We are here to support young players who want to represent their county in team competition at regional and national level. Here is the background on how we select our county squads, County match dates and the training programme we run throughout the year.
The training will take place in two parts, a winter season (Oct-Feb), and then a summer season (Mar-July), each season comprises of 5 training sessions with a mixture of indoor and outdoor training in both seasons.
We are keen to provide the players with opportunities to face the many uncontrollable challenges that come with playing outside. The outdoor sessions will take place on the outdoor county courts at WHLTC.
The table below shows the dates, venues and how the 10 sessions are divided into the 2 seasons.
|Season||Month||Venue||County Camps (Sun)|
|Winter 2019/20||October||WHLTC – Indoors||20th|
|November||WHLTC – Indoors||17th|
|December||WHLTC – Indoors||15th|
|January||WHLTC – Indoors||12th|
|February||WHLTC – Indoors||9th|
|Summer 2020||March||WHLTC – Indoors||8th|
|N/A||August||No Training, get playing those tournaments & enjoy your holidays!|
Details of when the 2020 County Teams are in action, plus the Junior Tennis Festival:-
|28 Feb-1 Mar||18U County Cup [B Taunton, G Wrexham]|
|8-Mar||East Region Red event [Cambridge]|
|25-26 Apr||12U County Cup [Venues TBA]|
|2-3 May||14U County Cup [Venues TBA]|
|9-10 May||Lionel Cox (12U, 10U, 9U) [Queenswood]|
|6 June||9U County Cup [Venues TBA]|
|13-14 June||10U County Cup [Venues TBA]|
|20-21 June||11U County Cup NEW!! [Venues TBA]|
|Late June||Magdalen College School Tennis Festival [14U B]|
|20-24 July||Summer County Cup (Open) [Venues TBA]|
|31 Jul-2 Aug||Ladies’ O35s County Cup [Eastbourne]|
|28-30 Aug||Men’s O35s County Cup [Eastbourne]|
|23-29 Aug||JUNIOR TENNIS FESTIVAL (County Closed) N Oxford|
|20-22 Nov||Winter County Cup [Venues TBA]|
Training camp timetable
Simply find your age group and then next to it you will see what time your
training camp will be. Don’t be late!
|8 & under||09.00 to 12.30|
|9’s||10.00 to 13.30|
|10’s||10.00 to 13.30|
|11’s||10.00 to 13.30|
|12’s||13.30 to 17.00|
|13’s||13.30 to 17.00|
|14’s||13.30 to 17.00|
|18’s –||17.00 to 18.30|
SELECTION CRITERIA FOR JUNIOR COUNTY CUP AND OTHER COUNTY TEAM EVENTS
The following arrangements apply for the selection of junior tennis teams to represent Oxfordshire:
The Selection Committee will select the team for each event. The Committee’s aim will be to select the team which in its judgement will perform best as a team and in representing Oxfordshire.
In making its decision, the Committee will take into account a player’s ranking, rating, recent form, age, the level of tournaments played and results over the past 12 months together with any other factors it considers relevant. Other such factors include attitude, team spirit and attendance at County Training (not an exhaustive list). No one factor will be deemed to take precedence over others. There will be no playoffs and the Committee’s decision will be final.
The Selection Committee is:
- Alison Jackson (Chairman)
- Lucy Brown
- Olly Carr
- Simon Elliott
- Tom Francis
- Tom Lambert
- Jon Maskens
- Neil Shirley
- Dave Tuck
Selections will be published on the Tennis Oxfordshire website 8 weeks before each event. Individual invitations will be issued to those selected at that time. Confirmation of availability to play (or to remain on the reserve list) will be required within one week from the date of the invitation. The final team list will then be published
Note: The Selection Committee will select the squad of players who will form the team for an inter county competition. Selection of players to play specific matches within that competition is at the absolute discretion of the Team Captain for that event and will be made on the basis of his/her professional judgement.
SELECTION CRITERIA FOR JUNIOR COUNTY TRAINING
The selection criteria for County Training Camps is as follows:
For 18U, 14U, 13U and 12U age groups selection is made on the basis of:
- Level of tournaments played over the last 12 months
- Age/Year of birth
For 11U, 10U & 9U age groups selection is made on the basis of:
- Rating/ Mini tennis rating
- Ranking/recent form
- Level of tournaments played over the last 12 months
For 8U, selection will be made on the basis of coach recommendation. We are keen to include as many players as possible in this group.
Wildcard places (except 8’s).
Each age group except 8U and 18U will normally have space for 8 players to attend County Training. 8U and 18U County Training groups will be larger than 8.
The first 6 players will be chosen using the selection criteria above; the remaining 2 players may be
selected by Wild Card. This means that in exceptional circumstances the Section Committee may choose a player who would not have been selected under the criteria above. Wild Cards may take into account:
- Recent injuries
- Reasons why competition has been missed
- Personal circumstances
- Late entry into the sport
NB An important objective of County Training is preparing players for inter County events. Currently all of these (except 8U and 18U) take place in the summer season and squad selection (except 8U and 18U) is made on the basis of a player’s age in the relevant summer season. Selections for County Training in 2019/2020 take account of the LTA’s changes in age group criteria effective from 1 April 2020.