Players are introduced to the relationship between ball and racquet by having them roll a ball around a slalom course with their racquet.
A large ball is a great tool to teach players about spin. Holding the ball in front of them and having them work on rotating the ball backwards by brushing it, is an excellent way to help them understand what slice is all about.
The children put their racquets on the ground in a circle around another racquet with 12 balls, two balls per player.
Two children hit balls to each other trying to keep the rally going withour mistakes.
Players practice their serve. They hit serves to an open court without a returner and work on their technique.
One big hurdle kids need to overcome is learning to hit the ball in the square with an underhand motion to start a point.
The coach and the players rally hitting only volleys. Ideally they want to keep the ball in play for at least 6 shots.
Each child has a balloon. The drill is to toss the balloon up and catch it. The children are placed in close quarters so that they learn to control their tosses.
The players move as quickly as possible between both cones following a figure 8.