excuses!

Spent the day yesterday with some top sport psych guys from Holland and Belguim.  

Some good material but one thing made me chuckle; we were talking about 'excuse making' or finding something to blame a poor performance or result on, which of course we can all fall into the habit of doing now and again.  Anyway, psych speak for excuse making is 'external attribution'.  Makes it sound so much more clinical and intellectual.  So remember next time you're digging for some excuse for whatever reason, you are indulging in the art of external attribution!  

Everyball players make their mark during half term

Report by Phil Hill, U14/Tennis Europe Captain, AASE Manager, Everyball International Academy at Halton

Everyball Players Lauren Armstrong and Kiran Kudaravalli won the U12 & U16 titles respectively at the LTA Grade 3 event at Gosling, Hertfordshire.

Lauren Armstrong beat the no1 seed Michaella Brown (7.1) 7-6 (5) 3-6 11-9 championship tiebreak in 2 hour 39 minute epic before beating in the final Emily Small 6-1 7-6 (7.2 no 4seed). Lauren had performed well all week including an 2 hour 40 minute battle against Celine Zoetelief Tromp (6.2) before eventually losing 1-6 5-7 in the U14's! 

Kiran was equally impressive having beaten Luke Power the no 4 seed 6-2 6-3 and no 5 seed Jake Munns 6-1 6-4 to reach the final to then eventually beat Chad Richards no 6 seed 7-6 6-7 14-12 in championship tiebreak saving 3 match points in the championship tiebreak! Another 2 hour 42 minute epic!

There were also good Performances by Thomas Schmidt , Sebastian Harris and Indu Ragunather and Alice Patch, all eventually losing in the  quarter finals of their respective age groups. Finally, Daniel Dean competed well in the Winter National Tour Event at Gosling winning two matches and losing two.

These were my observations having watched our players all week at Gosling:

Areas of improvement after Spring Term block 1 of training were:

- Consistency in the rallies and ability to maintain quality trading when both back
- Good use the double opener - when serving 1st serve and when both back
- Ability to compete for every point and maintain focus/attentional control.
- Finishing at net

Areas to be addressed in next block of training: 

- Bravery and aggressiveness on 2nd serves
- Reading and movement up the court to the midcourt ball
- Use of drive volleys
- Developing control and feel when forced into the net together with smarter tactical decisions.

Holly Hutchinson continued her run of good form with another Grade 3 title in the Girls 14&U Grade 3 at Northwood, Middlesex with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Nanami Yamaguchi.

Well done to all players for your effort and performances.


Indu Ragunather sits with Coach Phil Hill reviewing her performances last week



Morocco experience

Everyball's Liberty Crawford gains valuable experience in the Women's 25K in Rabat, losing in the last round of qualies to 430 world ranked Italian Carolina Pillot.

Holly wins Grade 3 Regional Tournament

Everyball's Holly Hutchinson won the 14&U Regional Grade 3 tournament today in Kent with wins over Elizabeth Hodge , Hannah Ferrett, Jennifer Gogova, and Holly Thompson who she beat in the final 6-1, 2-6, 10-4.  Holly said: 'I played confidently and fought really hard all weekend.  Yea, definitely proud of the work I put in.'

Nice job Holly!


Everyball's Liberty Crawford off the mark in Morocco

16 year old Liberty Crawford is off the mark in her first Women's 25K event in Rabat, Morocco.  She won her first qualifying match today against Salma Charif of Morocco 6-4, 6-2.  She  plays Italian Carolina Pillot ranked 430 in the world (WTA) tomorrow for a place in the main draw.  

Nice work Lib and good luck!

Stats don't always tell the story

England v Scotland yesterday:

Passes: Scotland 238, England 72
Minutes in possession: Scotland 35, England 23
Tackles made: Scotland 62, England 142
Scrums won: Scotland 7, England 4
Line-outs won: Scotland 16, England 10

Score: England 13, Scotland 6

Balance...

From The Times today - Michael Johnson talks to Usain Bolt.

'I had the chance to put some questions to Bolt this week as he relaxed in his home town.  That is one of the things I like about him.  Most people think that, to perform at this level, you must wake up early, train all day, adhere to a strict diet and get to bed early, then do it again the next day, with no time for anything else.  I felt that it was important for me to enjoy my life as well and I am certain that balance contributed to my longevity in the sport.'

'For me, balance is very important,' Bolt said.  'I train hard when it is time to train hard.  But I also like to enjoy my time off track.  I am not someone who likes to sit around and think about track and field all day, every day.  I think I would run worse if I had nothing other than that.'

Let go

Was reminded yesterday of the phrase 'let go'.

Do this:  Write down LET and then underneath the 'E' write GO

Are there situations where 'letting go of ego' would lead to a better result? Coaching relationships, parenting, situations at work....

Aussie Open final

I couldn't not blog after that!!!!

Amazing, amazing match, full of everything we'd want to see as coaches, players and fans.  Over the next days, I'll pick out a few gems from the player's themselves, but my brother sent me this yesterday which made me laugh:

'This from the guardian live text commentary on line this morning:

First set: Djokovic 5-6 Nadal*
Cometh the crucial moments, cometh
the Djokovic bouncing of the ball
before serving. Bounce. Bounce.
Bounce. 15-0 . Bounce. Bounce.
Bounce. Bounce. Bounce. Bounce. 15-
all. Bounce. Bounce. Bounce.
Bounce. Bounce. Bounce. Bounce.
Bounce. Bounce. 30-15 . Bounce.
Bounce. Bounce. Bounce. Bounce.
Bounce. Bounce. Bounce. Bounce.
Bounce. Bounce. 30-all . Bounce.
Bounce. Bounce. Bounce. Bounce.
Bounce. Bounce. Bounce. Bounce.
Bounce. Bounce. Bounce. Bounce.
30-40 , as Nadal produces one of his
best forehands of the day. Bounce.
Bounce. Bounce. Bounce. Bounce.
Bounce. Bounce. Bounce. Bounce.
Bounce. Bounce. Bounce. Bounce.
Bounce. Bounce. Break Nadal, as
Djokovic goes long. Nadal will serve
for the first set after 66 minutes.'