AITA to rate tennis academies

The All India Tennis Association has announced that it would be rating the tennis academies across the country on a set of standard parameters.

The tennis academy at Nara Chandrababu Naidu Colony in Vijayawada.   -  Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar

The All India Tennis Association (AITA) has announced that it would be rating the tennis academies across the country on a set of standard parameters.

The secretary of the AITA, Hironmoy Chatterjee, stressed in a statement released here on Saturday, that the AITA registered academies would alone be eligible to conduct national and international tournaments from July 1 this year.

The AITA felt that it was important to give the parents and the players a clear idea about the quality of each centre in an attempt to guide them make the right choice.

The academies will be rated on the basis of number of courts, number of AITA registered players, number of AITA certified coaches, number of competitions held in a season, quality of players emerging from the centre, apart from other aspects like the existence of a gymnasium, swimming pool, wheel chair tennis, play and stay scheme etc.

A total of five points would ensure AITA recognition. With up to 10 points, a centre would get one-star rating, 11-14 points would fetch a two-star rating and 15 or more points would get a three-star rating, which can be reviewed after 12 months.

In the normal course, the rating would be valid for two years. It was categorically stated that centres that do not possess separate toilet facilities for boys and girls, apart from filtered drinking water, would not be recognised by the national federation.

The academy rating system was unanimously approved by the Executive Committee of the AITA. The ratings would be published by the AITA in its website and aims to lift the overall standard of coaching across the country.