ORANGE 1 - WEEK 2

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)

LINE RACES

Teach players the names of the lines and court parts by showing and telling.

Ask players to run and place a foot on them.

Once they know a number of court parts, keep them moving continuously for 2-3 minutes to WARM-UP.

PLAY - PRACTICE - PLAY

(40 minutes)

THROW TENNIS

(10 minutes)

- players use underhand and overhead tosses

- try to win the point with strategy

- important: make connection to actual tennis

Fundamental Teaching Points

- introduce rules and scoring (15,30,40)

- teach fair play and fair line calls

SELF RALLY

(10 minutes)

- players perform forehand self rally up and down the court

- bounce the ball up gently at forehead level

- make it easier by bouncing it in place

Fundamental Teaching Points

- teach continental grip

- teach sideways set up position

- teach contact point

FEED, HIT, CATCH

(10 minutes)

- players in 3 positions: feeder, hitter, catcher

- feeder tosses the ball to hitter

- hitter sends the ball over the net to catcher

Fundamental Teaching Points

- teach correct grip

- teach sideways set up position

- teach contact point

UNDERHAND SERVE & RETURN

(10 minutes)

- players serve and return to each other

- players take turns to serve

Fundamental Teaching Points

- teach sideways set up position

- teach contact point

- teach recovery

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