Where can I learn squash in Chennai
Hello Rainer, we have known each other for a few years, that's why we speak to you. You are primarily known to squashnet.de readers as a junior coach. Since when are you doing this?
As federal fee coach for the U19s, since around 2016 and previously as DSQV management coach for various years since around 2013.
How exactly does the youth work of the German Squash Association (DSQV) look like. Do you also coordinate the youth training in the clubs of the individual federal states or do you nominate the best players in the rankings?
The nomination criteria are coordinated with the national coach Oliver Pettke at the beginning of the season and include not only the ranking lists, but also all tournaments played as well as the impressions during training and the use in this. The youth work of the DSQV also includes the support of the players in training, including consultation with the responsible exercise bike. We create training plans together with Katha Dunst, but this will only increase this year in preparation for the Junior World Championships. Otherwise at the request of the squad athletes and after consultation with the exercise bikes or national trainers.
And how do you have to imagine the cooperation between you and the national coach, is there a division of tasks, you the youth, Oliver Pettke the adults?
Oliver and I work closely together, we talk a lot about the individual athletes and their development. As national coach, Oliver is ultimately also responsible for the youth. I enjoy his trust and I know how to deal with it.
At the U19 Junior World Championships that took place in Chennai in the summer, the team you supervised made it into the best 16 in the world, better than the stipulated by the seeding.
For the first time, together with the sports scientist Katha Dunst, we gave the participants a training plan over 12 weeks and checked this through performance diagnostics at the beginning and at the end of the preparation. This was certainly a cornerstone, but not the only reason for its success. However, this was just the beginning for us, we want to continue on this path and also expand it. Ultimately, the decisive factor for the result are the players who want this success with their motivation and commitment. A plan that is on paper is of no use on its own.
Simon Tietz and Nils Schwab were two relatively young players in the national team of the U19 Junior World Championship and others who could still have played and might have been better rated were not nominated. What is your explanation for that?
There was nobody in Chennai who was stronger and we could have nominated. The selection of players is the result of the impressions over the entire season.
Why was Johannes Dehmer-Saelz not nominated? Isn't he stronger than at least Simon?
I don't want to go into the nomination criteria, but like in the previous year with Tobi and Nils, we always have a strong U17 with us!
Why were there only boys at the start in Chennai and how should the U19 girls team continue?
May I ask you to put this question to the DSQV press officer.
Junior world champion Egypt has a lot of top talent available. What do you think is the reason for this?
Squash is one of the most important sports in Egypt. If you only play the boys U11 in Cairo and you already have a 128 field here, you can see, if we compare this with us, where the difference is. This also applies to all age groups. It should be noted here that the high number of young players also applies to many other nations, for example Malaysia, USA and India, to name just a few. Compared to Egypt, we simply lack the mass of players to be able to compete with these countries. Simon and Raphael clearly show that this is not due to the German game or system.
squashnet.de: From your point of view, what can be done in the youth work, especially with the girls, in order to get closer to the top in the future?
We all have to do everything we can to get significantly more young people into the halls, so that everything stands and falls. We don't have to worry too much about training and the game when there is nobody to play it!
squashnet.de: If you could wish for something that would make your work easier or would help to further advance the German youth, what would it be?
If it's just about my job, I'd like to have the sports scientist Katha Dunst by our side as a full-time employee. Unfortunately Katha will leave us and go to the Institute for Applied Training Sciences in Leipzig to support the track cyclists with their research.
squashnet.de: Thank you for the interview, Rainer!
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