Daily schedule at academy's

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  1. papatenis

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    does anybody know the daily schedule at academy's from the time you wake up to time you go to bed.
     
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  2. kme5150

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    This is the schedule of one academy in Florida.

    7:00 Breakfast
    7:10 Transportaion to Courts
    7:15-8:45 Fitness
    9:00 Breakfast
    10:20 Transportaion to Courts
    10:30-12:45 Tennis Program
    1:00 Lunch
    1:30 Study Time
    3:20 Transportaion to Courts
    3:30-5:15 Tennis Program
    5:15-6:45 Fitness Program
    7:00 Dinner Time
    7:30 Study Time
     
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  3. 10isplayer

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    what academy is this?
     
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  4. scraps234

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    which one in fl?
     
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  5. TennisCoachFLA

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    That posted schedule is pretty typical for FL. full time programs....and the exact reason they are vast overkill. I get that the schedule has to satisfy the parents paying lots of money.

    But if you were to interview the top 20 men and women I would guess that the vast majority played other sports like soccer until age 12-14. And I also bet their time spent on tennis and fitness was half or a third of what the academies schedule.

    Deep and intense practice, right on the edge of ones current abilities, can't be done over 1.5-2 hours a day. Add in 3 strength/flexibility training sessions per week of 45 minutes per session.

    So 1.5-2 hours of quality practice 5-6 days a week....3 45 minute strength/flexibility sessions is more than enough.

    I see many kids of equal talent and desire, some academy kids and some who spend 1/3rd the hours on the court....and the academy kids end up no better and sometimes worse. The law of diminished returns applies to tennis practice.
     
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  6. star 5 15

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    I completely agree. Training is about QUALITY not QUANTITY.
     
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  7. kme5150

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    It is an academy near Tampa. I am not going to say the name because it really doesn't matter. If you call around, almost all the academies have the same schedule for full time. IMG & Saddlebrook have very similar schedules.

    I agree with TCFLA and Star that it should be more about quality than quantity.
     
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  8. ClarkC

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    The academic situation looks like a complete joke. Even if each kid had a personal tutor could this paltry time allotment provide any kind of education at all. Is this some sort of a reduced-study schedule only for the summer session?
     
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  9. 10isDad

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    Neither Saddlebrook nor Bollettieri is similar to what was posted, at least not according to the sites:

    Saddlebrook

    Middle School
    School: 0730 - 1000
    Tennis: 1020 - 1220
    Lunch: 1220 - 1310
    School: 1320 - 1505
    Tennis/Fitness: 1515 - 1715

    High School
    School: 0700 - 1230
    Lunch: 1200 - 1250
    Tennis: 1300 - 1715

    Bollettieri:
    Breakfast: 0600 - 0630
    Cardio: 0630 - 0700
    Tennis: 0700 - 1000
    Performance: 1000 - 1100
    Lunch: 1130 - 1300
    School: afternoon

    or

    School: morning
    Lunch: 1130 - 1300
    Tennis: 1330 - 1630
    Performance: 1630 - 1730
     
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  10. kme5150

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    What you see is the standard academy program. For example, some players at Bolletteiri's go to Manatee HS, others are at the Pendleton High School(which is right there at IMG) and some are home schooled.

    I know that both places have a lot different training schedules for their very top players than what is listed on their websites....... You have to remember that many of the very top players have private tutors.
     
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  11. 10isDad

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    Not disputing that but your post made it sound as if both Saddlebrook & IMG had standard schedules like the academy mentioned. That's not the case. The "standard" is what's listed. The 'very top' that you mention are the outliers.
     
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  12. kme5150

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    read my second paragraph again.... :)
     
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  13. 10isDad

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    read your first paragraph again in post 7:

    As I said, I'm not disputing that some players have different schedules.
     
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  14. 35ft6

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    Quality AND quantity matter equally. There's no substitute for simply hitting a lot of balls.
     
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