As in any high school sport these days, being an elite player on your team or in your conference takes commitment and a great work ethic. Like everything in life, you get what you put into things. Tennis is no different.
Serious players and their parents often come to me to discuss their training regimens and what I feel is right based on their goals. For most, these players want to win matches in their high school conferences and become a contributor at a high varsity level on their high school teams. For these players, I’ve put together general guidelines based on local conferences (a very good high school tennis conference) and what it takes to be at different levels on a competitive team in this conference.
These should only be taken as general guidelines, and these may change depending on competition levels of teams in the conference and the commitments of the players on each team. So while planning goals, these are definitely not promises as each athlete progresses at different levels based on their skills, athleticism and mental development.
PLEASE NOTE: The table below features guidelines for training in addition to normal mandatory team practices and matches.
|Player Level||Drilling or Hitting Sessions||Private Lessons||Competitive Practice Sets||Practice Serves (sessions on their own)||Off-Court Conditioning||USTA Tournaments|
|JV||None||None||Limited to in-season in team practices||Never||None||None|
|Low Varsity||1 time per week (off-season only)||1 time per week (off-season only)||Limited to in-season in team practices||Never||None||0-5 per year|
|High Varsity||2 times per week (year round)||1-2 times per week (year round)||1-2 per week (year round)||At least once per week||Limited||1-5 per year|
|All-conference or Honorable Mention||2-3 times per week (year round)||1-2 times per week (year round)||At least twice weekly (year round)||1-2 times per week||Moderate (Works out pre-season + in-season)||5-10 per year|
|Varsity State Champs||2-3 times per week (year round)||1-2 times per week (year round)||2-4 per week (year round)||At least twice per week||Extensive (usually weights, speed and agility training, year round)||10-15 per year|
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