Background

The aim of the scheme is to officially recognise private coaches, clubs and companies (private providers) that deliver quality tennis programs in Hong Kong. As the parent body of tennis in Hong Kong, the HKTA believes it is essential to have an effective and cooperative relationship with the private sector in Hong Kong, recognising best-practice in coaching, competition, and tournament programs.

The HKTA will commit to acknowledging, recommending and supporting private programs which maintain high standards, and satisfy the criteria of HKTA Endorsement Scheme.

There are six categories for endorsement:
1. Mini-Red Programs
2. Mod-Orange Programs
3. Junior Participation (Green and Yellow ball) Programs
4. Tournament Player Programs

Note: HKTA will not endorse private tennis lessons, for adults or junior players, and therefore not offer an opinion on the quality of private tennis lessons provided by a private provider.

Private providers must meet specific criteria to gain endorsement. The process is not designed to be arduous, but is put in place to ensure private programs underpin and support existing HKTA player development programs, particularly the National Training Centre, National Training Squad, and NTS Futures program.
The endorsement will be reviewed every 12 months. For the 2020 calendar year, endorsement may commence as early as 1 September 2019.

“Clubs” are affiliated clubs that are financial members of HKTA, and take part in HKTA League competitions.
“Coaches” are coaches with recognised qualifications, police and child protection checks. They provide tennis lessons either on public courts or private facilities, and have the appropriate insurance.
“Companies” are entities that provide coaching and other tennis services, to private clubs or other similar organizations.
“Lessons” are group sessions consisting of players of a similar developmental level. Note: the quality of private tennis lessons will not be part of this Endorsement Scheme.

Criteria

1. Mini-Red Programs

  • The qualified coach delivering the red ball program must:
    • Have international or local coaching qualifications that included coloured ball modules, or, have significant experience in coloured ball tennis, demonstrating a like-minded philosophy aligned with the ITF.
    • Be actively working in the program, on-court. That is, the program cannot be allocated to an assistant coach, who has not been part of the endorsement process.
    • Have clearance to work with children.
  • Essential components of the program.
    • 1:8 Coach:Player ratio (minimum).
    • Uses appropriate sized Mini-Red courts, small racquets, and Red Balls, as recommended by the ITF.
    • A maximum of 6 x Red Ball Courts and 12 x players on one standard size tennis court.
    • Provides a minimum of 2 x Coaching Sessions, plus 1 x Competition Session, per week.
    • Offers a pathway through to Orange Ball tennis, and on to full-court tennis (Green/Yellow Ball).
    • Coaching sessions must be a minimum of 30 minutes in duration.
    • Competition sessions must be a minimum of 60 minutes in duration.
    • A safe environment.
    • A written program that follows a logical progression for development, and includes tactical, technical and physical components, using a Games-based approach.
    • Permits the HKTA Director of Player Development, or his/her representative, to visit the site to evaluate on-court delivery.
    • A wet weather program, where players can reschedule, or where alternate and relevant off-court activities are provided, including postural/core stability activities, locomotor/coordination activities, problem solving/team activities.
  • The endorsed coach/es must be available to present at a minimum of 1 x HKTA Workshops relevant to coloured ball (Red or Orange) tennis, per year.
  • In addition, the coach must attend an additional minimum of 1 x HKTA Workshops relevant to coloured ball (Red and Orange) tennis, per year.
  • The price structure has parody compared to the same, or similar, HKTA programs.
  • The provider must:
    • Abide by the HKTA Sexual Harassment, Child Protection and Social Media policies.
    • Actively support HKTA Player Development Pathway.
  • The provider can expect:
    • HKTA endorsement that can be used to market or advertise their program.
    • HKTA referral to your program for appropriate players.
    • Referral from enquiries through HKTA.
    • Recognition on HKTA website, and the use of the HKTA Endorsement Scheme logo.

  • The qualified coach delivering the modified orange ball program must:
    • Have international or local coaching qualifications that included coloured ball modules, or, have significant experience in coloured ball tennis, demonstrating a like-minded philosophy aligned with the ITF.
    • Be actively working in the program, on-court. That is, the program cannot be allocated to an assistant coach, who has not been part of the endorsement process.
    • Have clearance to work with children.
  • Essential components of the program.
    • 1:8 Coach:Player ratio (minimum).
    • Uses appropriate coloured balls, and appropriate orange ball court size, as recommended by the ITF.
    • A maximum of 2 x Orange Ball Courts and 8 x players on one standard size tennis court.
    • Provides a minimum of 2 x Coaching Sessions, plus 1 x Competition Sessions per week.
    • Offers a pathway to graduate through to full-court tennis (Green/Yellow Ball).
    • Coaching sessions must be a minimum of 60 minutes in duration.
    • Competition sessions must be a minimum of 60 minutes in duration.
    • A safe environment.
    • A written program that follows a logical progression for development, and includes tactical, technical and physical components, using a Games-based approach.
    • Permits the HKTA Director of Player Development, or his/her representative, to visit the site to evaluate on-court delivery.
    • A wet weather program, where players can reschedule, or where alternate and relevant off-court activities are provided, including postural/core stability activities, locomotor/coordination activities, problem solving/team activities.
  • The endorsed coach must be available to present at a minimum of 1 x HKTA Workshops relevant to coloured ball (Red and Orange) tennis, per year.
  • In addition, the coach must attend an additional, minimum of 1 x HKTA Workshops relevant to coloured ball (Red and Orange) tennis, per year.
  • The price structure has parody compared to same, or similar, HKTA programs.
  • The provider must:
    • Abide by the HKTA Sexual Harassment, Child Protection and Social Media policies.
    • Actively support HKTA Player Development Pathway.
  • The provider can expect:
    • HKTA endorsement that can used to market or advertise their program.
    • HKTA referral to your program for appropriate players.
    • Referral from enquiries through HKTA.
    • Recognition on HKTA website, and the use of the HKTA Endorsement Program logo.

