HYACINTH’S CORNER

THIS IS THE LATEST SERIES OF TIPS FROM OUR CLUB PRO. ALL GOOD INFORMATION TO IMPROVE FOCUS AND MOVE A BALANCE OF CONTROL TO “YOUR” SIDE OF THE NET. 

SECTION#-[2]~HELPFUL-HINTS Sub-Section-[ii]:
Picture Y-o-u-r-s-e-l-f—Continued …

TAKING CONTROL •WHEN you can, •WHERE you can in 5 more areas where you’re totally in charge!

OPENING-NOTES:

  • some hints below are geared towards competitive situations; nevertheless, whether you’re involved in competing, or not, many are “fab-habs” to adopt!
  • when engaged in “social” tennis, the atmosphere is, understandably, far less stringent, sans doute …
  1. FACE

(i) Even if many thoughts-&-plans may be stressfully racing inside your head, let your facial expression exhibit calmnessdetermination and purpose.

  1. EYES

(j) Stay “in the moment” by looking at, and focusing on, events on your own court, e.g. the opponent’s movement, your racquet-handling, ball motion, etc.

  1. CONFIDENCE

(k) Whatever your motions involve—running, striding, shuffling, stroking the ball, etc.—let these actions exude confidence; the end-result will be to provide your performance with a built-in positivity.

  1. CHANGING ENDS

(l) In the time allotted for changing ends, create a personal routine, e.g. sipping a drink, towelling-off, checking/making notes, preparing your next moves.

  1. BREATHING

(m) Controlled breaths have a positive effect on your body language—breathing deeply as needed, will calm your mind, reduce stress, increase alertness.

CLOSING NOTES:

  • the 10subcategories that I have presented, mirror those listed in the International Magazine, “Tennis-Pro”, in its promotion of “Mental Metrics”.
  • the descriptions I provide are a blend of some ideas there, together with tenets from my TKT© approach.

HYACINTH’S GHOST/FANTOME

HELLO !    BONJOUR !

HYACINTH PROVIDES A LINK BETWEEN GHOST/FANTOME AND “PRACTICE-2-PLAY

Many thanks to those who reported having enjoyed the drill “The Ghost/Le Fantôme”. There is still time to practise the drill and the rules are repeated below. It would be great to now have additional comments from others; and you may opt to try this in a SINGLES or a DOUBLES setting.  This is an activity that transfers seamlessly from “Practice-2-Play”.)

So, enjoy this drill, then kindly send me **feedback** once you have completed your games. (FORM BELOW).

HOW TO PLAY AND SCORE GHOST/FANTOME

Play a regular set (1st to 6-games) if your time permits; or just decide ahead to play a certain number of games.

    EITHER try to avoid deuce—when you serve @ 40-30 … (receiver has opposite aim, bien sûr)

    OR aim to achieve deuce—if you’re serving @ 30-40 … (receiver has opposite aim, of course)

    AND, remember that if a score gets to deuce, the game ends there, and  Ghost/Fantôme wins that game—all the other players then record zeros as their scores for that game

Your participation would be very helpful with ongoing “statistical-tracking” for this drill.  BTW, NO names are used in compiling these stats; and please keep in mind that Season-2020 participants are earning “Equi-Points”  by responding to these “virtual” activities.  BONUS. 

LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR INPUT ON THE FORM BELOW

YOU WILL HAVE TO VISIT THE ATC WEBSITE TO COMPLETE THIS FORM.

HC  —613-623-0976

Hyacinth’s Corner

What a great month this has been for tennis. A few very hot days, but overall the weather has offered numerous opportunities to get out of the house and engage in some badly needed social activity in a safe environment.

Hyacinth’s virtual coaching posts have both helped to entertain and educate, providing a positive activity to stimulate our brain cells in a practical way.

Hyacinth’s post for this week offers suggestions to increase our mental edge while playing.

Her post can be found on the ATC website (atc.sport.blog) on the Hyacinth’s Corner page.

Hyacinth’s Corner

HEADS UP!!!!

HELLO !    BONJOUR

The next two “communication-bits” will be added to the Hyacinth’s Corner Page on the ATC website on July 24th & July 31st and will highlight 10 of the important areas in which Y-O-U are absolutely IN CHARGE while on the tennis court!  

Being continually aware of these areas will definitely be positive stepping-stones to your increased enjoyment of this FABSPORT, and also advance your own improvement.   

