Why your child should play Matchplays?
Matchplays are the introduction to the tournament world! For young players learning to compete, it is often as hard and tough as learning technique. It comes with different pressures from learning to play and often players fear competing as they do not know what to expect.
Matchplays are a perfect introduction to competitive play for a number of reasons:
Same number of matches
The first reason is the format as everyone plays the same number of matches; win or lose there is always another match for you to play. This also takes away the fear of being knocked out of the event in your first or second match.
There is not an official winner or loser of a matchplay, the day is just about playing matches. New players can play to help learn or improve scoring, and the experienced players can play to help improve their match skills and tactics. Win or lose, players will get something from the day to help them improve!
Playing against players from other clubs
Players will often only practice against players in squads from the clubs they train at. Meeting new players from other clubs and playing against different styles is very important not only socially, but tactically as well.
As a player moves into higher competitions such as LTA Grade 3 and 4 events where they usually spend a lot more time at a tournament, having friends who they recognise from different clubs is an added bonus. We often find players enjoy their tournaments more when they know and get on well with their fellow competitors.
There are not many events around Cornwall throughout the year so matchplays are a great way for players to meet and socialise with players from other clubs.
Heron Matchplays are different!
Heron matchplays try to be different to typical events by offering friendly doubles games, fun team games before handing medals and trophies to "Star Players" for effort, sportsmanship and improvements.
If you are unsure whether your child is ready to play a matchplay, please ask your coach who will be happy to advise you.
Article written by Steve Graves (Heron Coach)