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Healthy Coach Athlete Relationship …

It is important that a player and coach have a good relationship on the court and off the court. The best coach athlete combinations like Murray and Lendl, Rafa and Toni and Nishikori and Chang. The common factors with such pairings is they are ‘singing off the same hymm sheet in which both player and coach respect and listen to each other.

Tiger Woods coach Butch Hammond was asked to coach top golfer Rory Mcllroy but after a short period Rory went back to his grass roots coach as he trusted him and they got on. On paper his credentials did not stack up to Hammond but Rory trusted him and his coach knew his game and personality to help him on the tour and rise to number 1.

It is important that a player has a coach that is knowledgeable but the coach needs to give the right feedback at the right time and not lecture a player. For the coach it is important that the player is 100 % ready to learn and improve. A good coach guides a player through a session not just telling him off and telling what to add on every shot.

With Juniors the paren / athlete / coach triangle is tough to equal out. You have a parents paying money, a coach demanding the player to improve and a player up and down in motivation if not looked after. THe goals for the sessiona dn the season should be shared and agreed by all and not just by just one person but as a team.

Here are some top tips to improve your relationship with your coach and ensure that you get the best out of the session…

  • tell your coach your vision, ambition and motivation
  • be honest on how much practice in your own time and compete
  • agree before the start of the session on what you want to practice, bring your won ideas and the coach will have some as well
  • give feedback from you last match or practice session. also through the session
  • communicate through the session – say if you do not like the drill or want to practice something else. your the paying customer!
  • ask you coach to watch if possible so they see in a match environment not just a training environment
  • have a session with another coach from time to time to get a different perspective

Neutralising (Defending) – Top Tips

We hope the Tsispasas V Federrer has inspired you to get on the court this week. academy session will be working on neutralising (defending) in singles and doubles , here are some tips for defending going through the 4 performance factors…

Tactics…
hit cross court when you can to give you more time to recover
hit high balls down the middle to reduce angles
recovery using cross over steps
after hitting on the run minimise steps to 2 after the hit

Physical
Work on open stance medicine ball throws (side lunge)
agility runs e.g. shuttle runs, practice staying low when changing direction
balance is key for recovery , head still on contact
Technical…
steep swing path to help lift the ball
advanced players should be hitting topspin – drop the racket below the hip and ideally follow through up and across
get back to the middle before the bounce – ‘beat the bounce’
Mental …
work hard and chase every ball
showing a willingness to chase puts fear into the opponent
do not get disheartened when someone hits a winner , it may just be a fluke, keep digging deep!!
don’t get too defensive as being on the back is tiring and requires high stamina levels. attack when appropriate

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US Open Matchplay

Well done to all the Prestbury Players attending the Mini Tennis US open Matchplay on Saturday. With Serena losing the final and Nadal in the semi’s it goes to show anything can happen in sport.

The Mini Tennis event saw Isaac Whenman win all his matches with a sudden death point at 4-4 in the tiebreak against Bramhall Lane’s Max Roberts. Ben Wilshaw, Jack Belford, Jack Roebuck and Arun Odedra all played 3 matches to help move their mini tennis rating up to a Green 3. Their challenge is to get to a gree 3 by October and a Green 2 by Christmas, good luck boys.

In the orange event Alex Hill played and won 3 matches to help him move up to a orange 3 rating. After a football match and back to back matches in the rain his spirit was not dampened and played with a warrior spirit. In the red’s Jacob Fosbury came second overall to Poynton’s Joseph Knightley who are both aiming for the Cheshire u8 County Team this winter. Rebeun Lawrence plkayed 4 matches which is helping get experience for his first winter of playing in the point one winter league.

 

Well Done to all players on a wet afternoon and parents for supporting their children in good spirit.

NEXT MATCHPLAY – Mini World Tour Finals (November)

Alderley Edge Green – 30th September 

 

 

Tennis for Life – Long Term Athlete Development for parents and coaches

Parent Tips – Long Term Athlete Development…

The tennis journey is a marathon not a sprint in which should always be fun, exciting and challenging. The journey for any player starts with the Fundamentals of Tennis and generic athletical skills to specialised tennis training on and off the court. Juniors are not mini adults and should train appropriately for their age, experience and ability.

The Long Term Athlete Development Model is widely recognised for all coaches, teachers and parents…

– Learn the FUNdamentals – learn basic motor skill patterns in a fun environment e.g. throwing a ball as far as you can and skipping. Parents should encourage to play different sports for skills development and socialisation with other kids. Little or no competition should be done a this age. Team challenge events are ideal

– Learn to TRAIN – Before ‘training’ players should be developing technical skills for tennis and general body weight exercises like squatting and putting it into fun games. Basic swing shapes learnt now can last a lifetime with tweaking over the years. Competition should increase with time spent 75 / 25 on training / competition i.e. compete once every 6 weeks with regular internal matches within lessons.

