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Denver, CO  80209
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Player Development

Team Colorado
 

USTA Colorado’s Team Colorado is a two-tiered program developed to supplement a junior player’s existing personal training regime. While each player’s primary development takes place with his or her personal coach, Team Colorado provides our juniors the opportunity to come together and train as a team.

 

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As a program of USTA Colorado, Team Colorado has an overriding theme that’s designed to facilitate high quality training, teamwork (amongst players, coaches and parents), character development, sportsmanship and ultimately pride in being a developing junior in Colorado.

We believe strongly in the importance of good sportsmanship. Players, parents and coaches all share in the responsibility of ensuring that good sportsmanship is an integral part of training and competition – regardless of level of play.

 

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Developmental Training Squads

Orange Ball Court
Geared for players 8–10 years old, this squad will work on the athletic skills associated with and necessary for successful development of a young athlete; stroke production, movement and tactical competencies (skills). With practices primarily conducted on the 60’ court with orange balls, our goal is to help these players achieve those competencies necessary to successfully transition to the 78’ green ball court. Parent education, player evaluations and a mental skills component are included.


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Green Ball Court
This group will consist of players roughly between the ages of 10-12 years old and will primarily train on the 78’ court with green balls. Continued work on athletic skills, movement, technical and tactical competencies is the objective in preparation for the transition to the yellow ball. Additional emphasis will be placed on strategy — offense, defense, switching between the two, etc. Parent education, player evaluations and a mental skills component are included.

 

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2019 TC ‘Developmental’ Player Selections/Skills Challenge               

A ‘Skills Challenge’ will be used to ensure that players meet the desired developmental criteria for player squads. Selections will be based on a player’s individual level of development – their tennis skills as well as their athletic skills; agility, balance, coordination, strength and speed. Players will participate in off court athletic skills, on court drills and point play. The atmosphere will be both fun and encouraging.

Date:    Sunday, July 21   

Location:  Utah Park, Aurora

New this year - DEADLINE TO REGISTER - Sunday, July 14, 9:00 pm

Players ages 8 through 12 years old (as of August 1, 2019) are eligible to register for the Skills Challenge. 

For consistency and fairness to all involved, ALL players – regardless of what color ball they are using – will try out using the ball that corresponds to their age. 

  • 10 and Under: ORANGE ball. 
  • 11 and 12 : GREEN ball. 

Coaches will ID those players that have the skills needed to move to the next level ball and make necessary adjustments on the spot.

There will be a limit of 40 players/session to insure a quality experience for all. Additional time will be scheduled if registrations are higher than 40.

Past Team Colorado participants are NOT guaranteed a position in 2019.  

PLEASE READ DESIRED SKILLS on the website BEFORE you register your child. 

Team Colorado selections will be based on a player’s acquired skills – NOT their ability to win at this point.


10 & Under / Orange Ball Court / 10:00-12:30 pm 

PARENTS - Read below for the on court skills our coaches will be looking for:

10 & Under on-court skills desired:

Players:

  • are able to sustain a 20-ball rally with coach at slow pace;
  • are able to sustain a 10-ball rally with player of similar level;
  • are working on FH and BH slice – with continental grip;
  • have started using continental grip on volleys, overheads and serves;
  • have started working on closed, open and semi-open stances to maintain contact points between hip and shoulder.

 

11 &12 years old / Green Ball Court / 12:00-2:30  

PARENTS - Read below for the on court skills our coaches will be looking for:

11 and 12 year old on-court skills desired:               


Players:

  • are able to sustain a 20-ball rally with coach at medium pace;
  • are able to sustain a 10-ball rally with player of similar level at medium pace with contact points between hip and shoulder;
  • are able to sustain a rally using slice off of both sides with the continental grip;
  • are using continental grip on volleys, overheads and serves;
  • have a fundamental understanding of footwork patterns for closed, open and semi-open stances and when to use them.

 

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Competitive Training Squads

New to our Team Colorado offerings are the Competitive Training Squads (CTS). 

These squads bring together the most skilled Colorado juniors, ages 14 and under to train together with the depth, focus and intensity of a Division I college level program. Coached by two former WTA professionals (Meike Babel and Meredith McGraff) and longtime Hall of Fame collegiate coach, Mike Phillips, the CTS squads have been designed to prepare these players for the highest-level sectional, national, ITF and eventually, college competition. 

 

The Sectional Training Squad will consist of players who are already competitive at our sectional level events (L3s and 4s) and who’s sights are set on breaking into National level play outside of the section. 

 

The National Training Squad consists of highly developed players who are already qualifying for National level events (L1s, 2s and 3s) outside of our Section. 

 

2019-20 TC Competitive Squad Player Selections
(includes both Sectional and National Training Squads)

Selections for our competitive squads are made by our team of coaches. Guidelines are used whereby the size of each year’s squad is based on meeting those guidelines — not by filling a roster. Tournament results, sectional standings, head-to-head play and Universal Tennis Ratings (UTR) are the primary sources used to gather player information. Players will receive invitations to participate in these squads. 

 

2019-20 Team Colorado practices will begin in September and run through the end of April at various locations in and around Denver. Dates and locations will be announced when they become available.


For additional information regarding Team Colorado, please contact USTA Colorado Player Development Director Cindy MacMaster.

 

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