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Explanation of Different Metrics in Tennis

There are a number of criteria that tennis parents use who are trying to understand the college tennis recruiting process.  For the most part, men’s and women’s college coaches will research a player’s UTR, tennisrecruiting.net, and USTA rankings.  Each college coach has their own unique evaluation process and priorities.  There are other important factors, like meeting a minimum academic standard, good personality fit with the team, work ethic, etc.  The first thing a coach will look at is the high school player ratings and metrics for their tennis results. This post will focus on that part of the coach analysis.

Tennisrecruiting.net

Tennisrecruiting.net was the premiere metric prior to UTR, and is still an integral part of the coach’s analysis.  It ranks players either blue chip (top 25 nationally) or with stars (1-5, with 5 stars being the best).  Tennisrecruiting.net uses the grade level and gender to rank high school players in a way easy to understand by college coaches, who can refer to a recruit as a three star or four star, similar to the way high school football and basketball players are described.

Untied States Tennis Association

USTA (United States Tennis Association) rankings are also a prominent part of the process for many coaches. It places the players in a ranking order, according to the points they acquire from winning matches in USTA tournaments.  It is the opinion of this blogger that USTA rankings can frequently be skewed in favor of the kids who play the most events.  USTA rankings are the only metric of the three where a player gets a boost if the opponent withdraws from a match, even prior to walking on the court.

Universal Tennis Rating

UTR stands for Universal Tennis Rating (UTR).  It was developed in 2008 and has grown in popularity quickly due to its ability to rank players across age, gender, and even nationality.  With the advent of UTR, college coaches can use a metric to compare players across the world.  While there is no such thing as a perfect metric, UTR is the most accurate and detailed index of players’ tennis skill and past results.  Players are rated between 1-16.  For high school players interested to determine if they are qualified to play for certain colleges, comparing their UTR to the players on the team is a great place to start.  For example, a player with a UTR of 9 is an excellent high school player but would not be competitive at a top tier division 1 college (such as Florida or Virginia) where the players generally range from 13-15.  If you have never familiarized yourself with UTR, visit their web site.

UTR is the only one that considers the score of the match in determining the player ranking.  This is good because if a player loses a close match to another top player, UTR will give the player credit for being close.  Both tennisrecruiting.net and USTA rankings do not give any credit for a loss, no matter how close it is.  One of the unique aspects of UTR is that a player’s ranking can go up even when the opponent wins the match.  For example, if a UTR 6 plays a UTR 8 and loses 7-6 7-5, the UTR of the UTR 6 player will rise.

Conclusion

One big mistake I see is parents and kids who focus too much on the metrics at a young age.  While it is certainly important during the junior and senior years of high school to have ratings/rankings that are attractive to college coaches, it is not nearly as important in the earlier years.  Yes, tournaments are selecting players now based upon their USTA rankings and UTR (not tennisrecruiting.net, though), but the most important two things for parents and their tennis playing kids are to focus on improvement and enjoyment.  There are some kids who avoid valuable experience due to a fear of losing to a lower ranked player.  That impedes progress and damages development.  There are other kids who “burn out” from excessive stress about match results.  The kids who improve the most are the ones with a balanced outlook on the process of developing tennis skill over a long period of time.  Match results are a barometer but should not be considered paramount in importance.  Many times, the difference between winning and losing is minuscule, so defining a win as a success and a loss as a failure is short sighted.

Finally, a word of advice from a fellow with three collegiate players: enjoy the process!  The time spent with practice and traveling for competition is amazing bonding time, and will provide memories to last a lifetime.  Keep it fun, stay positive, and be proud of the way you handle adversity along the way.  Bouncing back from a less ideal result is one of the best life lessons anyone can learn, so remember all of the good that comes out of the long process toward improvement.

Interested in playing in some tournaments to boost your rating? Check out our blog page to see what is happening monthly at the club!