– Train to TRAIN – Once technique is becoming learnt and more automatic they can start to put into patterns of play and devloping a game style e.g. baseliner , net rusher or counter puncher. Physically they should be competent with the fundamentals of movement i.e. good at skipping, ladder work, medicine ball throws etc. At this stage players should compete 50 / 50 with emphasis on trying things out in competitions and going back to the training session and reviewing what they learnt from matches. Winning medals is great but emphasis on training and learning correct technique and shot selection.

-Train to COMPETE – A stage were many players start to drop out as they ‘don’t like competitions’ or socially can find it ‘boring’. Important to encourage team tennis and touring with friends. Otherwise this is where the fun begins and start to form a game style and a appetite for competition. Realistic goals should be set for each competition and how far they can get rather than assuming they can win every comp.

At this stage players should feel like they are competent at tactics and patterns such as a crosscourt rally and approaching the net at the right time. If they can not construct a pattern then there technique should be looked at. Emphasis should be 25 / 75 with the focus on entering comps with reminders of basic technique if required and reviewing wins and losses.

A lot more emphasis should be physical conditioning and getting players to understand how to reduce injury as well and developing strength and speed and suppleness on the court. Parents should be mindful that if they are losing more than they are winning they should go back to more training and choose the right competitions

– Train to WIN – To be honest a lot of players do not get to this phase and often drop at club level if to much emphasis is on winning. So coaches/parents/players have to realistic and say whether they want to play for fun or play and compete. If they want to compete then training is focused on peaking for competitions e.g. conuty champs , league tennis. THis is up to the players to decide if they do compete then they should be mentored or coached ideally with other players to help provide s social experience when touring around from club to club

Go the extra Mile this winter and keep your player active – Tips for parents

Winter Tennis can be a tough time to persuade your kids onto the court, here are some tops tips  to motivate your kids…

1 – Hot Chocloate

Every kid loves a hot chocolate, reward their attendance with a hot mug and some marshmallows. Maybe give them a flask to have a sip at half time drinks break

2 – Be a Role Model

Get out there yourself and show them you are exercising twice a week.

3 – Wrap up warm

Without buying them over expensive clothing, get them some nice winter gear hats gloves, skins,thermals as a treat if they show they are committed. Give them a chance to choose what they wear. suprising how many kids come down in shorts o a freezing day!

4 – Show your enthusiasm for them attending

Give them a hifi, hug, smile, ask them questions about the session. Take a video of them playing or picture to show family or friends

5 – Find out what makes them tick

Ask them what they like / dislike. Is it the fact they are getting better, having fun with friends, they are aiming for the rally award certificate. May they don’t like the players in the group, the coach or it the timing of the session is too late etc

6 – Be a cheer leader 

Kids love being watched and playing to a crowd. Be a cheer leader and applause go shots. Finish work early and watch them, go that extra mile for them

7 – Practice with them / Set a tennis play date

Even a non tennis player can practice with their kids by throwing them all a ball to hit . Easy .

Or ring a friend in the group and set a play date down at the club. Take the rackets, football and give them some time in the park. They learn when they play and try things out on their own.

8 – Watch Tennis on the TV with them

Kids learn by watching . Help the understand the scoring and why they won the point

9 – Reward them for attending a course with a treat

A last resort but say to them if they attend and improve then they get a new racket, tin of balls etc

10 – Phone the coach 

Ring your coach and see how they are getting on and what you can do to improve their game and motivate.

Get on court for 2018

This time of year is tough with conditions your game of tennis and indoor indulgences  meaning that sitting down on the change of end is just you sat on couch.

Whether you aim is Wimbledon or you are getting fit for new year or Just want to get back playing socially here are some tips on how get back yourself motivate for the new year for tennis…

1 Ring a mate and practice weekly

Having a mate to play with is obviously the best way to play by having a game and using it as a excuse to catch up on the change of ends. Build your network of training buddies and challenge yourself with different opponents. If you are new to the club try the box leagues, club nights or phone a coach for a lesson and they can help you network

2 Have a back up fitness plan if weather cancels your game i.e. go to gym, yoga, spin etc.

If the weather is bad go to the gym instead, try a circuit class or yoga for sports session. Therefore yo will keep fit and keep you strong and injury free and will help you keep a routine of practising on a certain night.

3 Book into a competition or tennis festival

By booking into a comp this gives you something to aim towards. It may be just a social event like the doubles night or may be you will finally go down to club night which scares you as they all look amazingly good. Either way challenge yourself in which just by turning up is achievement win or lose.

4 Set some training goals

Just hitting balls back and forth gets boring. So spice it up write down want you want your game to look like  and think what you want to improve .If you know the last match in your club comp you forehand was letting you down when attacking then practise it . Don’t write a whole list of errors as this will seem too much and will unmotivate you to train. Be realistic with the time you have and seek coaches advice or look on you tube.

