Arrangements for the competitions of HKTA/Prince Primary Schools Mini Tennis Promotion Scheme

Overview

With the generous support of the Hong Kong Tennis Foundation and Prince, over 10,000 primary school students have benefited from this programme over the years. Its aim is to promote mini tennis to primary schools in Hong Kong and identify potential children from the programme to receive proper tennis training. Typically, the programme will begin with registration at the beginning of the school year in September, followed by a Teachers’ Training/Refresher Course in October. While school visits will take place during the months of October and May, a Mini Tennis Clinic will be conducted in January, followed by District Inter-School Competitions in April, and Annual Championships in May. Mini tennis is a great way for beginners to learn the game because the smaller racquets, softer balls, and smaller courts will appear less intimidating and the speed of the game is slowed down, so they are able to rally with more confidence. Talented players with outstanding mini tennis results can be selected to join HKTA’s Junior Development Programme.

Mini Tennis Promotion Scheme
Stage Content Date/ Period
Stage 1 School visit and Demonstration Oct 2019-6 Jun 2020
Stage 2 Mini Tennis Instructor Training course 12-Jan-20
Stage 3 Mini Tennis District Inter Primary Schools Competitions Mar- Apr 2020
Stage 4 Mini Tennis Annual Championships 31-May-20
Stage 5 Tennis Bridging Course Jul-20

District
Level
Day

Stage 1

School Visit and Demonstration

School visits and demonstrations will be organised at schools on request. An HKTA instructor will introduce and demonstrate the game to the teachers and students. The instructor can also help in selecting potential players and starting up mini tennis training in the schools.

HKTA will provide a technical consultation service to the schools throughout the year.

Period: Oct 2019- Jun 2020
Duration: 1.5-2 hours, anytime during 9am-5pm on weekdays or 9am-1pm on Saturdays.
Enrolment Deadline: 31-Mar-20

**Special Offer

6 Free rackets and 10 mini tennis balls will be given to the new schools that form a mini tennis team to prepare for the District Competitions in March – April. (On a first-come first-served basis)

Stage 2

Mini Tennis Instructor Training Course

In order to develop Mini Tennis teams in primary schools, a Mini Tennis Instructor Training Course will be organised for teachers to attend. The course content includes teaching techniques, coach-student relationship, motivation and goal setting etc. Once they have completed the course, the teacher will have the knowledge to prepare their school team for the Mini Tennis competitions. An attendance certificate will be issued to the participants at the end of the course.

Date: 12 Jun 2020
Fee: HKD250/head*
Enrolment Deadline: 10 Dec 2019

Each participating school in the District Competitions can nominate one teacher to attend the Mini Tennis Instructor Training Course FREE of charge.

Stage 3

Mini Tennis District Inter-Primary Schools Competitions

Participating schools will be divided into 4 districts, namely – Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, New Territories East and New Territories West. Students will play in their respective age groups in the district competitions to qualify for a place in the Annual Championships. (Please refer to Primary School Profiles for more detail of districts, www.chsc.hk/primary/tc/home.htm ).

District  Date Time Venue
Hong Kong Island 29-Mar-20 9:00AM – 6:00PM Hong Kong Park Sports Centre
Kowloon 21-Mar-20 9:00AM – 6:00PM Lai Chi Kok Park Sports Centre
New Territories (East) 19-Apr-20 9:00AM – 6:00PM Yuen Chau Kok  Sports Centre
New Territories (West) 22-Mar-20 9:00AM – 6:00PM Tsing Yi Southwest Sports Centre
Event Types
1. Singles- Boy / Girl age 9 or under* Player must be born on 1 Jan 2011 or after
2. Singles- Boy / Girl age 8 or under * Player must be born on 1 Jan 2012 or after
3. Singles-Boy / Girl age 7 or under* Player must be born on 1 Jan 2013 or after
4. Team- Boys / Girls age 9 or under (Pilot Programme)** Players must born be on 1 Jan 2011 or after

*Player CANNOT apply for singles event as below:

If player applied for “HK Junior Tennis Series” from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019 OR Player applied for “Junior Tennis Novice Competition” from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2019

  • If the group had 32 players (or 32 pairs) or above players, and player progressed to Semi-Finals
  • If the group had 16 players (or 16 pairs), and player progressed to Final

** Entry for events:

Fee: HKD200 per singles event or HKD900 for all singles events
HKD300 per team event
Enrolment Deadline: 1 Feb 2020

 

SINGLES EVENT
Knock-out system will be adopted.
Format of Play Change Ends
1st round  to Semi-Finals 1 Tie-Break to 10 Two Serves Players shall change ends after every 6 points
The player who first wins ten points shall win the match provided there is a margin of two points over the opponent
Final & 3rd Place Best of 3 Tie-Breaks to 7 Players shall change ends after every 6 points
Two Serves Before the start of next tie break game there shall be a 30 seconds break
The player who first wins seven points shall win the match provided there is a margin of two points over the opponent

 

TEAM EVENT 
Knock-out system will be adopted.
TBC
Format of Play Tie-Break to 7 Two Serve Change Ends
1st round  to Final The player who first wins 7 points shall win the match, no ad deuce Players shall change ends after every 6 points
Warm up: 3 minutes

Net: Height = 80 cm

Plan of the court (Apply to all matches)
Original Prince Racquet without modification

Stage 4

Mini Tennis Annual Championships (By Invitation)

Semi-finalists from each SINGLES age group in the districts’ competitions will be invited to take part in the Annual Championships.
Champions & 1st Runner-ups in the district BOYS’ & GIRLS’ TEAM competitions will be invited to take part in the Annual championships. (Pilot Programme)

SINGLES EVENT 
Knock-out system will be adopted.
Format of Play Change Ends
1st round  to Semi-Finals 1 Tie-Break to 10 Two Serve
The player who first wins ten points shall win the match provided there is a margin of two points over the opponent
Final & 3rd Place Best of 3 Tie-Breaks to 7 Players shall change ends after every 6 points
Two Serves Before the start of next tie break game there shall be a 30 seconds break
The player who first wins seven points shall win the match provided there is a margin of two points over the opponent

 

TEAM EVENT
Knock-out system will be adopted.
TBC
Format of Play Change Ends
1st round  to Final Tie-Break to 7 Two Serve Players shall change ends after every 6 points
The player who first wins 7 points shall win the match, no ad deuce

Warm up: 3 minutes
Net: Height = 80 cm
Plan of the court (Apply to all matches)

Stage 5

Tennis Bridging Course (By Invitation)

The Tennis Bridging Course acts as a “post-graduate” curriculum to facilitate a player’s transition from the Mini-Tennis Promotion Scheme to programmes such as, HKTA Regional Squads, Summer Camps and Youth Athlete Training Scheme. This process of continuity provides valuable opportunities for talented players with outstanding mini tennis results to receive focus tennis training before progressing to more advanced levels.

Date: Starting from Jul & Aug 2020 (TBC)
Venue: TBC
Fee: TBC

Contact

Ms German Man
Tel:2336 0187
Fax:2338 7749
Email:german.man@tennishk.org

Title Sponsor

HKTA Primary School Mini-Tennis Promotion Scheme