Fitness Classes and Their Advantages

Here at The Wembley Club, we have a plethora of fitness classes. Our fitness program is continuously growing! Between the amount of classes, and the many times throughout the day, there is always a time to get a good workout in! In this blog, we will list a few of classes we offer here, along with the many benefits that come with these classes!

1. Cycle AKA Spin: A group cycling class designed for all fitness levels.  This class involves various cycling drills such as hills, sprints and intervals that offer an exhilarating cardiovascular workout. 

There are many benefits to taking a spin class. To start off, not only does a Spin class benefit your muscles, but it’s also a great, low-impact, cardiovascular workout, which improves your blood flow, increases your stamina, boosts your mood, and prevents against chronic issues such as high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Spinning is one of those classes that everyone can do. It is a great introduction into the fitness world. It is also guaranteed to put you in a good mood! Our instructors work exceptionally hard to make sure each playlist is upbeat and fun, and they all correlate perfectly to the workout! 

2. HIIT, TRX, and Boxing: A group fitness class that incorporates interval training in both cardio and weights to maximize fat burning potential during and after class.  A variety of exercises incorporated including boxing and TRX. TRX is a form of suspension training using body weight to develop strength, flexibility and body stability all at the same time. Our boxing class is an exercise class that incorporates boxing with punching bags, targets, and punches and kicks into the air using gloves and light weights.  This class is a station based class incorporating cardio moves in addition to traditional boxing. Boxing strengthens muscles, builds cardiovascular endurance, and helps release stress!

Let’s start with the advantages of boxing! Boxing is a fantastic form of cardio! It is also a total-body workout. With all of the punching, kicking, and jumping, your body is using a lot of strength. Take this into account, most heavy bags weigh about 100 pounds. During a workout, you punch and kick the bag hundreds of times, which requires your upper and lower body, and your core to be engaged the entire time. 

Along with boxing, TRX is a great workout for cardiovascular strength , along with full body strength work. TRX is very low impact as well. While doing TRX, you are suspended in the air during the movements. This allows you to 

3. Barre: Movement class incorporating choreographed low impact, high intensity exercise improving your strength, posture, and flexibility.  Barre is a total body class using light weights, bands, small exercise balls, and mats.  

When you think Barre, think ballet/pilates/and yoga, all combined into one! Barre is a great class if you are wanting to tone your muscles, and better your posture. Barre focuses heavily on balance and strength, so your core is an integral part of the workout. Strengthening your core does not just mean flattening your stomach. The isometric movements also help strengthen the tiny muscles around your spine. 

These are just a few of our many classes here at The Wembley Club! Interested in more? Check out our Fitness Page for more information!

Wembley’s Pickleball Ball Machine

Did you know Wembley has, not only a tennis ball machine, but also a pickleball ball machine? That’s right! Members can book a pickleball court at any time, and rent the ball machine! This unlike any other club in the area!

     

There are many benefits to hitting with a ball machine.

Firstly, the ball machine will always work into your schedule. You never have to scramble to find people to play with, and you never have to worry about how the other person is playing.

Another good reason is, even the very best pros cannot feed you the same ball every single time. Ball machines can help you find your grove when hitting the ball. With the same ball being fed over, and over, you can create muscle memory.

Along those lines, ball machines are great because they let you progress at your own pace. You can take as much or as little time working on a certain stroke as you would like.

Don’t know how to use the Lobster? Here is a helpful video explaining everything you’ll need to know!

Want to use the ball machine, but don’t know what drills to do? Check out this video!

Come out sometime and try our new pickleball ball machine!

Just log in to your account and book a pickleball court, then when you arrive at the club, ask for the extension cord!

Check out out our Pickleball page, as well as our other posts to stay updated on everything pickleball here at Wembley!

February Pickleball Tournament

Don’t wait! You won’t want to miss this!

Sunday February 23, Wembley is hosting another pickleball tournament!

Interested in signing up? Wondering what events we are having?

