Varying Time Between Practice Rallies to Develop Competitive Skill…

Typically, when players miss a ball during practice, they tend to feed the next ball in quite quickly (generally a couple of secs) without intentionally refocusing before the start of the rally.

When players do this, however, they miss out on a great opportunity to develop basic competitive skills.

Here are 2 activities I complete with players regularly to help them practice intentionally refocusing and committing to a helpful process for each new rally (you can also see me explain and complete the activities with USC freshman Jack Jaede in the video above where he is completing the ‘calling the attention’ activity I showed you in an earlier video post…)

Activity 1: 5 Secs Between Rallies

6 Simple Strategies To Encourage Player Skill Development…

Coaching requires a degree of explicit/directive approaches, especially when a player lacks knowledge/skill in the area being coached. Due in part to ease of delivery, it’s tempting as a coach to focus our communications solely on this explicit style of advice relating to task improvement (E.G., “This is how you should do it”.) But over time, players can tend to switch off to continual explicit instructions from coaches, and we need to have more communication strategies in our ‘kit bag’. If you’re working with a player who you feel is doing a poor job of listening to, and implementing, explicit advice that you find yourself continually repeating, here are 6 simple strategies that you might find improves player implementation of your advice…

Promoting Player Competitive Skills During Serve/Return Practice…

Serving and returning are obviously 2 of the most important areas of the game…

But serving/returning practice can be quite time consuming.

So it’s important that we, as coaches, find ways to promote the development of other skills while practicing serves/returns.

With this in mind, here are 3 serve/return activities that also promote player competitive skills/mental toughness simultaneously (you can also watch the video above to see examples of me completing the activities with USC Freshman Jack Jaede and Brisbane Boys College High School Senior Nick Liddy)…

1.) Serving Set Play

In this activity players play service games/sets while hitting only serves (where if they make a first or second serve they win the point, and if they double fault they lose the point).

What Every Tennis Parent NEEDS To Know About Developing Resilience…

Although we, as coaches, can shape how players develop resilience over time by, for example, setting manageable challenges for them and exposing them to tough experiences…how kids come to perceive and respond to training and match challenges over time is most strongly determined by lifetime interactions and communications with parents…

What Is Resilience?

Resilience is the ability to endure, overcome, or bounce back from adversity, obstacles, and setbacks. 

For example, losing a match after being cheated…

Being exposed to a very tough training session by a coach…

Not being picked on a team they believed they deserved to make…

Unfortunately, although resilience is a vital foundation for mental toughness, in my experience parents generally have a poor understanding of their critical role in promoting their child’s development of resilience.

Here are several key points that are crucial for parents to understand…