Niagara Academy’s mission is to provide high performance sports training and a personalized academic program in order to create independent thinkers within a nurturing family environment.
Academy Tennis Program
Overview of the Academy of Tennis Program
Coaches and teachers strive to meet the goals of university-bound athletes while challenging them to attain personal excellence. We seek to admit qualified student-athletes whose athletic and academic abilities will contribute to and benefit from rigorous educational and high performance training.
Our high performance training program is based on Tennis Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development Model (LTAD). This model ensures a clear understanding of all stages of development.
The LTAD’s systematic approach provides a framework for developing physical literacy, physical fitness and competitive ability, using a stage-by-stage approach. The model outlines an optimal development plan based on growth, development, and maturation, as well as providing a path for those who wish to excel in the sport. Players receive optimal training, competition and recovery in each stage of development.
Many publications suggest that it takes approximately 10 years or 10,000 hours of serious training for an athlete to achieve an international elite level of competitiveness. There are no shortcuts. Player development is a long-term process.
Well-planned programming is developed and followed over an extended time frame in order to develop tennis champions. All areas of development are tracked and monitored. Tennis training takes place 2 times per day in 1.5 hour blocks, Monday to Friday.
The coach-player training ratio is 1:4 and often 1:3. On average, for 20% of the on-court training time, athletes have an opportunity to work one-on-one with a coach.
It is imperative that students and parents recognize the harmful effects that shortcuts have on an athlete’s long-term preparation. Cognitive, mental and emotional elements are critical for each athlete’s development and will be fostered within our holistic approach to programming.