Events in February

Interested in getting more involved in what’s happening at Wembley? Here’s what is going on at Wembley in February!

  • January 31-February 2: USTA Adult Tournament
    • This adult tournament is all doubles, including Combo, and Mixed.
    • Sign up here.
  • February 8: Welcome Back and Birthday party for Dre, Sherif, and Ben!
  • February 16: Junior USTA Single Day Showdown
  • February 22-23: USTA Junior Level 4 Tournament
  • February 23: Pickleball Tournament
  • Among these, members have pool parties, tennis parties, and parties in our Taverne.
    • Want to schedule a party?
      • Email: events@wembleyclub.com
      • Call the club: (440)543-8171

Events in January

Interested in getting more involved in what’s happening at Wembley? Here’s what is going on at Wembley this month!

  • January 12: USTA Junior Level 5 Tournament
  • January 19: Pickleball tournament. Sign up here.
  • January 24-25: The Blast
    • The Blast is Wembley’s biggest event of the year. 80 tennis players of all levels come out and play lots of tennis, and have lots of fun. A buffet is set up in the Taverne, and the drinks are cold! We also have many kids activities to keep them occupied while their parents play!
    • Want to sign up? Email Dave! dave@wembleyclub.com
  • January 25-26: USTA Junior Level 4 Tournament. Sign up here.
  • January 31-February 2: USTA Adult Tournament
    • This adult tournament is all doubles, including Combo, and Mixed.
    • Sign up here
  • Among these, members have pool parties, tennis parties, and parties in our Taverne.
    • Want to schedule a party?
      • Email: events@wembleyclub.com
      • Call the club: (440)543-8171

Cardio tennis at Wembley

Pickleball Tournament

You won’t want to miss this!

This Sunday, January 19, Wembley is hosting another pickleball tournament!

Interested in signing up? Wondering what events we are having?

Reasons to Start your Child in Tennis

In today’s day and age, keeping kids active can be difficult. Between running around from work, to school, to home, extracurricular activities sometimes cannot fit in. Starting your child in tennis is a great way to get active for many reasons. Not only is it great exercise, but there are also many great life lessons learned in tennis. Check out these reasons why starting your child in tennis can have a great outcome on their life and future!

1. Hand-Eye Coordination 

Tennis helps develop hand-eye coordination at a very young age. When a child is learning to hit a tennis ball, they are constantly learning to judge the distance to the ball, and when to make contact.

2. Bone Strength and Flexibility

Starting tennis at a young age helps strengthen bone structure. It is proven that tennis can prevent osteoporosis later in life. Kids also learn about stretching before and after activities, and they are constantly stretching when they are maneuvering to the ball, which drastically improves flexibility.

3. Cardiovascular Strength

When you get a kid on the tennis court, they can spend an hour running around with high energy without even realizing it. With all of the running around, they are strengthening their heart while having fun.

4. Motor Skills

Playing tennis helps condition large muscle groups. From running around, to striking the ball, tennis is a full body activity. As their skills advance, fine motor skills are strengthened because of difficult shots like volleys, drop shots, and lobs.

5. Agility and Balance

During a single point, a player may change directions 5 times in a matter of 10 seconds! They have to learn how to run up to a ball, stop, strike the ball, then recover. With all of the stop-go movement, kids become more agile, and learn to balance their bodies.

6. Life Skills

Many life skills are learned while playing tennis. Like all sports, when learning tennis, you can run into points where it gets difficult or frustrating. Learning to overcome obstacles, and becoming better from it is an important skill to learn while young. Also, when playing against other kids, you will find other kids are just unfair. Learning to deal with unfairness at a young age prepares kids for the rest of their life. When they learn to handle unfairness, and act out of logic and reasoning instead of feelings, they learn to act well beyond their years. Tennis teaches mental toughness in general. When you are out on court, it is just you against your opponent. You have to learn how to face adversity, and rise against struggles on your own.

