True discipline requires the independence of mind to reject pressures to conform in ways incompatible with values, performance standards, and long term aspirations.' (Jim Collins)

Everyball at Stoke Mandeville Stadium - a week of free tasters and course programme launch

Everyball is proud and delighted to be developing a new relationship with Stoke Mandeville Stadium.

From this half term, Everyball courses will be available at Stoke Mandeville. We'll kick off with a week of free taster activities from 25-30 May. This will be followed by the provision of courses for mini red, orange, green and yellow ball, and adult players from 3 June - 18 July.

To book on a taster session (free) or for a seven week course from 3rd June, visit the Everyball booking site.

Sanchez-Casal workshop - 5th June 2015 at Halton Tennis Centre

The Chiltern Institute of Learning, Development and Sport (CHILDS) and Everyball Tennis welcomes Sanchez-Casal to Halton Tennis Centre for an fantastic 1 day workshop on Friday 5th June 8.30-3.30 pm.  To find out more about this amazing opportunity to learn from one of the worlds premier tennis academies and two of their leading coaches, please follow this link.

How much do we value the consequence of making errors?

Our scoring system in tennis has been described as brutal. In many respects I agree but it is also incredibly forgiving. Unless you're match point down you've always got another chance to correct or redeem yourself. On the practice court especially there's always another ball to come. This can lead to lack of concentration - a sloppy mental approach to every ball.

Contrast this to some other sports, Alpine Skiing for example. Anna Henderson, who trains with our S&C Coach Gemma (below) paid a significant 'price' for an error on the slopes - a broken leg!

If the consequences of missing in tennis were graver, would we work that much harder to 'make more balls.' Let's take some inspiration from Anna today and raise the stakes by placing a greater value on the consequence of making (unforced) errors. This is of course in contrast to developing a new skill where errors are necessary to scaffold ourselves up to higher levels of competency.

AP McCoy - you've gotta be in it to win it!

A good piece by Clare Balding over the weekend on AP McCoy:

'McCoy's mental approach is also unique.  He is dedicated, committed, obsessed with winning.  It doesn't matter if it's a lowly handicap hurdle on a Monday or Saturday's feature race, the buzz he gets is the same.  He's matched quantity with quality, winning the Gold Cup twice, the Champion Hurdle three times, the Champion Chase, the Grand National and pretty much every other big race at least once.

He always points out he's also ridden more losers than any other jump jockey and he's still beating himself up about races he thinks he should have won in 2003, but to punters he is king.  They know they'll always get maximum effort.  Even if the horse doesn't much fancy it, McCoy will persuade his mount to keep jumping and keep trying.'

Key messages to perhaps take-away? 

1.   You've gotta be in it to win it, that means consistently putting ourselves 'on the line' where defeat is as much a possibility as victory.

2.  Always put in maximum effort NO MATTER WHAT THE CIRCUMSTANCES, whether 6-0 5-0 down or in an low stakes practice match on the back courts where 'excellence happens when no one is watching.'

3.  Don't just show up for the big prizes, the glitzy events, or only the events that will reward rating or ranking.  Find some lowly handicap hurdles on a Monday......