i2c’s 10 Step Rally Video Series will help you to teach tennis beginners of any age the basics of how to rally co-operatively and competitively with a partner.
Each of the 10 steps includes cooperative rallies and competitive games that will help players learn to serve, rally and score right from the first lesson. So these steps will add simple solutions and great activities to your regular tennis coaching programme.
First video in the Series
The “self-rally” activity
- Use plastic strips to mark out two 1m x 1m squares in front of your players.
- Ask your players to hold their racket level out in front of themselves.
- Then keeping their racket level – players will rally with themselves to bounce the ball up and let it bounce inside the square.
The challenge for beginner players is to keep their ball going straight up and down – which can only be done by if the player keeps their racket face nice and flat.
“Self-rally” competition – the longest rally
Each player should count how many times in a row they can keep their ball “rallying” up and down to land in their square. If a player’s ball bounces out of their square the player they will need to start again. If the ball bounces on the line then just like in a match, it’s IN! The player with the highest count wins.
Background of the 10 Step Rally Video Series
This is part one in a series of videos produced by inspire2coach, and endorsed by the ITF (International Tennis Federation). The series is presented by Mark Tennant, one of i2c’s Directors and an internationally experienced tennis coach.
Watch the rest of the 10 Step Rally Video Series (coming soon)
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