In addition to coaching a lot of talented young tennis players, i2c run a lot of junior tournaments. Many parents of young talented tennis players are confused and frustrated by the advice they receive. David Mullins provides sensible advice to parents.
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.
It’s hard for kids (and parents) to know when they will move to a new age group and ball colour. In the U.K. mini-tennis age groups (red, orange, green) are aligned to the LTA’s tennis seasons.
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?