In this tip i2c Director, Richard Marklow shares the quick coaching tip that he estimates he’s used most in his coaching career! It’s about making sure that you keep the racket on the ball for as long as you can.
This short clip (filmed live in Finland) shows how we are developing simple awareness of space and the ability to send the ball away from the opponent at orange and early red level. Our observation is that in general, children spend too much time spent hitting balls down the middle of the court, usually with…
To correct the ball toss we look at the importance of having the weight transfer onto the front when the ball is released from the throwing arm.
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.
This is a drill that we often teach in our Coach Education courses. We use different footwork patterns on a “ladder” to build the coordination and movement skills that children will use on a tennis court. It’s an ideal drill for groups of 4 or more because it keeps everyone moving.