Performance > Selection Policies

Please see below the selection policies for County Training and County Cup Teams for Juniors.

COUNTY TRAINING SELECTION POLICY

The Middlesex Tennis office will send an e-mail to all coaches in Middlesex to invite them to nominate players they wish to be considered for County Training at 8U/9U/10U.

A selection panel consisting of the county coach, Head of Middlesex Performance Tennis, will then make the final selection based on the following:

12–18U

The top 6 players (top 8 boys and girls for 18&U) based on ranking on a set date will automatically be invited. The next 6 players will be selected by the panel based on a combination of the following factors:

  • Player ranking
  • Player rating
  • Level of involvement within LTA performance structure (National, Regional)
  • Winner of County Closed event: automatic selection
  • Performance in preceding County events/other external tournaments
  • Attitude
  • Commitment to a regular training programme
  • Attention to future game development

8U/9U/10U

All players will be selected by the panel based on a mixture of the following factors:

  • Mini Tennis Rating (Orange/Green only)
  • Level of involvement within LTA Talent ID structure (National, Regional, County)
  • Winner of County Closed event: automatic selection
  • Performance in preceding County events/other external tournaments
  • Attitude
  • Commitment to a regular training programme
  • Attention to future game development

Players selected will receive an e-mail from Middlesex tennis where information of the training dates, times, venue and payment will be detailed. Players will be expected to pay for their County Training to cover the costs of coaches and court fees.

COUNTY TEAM SELECTION POLICY

18U Team Selection

This is an impartial process led by the team captain in conjunction with the Performance Manager. Selection is based on a number of factors including ranking and knowledge of players - reliability, foreseeable physical fitness, conduct, and a player’s ability to work within the team.

Wildcards can be selected at any time, (i.e. at selection meetings, invited to attend training sessions,  asked to participate in a play-off match(es) or be selected as a result of training sessions).The Team Captain will make final decision.

Selection is based on a combination of direct entry players and wildcards as follows:

Wildcard(s)
2-6

Direct Entry Places
4-6

Team:
6 – 10 players

Age group:
18

  • Direct Entry
    a) Ranking on a given date. (the selection date)
    b) U18 ATP/WTA Ranking
    C) ITF up to 1000
  • Wildcards – If the Captain chooses not to utilise the wildcard option, the remainder of the team will be selected on the given date based on player  ranking on the given date. The selection panel also reserves the right to use a play-off system
  • If a nominated player is unavailable to represent the county the next player(s), if required  will be selected based on the direct entry criteria
  • The captain reserves the right to change the team if a player does not attend any of the arranged practice sessions
  • All of the selections including the wild cards must be justified through the player demonstrating loyalty, commitment, attitude and team spirit towards all county events and activities relevant to the player.

14U / 12U Team Selection

Selection is based on a combination of direct entry players and wildcards as follows:

Wildcard(s)
0-3
0-3

Direct Entry Places
At least 2
At least 2

Team:
Team of 4 – 6 players
Team of 4 – 5 players

Age group:
14
12

  • Direct entry is by ranking on a given date (the selection date).
  • The wildcards are to be chosen from the players who were invited to/are attending County Training squads.
  • If the Captain chooses not to utilise the wildcard option, the remainder of the team will be selected on the given date based on player ranking
  • If a nominated player is unavailable to represent the county the next player(s), if required  will be selected based on player rating and ranking on the given date
  • The captain reserves the right to change the team if a player does not attend any 1 of the arranged practice sessions.
  • All of the selections both direct entry the wild cards must be justified through the player demonstrating loyalty, commitment, attitude and team spirit towards all county events and activities relevant to the player.

10U / 9U Team Selection

This is an impartial process led by the team captain, county coaches and performance manager. Selection is based on a number of factors such as , recent form and knowledge of players, their commitment to game development for the future and performance in competition. - reliability, foreseeable physical fitness, conduct, and a player’s ability to work within the team.

NOTE: As the players are in an their early development stages, competitive results are NOT the sole factor taken into consideration when selecting squads and teams.

Squad selection will be made from the players attending the county training squads (or Regional / National Training squads)

Team Selection will be based on performance by agreement of the team Captain and vice-captain.

Team:
Team of 4 – 5 players

Age group:
10

  1. 4–5 girls and 4-5 boys will be selected based on how players competed over the current and over the previous season and performance in County/Regional/National Training squads.
  2. Attitude and behaviour
  3. Commitment to game development

Team:
8 players mixed boys and girls

Age group:
9

  1. 4 Boys and 4 girls will be selected based on how players competed over the current and over the previous season and performance in County/Regional/National Training squads.
  2. Attitude and behaviour
  3. Commitment to game development

If you would like any more information – please contact us at performance@middlesextennis.org.uk