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Have you heard a word PERIODISATION from your team yet?If yes, there is then some method to the madness. If your team has not mentioned periodisation to you, it’s time to deliberate.But why it is important to know about periodisation? Because it was 1999 when Dr.Tudor Bompa who is an expert in sports training, fitness, planning, training programming and related areas came up with the well-researched concept of periodisation. His work has revolutionised sports training in many countries of the world.
However, are our children getting the most of tennis periodisation like other kids in some parts of the world do?How do we find that out?Well, as parents in your interaction with your team if you feel that periodisation is missing, maybe you need to look into this matter. It is not rocket science either.

The best definition of periodisation we found is from Dr.Bompa himself –

Periodisation can be considered a process of structuring training into phases to maximise athletes’ chances of achieving peak performance, and therefore their competitive goals
Bompa, 1999


It’s an important definition. It focuses on all key aspect of a developing athlete – structured training, maximising potential, peak performance and competitive goals. Most of the experts involved in player development follow Dr.Bompa’s advice very carefully.

To come to the point- your team must have
1) At least heard of this term and what it  means – Periodisation
2) Should have shared a periodisation plan with you for the next 6 to 12 months
If all this is missing, it is time for you to ask them – why?

We will try and dwell on this matter a little more for the benefit of all the parents. Here we go –
The first thing we need is to define our objective (competitive goals) that you have set for your kids. We can do this much as parents. It is okay to define the objectives. Examples of these objectives could be
a) Reach top 5 in rankings under certain age category
b) Improve serve
c) Improve backhand

What you define as an objective matters and it is to some extent a personal choice.However, long-term objectives like improvement yield better long-term results.

Define your objectives well, based on data you have got (match logs, your notes etc). You have to submit all this to your team for them to have a closer look. All the information you have collected must be provided to your team. It is very important that you have good data with you. Videos also help a lot, in fact, they are a must. You must have some video recordings of practice matches, tournament matches etc. Whenever you get an opportunity, do record some points.
Once your team analyses all this they should be able to come up with a periodisation chart. This will immediately help you as a parent to understand what is the effort that your team is going to put in order to reach your objectives.
Some player development professionals don’t work with a child unless the objectives are well defined since without that an effort to improve cannot be planned.

To conclude, it is a three-step process to get to the presodisation chart  –
1) Define objectives for your child if possible, yourself – based on the past data. If you don’t have data, start collecting today. Try to keep long-term aim in mind which is generally around improvement and not around rankings. Essentially, rankings should be the by-product of your child’s well-regulated improvement.
2) Present this past data and your objective to your team
3) Your team must be able to come up with a periodisation chart now and that will give you a 6 to 12 months of the clear picture around their development and improvement path.

If your child has been training for more than a year as of today, it is time for you to get their first periodization chart done. Without such structure tennis development of our child at a certain point becomes a big challenge.