The OTA (Ontario Tennis Association) in collaboration with T.C. (Tennis Canada) sanctions the best tournament schedule in Canada within the Southern Ontario region. Literally every weekend throughout the year there are sanctioned events, hosted at clubs in the South-West region. Niagara Academy is conveniently located within this region and most clubs are within a .5 hour to 1.5 hour drive from Niagara Academy. Tournament entry fees range from $40.00 to $50.00 dollars and some offer 2 or more guaranteed matches. Age groups range from U8 to U18 and offer entry level 1 star to top level 5 star provincial events. In addition some ITF Junior and Open Men’s and Women’s events are offered through the year, within the region.
Good competition planning is critical for the overall development of the player. Coaches and parents need to review the overall calendar to schedule proper training and recovery for quality competition. This, in turn, will optimize player development.
All Niagara Academy players will join the Ontario Tennis Association (OTA) which is Ontario’s governing body of tennis. Visit www.tennisontario.com for tournament information, registration, rankings, and other tennis information. Once players are a registered member of the OTA they are eligible to compete in provincial events; however, only Canadian citizens and landed immigrants are eligible to participate in Selection events, provincials and nationals. As a result of participation in competition, results and rankings will be recorded on the OTA website.
Niagara Academy coaches will make recommendations and help register players into events. When possible, they will accompany players to competitions. Additional fees will apply when travelling to events. Players are responsible for entry fees, food, gas, and coaching expenses.
Optimal competition calendar planning allows for the strategic development of the physical, mental, technical and tactical performance factors required to play tennis. This planning will foster success and continued involvement in the sport for the individual player. Different LTAD stages of development have different requirements for the type, frequency and level of competition. At the early stages of development, the level of skills level and physical development should take precedence over results at a competition. In later stages, it is more important for athletes to perform well.
Throughout the player’s career a win-loss ratio of 3:1 has been identified as essential for both developing confidence and ensuring optimal challenge during competitive play. It should be the most important criteria in the selection of competition. For example players should look to “play up” only when they are able to consistently achieve this level of success in their appropriate category. Conversely, if a player is not achieving this level of success, they should adjust their competition selection by entering into lower level events, ensuring that the 3:1 win-loss ratio is met.