RED 1 - WEEK 1

MEET & GREET

(2-3 minutes)

Talk to the kids and ask them questions about life outside of the tennis lesson:

- 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

FLOOR RALLY IN THE ALLEY

(10 minutes)

- players pass the ball to each other rolling it on the ground 

- keep the ball inside the doubles alley or similar

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

SELF RALLY

(10 minutes)

- players perform forehand self rally up and down the court

- bounce the ball up gently at forehead level

- make it easier by bouncing it in place

Fundamental Teaching Points

- teach continental grip

- teach sideways set up position

- teach contact point

GAME OF THE DAY

(10 minutes)

- players choose the game

- fruit salad, jailbreak, etc.

Fundamental Teaching Points

- teach fair play

- teach court boundries

- 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