GREEN 2 - WEEK 5

MEET & GREET

(2-3 minutes)

Talk to the kids and ask them questions about life outside of the tennis lesson:

- who is your favorite tennis player?

- what is your favorite sport?

- how is school?

- did you play tennis at home?

- do you have any pets?

- what is your favorite food?

etc.

Keep the conversation age appropriate

WARM-UP

(7-8 minutes)

KIDS AND ADULTS: GROUNDSTROKE RALLY WITH BALL STOP

- players start from the orange court line

- stop ball with racquet and 'juggle' with one or two up bounces

- immediately send the ball over the net with a groundstroke without stopping

- move back to the baseline to continue

PLAY - PRACTICE - PLAY

(40 minutes)

RALLY CROSSCOURT

(10 minutes)

- players attempt to rally crosscourt with racquets

- if lower skill, they can use self rally to the net

Fundamental Teaching Points

- teach correct grips

- teach racquet facing target

- teach contact point

LOB & OVERHEAD

(10 minutes)

- players at the baseline sends lob to a player at the net

- players cooperate to maintain a rally

- can start closer to the net, as needed

- can be a two shot exercise: feed and lob

Fundamental Teaching Points

- teach lob technique

- teach positioning and recovery

OVERHEAD SERVE & RETURN CROSSCOURT

(10 minutes)

- players serve and return to each other

- not a rally, only one serve and one return

- can be brought closer to the net, if necessary

- alternate between hand toss overhead and racquet serve to maintain a balance of success and failure

Fundamental Teaching Points

- throwing motion from trophy position

- teach continental grip

- teach contact point

DOUBLES TENNIS

(10 minutes)

- if semi-private, singles match play

- introduce doubles positioning & movement

Fundamental Teaching Points

- footwork and positioning

- calling the shots with your partner

- court boundaries

WRAP-UP

(5-10 minutes)

COURT TAKE-DOWN

- players and coach clean up together

- teach the importance of keeping everything organized

SUMMARIZE & ENCOURAGE

Ask the players questions about the lesson:

- what did we work on today?

- what did you learn today?

- what is your favorite shot?

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- tell each player individually what was ONE THING they did great today and hand out Firefly Dollars

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- optional: coach target challenge for extra Firefly Dollar