RED 1 - WEEK 3

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)

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)

FLOOR TENNIS

(10 minutes)

- players must keep the ball rolling, no bounces

- players stop the ball when it comes to them and then roll it back

- keep score, up to 5 or 7 points

Fundamental Teaching Points

- sideways set up position

- recovery to ready position

- court boundries: in vs. out

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

FEED, HIT, CATCH

(10 minutes)

- players in 3 positions: feeder, hitter, catcher

- feeder tosses the ball to hitter

- hitter sends the ball over the net to catcher

Fundamental Teaching Points

- teach correct 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