Policy

NWHPT Make-Up Policy

NWHPT is a high level academy that requires appropriate staffing resources for every session. When you sign up for classes at NWHPT, we are committed to providing you with the very best coaching. 

We ask that you provide us with at least 12 hours notification before a session if your child cannot attend. If you notify us within the appropriate time, we will allow you to make up another class of your choosing. 

Make-ups from classes bought in previous sessions will be allowed as follows. 

Twice a Week - 2 make-Ups Max

Three Times a Week - 3 Make-Ups Max

Four Times a Week - 4 Makes-ups Max

 

NWHPT Sign Up Policy

"The hardest skill to acquire in a sport is the one where you compete all out, give it all you have, and you are still getting beat no matter what you do. When you have the killer instinct to fight through that, it is very special."

Parental Notes for Developing Players

 
Ignoring Your Child’s Brain and Body Type

Your child has a genetic predisposition to excel at a particular style of play. A common parental mistake is assuming that your child is wired like you! Most likely they have a different brain type. They may see the world different and approach tasks differently than you would. Each body type and brain requires special attention.

 
Avoid Outcome Oriented Questions and Negative Remarks?

Asking your child "Did you win?" after each practice match or tournament match is the Worst thing you could possibly ask ! Champions are performance oriented not outcome oriented. How can we ask them to focus on simple performance goals, if the parents are focused only on the outcome? Focus on saying 5 positive comments for every single negative remark. Kids pick up every negative word, condescending tone of voice, upset facial expressions and defensive body language. Love unconditionally and show it.

 
Warning! Don't Talk In Front of Your Child About the Economics of Chasing Their Dream

Dumping unnecessary loads of pressure on a player before or after a match is one of the most common mistakes. I have often heard parents say "if you lose one more time to someone ranked lower than you, we are pulling the plug!" "Do you know how much we are spending on tennis?" How do you expect them to hit their performance goals, if you are stressing them out about finances?
"FYI - families with a top 20 nationally ranked junior player spend over $1,000 per week on tennis related activities."

 
Practicing With Social Goals and Playing Tournaments With Result Goals

Everyone loves to practice with their friends, to have fun at practice, or to only play with good players. We see this time and time again, when players love to practice with their friends in different clubs, only play with better players, and put in just enough effort to get by. Then when you go to a tournament its no longer fun time, you have to compete and you expect yourself to win. If you practice with social reasons you will never get the results you want. Remember practice is all about getting better and improving. That means pushing yourself past your comfort zone and ending each day better than you started it.

 
Overlooking Goal Setting

Put in writing the four sides of development and four issues to improve each month. Example: technical - BH slice, tactical - how to beat a pusher, movement - develop core and speed, emotional - closing out 5-2 leads

 
Talking about UTR or Ranking with your child 

When you are training to become the best player you can be the journey is long sand hard. UTR and ranking is only a result of your hard work and dedication. It is in no way a direct reflection of you as a player. There are many things that play into a childs rise in the ranks. Physical, mental, and emotional maturity are key parts in your childs improvement. These rankings are also part of your childs journey that they don't have full control over. Stay patient and stay the course. As long as you are doing all the right things, your child will reach their goal. Have faith. 

 

Avoid Playing Up Too Soon

A player should prove themselves in a certain level of competition before jumping to the higher level. It's a bad idea to bump them up because they can't handle the pressure against their peers. This applies to practice matches as well! Players need to rehearse closing out matches against different styles and levels of players. When you are developing it is important to learn how to win, and learn you who you are as a tennis player. When playing against better players all you do is learn how to be on defensive, make sure you play players at and below your level to ensure you practice offense.

 
Understanding Tennis Speed is Not Just Foot Speed

Tennis specific training requires a combination of foot speed and anticipatory speed. Working on vision and control and avoiding hesitation is a great start. They don't have to be the fastest runner on the court if they develop their anticipatory skills.

 
Pre-Match Preperation

Begin preparing equipment days before a big event. Scout players on the Internet and ask friends who beats them and why? Avoid talking about rankings, past wins or trying to justify why you should win based on some strange formula of people beating each other. Avoid looking at draws other than the round they are playing. On match days, assist them with nutrition and hydration needs and remind them to take a short jog or jump rope before they start. Dynamic stretches are a must for preparation in today's game. 

 
Being Deceived That Quantity of Court Time is Quality of Court Time

if your child has a reoccurring nightmare of losing to pushers in tournaments , then how is hitting 3 hours per day against a hard hitting baseliner going to help ? It's not! Avoiding the issues and hoping it goes away isn't the wisest way to spend their time or your money! 

 
Having an Entourage

Before you hire every type of specialist under the sun, remember that your child doesn't even know how to play tennis yet. The more people that are involved in your childs development the more stress and hardship is put on them. At 11 years old kids can't deal with the pressures like an adult can. Before you add any more coaches or specialists in your Childs entourage consult with the head coach.  
Once you hire a coach you have designated them as the captain of the ship and you should follow their lead.

 
Truly Understanding the Success Formula In Developing a World Class Player 

Here is the truth. Your child should be spending an average of 20+ hours per week for about 10 years to reach a world-class level. The saying goes " they can't be a normal kid and a champion.... Pick one because you can't be both !" That goes for parents as well! Plan on skipping family vacations in Hawaii, because you may be in Las Vegas Nevada at the national open. All this being said there are absolutely NO guarantees that putting in this level of commitment will make your child a pro. 

 
Expecting your Child to be Famous After they win their First National Title 

Once your child wins his first national event, they will begin to think that they have "made it". Im sorry to say that this is nothing special, hundreds of kids win national events each year and you will never know their name. The work only begins after you win your first event. New pressures, new sponsors, you have to work harder to achieve more, you can't get comfortable. 

 
Avoiding Shifting the Focus to the Mental and Emotional Sides of Competition

Most parents spend 100% of their time and money developing the physical sides of their child's game. However, they blame their child's lack of performance/results on mental and emotional issues. The #1 statement from concerned tennis parents is "my child is the better athlete, yet they can't win!"

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