5 Feel smug in Spring

By doing all the above until Easter means that come Easter you will feel a sense of achievement and you will feel smug compared to those fair weather players that will feel rusty and will have a long way to go in the spring

 

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Return of Serve week – Session 5

One of the most under practiced shot is the return of serve. It is no secret but my one hand backhand return and many other’s is the weakest, once I am in the rally I know am have then a chance to win the point…so one of my goals is to improve over the next month ready for my return to comps for 2017.

Jon Cain’s tips for return….

1 Athletic Ready Position

2 Watch the ball toss and the servers action

3 Split step before the contact

4 Turn before the bounce – beat the bounce!

5 Decide on where you will hit – just over & in, to backhand, deep etc.

6 Contact infront

7 Recover to the middle before the ball bounces on the other side  . Hit with height to give you some time (unless they serve and volley)

FIRST SERVE RETURN – aim deep and at servers feet

SECOND SERVE RETURN – attack to the corners or backhand. approach the net of short

Make Competition enjoyable – Top Tips for Parents

TOP COMPETITION TIPS FOR PARENTS…

 

Now is a great time to play some comps before the start of the Spring Season. At yellow ball level players should be competitions every 3 to 6 weeks, Mini Tennis players every 6 weeks. The point one league provides the opportunity as well as Aegon League in the Spring. It is a minefield out there when parents first enter competitions so here are some top tips for entering competitions…

 

  1. Plan ahead with a diary – Write down or the family events, other sporting fixtures, school trips etc. If there is lack of time then make some sacrifices on less important activities and but tennis
  2. Play Practice Matches – Play some sets with them or organize to play with their team mates. Tell them to take a football down to the club or table tennis bats so they play something after and make it a social event rather than a serious event. Take them to the Cafe after as a reward
  3. Enter the Right Level Competition – If too hard then the player will lose confidence, too easy then they will get bored and mess around. Best way to measure is their win / loss ratio. If 50 / 50 then this is the right level, if 75 / 25 then this is good, obviously 90 / 10 or 100 / 0 then too hard / easy. Check the gradings below…
  4. Enter with team mates and friends– Make it social and fun so when waiting around for other matches players can play football int eh park, table tennis in the club house etc.
  5. Reward their efforts not results – Reward their champion spirit, sportsmanship etc. and remind them of the benefits of exercise and that competing teaches life lessons like not giving up and treating others with respect.
  6. Make a day out a tournament trip – If your comp is in Chester than make a day of it and go to the Zoo, go shopping as family, treat them to a chocolate fudge cake at the local cafe. Lighten the mood on the long way back.

So get entering a comp today …

 

Grade 7/ 6 Internal Social Comps – Beginner / starter events

Grade 5 County Tour – Club players

Grade 4 County Tour – Club & County Players

Grade 3 Regional Tour – County Players

etc.

 

 

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One Hand Backhand Clinic

TENNIS CLINIC – ONE HAND BACKHAND

Arguably Roger Federrer has one of the most stylish one hand backhand’s in the game. Wawrinka has the most powerful one hand backhand’s, in which backhand to backhand he could probably out rally Federrer. But Roger’s flair, touch and tactical mind beat the battle of the one backhand’s today.

Have a look at Federrer’s anticipation initiating the left foot to pivot and turn the whole body to face the singles line before the ball bounces. His quick movement allows him to beat the bounce and be in position early.

Federrer then drops the racket head so he can brush up the back of the ball and to lift the ball doubles the height of the net. The follow through see’s his head still on contact and through the hit zone. His head lifts as his arm’s just after the arms separates and the wrist turns outwards.

Most importantly after the shot he gets back into position to pounce on any short balls or to run round the next backhand and use his stringer forehand if on.

ONE HAND BACKHAND CLINIC

7TH FEB & 14TH FEB 10:30-12:00

15TH FEB 6:30PM

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Set your goals for 2017

Player Goal Setting Sheet

Competition Goals – which comps do you want to peak for ? set a calendar of comps for the year www.lta.org.uk

 Tactical Goals – What is you strength’s (e.g. inside out forehand )& weakness’s (backhand down the line) and build a game plan around your strength’s. practice patterns of play with a partner of coach. www.startennis.co.uk
Technical goals – what shots work and what let you down. get a coach or watch some you tube video’s

Physical Goals – Fitness can be broken down into Speed, Stamina, Strength & Suppleness. Maintain your strength and improve your weakness’s

Mental Goals – Does you mind wonder ? Maybe improve your concentration by tightening your racket strings or use positive self talk. Again a coach or reading up about mental toughness and skills training can help.

TRAIN TO COMPETE / COMPETE TO ENJOY