ACE Elite Training System vs. Most Japanese Tennis Academies
NOTE: ACE adheres to the principles of the Nick Bollettieri CreedDiscipline, Responsibility and Effort (and methology of complete individual improvement) and the Robert Lansdorp Philosophy.
The biggest advantage of most Tennis Academies is having a number of other tennis players to compete against. However, this is also the inherent disadvantage as well, whereas the ACE Tennis Training System develops players on an individual basis similar to ongoing private lessons. The ACE Tennis Training System is closer to the training of professional tennis players, and the major advantages are highlighted below.
Most Tennis Academies train exclusively in a group environment and do not factor a player’s match playing schedule into their practices. There are many drawbacks here for active tournament players. Parents can compensate for some issues by pulling kids from regular practices, but they in turn will miss valuable time on the court as well as wasted lesson fees at some tennis academies. Below are some of the specific issues found at most Tennis Academies.
The ACE Tennis Training System identifies development needs and is flexible to provide for the optimal course of practice for each player. Some of these needs are addressed during off-court sessions, and involves input from both the player and parent. Below are just some of the advantages with our system.
- Doesn’t factor tournament match schedule in practice planning (type of drills, etc.)
- Tournament course practices will be too long prior to tournament play
- Tournament course practices will be too intense prior to tournament play
- No training on strategic match planning or tactical development
- No match monitoring to enable post-match analysis and practice planning
There are also a number of significant aspects of elite athlete training that are neglected at many Tennis Academies. These are recognized at the ACE Tennis Club, who will coordinate qualified individuals and institutions to provide assistance for a complete elite training program. Finally, most Tennis Academies provide none of the off-court knowledge and services needed to support the preparation of a professional tennis player. Some of these elements are listed below:
- Documenting the initial short term and long term goals for the player
- Ongoing development of tennis career planning to consider the evolution of new goals
- Player and parent involvement in all tennis career planning aspects
- Isolated approach with addressing player weaknesses while enhancing player strengths
- Practice at match play heart rate for optimal performance training
- Video analysis of proper technique for understanding of technical and strategic objectives
- Video analysis of personal play for correction or enhancement of technical skills
- Strategic planning for match preparation factoring in opponent(s), surface and weather
- Practices focusing on technical skills needed for match preparation
- Video analysis for post-match review to identify strategic or technical flaws to work on
- Video analysis for post-match review to identify weaknesses in opponents for future reference
- Mental development training to enhance concentration abilities and focus
- Emotional conditioning to improve poise, composure and competitive toughness
- Motivational training to increase ambition, drive and achievement of goals
- Nutritionist to maintain an optimal diet
- Physiotherapist to aid in physical conditioning
- Biomechanics coach to maximize technical skills
- Image consultant to aid with media training
- Agent to assist with corporate sponsorships and other off-court opportunities
Also see: Cross-Training