Make the lesson warm up objective.
The warm up before a lesson is most important as it is part of the
lesson, especially with students who are serious about
learning the game properly.
· The warm up should start with hitting in the boxes and last for at least 5 minutes.
· Change to hitting cross court for a further 3 minutes.
· Hitting down the line gradually move back to the baseline.
· A useful progression (assuming four on the court) is two players at
one end take alternate hits, whilst
the normal doubles pair must only hit into the deuce court. The besline players can gradually move up
the court until they are volleying. The individual players can now alternatively serve the ball. Start the
hitting at medium pace and gradually increase it.
· Change to the advantage court.
· Let both ends have the opportunity to do the same.
· Move on to the X drill i.e. one pair only hitting cross court and the
opposition hitting down the line.
This works better with 3 players on court or singles.
What are we trying to achieve in the warm up?
· A fun environment, competitive situation and game specific.
· This allows the pro to assess the players strokes and ability particularly if the student is new.
· Such a warm up can be changed to suit any level of player – beginners
can work closer to the net – say
three quarter court or only in the boxes.
· The players will adapt their own shots and tactical ability – they will work on their strengths and their weaknesses.
· The players will have a good workout and be ready for the lesson.
· Allows the players to hit all types of shots in a short space of time.
The pro can also introduce the game of ‘scramble’ (see below) as this
can be adapted to work on any tactical or strategic
points the pro wishes to deal with – it is an extremely flexible drill.
This flexible drill can be utilised for almost any tactical or Strategy the pro
wishes to drill. It is a
feed drill so the pro can move around to observe and make comments and suggestions to the players.
The drill can be developed for doubles or singles play at the front or the back of the court or both, it
can be conditioned to include or exclude any specific shot, such as the lob. It is fast moving and so
is also a fitness orientated drill.
On the non-feeding side there are two players either in the volley position or on the baseline.
Depending on the number of players, there can be one or two players collecting balls.
There is a feeder at the side of the court at the net position.
The rest of the players are at the baseline on the feeding side with one or two players on the court.
The pro can start the play off at the net feeding, the feed is to one of the baseline players, the point is played out according to the pro’s requirements.
If the baseline player looses, they go to the end of the line and a new player comes onto the court (this is the first circle).
If the baseline player wins, they run round and take the place of
whichever player lost the point – that player will either go to pick up balls or
over the feeding – if they pick up balls the replaced player will feed.
The pro should lay down lines at the net and the net players should
not cross these, the players tend to crowd the net, when they know the ball can
be volleyed back.
The pro may also decide that a player can only remain unbeaten for
say 3 times and then they have to make a change, this allows all the players to
in each position.
To make the change over quick, the pro can count to 10 before the new
feeder is allowed to feed, or however many that makes the players have to
run round the court quickly.
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