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Talent ID Events

In early 2007, each Member Association will earmark a series of existing tournaments that will act as Talent ID Events. This basically means that these particular tournaments will have a Talent Scout from the relevant Member Association observing as many players as possible in the 11/U age groups.

The events that will fall under the category of Talent ID Events will generally form part of the Junior Development Series (JDS) and not events with AR points allocated. In 2007, each State will be targeting events in both the metropolitan and regional areas with the view to expand this in following years on a needs basis. Once these events have been identified, they will be promoted as Talent ID Events to the tennis community.

For those players that are already competing on the Optus Junior Tour, which have AR points on offer, you are on the high performance journey, which means you will come under the watchful eye of State Selectors in state-based events and the National Selectors for National Championships and ITF junior events.

Each Member Association selects key coaches and staff to take up the role as Talent Scouts at Talent ID Events. These scouts are hand-picked due to the skill and experience they have in talent development. The Talent Scouts will focus primarily on the 11 and under age groups at events within the Junior Development Series (JDS).

When the Talent Scouts are present at the Talent ID Events, it is important that they be left to evaluate the children without distraction. As there are a series of Talent ID Events earmarked throughout the calendar year, the Talent Scouts will be able to cover a large number of players.

Questions and Answers for Parents:

What happens once a player has been scouted and is there any feedback?
Once the Talent Scout has observed a player, they will record their findings with the relevant Member Association in a player database. A player may be scouted more than once a year to check for progress and the information assists the Member Association in developing further player development programs. A child’s private / squad coach may contact the Member Association to request any feedback on their players. This is the most beneficial way to assist the player in the long term.

Does my child pass or fail the scouting test?
With scouting, there is no pass or fail for players. As players begin to show certain qualities, the Talent Scouts and Member Associations will make some recommendations to assist the player with the most ideal development pathway.

What skills are the talent scouts looking for?
The Talent Scouts will be observing the players and assessing them in the four (4) skill development areas. The following areas will be observed:

Physical: Agility, footwork / balance
Technical: Adaptable swing patterns, service swing pattern / grip, generate racquet head speed
Tactical: Targeting, hold a cross court pattern, defensive skills
Psychology: Attitude, competitive skills
Does this approach give the talent scout enough information?
Until now, no real information is collected and stored on this level of players. If a player shows a high level of skill in this competition environment, then the Member Association will have the opportunity to test and evaluate their skills in a follow up process if required.

What should the player do when the talent scout is watching?
The best advice for any player that may be scouted is to play your normal game. Try not to impress anyone by playing a game that is not natural to you. Remember that the Talent Scout is there to collect some information about a large group of developing players in the 11 and under age group. The Talent Scout will not record scores but is more interested in looking at how each player is developing their game. Keep in mind, there is no pass or fail and the Talent Scouts will continue to monitor as many players as possible over the coming years.

Talent Identification
Talent Search
Talent ID Events

Talent Search

Welcome to Tennis Talent Search. This new and exciting national program is a joint initiative between Tennis Australia and the Member Associations and was launched in late 2006. The Talent Search program is designed to identify young and exciting athletes aged between 6 years and 11 years old who have a desire and capacity to play and excel in sport.

The Talent Search program caters for athletes from tennis and non-tennis backgrounds and different Talent Search days have been set up to allow a wide range of children from all parts of the community to participate.

Tennis is a fun, fast-paced, challenging, open-skilled sport which demands a high level of skill and ability to play and compete on the international stage. From a skill development perspective, tennis is broken down in to four (4) main areas, psychology, physical, tactics and technique.

With this in mind, we have designed a standardised approach to talent identification nationally that incorporates all of these areas, and that allows an exciting young athlete with a great aptitude for sport but limited tennis experience a chance to shine.

The Talent Search program covers the following areas:

1. Physical Skills:
Each child will have a chance to display their athletic prowess in three (3) main physical activities that are all relevant to tennis. These activities include a single arm throw (similar to the tennis serve, requires high level of coordination), agility sprint (speed, balance, quality of movement) and lastly a 20 metre sprint (speed, power, efficiency of movement).

2. Tennis Skills:
The tennis activities will allow the experienced coaches to evaluate each child’s competency in performing a serve, forehand and backhand, as well as his or her ability to rally the ball and hit to selected targets on the court. For children that have not played tennis before, the coaches will teach each person a simple swing shape for each stroke and then assess them on their ability to learn and then perform each skill.

3. Game Sense Skills:
Research has shown that children who have an ability to play various game activities can usually transfer their skills to another sport. On the Talent Search day, each child will play three (3) non-tennis based games where the emphasis is on assessing each person’s mental skills, tactical awareness and physical attributes.

When does the Talent Search program start?
The Talent Search program has been built as a year round program and each Member Association has already conducted a series of Talent Search days in 2006. Some future dates for 2007 have already been announced with more to be announced in early 2007. As the program begins to expand and more children need to be identified, extra Talent Search days will be created in the coming years.

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