  • The qualified coach delivering the junior program must:
    • Have international or local coaching qualifications.
    • Be actively working in the program, on-court. That is, the program cannot be allocated to an assistant coach, who has not been part of the endorsement process.
    • Have clearance to work with children.
  • Essential components of the program.
    • 1:6 Coach:Player ratio (minimum).
    • A maximum of 6 players on one standard size tennis court.
    • Provides a minimum of 1 x Coaching Session, plus 1 x Competition Session each week.
    • Offers a competition and tournament pathway appropriate to the competitive standard of the player.
    • Coaching sessions must be a minimum of 60 minutes in duration.
    • Competition sessions must be a minimum of 90 minutes in duration.
    • A safe environment.
    • A written program that follows a logical progression for development, and includes tactical, technical and physical components.
    • Permits the HKTA Director of Player Development, or his/her representative, to visit the site to evaluate on-court delivery.
    • A wet weather program, where players can reschedule, or where alternate and relevant off-court activities are provided, including postural/core stability activities, locomotor/coordination activities, problem solving/team activities.
  • The coach must attend a minimum of 2 x HKTA Workshops, per year.
  • The price structure has parody compared to same, or similar, HKTA programs.
  • The provider must:
    • Abide by the HKTA Sexual Harassment, Child Protection and Social Media policies.
    • Actively support HKTA Player Development Pathway.
  • The club, coach or organisation can expect:
    • HKTA endorsement that can used to market or advertise their program.
    • HKTA referral to your program for appropriate players.
    • Referral from enquiries through HKTA.
    • Recognition on HKTA website, and the use of the HKTA Endorsement Program logo.

  • The qualified coach delivering the junior program must:
    • Have international or local coaching qualification that is aimed at coaching tournament level players, or, significant experience coaching tournament players, demonstrating like-minded philosophy aligned with the ITF.
    • Be actively working in the program, on-court. That is, the program cannot be allocated to an assistant coach, who has not been part of the endorsement process.
    • Have clearance to work with children.
  • Essential components of the program.
    • 1:8:2 Coach:Player:Court ratio (minimum).
    • A maximum of 4 players per standard sized tennis court.
    • Provides a minimum of 2 x Coaching Sessions, plus 1 x Competition Session each week.
    • Coaching and Competition sessions must be each a minimum of 90 minutes in duration.
    • A safe environment.
    • A written program that follows a logical progression for development, and includes tactical, technical and physical components.
    • A prescribed S&C program designed by a suitably qualified personnel.
    • Tournament Support, at local tournaments.
    • Supports HKTA Tournament Series’.
    • Provides at least one international tournament experience per year.
    • Permits the HKTA Director of Player Development, or his/her representative, to visit the site to evaluate on-court delivery.
    • A wet weather program, where players receive training in S&C, Relaxation, Recovery, Nutrition, Sports Psychology, Goal Setting, Tournament Planning, Singles and Doubles Strategy and/or Problem Solving workshops are conducted.
  • The coach must be available to present at a minimum of 1 x HKTA Workshop relevant to tournament players, per year.
  • In addition, the coach must attend an additional 1 x HKTA Workshops relevant to tournament players, per year.
  • The price structure has parody compared to same, or similar, HKTA programs.
  • The provider must:
    • Abide by the HKTA Sexual Harassment, Child Protection and Social Media policies.
    • Actively support HKTA Player Development Pathway.
  • The provider can expect:
    • HKTA Endorsement that can used to market or advertise their program.
    • HKTA referral to your program for appropriate players.
    • Referral from enquiries through HKTA.
    • Recognition on HKTA website, and the use of the HKTA Endorsement Program logo.

Process

Endorsement process

The Endorsement Scheme application will be sent to all local private providers (clubs, coaches, companies), and posted on the HKTA website.

A meeting will be scheduled, on site, suitable to the both parties, where evidence of criteria is presented to the HKTA Director of Player Development or his/her representative.

The initial endorsement period will be for the remainder of 2019 and for the 2020 calendar year.

Providers must maintain standards and continue to satisfy all criteria throughout the period of endorsement.

At any stage, if the provider is unable to maintain the standard agreed to, the endorsement will be cancelled.

If you are interested in pursuing endorsement for your programs, or would like more information, please contact  Stephan Ehritt/Juan Sala.

List of Endorsed Program

Hong Kong Golf & Tennis Academy (GTA)

OTR Tennis Asia Limited

OTR Elite

Hong Kong Golf & Tennis Academy (GTA)

OTR Tennis Asia Limited

Hong Kong Golf & Tennis Academy (GTA)

OTR Tennis Asia Limited

Hong Kong Golf & Tennis Academy (GTA)

OTR Tennis Asia Limited

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