The Master-Class Program
Our Master-Class program is designed for the most committed students of the game. It provides comprehensive training, and an individualized approach. Players are normally striving to National and International levels of play, leading to the prospect of NCAA scholarships and Professional Competition.
This year we have streamlined the program into U18 and U14 groupings, with corresponding schedules and clear program leadership for each division. We will continue providing regular solo and duo lessons, and the revised structure will permit Program Leaders to attend a greater number of out-of-town tournaments. In 2017-18 the goal-setting and periodic consultation process is pre-scheduled, and we are planning to incorporate a wider array of off-court training activities, including meditation, yoga and nutrition counselling. For these reasons, we are confident that this year will be the best ever!
Age: Players must be in the indicated competitive age groups, as per Tennis Canada. Players joining in the fall and about to enter an older group in the new year (i.e. U10 about to enter U12, or U14 about to enter U16), will be considered eligible to join the older grouping.
Playing Level: Players must normally be at a minimum 3-star Provincial competition level, and usually ranked within the top 50 in their age group. However, the professional assessment of the Program Leader, encompassing assessment of mentality and projected rate of improvement, are also potent factors in the playing level assessment.
Logistical Commitment: Students must be prepared to commit to the full 12 month contract, and the entire training schedule and program.
Schooling: Students must attend a sport study institution, be home schooled, or have made arrangements with their school to permit participation. Players must be willing and able to miss some school days as a result of travelling outside Ottawa in order to compete. Where logistics and transportation are an issue, car-pooling or other solutions can be found.
Mentality: Players need to have a mentality suited to the goals of the program, especially steady enthusiasm, willingness to work, teachability, and acceptable standards of conduct within the humanistic ethos of the Noble Tennis School.
Parental Approach: Our approach in the NTS is highly collaborative, and parents are consulted regularly. Pre-planned seasonal meetings are part of the program, and there is a ‘team’ atmosphere to the endeavour. That said, Master-Class is best suited to parents seeking comprehensive tennis leadership for their kids. Those wishing to take an active role in coaching, training, or otherwise leading in the player development process will normally be advised to register for Annual or ‘A La Carte’ programming within the School.
U18 Master-Class (U18 and U16 competition categories)
Leadership: Program Leader, Tony Roth
Weekdays: 2:00-6:00pm, Monday-Thursday
Weekends: Individually Planned. Weekend activities include Tournaments, In-House Matchplay events, Advanced Adult-Junior Matchplay (Sunday evenings, 6:30-8 pm), Solo or Duo Lessons, Practice Matches, Hitting Partner Sessions. When there is no scheduled tournament play, Friday is normally a day off.
U14 Master-Class (U14 and U12 competition categories)
Leadership: Program Leader, Ben Etheve-Meek
Weekdays: 3:00-6:00pm, Monday-Thursday
Weekends: Individually Planned. Weekend activities include Tournaments, In-House Matchplay events, Solo or Duo Lessons, Practice Matches, Hitting Partner Sessions. When there is no scheduled tournament play, Friday is normally a day off.
U18: $1,600 per month ($19,200 per year)
U14: $1,500 per month ($18,000 per year)
These prices do not include HST
Inclusions: The monthly fee includes all on-court training activities (solo, duo and group formats), all off-court training (with program leaders or other hired professionals/consultants), coaching at tournaments, full-time summer training, hitting partner fees, matchplay program fees, individual goal-setting and annual planning, seasonal consultations (plus additional meetings if/as needed), OAC memberships (Player + 1 parental membership), walk-on privileges (access to court time outside program hours at no charge), player advocacy (e.g. for NCAA scholarships, sponsorships, issues related to provincial and national associations), and program clothing/goods.
Exclusions: The program fee does not include tournament entry fees or expenses related to player participation in tournaments, or physiotherapy and other medical attention as may be required outside the normal Injury Prevention element of the program. There may also be additional fees for tournament coaching at out-of-town events, especially those lasting more than 3 days, or not on the original plan/schedule for a given age group.
Scholarships: These are available, based on financial need. Tax returns and additional information are required as part of the submission/request process.