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Re: School Coaching

From: Bob Rosenblum <>
Date: Fri 06 Apr 2007 08:26:51 -0400

The bottom line with beginners, is fun, fun, fun. Remember there are a lot of
things connected with learning tennis other than hitting tennis balls.

I came up with a game where the kids play a sort of mini tennis, but they
don't use racquets. they toss the ball instead, underhand.

It teaches them tennis movement skills and the rules of the game.

As for tennis specific stuff, dropping the ball in front of them with the goal of
hitting it over the net (from a few feet back from the net) is a good start.
From there progress to a big target on the other side of the net.

then gradually work back deeper in the court.

focus on an acceptible grip - anything not completely crazy should do.

If they are young as you mentioned, they should mostly be using junior
racquets. You may want to have them hitting with two hands on both sides
for now.

Do a lot of fun running drills. perhaps a feed where they hit the ball from the
service line and then run to the net and hit a volley.

As you probably have heard before, the volley is the easiest stroke to teach
and such a good stroke to learn early.

Do a lot of game based drills so they can be motivated by goals and score
keeping. Do a lot of team things because kids like teams.

Best of luck

bob rosenblum
PTR Teaching Pro

On 6 Apr 2007 at 0:00, Tennis Business Discussion Forum digest wrote:

> Hi,
> I'm a DCA coach starting some school coaching, boys and girls from year 1
> to 6 (5 to 10 years old). Anyone have a coaching curriculum available
> please for each year? Assume all beginners.

web site:
mailing address: PO Box 3027, Albany, NY 12203
Phone: (518)459-6212

Received on Fri Apr 06 2007 - 07:26:51 CDT

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