-Players play in pairs as a team and alternate shots scoring a point each time a shot is hit in the back 1/3 of the court.
-If a ball is hit short the players can attack.
-Attacking shots should also be hit deep (1/3 back of court) and if they are hit as outright winners the team will score an extra 3 points.
-First side to 7 points wins the game.
-The game can also be started with service and then carried on as described above.
The court is marked out with cones into areas (e.g. red, amber and green). Players try to anticipate which area the ball is going to land in so that they can respond with the most appropriate tactical return.
A buddie coach stands behind the player and tells them which shot they should play (ie. approach the net, lob etc.) depending on the area that they are hitting from i.e. where they are standing/ running on court as they hit the ball.
Players will need to watch the body shape of the coach and the ball contact carefully to anticipate what type of shot is being hit and therefore where it is likely to land.
Intention: Explore tactical development-Â "Over and In" and "Hitting into space"
Player lays down on the ground on the back. Player keeps legs bent at 90 degrees and keeps them in the air. Player moves legs from side to side without touching the ground and keeping their back flat.
Player stands on the baseline. Coach feeds balls to the ad side. Player executes deep backhand slice down the line.
Two players face each other. Players are only allowed to use shuffle steps. Player A tries to move to the side to "break the line" with partner. Player B's goal is to maintain this imaginary line by reacting to opponent's change of direction.
Player stands at the net. Coach feeds balls to the backhand side. Coach hits controlled backhand volley and looks at point of contact. Coach should adjust the speed of feeding to allow player âfixâ own eyes at the moment of hitting the ball.
Player stands on the baseline. Coach feeds balls to the deuce side. Player executes forehand angle slice cross-court, forehand deep slice cross-court and forehand drop shot down the line.
Player executes regular serve. Player focuses on bringing the tossing arm to the opposite pocket as well as on moving the hitting arm to the left side of the body.
Player stands sideways to the net. Resistance band is attached to the net. Player keeps band in right hand. Player keeps elbow close to the body and performs movement inside the body.
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