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[tennisbiz] Re: Coaching Question

From: Thomas Baker <>
Date: Tue 13 Apr 2004 22:52:05 +0200


KISS, keep it simple stupid. These are things that should be used in
many lessons for players that can play a bit.
1. Get them all warmed up. Maybe footwork exercises, sidesteps
crossover steps. Or Whatever. (5 mins)

2. Do some coordination exercises. It depends on their skill. Bouncing
a ball on the racket. bounce on both sides of the racket. Volleying
where you cushion the ball with the racket and then volley over to
other player who cushions and volleys back. (5 mins)

3. Do some sort of match warming up. They need to hit some forehands
backhands volleys smash and serves. (5 mins)

4. Play some points.(This is especially important for the first time
you teach a group, because then you can see exactly what they need to
work on. They serve many double faults, or find it difficult to return
the serve in, or the rallies break down too early(unforced errors).
Then you have to work on basic technique. eg point of contact,
preparation or controlled follow through. (10 mins)

5. Then you decide what the group or the individuals should work on.
Remember to give ONLY ONE correctional idea to each student and let
them practice that for the lesson or until they feel comfortable with
it and can do it without thinking about it. (20 mins)

6. It is always good to finnish with some points (15 mins)

Be confident and positive in anything you say. Get to know you students
and make it fun.

Tom Baker
Oslo tennis club

Received on Wed Apr 14 2004 - 07:08:32 CDT

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