ORANGE 2 - WEEK 1

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 RALLY

(10 minutes)

- players attempt a consistent throw rally

- introduce technical elements to improve consistency

Fundamental Teaching Points

- sideways set up position

- recovery to ready position

FEED & RALLY

(10 minutes)

- players feed the ball to each other 

- all feeds by hand: underhand throw

- f-hand and b-hand g-strokes

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

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

GAME OF THE DAY

(10 minutes)

- players choose the game

- point play also an option

- fruit salad, 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