Court warrior is an essential part of EKT. We believe that through teaching tennis we are equipping young players with the skills that they need to deal with the challenges life will send their way both on and off the court. The four behaviors that we reward in Court Warrior are
RESPECT – TRAIN – EXPLORE – COMPETE
Through these rewards we help players and parents to understand that players need to be respectful, work hard, be inquisitive and learn to deal with adversity.
We reward these using the Warrior cards and an honors system of wrist bands identifying them in the way outlined in the Court Warrior Guide. Alongside this we have developed over 40 practices designed to encourage these skills supported by special tools like the Court Warrior Challenge App.
Wild Cards are a valuable addition to the drills and activities that are included in the Court Warrior part of EKT. Based on the principles used in the design of many computer games and married with the elements of Court Warrior, Wild Cards are earned in a variety of ways through training, competing and practicing. All for the four behaviors above that EKT is founded on.
The cards are then used in matchplay at the end of the practice, camp or event in Wild Cards Challenge matches. Our guide explains the many different ways that cards can be gained and how to use them to create excitement and greater commitment to your program.
The 50 card pack includes 10 different types of cards with advantages that can be used in a match. Some are more powerful than others but all help players to develop a greater understanding of the tactical elements of the game, while other players learn to deal with the adversity that these advantage create for their opponent.