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.
The players move as quickly as possible between both cones following a figure 8.
The players jump over a line back and forth as fast as possible. This exercise works on speed and balance.
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.
Two players start in the middle of the baseline. One player gets ready to move on his/her toes. The coach rolls a ball to the left or right of the player. The player runs rolls the ball back and recovers to the middle. This is a great way to introduce tennis specific movement. As the players improve the coach can …