Whilst working with the Romanian Tennis Federation in Bucharest Mark demonstrated 5 ways to develop the serve when a player moves from your red programme into your orange programme. The key points are a great summary of the points in our Developing the Serve Masterclass (enrolments are now open) and our full Developing the Serve Series.
This week I summarise the physiological challenges that a we need to consider for players when they move from red to orange!
As a coach, you know that the move from red to orange is a big deal. It isn’t not only the children themselves that are keen to move along; parents love to see their children making progress! But the issue is, are we rushing to move players from red to orange before they are ready?
We are advocates of continual assessment where players show their tactical, technical, physical, competitive or social abilities over a period of time. Don’t miss Mark’s 10 step guide to introducing a player competency based system for your junior program. Now is the time to let go of age as the only criteria for progressing players.
The key to successfully moving young players from red ball to orange ball is to stop and reflect on the issues thrown up by the change in the playing environment for our young players. Progression and moving players up is good, provided that it is done in the right way and at the right time.
Being a really good Mini Tennis coach isn’t easy, but it’s easy to be a bad Mini Tennis coach! Being a great coach to Under 8’s has some unique challenges, however, the quality of the player you see on the orange court is largely down to the quality of the work done on the red court. So, it’s important to understand what it means for the player to progress them to the orange court.