Warm-ups are an essential part of every lesson and your programme. Your warm up routine reflects you and what you are about – don’t let it be boring! Use it as a way to set your standards for the lesson and your programme.
We know that the “go to” slice serve that is taught most commonly by coaches is to take the player out wide. However, when we teach a player to understand slice on the serve, there are 6 serves the player can hit!
Do you find that some players struggle to work as a partnership at the net when playing doubles? This can leave large spaces for opponents to find easy opportunities to win the point.
Use the Squeeze drill in your next doubles lesson to help your players build an understanding of covering different areas of the court together, taking control of the point at the net.
“Throw & Go” is fun activity for juniors which involves throwing and moving a ball to mimic the movements used in the serve and the forehand and backhand. Not a tennis racket in sight! This activity is a mainstay for coaches teaching juniors and supports tennis coaches education journey and extends your Coach Education training and development.
At a time when every tennis federation in the world recognises the need for more and better junior players, many federations are investing heavily to achieve that objective. Some are also investing heavily in their coaches’ education system, to assist and accelerate the process of player development. Quite rightly, the focus is on more and better players, and more and better coaches.
But who’s training Mum and Dad? Who’s helping Mum and Dad to understand what’s going on, and why?