Participating in junior tennis tournaments offers young athletes the invaluable opportunity to apply their skills in a competitive setting, fostering both their technical development and personal growth in sportsmanship, resilience, and teamwork.
We had an excellent turnout over the weekend at our 10u Junior Circuit Tournament. Four of our talented players from SRQ Tennis, namely Adam Bennaji, Alice Okonobo, Jonah Grossenkemper, and Edouard Ducrey, participated. I'm thrilled with their outstanding performance during the event. Each of them displayed incredible skills, a positive attitude, and notable improvements!
At SRQ Tennis, we place a strong emphasis on our roles as teachers first and coaches second, especially in our Junior Tennis Program. To better track and encourage each player's development, we will be implementing a consistent assessment schedule. Assessments will be conducted three times during the school year: at the beginning, midway, and end of the academic year. Additionally, we aim to include an end-of-summer assessment in the near future.
Our assessment process utilizes a straightforward three-tier grading system focusing on specific competencies for each grade level:
1. **Learning**: The player is in the introductory stage of the competency.
2. **Improving**: The player is actively progressing in the competency.
3. **Mastering**: The player has shown consistent proficiency in the competency.
It's important to note that the competencies targeted are foundational for each age group and are intended to serve as a minimum standard, not necessarily reflecting a player's full playing level.
As parents, you'll have access to these assessments through a dedicated Google Drive folder for your child. Included in this folder are additional resources to help you better understand the targeted competencies as well as the assessments themselves. I highly recommend reviewing this material with your child and encouraging them to self-assess using the report. It's an invaluable tool for fostering self-awareness and skill development in their tennis journey.
It's hard to believe how quickly this year has passed. This year has been a significant one, filled with both challenges and exciting developments, both professionally and personally.
On the professional front, finding a reliable and committed team has been a bit of a struggle. However, I'm thrilled to report that we have a strong team in place. Nick, Sidd, and Rachel have been invaluable additions, and their contributions have been particularly evident over the busy summer months.
On a personal note, as many of you are aware, my partner Amanda and I are eagerly anticipating the arrival of our baby girl. Her due date is fast approaching—the week of November 23rd! We are beyond excited to welcome a new member into our family.
This year's personal developments have necessitated some adjustments that have also had an impact on the business. I appreciate your understanding and support during this transformative period.
Focused Vision for SRQ Tennis:
Moving forward, I want to share that the primary focus of my professional endeavors will shift toward the development and growth of our Junior Tennis Program. I've been dedicating considerable time to refining our program's offerings, events, and overall expectations, and I'm committed to taking it to the next level. Your involvement as parents is invaluable, and I look forward to partnering with you as we enhance the SRQ Tennis experience for our young athletes.
Thank you for being a part of the SRQ Tennis family. I appreciate your trust and am excited about what the future holds.