ORANGE 2 - WEEK 5

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)

STRETCHES AND LIGHT STRENGTH TRAINING

Gentle and simple stretching exercises.

Students can choose some of the exercises.

Gentle and light strength training:

- squats and lunges

- push-ups (knee or regular)

PLAY - PRACTICE - PLAY

(40 minutes)

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

GROUNDSTROKE RALLY WITH SELF RALLY

(10 minutes)

- players attempt a consistent rally using self rally 

- self rally from their baseline to the net

- hit friendly shot to partner

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

APPROACH SHOT TO VOLLEY

(10 minutes)

- player 1 throws or feeds a groundstroke to the other

- player 2 hits an approach groundstroke

- player 1 hits a groundstroke to the volleyer

- if player 1 misses, feeds a fresh ball to volleyer

- player 2 hits volleys and they rally until they miss

Fundamental Teaching Points

- teach how to approach the net

- teach position at the net

- teach contact points

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

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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