Juniors – Forehand Rolling with Movement

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In this exercises the players roll the ball to each other, forehand to forehand. The idea is to move the opponent wide, which will give players a chance to work on their lateral movement and recovery. The coach should correct their movement patterns making sure they use side steps to recover towards the middle of the court.

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Juniors – Figure 8 with Two Hands

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Novice players roll the ball with two hands on the racquet in a figure 8 pattern to start feeling how the racquet head angle affects the direction of the ball. The recommended grip is Continental with the dominant hand and Eastern Forehand with the non-dominant.

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Juniors – Rally in the Service Boxes

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Novice players try to keep the ball in play in the service boxes counting how many times thay can hit it in the square without mistake. The coach should use a ball that allows them to have long ralllies. Players should use a type of ball that they can control.

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Juniors – Mini Rally with Control Shot

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The coach sets a boundry line relatively close to the net shrinking the court. The players use a foam ball and try to rally on that shrunken court. The players use a control shot before hitting the ball over the net.

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Juniors – Groundstroke Intoduction – Players Tap Foam Ball over the Net

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The coach shrinks the court using some plastic lines and placing them a few feet from the net. The players try to rally inside the lines with a foam ball. By keeping the court small, even total beginners can rally.

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Juniors – Backhand Introduction – Rolling a Foam Ball

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One player stands on the service line and the other on the baseline. The players roll a foam ball to each other, backhand to backhnad. The players should stop the ball and roll it back. The coach works on the proper technique. A full follow through is encouraged.

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Juniors – Introduction to Groundstrokes – Rolling

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Rolling the ball to each other is a good way to introduce the groundstrokes. The coach needs to make sure that the players are bending their knees and keeping their torso erect. He/she should also make corrections about the contact point and general follow through.

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Juniors – Backhand Introduction – Rolling Backhand to Backhand

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The players roll balls to each other using a backhand. The players should stop the ball and roll it back making sure they bend their knees and keep the torso upright. The coach should work on the basic technique.

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Juniors – Rolling Figure 8

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The player holds the racquet with one hand (Continental Grip is suggested) and works on rolling a ball in a figure 8 pattern. The player should change the face of the racquet based on the direction that they are pushing the ball. The exercise will provide beginners withan understanding of the relationship between the string bed and the direction of …

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Juniors – Groundstrokes Beginners Control Shot Changind Sides

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In this exercise beginners can rally using control shots to set the ball in a position where they can control it better to hit it over the net. The idea of the exercise is to stop the ball on one side, control it with one or more control shots and then hit it over with the opposite side. That is, …

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