GreatBase Tennis Intelligence Applied Player Develpoment Course

What is the GB Tennis Intelligence Applied Player Develpoment Course?

All players must come a minimum of two days a week for 2 hours each day.  Many come more than this up to five days a week or 10 hours a week.  It is for children 9 years and older (younger with permission) and for players with little or no tennis experience thru advanced players.  

TIA Player Development Course is designed to develop a goal-oriented player for college level tennis.  Tennis is not only singles, doubles is extremely important in the college level, thus a complete program will include a heavy emphasis on doubles develpoment as well.  Even if your child does not have a goal to play college tennis right now, or when you first start with us, the program is designed to get one there if you follow the pathway the curriculum provides. 

If your child stays in the sport then eventually your child may set long term goals with tennis:  perhaps a goal of being a top high school player, or a state, national Junior player, a college level player or even the dream of being a professional player! The earlier you start the better, most D1 level players have been training for at least ten years with a high level of commitment.  But if you are a late starter don’t assume it is too late. There are many different levels of college tennis and even late starters who work hard can find a college with a competitive level to match their abilities.   

The TIA Player Development Course strives to provide an environment that has a culture where goal setting, drive, and training with a purpose with a strong work ethic is the norm.

Goals and motivation and self discipline are necessary to get to the high levels of tennis and are developed in our TIA Player Development Course and these traits also translate well to any endeavor in life.  

The facts in high level tennis are that less than 3% of high school tennis players play college tennis.  Then, out of that 3%, 85% of those players who do not make their college line-up as a freshmen do not make it the remainder of their college career. Therefore, development of a player to the college level is not going to happen in a program where there might be a lot of fun and activity but not a lot of learning taking place.   Nor will it happen if you only attend one day a week.  But it can happen in a quality goal oriented program with a culture exemplifying a hard-work ethic. 

The process to take a player to this level takes time, it is a marathon of work, not a sprint, for both the player, the coach and the family.  Families that succeed in this embrace a 'tennis lifestyle’.  The 'attitude of their household' is one of: 'we will sacrifice, struggle and encourage each other to reach the set goal.’  Without this support from the family, without enough training time in the right way and being exposed to the right things at the right time in an organized system that includes every aspect of the sport, the goal of playing college level tennis will probably not happen for any child.

How much Should a Goal Oriented Player train?

Training recommendations for a goal oriented player is about one hour per week for each year of age, this could increase and decrease depending on one's periodization schedule.  8 years old = about 8 hours a week; 15 years old = about 15 hours a week.  Not all done on the court with us.  This includes all of one’s athletic activities, conditioning, tennis home practice and other sports. But most of the time is actual tennis training done year round with us in the classes. 

We encourage all to become goal oriented players because:

  • Goal oriented players have a desire to become  Brilliant at Basics knowing that the highest levels of tennis excellence begin with basics and end with basics.
  • Goal oriented players do not want holes and weaknesses in their game.
  • Goal oriented players want to get better and are not satisfied with their current abilities. 
  • Goal oriented players know that if they have flaws in their technique they will have limited tactical options.  
  • Goal oriented players are willing to start over if necessary by taking 10 steps backwards so they can take 100 steps forward.
  • Goal oriented players will do what is important even when no one is watching.


Several publications have suggested that it takes approximately 10 years or 10,000 hours of serious training (after the development of physical literacy) for an athlete to achieve an international elite level of competitiveness within his/her sport. There are no shortcuts. Player development is a long- term process.

It takes well-planned programming followed over an extended time frame to develop tennis champions. It is important that we plan, track and monitor your progress, not rush it.  Short-term performance goals must never be allowed to undermine long term athletic development.

"The 10,000-Hour rule is not really about quantity. It’s about the power of sharp, focused, high-quality practice. It’s about the massive learning differences created by intense efforts within highly engaging practice environments. We see this in the habits of high-performing groups, many of whom build their skills through a combination of short, sharp sessions and lots of restorative rest.”

- Daniel Coyle, New York Times bestselling author of The Talent Code and The Little Book of Talent

Josiah is in the yellow shirt, video taken summer of 2017.

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