In this exercises players are at the net holding the racquet from the racquet head as if it were a steering wheel. Their job is to block the incoming balls. By doing this they will learn that volleys are blocked and that the contact point is in front of the body.
Two players stand at the net in ready position. Their partners stand on the other side of the net without racquets. They will toss a ball underhanded to the players at the net either to the forehand or to the backhand. The net players have to hit the ball back with control.
The coach feeds a ball to a player at th enet, who hits the first volley to a specific spot. The player on the baseline has to try to pass the player at the net. The point is played out.
To extend the reaction training, we first have to ensure that the player is unable to anticipate the feed. Here, players have to squat low on the baseline with one hand on the ground and eyes looking downwards at the court. The head is only lifted when the coach gives the signal. It is then up to the player to …