U10 Singles Winner

Feb 2018: Liam Murtagh - Grade 5 LTA U9 Singles Winner

May 2017: Rosie McDermott - Grade 5 LTA U9 Singles Winner

May 2017: Matthew Lightbody - Kingston U14 Singles Winner

Apr 2017: Liam Murtagh - Grade 5 LTA U9 Singles Winner

July 2016: Rohan Madaher - Surrey Postal U10 Singles Winner

May 2016: Nick Clark - Kingston Open U12 Singles Winner

May 2016: Alisha Banghard - Kingston Open U12 Singles Winner

May 2016: James Eburne - Kingston Open U10 Singles Winner

Nov 2015: Rohan Madaher - Grade 5 LTA U9 Singles Winner

Oct 2015: Rohan Madaher - Grade 5 LTA U9 Singles Winner

Sept 2015: Rohan Madaher - Grade 5 LTA U9 Singles Winner

Aug 2015: Arjan Madaher - Grade 5 LTA U12 Singles Winner

Aug 2015: Zino Arbane - Grade 4 LTA U16 Singles Winner

June 2015: Zino Arbane - Grade 4 LTA U16 Singles Winner

May 2015: Rohan Madaher - Kingston Open U10 Singles Winner 

Feb 2015: Zino Arbane - Grade 3 LTA Men's Doubles Winner

Feb 2015: Harry Vincent - Grade 5 LTA U14 Singles Winner

Feb 2015: Nadia Sabania - Grade 5 LTA U14 Singles Winner

Jan 2015: Harry Vincent - Grade 5 LTA U14 Singles Winner

Individual tournament wins 2010-2014

Dec 2014: Milan Gasic - Grade 5 LTA U16 Singles Winner  

Oct 2014: Harry Vincent - Grade 5 LTA U14 Singles Winner  

Aug 2014: Zino Arbane - Grade 3 LTA U16 Doubles Winner  

Aug 2014: Zino Arbane - Grade 3 LTA U16 Doubles Winner  

Aug 2014: Zino Arbane - Grade 4 LTA U16 Doubles Winner  

Aug 2014: Harry Vincent - Grade 5 LTA U14 Singles Winner  

July 2014: Georgiy Lesyuk - Grade 3 LTA Orange Singles Winner  

May 2014: Joseph Taylor - Kingston Open U14 Singles Winner   

May 2014: Harry Pocock - Kingston Open U12 Singles Winner   

May 2014: Nicola Siedl - Kingston Open U12 Singles Winner   

Apr 2014: Harry Vincent - Grade 5 LTA U14 Singles Winner  

Mar 2014: Moritz Stuebing - Grade 5 LTA U12 Singles Winner  

Mar 2014: Leonard Macejin - Grade 5 LTA U14 Singles Winner  

Feb 2014: Harry Vincent - Grade 5 LTA U14 Singles Winner  

Feb 2014: Zino Arbane - Grade 5 LTA U16 Singles Winner  

Jan 2014: Milan Gasic - Grade 5 LTA U14 Singles Winner  

Nov 2013: Moritz Stuebing - Grade 5 LTA U12 Singles Winner  

Oct 2013: Zino Arbane - Grade 4 LTA U16 Doubles Winner  

Oct 2013: Sebastian Sabania and Max Von Wittgenstein - Grade 4 LTA U13 Doubles Winners  

May 2013: Frederick Zahn and Leonard Macejin - Kingston Open U14 Doubles Winners   

May 2013: Louis Cuff - Kingston Open U14 Singles Winner  

May 2013: Max Von Wittgenstein - Kingston U12 Singles Winner   

May 2013: Matthew Lightbody - Kingston U10 Singles Winner   

Mar 2013: Louis Cuff - Grade 5 LTA U14 Singles Winner  

Feb 2013: Owen Davies - Grade 4 LTA U14 Doubles Winner  

Feb 2013: Moritz Stuebing - Grade 5 LTA U12 Singles Winner  

Oct 2012: Zino Arbane - Grade 4 LTA U14 Doubles Winner  

Oct 2012: Harry Vincent - Grade 4 LTA U12 Doubles Winner  

Sept 2012: Owen Davies - Grade 5 LTA Singles Winner  

July 2012: Nadia Sabania - Surrey Postal U12 Singles Winner  

May 2012: Finlay Schlieper - Grade 5 LTA U12 Singles Winner  

May 2012: Frederick Zahn and Leonard Macejin - Kingston Open U14 Doubles Winners  

May 2012: Finlay Schlieper - Kingston Open U12 Singles Winner May 2012: Cameron Hair - Kingston Open U10 Singles Winner   

May 2012: Moritz Stuebing - Grade 5 LTA Green Singles Winner  

Feb 2012: Zino Arbane - Grade 4 LTA U14 Doubles Winner  

Dec 2011: Moritz Stuebing - Grade 5 LTA Green Singles Winner  

Oct 2011: Max Von Wittgenstein - Grade 5 LTA Orange Singles Winner  

May 2011: Owen Davies - Kingston Open U14 Doubles Winner   

May 2011: Harry Vincent - Kingston Open U12 Singles Winner   

May 2011: Gary Pitman - Kingston Open U10 Singles Winner   

May 2010: Owen Davies - Kingston Open U14 Doubles Winner  

May 2010: Owen Davies - Kingston Open U12 Singles Winner  

May 2010: Gary Pitman - Kingston Open U10 Singles Winner

SQUAD PROGRESS REPORT CARDS

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Useful information to get the most from them

Squad players are rated at the end of each term, on the 5 key areas of tennis development. Ratings are based on what they show when they play matches. What they show in practice/lessons doesn’t have any bearing on the report card ratings. Consequently, players who I haven’t been able to watch compete regularly during the latter part of the term can’t be properly assessed, and won’t be included on the Report Card.
 

