Tips For Parents of Mini Tennis Players Moving up age groups
Tips / Drills for moving up a ball colour & age group
1 Improve their perception skills, reading the ball is essential . Players are having to read the ball from further away so practice throwing an catching with the correct ball and get them to say where it is landing i.e. short / long
2 Improve their sideways movement . The court is wider when they move up . They need to learn how to move sideways to a ball. Feed balls 1m meter to the side then 2m, 3m etc., until they can move and hit from the sideline.
3 Get stronger. Use light medicine balls to help them using a longer and heavier racket. Using their core as well as arms is essential for racket head speed and balancing on the move.
3 Understand how to score. Red player and orange players play first to 10 points. Green play first to 4 games and yellow play to 6 games. Matches get longer so players need to be fit and ready.
4 Try fun circuits. Specifically tennis requires short bursts of movement so circuit training is ideal. A fun circuit of 6 exercises with challenges like running between 2 cones 3m apart, throwing a ball for them to catch left and right, ladders, skipping, medicine ball throws etc… all 30 seconds with a rest in between.