Frequently Asked Questions

About OTR

We focus on 2 simple but essential ingredients: hard work and passion, where we value the person over the player and the team over the individual.

We strive to develop great people, great athletes and then great tennis players – accepting that each person as an individual is looking to reach their potential in their time frame.

A.R.C. stands for Attitude, Respect, Commitment.

This is our moral compass that connects players, coaches, parents and our entire company vision.

Click here to learn more about our OTR Elite Growth Cycle.

This is a cycle. We believe everything starts with the right mindset – in particular a growth mindset.

With the right mindset, individuals are willing to start the character development journey. This enables the planning stage to take place more smoothly and outcomes become an essential source of feedback for individuals as well as coaches – fueling mindset and allowing the cycle to continue throughout ones tennis and life journey.

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Watch our video that explains our OTR Elite Pathway for Competitive Junior Tennis players.

Levels and Prerequisites

We will look at each individual and exceptions can be made if a child is better suited to a long term development by moving up or down an age category. Tennis level is only one criteria. We look at physical abilities, moral and performance strengths, tennis IQ, UTR, parental support and social integration within specific group environments.

Absolutely not. We are very open minded to other great coaching companies here in HK and Asia and also to unstructured sessions as well.

We respect each person as an individual and some may not necessarily fit the norm in terms of training hours but these are great standards drawn from significant years of research.

Absolutely not. We are very open minded to other great coaching companies here in HK and Asia and also to unstructured sessions as well.

We respect each person as an individual and some may not necessarily fit the norm in terms of training hours but these are great standards drawn from significant years of research.

Trials and Consultations

If you are interested in joining our OTR Elite Competitive Junior Invitational Groups and are new to OTR Elite, the student will be required to attend 2 paid trial classes in order to for our coaches to grade the students’ level.

This allows us to invite the student into the appropriate Invitational Group Class.

Our classes are usually very booked up so trials are incorporated into our regular group sessions and therefore we will charge for these sessions.

Click here to apply for a trial session.

In addition to term grading of all players, OTR Elite offers a paid consultation service for ALL players wishing to be advised on a long-term development plan.

Consultations require an enormous amount of research and time to deliver personalised answers and guidance. We believe our consultation fee is quite low considering the work involved and the service provided.

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UTR

UTR is the official rating system of the ITA (Intercollegiate Tennis Association)

UTR matches form the next stepping stone in our OTR Elite Competitive Pathway.

They are taking learned skills into a competitive environment where the stakes are higher and they are forced to think faster, handle more stress in a more intense setting.

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Competitive Junior Programmes
  • All Invitational A, B and B+ Players have satisfied the Red —> Orange —> Green —> Yellow ball transition phases and have sound technical fundamentals – balance, contact and use of the non-dominant arm.
  • They are aware of our 5 keystone character strengths and strive to improve these areas both on and off the court. They have to be invited into our programmes by Jason Sankey.
  • Invitational C players are new to intense group training but have satisfied the Red → Orange → Green ball level. They will be playing with green balls.

A young person could be excluded from the training after the end of term when he/she significantly decreases the quality of training of other kids:

  • Bullying/physical and mental aggression,
  • Lack of respect towards coaches, other players, club members and workers in IRC or Aberdeen,
  • Constantly arriving late,
  • Irregularly equipped.

We will give two warnings to parents and players before any exclusion is enforced. As a coaching team? We feel it is also our responsibility to help young players develop and we are here to support and assist.

  • C players have satisfied the Red → Orange → Green ball level and are playing comfortably with green balls. They will be asked to train twice a week and possibly have a mental session once/month. They are usually from 5-10 years old.
  • B players have satisfied R—> O—> G—> Y Transitions and are 12 and under and competing in local and club tournaments regularly.
  • B players train a minimum of 2 times/week and up to 3 or 4. They will do a mental session twice/month.
  • B players play all local tournaments and UTR events.
  • B+ players are similar to B players but are 12 and over and are transitioning to A level – not quite at international tournament level. They will do a mental session every week.
  • A players are 12 and over, competing in all local and some international tournaments and all UTR events.

Frequently Asked Questions 1

Our syllabus is consistent in all our venues so it becomes a matter of preference and timing and space. One key difference is our strength and conditioning coach will be predominantly located at IRC but will be available for private sessions to all Invitational players.

We are looking to include a strength and conditioning professional at other venues in the near future.

Tennis is often called a lonely sport. Fitness sessions can change that by providing kids what they need throughout their teenage years: social interaction with peers.

Conditioning training will also introduce seasonal training system that is used by most of the semi-professional and professional tennis players all around the world.

Regular fitness testing will provide information about kids’ mental and physical development.

No, non-members are welcome. Everyone must follow the IRC internal bye-laws.

Payments and Makeups

We charge per term for weekly group classes and payment is done online through our payment system GoTimmy.

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We charge camps individually and payment is done online through our payment system GoTimmy.

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Payments for events is done online through our payment system GoTimmy.

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For private lessons, these can be done with the coach directly or also online. Please refer to payment info.

We do not provide make-ups for pre-paid term classes. We will offer make-up classes for rained out sessions towards the end of each term. At the Indian Recreation Club venue (IRC) we will offer mental and fitness sessions during rainy days.

You must inform us as soon as possible as most classes are quite booked up.

We do not offer makeups for sickness but exceptions can be made for long term or serious injuries or sickness that prevent a player from attending classes or camps. This will be done on a case by case system and OTR Elite will always act in the interest of the individual as long as the quality of our training and sessions are not compromised.

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