Coaches Corner: Final Tournament Prep

As the County Championship looms just a few days away, the anticipation and excitement among players are palpable. The months of training have laid the foundation, and now, with the finish line in sight, it's time to refine the details for peak performance. In this article, we'll be going through some of the final steps that teams should look to take in the lead up to an event/tournament. Though these can be tailored for your individual tournaments as well. By following these steps, you will ensure you're not just physically prepared but also mentally primed for success.


1. Review and Refine Your Strategy:

As the saying goes, "failing to plan is planning to fail." Take this time to revisit and refine your doubles combinations and additionally, your game strategies. Identify your strengths and weaknesses and decide who will be playing on which side so that players can adjust positions and tactics accordingly. Communication and coordination between partners are crucial. Use these final days to fine-tune your doubles strategy, focusing on seamless collaboration and understanding each other's playing styles. Going into the weekend not knowing which side you’ll play will leave you with work to do on the day. If possible, study potential opponents and familiarize yourself with their playing styles. A well-thought-out strategy can be a game-changer in the heat of competition.


2. Nutrition and Hydration:


Your body is a well-tuned machine, and it needs the right fuel. Stick to a balanced diet with a mix of complex carbohydrates, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Stay well-hydrated to maintain peak performance. Remember, the right nutrition can be a deciding factor in the latter stages of a tournament.


3. Equipment Check:

Ensure your equipment is in top-notch condition. This includes checking rackets and regripping them, clean your shoes of any sand, and any other get your kit for the weekend packed. Don’t forget your water bottle and any on court gels or snacks you may need during your matches. Consider having a backup for critical items. You wouldn't want a malfunctioning piece of equipment to hinder your performance on game day.


4. Rest and Recovery:

The importance of rest cannot be overstated. Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night to allow your body to recover. In the final days, focus on tapering your training to prevent fatigue. Short power naps during the day can also aid recovery and keep you fresh for the competition.


5. Review Tournament Rules and Logistics:

Familiarize yourself with the specific rules and logistics of the County Championship. Plan your travel and accommodation meticulously to minimize stress on the competition day. Knowing the ins and outs of the tournament structure will give you a mental edge.



As the County Championship approaches, remember that success is often found in the meticulous details. You've put in the hard work; now, let these final days be a celebration of that dedication. Fine-tune your strategy, nurture your body and mind, and step onto the court with confidence.


Please share your tournament expereinces or ask questions in the comments below. Let's build a community of support and encouragement!


May the County Championship, or your next tournament, be a testament to your commitment to excellence.


Good luck!


Coach Jared


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