County Training Selection Policy

Below was the selection policy set back in the late summer for 2020 – 2021.  Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation we will need to be fluid with some of the criteria with selecting our training squads depending on when we are able to start sessions again.  We would appreciate your understanding with this and we hope that by the autumn of 2021 the situation may be more settled and we can re issue the next years criteria as appropriate.

There will be a new system used by the LTA for ratings called the World Tennis Number (WTN). Details have been sent out to all players & coaches and the new system will be up and running sometime during 2020/2021 (date to be confirmed). Details can be found using this link.

During 2020 -2021 the new age groups will also start. County training groups will be selected to work towards the 2021 events (this includes the 12 Counties Corby event). 

Selection Policy 12U – 18U

The top 5 ranked players for each age group, girls and boys, will have automatic selection for the training group. The ranking list date for the final selection for the different terms will be published in advance.  

3 further places will be awarded taking into consideration, ranking, rating/WTN tournament play and coach recommendation. 

Any player being invited and accepting a place will also need to:

  • Have county training session as an additional session to their weekly club session
  • Having some technical coaching
  • Be playing minimum grade 4 competition

Selection Policy 9U & 10U

  • Consideration will be given to the highest rated players
  • Have county training session as an additional session to their weekly club session
  • Having some technical coaching
  • Players should be competing at minimum level 4 for 10U and minimum level 5 for 9U

Selection Policy 8U

  • Have county training session as an additional session to their weekly club session
  • Having some technical coaching
  • Playing competition which ideally includes some external competition

We will be expecting all players who take a County Training place to make themselves available for selection for the various county events including taking part in the County Championships. The dates of these will be sent out when they are confirmed.

All selections for County Training will be led by Chris Skinner our Junior Team Head County Coach.  All county training coaches and county cup captains will be a part of the discussions and any players’ individual coach may be contacted by the group where it is felt this may be needed.

County Training Selection Policy

Team Selection Policy

Due to the COVID-19 situation and the uncertainty of events continuing in their current format we may need to be flexible with our selection policy and the dates for selection. We appreciate your understanding with this.

This is an impartial process led by the Team Captain and supported by a selection panel including the relevant county training coaches and Chris Skinner the Junior Team Head County Coach.

This panel can be formed through a formal meeting or through a group email/phone conversation. 

County Cup Selection - 18U, 14U, 12U, 10U, 11U, 9U


18U - Minimum 6 and a maximum of 10 players (plus potential non travelling reserves)
14U 12U 11U 10U - Minimum 4 and a maximum of 6 players (plus potential non travelling reserves)
9U - Minimum 8 (4 boys and 4 girls mixed team) maximum 10 (plus potential non travelling reserves) 

Selection is based on a combination of rating, ranking and wildcards as follows:

  • The selection panel will be looking at both ranking and rating as a guide. There will be a given date (relevant to age group of County Cup team) on which the rankings/rating will be considered. This date has been determined by the county office to allow time for the selection to take place and players being invited with reasonable time before the event. These dates will be published on the county website. With the increased doubles matches in all age groups team selection will consider the balance of singles and doubles players in their selection
  • Wildcard entry/s is by coach nomination and following a selection panel discussion
  • 9U orange players who are eligible to play 10U green ball can be selected for the 10U team ahead of green players if the selection panel deem it appropriate.
  • The decision of the selection panel is final and in exceptional circumstances the selection committee reserve the right not to select an individual based on sound and explained reasoning.

Corby Selection

Corby team selection will follow the same guidelines as above although there are no doubles played at Corby.

Each Corby team 18U, 16U, 14U, 12U, 10U will consist of 4 boys with 2 or 3 non travelling reserves and 4 girls with 2 or 3 non travelling reserves.

The 9U team is 4 players, 2 boys and 2 girls (plus 4 non travelling reserves 2 boys and 2 girls).

Please note: With all the selections if there is a tight decision to be made then rating will take priority for a grade 4 event and ranking will take priority for a grade 3 event.

Junior County Team Selection

LTA Rules for County Eligibility

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