ORANGE 1 - WEEK 4

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)

CLEAN YOUR ROOM

WARM-UP with overhead throwing game, this is a.k.a. 'Garbage'

 

- two equal teams, one on each side of the court

- every player starts with two balls and throws them to the other side

- the team with no 'garbage' in their room wins

PLAY - PRACTICE - PLAY

(40 minutes)

SELF VOLLEY KEEP UPS

(10 minutes)

- players bounce the ball up on their racquets without dropping it

- next level: spin racquet with each bounce to use both sides

Fundamental Teaching Points

- teach continental grip

- teach contact point

- teach sideways position

CLIMB SERVE MOUNTAIN

(10 minutes)

- players serve from close to far from the net

- set up 8 spots for them from the net to the baseline

Fundamental Teaching Points

- teach trophy position

- teach racquet facing target

- teach contact point

SERVE & RETURN

(10 minutes)

- players serve and return to each other

- not a rally, only one serve and one return

- 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

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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