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[tennisbiz] Re: Serve & Volley

From: Sergio Cruz <>
Date: Thu 6 Mar 2003 11:27:36 +0100


Make your Juniors (Boys & Girls) play points, tie-breakers,even games
and sets in the "old fashion" Australian/American form.

Serve & Volley (Four on a court one against one )
Playing half court (each single has the doubles lane as well)
You can play straight-up or cross-court.
Straight-up no wories (just NO angle serves) cross-court each plays a
point in rotation.

Dismiss their complaints I have done so with some of the best in the
In the end as they get the level of success and confidence needed, make
the transition to the full court.

Chip and Charge or Chip and Volley

Use the same form by telling the servers to serve reasonably passed
2nd services and the returners to chip and charge and play the point
YES make them use the slice forehand -:)
This is a very important complement to S & V

In a matter of months the volley quality of the whole group in the
program will
improve and you will see stuff that will please you.
All the best

My 2 cents of wisdom about the S & V discussion for Paul Fein's future
book or article.

There are many points well taken but, there is one major point that has
been over looked. (Athletes are BORN not Made)
Tennis players are athletes, having said that, each of them is born with
a set
of inner mental qualities that will determine whether they will be
serve and volleyers, aggressive baseliners, counter punchers, plain
defensive walls, great strategists etc...then, they are also BORN with
a set of genetic athletic body tools such as explosivity, reactivity,
natural power, cardio-vascular machine, various coordinations...etc..

These types have existed ever since tennis was invented and played,
to come closer to our times we all have heard about the mythical
aggressiveness of Pancho Gonzales or the aggressive baseline play
from Pancho Segura who in turn inspired Jimmy Connors who
in turn influenced Andre Agassi as Rod Laver inspired Pete
Sampras and so on....

What does this mean? That we as instructors have the moral and
professional obligation to present our pupils with a varied and
qualitative program that will allow all styles of play to be developed.
Because of the great pressures that certain parents may exert as
well as many times the players themselves do caused by their
inadequacies above mentioned, this takes enormous discipline
and strength of conviction on the instructors part,but, forget not
that if you succumb to such pressures you may be handicapping
that rare S&V Jewell such as Pete Sampras once was.

Serve and volleyers will always be born it is our task to nurture
and inspire them.

Sergio Cruz
Tennis Instructor

Received on Mon Apr 07 2003 - 07:35:49 CDT

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