The tipping point in young athletes - Allistair McCaw

Couldn't agree more with this morning's post by Allistair McCaw.  How often to our country's top 10-14 year olds fade as they get taken over by their hungrier 'back in the pack' peers who have been playing tennis alongside at least 2 other sports.

The tipping point in young athletes:

In my experience with kids who've been playing a sport competitively, it's at the ages 13-15yrs of age, where you usually can best tell if they actually really love it or not. If it was their choice and dream, or that of their parents. In many cases, up until this point, they've been doing it more to please the parents and because they were good at a young age. At these ages, you also begin to notice if they've developed athleticism through other sports and skills. If they've developed grit and resilience, a growth or a fixed mindset. It's also at these ages where you see the most dropouts occur due to burnout and a lack of passion for the game.

The athletes who go on to better things, are the ones who were intrinsically motivated and nurtured in a way to love the game more and more, year by year. Nurtured by the right coaches & parents who rewarded behaviors, discipline, work ethic and effort, and not outcomes. They were encouraged and motivated by fun, and taught how to embrace success and failure at an early age. 

- Allistair McCaw

Beth and DJ post good results yesterday

Great job DJ Mentiply who won the Essex Open Grade 3 Doubles yesterday, pairing up with Kyran Magimay from Surrey (pictured below).

Also, great progress by Beth Grey on the ITF Pro Women's Circuit 15K in Dublin as she moves into the quarter finals with wins of Tereza Svecova (CZE) and Amanda Rogers (USA).  She takes on another American Quinn Gleason today.  Best of luck Beth!

Harry Glenister- an inspirational story

This is a great story about a former Everyball tennis player and now rower.

Harry Glenister (brother to Oscar) played tennis at Halton until he was 17.  He was coached by Jemima and was in Danny's Tuesday squad.  He made a decision to stop playing tennis (sad for us and tennis) in order to concentrate on his rowing.

Four years later he has won numerous medals at Nationals, has represented GB at the world championships and won 4 Henley Royal Regatta cups. He is off to the World under 23 rowing championship next week in Bulgaria.

We're really proud of you Harry and great to hear about all your success.  Keep up the great work, you are a great example to all our players in terms of living out the Everyball ethos of 'exploring your becoming self with courage and creativity' in your chosen sport.

All the very best in Bulgaria!!  (See Harry pictured below with proud Mum Flo who also plays tennis at Halton)

  

Fed - first serve and FH approach - what can we learn?

I love how early Federer is onto the shorter ball here in his match against Mischa Zverev last Saturday.  

He sees it so early and makes contact whilst ball is still rising taking time away from his opponent and enabling him to establish fantastic court position to make his split step and cover the volley.  Notice how low and wide his base is on the split step.  Boringly brilliant once again from the maestro.



'You can't take people where they don't want to go'

That's a fair old truth.

Where people currently are most likely provides them with meaning and security even if it's unproductive, unhelpful or even unhealthy place to be.  It's likely they are conforming to a dominant consciousness that dictates what's acceptable and what's not, what to believe in and how to behave.

Pull gently on the rope.

Nudge,

Show.

Role-model.

Be patient.

Once they 'see' they can't un-see.  Once they 'taste' they can't un-taste.

But they've got to do the seeing and the tasting.  You can't do that for them.