They’re part of the Section of “Helpful-Hint” (H-H), and emphasize TAKING CONTROL, WHEN you can, and WHERE you can … Thinking/Prepping Ahead   

I know that most of you plan to participate in ATC’s “OTT-Valley” tourney (rescheduled from 2020 to 2021)

These 10 H-H’s will be fab additions to your “play-book”.  Really & Truly!!

 CHEERS FROM MY “VIRTUAL” COURTSIDE-2020!

HC Smile —613-623-0976

Hyacinth’s Corner

The third post of Hyacinth’s Corner is ready to view.

This latest post poses a scenario based on a doubles tournament and asks a question regarding a deviation from normal play by one young upstart player, Rachelina.

To view the scenario and take the quiz, go-to the Hyacinth’s Corner page in the left margin of the ATC Website.

When you complete and SUBMIT the quiz, the results are automatically e-mailed to Hyacinth, our club pro.

Hyacinth has spent a lot of time in her corner to keep us active and thinking tennis.

You can thank her by participating in this week’s quiz.

Rainy Saturday

If you are looking for an activity today while we welcome the long needed rain, why not click on the HYACINTH’S CORNER page in the left hand margin of our website. (atc.sport.blog)

Hyacinth recently posted advice and an exercise to improve Player Strategy, something that players of all levels can benefit from.

Remember that this page is Password Protected and available to ATC members only. The password is the same as the gate code.

Enjoy the day…………

Hyacinth’s Corner Update

Editor’s Note

Hyacinth’s Corner is an initiative offered by our club pro Hyacinth Chatterton to keep ATC players actively thinking about tennis and provide opportunities to improve their play.

Updates will be sent to this, the main ATC webpage, but the program posts will be added to the Hyacinth’s Corner page that is available in the left hand menu side of the website. Please note that this page is password protected at Hyacinth’s request. The password is the same as the tennis court gate code.

The following is information on Hyacinth’s upcoming posting to her page.

HELLO !    BONJOUR !
Many thanks for participating in Week-1 of ATC’s “virtual” programming, by sending your response to the “Vladimir/Olaf” QUIZ ! 

You were correct in identifying that the point goes to Olaf, since the ball was still in play when Vladimir vaulted the net to his opponent’s side.

Next Steps

    [a] #2 in this series of “virtual” communication – PRACTICE-TO-PLAY—will be sent FRIDAY July 10th.

    [b] At the end of AUGUST, there will be recognition of participation, so I look forward to receiving your ongoing feedback re these “communication-bits” …

CHEERS ! … Hyacinth-C  —613-623-0976

Hyacinth’s Corner Update

HELLO !    BONJOUR !

Many thanks to those who participated in the first event right away, by sending responses to the “Vladimir/Olaf”-QUIZ—the 1st of the “communication-bits” (Comm-Bits) in ATC’s Adult Programming-2020!  If you have not yet had a chance to reply, you may still do so, bien sûr !

 Some Points to Note:

[a]—#2 in this series of “virtual” activities/suggestions – PRACTICE-TO-PLAY- will be sent FRI-10th-JULY
[b]—at the end of AUGUST, there will be recognition of all participation, so I look forward to receiving your ongoing feedback re these “Comm-Bits”

CHEERS AS ALWAYS!

Hyacinth-C  —613-623-0976

ATC Update

Happy Canada Day. The weather is great and the tennis courts are open for your play.

Your ATC Executive is monitoring the Covid 19 situation and will be modifying the 2020 program year as required. On a positive note, our membership has been strongly supportive and the courts are being safely used for both singles and doubles play. Thank you for following the Rules and Recommended Behaviour to keep us and the community safe.

There was a question from a new member. “Given the fact that adult and youth programs have been postponed, and as a new member not knowing very many people, is there any way to contact other members to arrange a game?”

PLAYER-TO-PLAYER REGISTRY

Our website now has a Player-To-Player page where members can register their name, skill level and availability to play. On the same page, the player-to-player list can be downloaded for easy reference.

For privacy purposes, this page is PASSWORD PROTECTED. The password is the same as the gate padlock password which you received by e-mail when you registered

The Player-To-Players list will be updated on a regular basis.

HYACINTH’S CORNER

Our ATC Pro Hyacinth Chatterton has initiated an on-line page called Hyacinth’s Corner.

Through the months of July and August, Hyacinth will be posting quizzes, player tips and other information to keep you engaged and challenged.

Hyacinth’s Corner first post can be found on our website.

Hyacinth’s Corner page is PASSWORD PROTECTED to safeguard some proprietary information. The password is the same as the gate padlock password which you received by e-mail when you registered.

Enjoy the Canada Day celebrations and please make use of our courts safely!

Paul Scissons
ATC President