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    Quote Originally Posted by Sephiroth
    Thank you Cheung... but

    I dont know if I have time up my sleeve to pack all that in. In addition money is a problem when getting a coach .

    I'd love to give county a shot but i feel worried..(my county trial is tommorow) ...I went to a tournament and i played with non -county players yet i came 3rd and i didn't even come 2nd place. The other 2 peeps who beat me will still be going to the trial and i dont know if I can make it

    jeez it sounds as if i am begging lol .. eh.. (sniff)

    When i get accessed, do i play with county players or against the other people trying to get in ? Of course I will be assessed while I play but who do i play against?

    Anyway, Wish me luck tomorrow and to anyone who feels they are in my position...

    Sephiroth
    good luck with it! don't worry, its not as if the coaches are going to put you against richard vaughn and tell u to play singles to 15

    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!!

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    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.

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    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...

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    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...)

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fast3r
    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.
    Really... ? well good luck to you but this session lasted only 2 hours and the warm up took like1 h 30 mins so a few good players only judged 8 people so far. And they only said something like "He has a weak forehand smash or something" it wasn't a definitive decision.

    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

    Bye, Sephiroth

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fast3r
    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.
    Lololol You damn right there... There was even a warm down and they are charging us like 50 to pay until Christmas.

    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

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    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

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    Quote Originally Posted by fast3r
    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
    Well there are some ****ing cockey ******** who should be in county but lag behind to annoy other peeps. In addition, there are some who are really bad, while most other are around the middle - good parts of the group. Remember the age group is for U -15s which means there are bout 30 + kids.

    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
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sephiroth
    Well there are some ****ing ey ******** who should be in county but lag behind to annoy other peeps. In addition, there are some who are really bad, while most other are around the middle - good parts of the group. Remember the age group is for U -15s which means there are bout 30 + kids.

    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
    if you are 15 now you are U17 for this year, to be U15 you need to be 14 at midnight on December 31,2005/January 1, 2006. I think you will have to go to the u17 squad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fast3r
    if you are 15 now you are U17 for this year, to be U15 you need to be 14 at midnight on December 31,2005/January 1, 2006. I think you will have to go to the u17 squad.
    Ya i know i was 14 at that time, so i am a valid candidate.

    Sephiroth

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    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.

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    keep us updated Sephiroth!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by other
    keep us updated Sephiroth!!
    Lol k "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

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    So how did it go ??

    Have you found out yet??

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    Oh ya no problems. I got into the squad not the team though ^^; But its better than nothing, at least i get training

    Sephiroth

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