Tennis is a sport that can be played the rest of your life. There are many physical and mental advantages to playing tennis. Starting a kid in tennis early can be a great way to get them active, and a fun way to spend time together!

Interested in signing your child up for our Junior Clinic program? Check out our Youth Tennis Page!

Thai Massage at The Wembley Club

The Wembley Club is excited to announce that we now offer Thai Massage Appointments.

Appointments can be made in 60, 90, and 120 minute increments. Please use the form below to schedule your next Thai Massage.

If you are desiring an appointment that is not available on the schedule please contact Kate Lawrence at 216-374-5262.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What do I wear for my appointment?

It is suggested that you wear comfortable clothing, clothing that you are able to stretch in and feel relaxed.

What is Thai Massage?

Thai Massage, or Thai Yoga Massage, is a traditional modality practiced in Thailand for centuries. Based on Ayurvedic medicine and yoga, this art form has been handed down for 2,200 years. In Thailand, people regularly receive this treatment as a type of maintenance to stay healthy. Thai Massage is a form of energy work and a component of Thai medicine. In Thailand, it is used to treat various illnesses and dis-ease. A complete Thai massage includes acupressure, energy meridian work, and yoga-like stretching for an invigorating experience. Thai massage is different from other forms of massage in that there is little to no oil used, and that the masseur uses a mattress on the floor (instead of a table).  You remain clothed throughout the session. In Thai work, one will experience more stretching of limbs and acupressure and not as much sweeping muscular work, as in a relaxation massage. It is often described as “assisted yoga” or having someone “do yoga to you”. It has also been described as a flowing dance between masseur and client, particularly when the client completely lets go, allowing his/her body to be passive while it is being moved around. 

Thai massage improves circulation, flexibility, and muscle tone, complimenting any exercise routine. The acupressure and stretching is very helpful to those who are stiff, sore, and tired from over-exertion in work, sports, or arthritis and other disorders. It relaxes sore tense muscles, and helps mobilize joints that have lost their range of motion. It also encourages lymphatic function, strengthening the immune system. Thai massage will stimulate the mind and body, promoting the body’s own healing ability. One can receive all of the benefits of yoga or Tai Chi within a Thai massage.

Anyone can receive Thai massage! The massage can be done according to your own needs and flexibility.  Just be sure to indicate in advance of ANY sensitivities, injuries, or conditions you have. Also, communication is KEY. Feel free to indicate when you need more or less pressure or stretch.

The Ultimate Guide to Pickleball

Wanting to get a basic understanding of the fastest growing sport in America? In this blog, we will have material that can help guide you into the Pickleball world!

In one of our earlier posts, we completely outlined the game. Here is some further information to continue on.

Firstly, here is a 3 part video series to help explain the basics of the game of pickleball.

Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEYsymCtIDY

Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ox3YlsvewMA

Part 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVFB97Hvlxs

Want to know everything from the history of pickleball, what to expect, all the way to strategy? We have attached a booklet that can give you all of that, and more! The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Pickleball

One of the hardest thing for new players to adjust to is the non-volley zone/kitchen. Even some advanced players struggle with some of the specifics of the rules as well. We have found an awesome video that thoroughly explains everything you need to know about the kitchen! https://youtu.be/xGfLXDTzJck

After achieving the basics of the game, you’ll want to learn the art of “dinking.” Although there are times you will hit the ball hard, learning how to hit softly will take your game to another level. Here is a great video on dinking to refer to: https://youtu.be/aOYocJSLEmc

What’s next? Here at Wembley, and all over the country, there are always tournaments to play in. Going into the tournaments, and regular play in general, you will want to know the official rules used. Here is a the entire rule book: USA Pickleball Association Rulebook

When you are registering for a tournament for the first time, you will have to give yourself a rating, or “self-rate.” Don’t panic! Here is a simple chart that can help guide you through the process! Self-Rating Guide

Don’t forget! Here at Wembley we offer private lessons, group lesson, and have TONS of group play! Check out our pickleball page for more info!