ORANGE 1 - WEEK 6 (end of season)

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)

SHADOW STROKES

Players run patterns along various lines using basic footwork (run, shuffle).

Players perform a shadow swing stroke, use both sides.

Keep them moving continuously for 2 minutes.

PLAY - PRACTICE - PLAY

(40 minutes)

STOP TENNIS

(10 minutes)

- students play each other up to 5 points

- can use overhead serves, underhand serves, or even self-rally

- when a player gets 5 points: yell STOP

- change partners if in a group

Fundamental Teaching Points

- teach court boundaries

- teach fair play and correct calls

- teach responsibility to know score

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

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

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

CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT

- instructor must have this completed before the lesson

- be fair but not overly critical, remember their ages

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- tell each player individually what was ONE THING they did great this season 

- tell each player individually what they will work on next so they can move up to the next level

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hand out Firefly Dollars