Players scores relate to their own personal development as a tennis player, and won’t necessarily reflect what would happen if they played each other in a match tomorrow, especially when age gaps are involved. Do also remember that  Orange is easier than Green, and Green easier than Yellow, which means it’s very likely that players scores will go down when they transition up a level. Scores will indicate to what extent a player is on the right path in terms of the following:

Technical development (Sections 1 and 3)

Players can win tennis matches using bad technique, but it is the players who have better technique that will ultimately be better equipped to realize their full potential. Players who don’t pay enough attention to developing their technique (or struggle with it) simply won’t be as good as they could be. Therefore,  these are extremely important sections! Section 1 also moves into general skill level in terms of consistency, their array of shots, and ability to use them.

Physical development through movement skills (Section 2)

I can’t emphasise enough how important footwork and movement are to being a good tennis player! It’s not just about being fast, but about developing the different technical aspects of good movement, which are listed in Section 2 on the report card. This in turn aids physical development, which of course can be further trained separately if the player desires.

Mental/Emotional development (Sections 4 and 5)

This is measured through tactical understanding and execution, as well as intensity levels and emotional control. Doing well in these sections will indicate intelligence and mental toughness in matches, both extremely important for a competitive individual sport like tennis! 

Putting Report Card scores into perspective

40 is the maximum score achievable. Some areas are impossible to achieve higher scores in until players develop physically in their teens. As a guideline, a junior player who is nationally ranked and has ambitions to play pro tennis, should be recording a score of around 27-30 at age 12, a score of around 32-35 at  age 15, and that would increase to high 30's by age 18.

MORE DETAILED progress REPORT CARD INFORMATION

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Section 1

This is aimed at developing a complete player who has all the shots. The scaling up of how many points are awarded for what, is a guide to the order in which a player should be trying to develop each aspect. More specifically, players should  begin by developing consistent topspin on their shots, followed by reducing the number of unforced errors, followed by developing more attacking shots and still keeping the errors down, followed by adding the ability to use slice shots effectively, and to move up to the net and be effective at finishing points with volleys and smashes. I will always make it clear to the player what area in this section is letting them down and needs work.

Section 2

This is very well explained on the report card itself, with 7 different aspects of speed and movement highlighted. The main point to emphasise is that all these aspects need to be worked on to develop this area properly. Just being good at one thing isn’t going to get a high mark in this section. For example, someone who might be very fast but not use side steps/split steps ect won’t get as high a mark as perhaps it seems they should. Likewise, someone who is technically very good with these tennis specific movements, but not so fast from a to b, would get a higher mark.

Section 3

The only thing to add here is that player’s 2nd serves are just as important as their 1st serves. A player who changes technique for their 2nd serve or has a very weak 2nd serve will get marked down even if their 1st serve is very good.

Section 4

It's worth mentioning the link to confidence in this section. Players who are lacking confidence often struggle to play effectively on the more important points, and that can be reflected in this section. Also, it's important to emphasise the word 'basic' where it says on the report card ‘understanding and using basic  tactics effectively in a match’. The point is high scores are achievable in this section without having to be some kind of tactical mastermind on the court. Understanding important points is also fairly easy to grasp for any level player.

Section 5

This is the only section where ANY player of any age/ability has the potential to be as good as Nadal and Federer! Maintaining focus, staying calm, not reacting badly in matches are skills that can be learnt, true, but there is no initial skill level  requirement to be good at these things, and so once again high scores and the maximum score are within reach of all squad players if they put their mind to it.

And finally...

A player can tell how close they are to moving up a point in any of the sections by noticing where their name is positioned within any particular section. If there is more than one column for the same point score, then the further to the right you are, the closer you are to moving up, and vice versa regards your name  appearing further to the left. Ask Nick if this is not clear!

P20 records summer 2019

Forehand cross-court

17: LUCAS, JAMES.E

16: Georgiy, Jackson, Rosie

15: Josh, Rohan


Claim prizes by September 15th!

Forehand down the line

16: JOSH, TRISTAN

15: Lucas

14: Georgiy, James.E


Outright winner = Tube of balls

Forehand Inside-Out

17: CHARLIE

16: Rohan

15: Sam


Joint winner = Grip or dampener

Backhand cross-court

16: SAM

15: Rohan, Georgiy, Lucas

14: Charlie, Tristan

Backhand down the line

15: JAMES.E

13: Liam

Forehand Inside-In

16: SAM

13: James.E

10: Jackson