Half Court Points from Offense to Defense

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Players play on half the singles court down the line. The rally starts with a deep feed from the coach to one of the players into the playing area. The player hits the first shot crosscourt back to the coach. The coach volleys short into the playing area. The player hits the next shot down the line to his opponent …

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Mixed Overheads

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Can the players decide what sort of overhead to hit? No! The coach should instruct them. After the feed, the coach should shout “bounce” (the command for hitting an overhead after the ball bounces) or “air” for direct overheads out of the air.

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Points: Return Crosscourt Approaching the Net

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Players play on half the doubles court crosscourt. The server only has one serve. The returner has to approach the net at every return. The returner should start moving forward as the server tosses.

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Mixed Overheads

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The coach mixes lobs in all directions and up and back.  The player has to adjust and hit overheads.

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Short Overhead with a Jump

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The player starts on the T and moves diagonally back towards a cone on command.  As the player touches the cone the coach feeds a short lob towards the other side of the court.

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Setting the Ball up to Hit Overheads in the Service Boxes

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Girls of all ages tend to have a hard time hitting overheads – that is nothing new. But, in order to improve the overhead-just like our 15 to 17 year old recreational players in the video – it is important to design drills that…

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Line up Quickly Behind the Flight of the Ball when Hitting an Overhead after the Bounce

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A common mistake when hitting an overhead after the bounce is to back up first and then try to adjust laterally to the ball. It is much easier and effective to line up right away behind the ball and then adjust forwards.

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