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Must Have Kids Drills for Tennis

15 Jul

I assumed it would be difficult for Ruby and Keegan to remain focused on learning tennis, but it seems I was incorrect for the straightforward reason that many of their mates meet them at the school tennis courts to get involved in the training. I think this is good if I do not get too many. At the age of 12 and 13, my children, or should I say teenagers have no difficulty with their craving to learn tennis notwithstanding the fact that Keegan is doing the boy thing and lags a bit with his focus. As a military exponent for many years, I have learned over the years to motivate and impart effective training and it is gratifying to see that my kids are up to the challenge of applying some fun tennis drills that will help to get their game to the next benchmark.

Kiwi kids are particularly competitive so as part of our training I create games that drill tennis skills and with that Keegan and Ruby’s mates are enormously handy by purely participating. I believe that during the initial stages of learning  minor games are great and tend to stick with this until I see signs of satisfactory improvement in their skills. The good thing about it is the kids appear to forever be doing things that will help them develop. I see Ruby just bouncing a tennis ball or practising against the wall in her own time and this is enjoyable to see.

These are some tennis warm up exercises that I have included for Keegan, Ruby and their mates to grow their basic tennis skills. They’re chiefly what I call Minor Games:

Patter Ball Up

This is an easy one. Just keep the ball from the ground by bouncing the ball airborne with a tennis racquet. This develops hand eye harmonization, ball placement and tennis racket positioning. You can blend it up by applying alternate sides of the racket face. See who has the most pats completed!

Patter Down Ball

An alternative easy game; tap the ball on the ground with a tennis racquet, this is a bit harder, but also develops hand-eye harmonization, ball control and tennis racquet positioning.

Ball Relay.

Balance the ball on the racket and sprint the tennis court. This raises your heart rate and still maintains the interaction with the ball and racket.

Volley Tennis.

Divide your group into two teams each side of the tennis court net with some spares on the outside edges of the court. Whenever anyone strikes the ball, the person should without delay be replaced with a spare. This is entertaining and builds team spirit and teamwork.

You know, you can effortlessly design any sort of conditioning tennis exercise and this could be part of your tennis drills for beginners. After all, we also want to cultivate team spirit and a high-quality learning environment for our kids. I’ve noticed that whenever I arrive at the courts to help the kids learn, a good number are playing touch rugby or soccer on the court area so it is not difficult to rework these activities and inject them into the training.


Ideal Physical Attributes For Learning Tennis

11 Jul

You should be Athletic

If you don’t play any sports on a regular basis you’ll find it harder to learn tennis let alone getting into the spirit for learning tennis. Tennis requires a bit of athleticism so going for a run or getting involved in other physical activities will help your tennis. Athletics, rugby, football or any other activity helps tremendously with your physical abilities. I play rugby & that keeps me fit for tennis & vice versa! Ruby plays Netball.

You should be Explosive

One of the primary skills in tennis is explosiveness. You can not a turtle or you’ll in no way get to those fuzzy yellow balls. My father developed a tennis training programme for us and that includes short sprints of 3-5 metres on the court area. This practises our speed to the ball & altering direction. If you can increase your explosiveness, it’ll without doubt help your game. The rugby & netball training helps significantly for us and my Netball mum has more than enough of assistance to give us.

You should have excellent balance

Balance is a indispensable skill for tennis. Good balance will help give you good form with your tennis techniques and will prevent you from plunging flat on your face. It is especially hard to get to the ball, let alone hitting it decently and to do this you need good balance. Being well balanced helps you to strike the ball right and that facet is paramount in tennis. I’m an passionate skate boarder and BMX rider, so I am doing Okay. Ruby does athletics.

You need good hand-eye coordination

I imagined Play Station Three would help me develop good eye-coordination, and to some extent, it probably makes a slight difference but you really must also have the physical element in tennis to develop your hand eye coordination. Keep your eye on the ball & work your body movements in with what your eyes can see. You’ll find that your tennis techniques will get better during your tennis practise drills over time. I think most people in sport do develop extremely good hand-eye coordination. I have seen some cricket team, using a gadget with lights on it that they have to turn the lights off as soon as possible. That’s too fancy for me!

You need good ball judgement

My friends are just smashers so I don’t get to experience many different types of ball deliveries. I have seen balls on TV that do weird things like land slowly then shoot off in another direction quickly. Spins, slices, fast, slow; my awareness of how tennis balls react is developing over time. I hope to have this sorted before I attend our local tennis club, I just have to convince my friends to stop slogging balls over the fence all the time and wasting my valuable training time.