Juniors

General Information

Juniors are club members aged up to 17 years; once they turn 18, they become senior club members.    

Karori United is one of the largest community clubs in Wellington and this is reflected in the number of our junior interclub teams (see below).   We entered 20 teams in the 2020 Post-Christmas competitions, from Regional Junior teams that play interclub ties on Saturday afternoons to lower grades that play on Sunday mornings.    

Our Junior Programme is run by a Junior Convenor Miett Fear and a keen group of parent volunteers who manage the junior teams and transport them on match days.   As such we are fortunate to be able to cater for a range of ages and abilities.

The club’s membership year runs from 1 September until 31 August each year.  Registrations for the 2020/21 season are open now.  Please visit About / Membership Info on this website to register for the first time or renew your membership.

Junior Club Nights

The club runs a club night for junior members from 5.30pm to 7.30pm on Friday evenings over terms 4 and 1 of the school year.    Coaches are present to organise groups on the courts.     

In addition, juniors who play in senior interclub teams, regional boys or girls interclub teams or who are listed on the club's senior ranking list are welcome to join senior members on senior club nights on Tuesday and Thursday eveings from 7.30pm to 10pm.   

Junior Interclub

The Junior Interclub competitions organised by Tennis Central run for boys and girls over the summer Pre-Christmas and Post-Christmas (term 4 and term 1 of the school year) with a break in-between for school holidays.

This is a great way for players to put their coaching into practice with teammates. Teams are graded based on ability from novice to Regional teams.  Once players start interclub they receive a player code and receive a ranking that will be updated after each game is recorded.

Match days vary depending on the grade as follows:

Regional Elite (boys with Match Hub ranking >900 and girls >700) (Friday evenings from 4.30pm at Renouf)

Regional Boys/Girls (Saturday mornings)

A grade (Sunday morning)

B grade (Sunday morning)

C grade (Sunday morning)

D grade (Sunday morning)

Novice/Hot Shots (Girls Saturday morning/ Boys Sunday morning)

Novice teams cater to children up to 12 years of age, who are playing interclub for the first time. They use the green dot softer ball and can bounce the ball for the second serve.

As one of the largest clubs in Wellington we are able to cater for all ages and abilities. While we aim to set our teams at the beginning of the season for both the Pre- and Post-Christmas competitions, we try to accommodate all requests and may also be in a position to include new teams Post-Christmas.

The club will usually enter teams in all grades, and may be able to enter more than one team in some grades. Teams aim to have 5-6 players and a parent Team Manager to organise the team roster, playing order, balls, scoresheets and entering scores.

All interclub players (or reserves) must be registered as full Junior members.

Matches are played at various clubs in the Wellington City area.

All players are required to wear appropriate tennis attire and club shirts are available to order for all teams.

Players and parents are representatives of the club and full guidelines and rules are available here. 

The deadline for team entries in the 2020/2021 Junior Interclub Pre-Christmas competitions is fast approaching.

All those 2019/2020 interclub players returning this season should have contacted us.

If you haven’t, or you are new to Karori United, we need to hear from you by 10th September 2020 at the very latest.

Please email our Junior Interclub Convenor Miett Fear miettfear@gmail.com

If you have missed the deadline for Pre-Christmas, but would like to play Post-Christmas, please contact us by 1 December. If you would like to be a reserve in either competition, please let us know at any time and we’ll do our best to place you in a team.

Coaching 

Private, semi-private, group and squad coaching sessions are available at the club courts, primarily after school on weekdays on school terms and occasionally at  weekends if courts are available.   In addition, there may be holiday programmes on weekdays during school holidays.    Contact Capital Coaching.    

Junior Club Championships

The club holds Junior Club Championships, which in recent years have been held over a weekend toward the end of January.  There are many events, both singles and doubles, based on age.   All juniors are encouraged to enter.   The standard of finals matches and sportsmanship throughout is high.    

This year our 2020 Junior Club Championships were held over 25 and 26 January.    Congratulations, not only to our winners and runners-up, but to all juniors who participated in the many events.   

Parent and Child Tournament 

The club runs a Parent and Child Tournament on Waitangi Day of each year, weather permitting, with grades of Beginner, Intermediate and Open.    Juniors are encouraged to enter with a parent or close older relative and enjoy the fun of some non-serious competition.

2020 Junior Club Champs and Parent and Child Tournament Winners/Runners-up

Combined Junior Tournament 

On Sunday 20 September, Karori United, Karori Lawn and Talavera clubs held a junior tournament for their juniors on the courts of all three clubs.   This was a great success and to read an article about it see the News page of this website.