10-24-2005, 04:40 PM #18Originally Posted by Sephiroth
the coaches *should* be able to spot potential and ability.....just try to relax, be alert when u play, socialise when u are resting/relaxing, but try to watch others play, either to learn techniques, tactics, or to figure out how to beat them. obviously dont whip out the gameboy and start playing....or wander over to the girls' courts.....
in all, relax and believe in yourself (but not showoff) and play as well as u can. if u make it, great, if not try to ask the coach what u need to do/improve on to make the team/squad and come back next year
just don't freeze!! stay loose, warm up well and go thru the basics when knocking up....dont try to go in and smash as hard!!
10-24-2005, 04:48 PM #19
The existing county squad will have to go to the trial too!!
If it was anything like my county trial then the coaches will just treat it as a normal training session, and see how the players cope. Its better just to play as you would when you are playing at your club or whatever. Don't actually set out to try to impress as you'll end up trying too hard. Just play normally.
If you have started playing seriously at the age of 15 then you are at a disadvantage but getting to the top level is definitely not impossible but bear in mind that you will have to train hard. The trick is to find the dedication. You just have to work extremely hard because there is a lot of catching up to do.
Good luck in your trial.
10-25-2005, 03:59 AM #20
K, well thanks for the advice "other" and "faster"...
Here i go...
Best Wishes, Sephiroth
P.S. I'll reply with good news and I'll remain silent with bad news...
10-25-2005, 03:54 PM #21
Omg... I arrived and there were 30 + peeps there...
Basically no one assessed us, It basically an introductory session. All in all, I have to come back for the next few weeks before Christmas and then they will make the final decision. These people will judge us as we go along.
Well, its a fair point with many people trying to get in so... i'll tell u guys my progress as each week progresses !
Worries over, Sephiroth (well until the final decision is made...)
10-25-2005, 04:37 PM #22
They won't have assessed you comprehensively but I'm almost sure that since there were people they didn't know, they will have watched you playing and they'll have a fair idea who they intend to keep in the team. btw this is almost exactly what i had to do for my county trial. Next week they will tell us if we have made it into the squad.
10-25-2005, 04:44 PM #23Originally Posted by fast3r
In truth i dont know if the judges saw EVERYONE play since "playing" only lasted about 30 mins.
Anyway, I'll keep posting how each of sessions go... Thats why we still have to play until Christmas befoe they make the decison
10-25-2005, 04:53 PM #24
heh... 1.5hr warmup... sounds familiar...
did you have to do a 'cool down' as well?
actually i think the main objective of such a long warm up is simply to waste time. therefore they can keep players coming to sessions for longer to 'make a jugdement' but actually so they can make more money.
I wouldn't worry to much about the county training, since you are very unlikely to get much out of it. As I said its probably more important to enter the BE tournaments.
10-25-2005, 04:58 PM #25Originally Posted by fast3r
I do worry, but I know i shouldn't... but I want to get training from county so when I do the BE tourneys, I feel more prepared and ready. I also want to have the "honour" of wearing the county T-Shirt.
Hmmm, I think I might benefit a "bit" from it since I play it with people of the same standard But I see what u mean. Besides its something to do during the week and I want to give it as much as I can before my GCSEs start to take over
Thank you, Sephiroth
10-25-2005, 05:06 PM #26
how did you compare to the others, were they better/worse/the same standard as you? you know in the end they'll probably keep everyone in the squad
10-25-2005, 05:24 PM #27Originally Posted by fast3r
oh me, well... I'd say between "same standard - county standard". So, I should get in, If there are enough spaces... and the judges think i have potential
NOTE: i am 15 but one of the "judge" said how old were u on january 1st at 00.00 ? And i said 14 .. then he said k thats cool.... (phew)
Thank you, Sephiroth
Last edited by Sephiroth; 10-25-2005 at 05:26 PM.
10-27-2005, 03:42 PM #28Originally Posted by Sephiroth
10-27-2005, 03:50 PM #29Originally Posted by fast3r
11-01-2005, 11:35 AM #30
Wow! I think you'll definitely get in the squad if you can travel back in time!! While your at it, do you have next weeks lottery numbers??
Only kidding, good luck! I'd suggest asking questions and looking keen too.. plus try to strike up a good partnership with someone you think has potential.
11-07-2005, 07:30 PM #31
keep us updated Sephiroth!!
11-08-2005, 04:31 PM #32Originally Posted by other
I got approx 6 more weeks before they make a decision... I keep arriving 1hour and 30 mis late 'cause of ******n' traffic which means i get 30 mins play
I try my best when i am there and i am glad some of the judges there, are lenient to let us play even if we are late
We usually play doubles or 1/2 court singles (a mix with county and non-county) with 3 judges watching from the balcony. I haven't been commented on yet but i know my time will come soon...
Thank you, Sephiroth
02-10-2006, 06:48 AM #33
So how did it go ??
Have you found out yet??
02-11-2006, 07:23 AM #34
Oh ya no problems. I got into the squad not the team though ^^; But its better than nothing, at least i get training
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