ORANGE 1 - WEEK 3

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)

THROW & CATCH COORDINATION

Players throw a ball underhand to each other while shuffling from the baseline to the net. 

If too dificult: throw while standing still, shuffle after, repeat.

If too easy: use two balls per pair instead of one

PLAY - PRACTICE - PLAY

(40 minutes)

TEAM CONES

(10 minutes)

- use racquets to play, adjust with stopping the ball if necessary

- collect cones, balls, or other items to keep score

- can be adjusted for semi-private by playing against each other

Fundamental Teaching Points

- sideways set up position

- recovery to ready position

- court boundaries

GROUNDSTROKE FEED & CONTROL

(10 minutes)

- players rally using forehands

- players catch the ball on racquet before hitting back

Fundamental Teaching Points

- teach correct grip for both sides (f-hand, b-hand)

- teach sideways set up position

- teach contact point (out in front)

- teach recovery to ready position

SERVE PRACTICE

(10 minutes)

- start with overhead throwing

- follow up with flying target: each student has a ball in each hand, toss one in the air and throw the second one trying to hit it

- use racquets if the first two are too easy

Fundamental Teaching Points

- teach sideways set up position

- teach contact point

GAME OF THE DAY

(10 minutes)

- players choose the game

- point play also an option

- king of the court, jailbreak, etc.

Fundamental Teaching Points

- teach fair play

- teach court boundaries

- keep it fun

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

 
 
 
 

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