Tennis: Rally and run around

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DESCRIPTION

The player stands between 2 cones. The coach and player rally with each other. The coach tries to hit all the balls between the cones, which the player then hits the ball and runs around the cone according to the stroke he chose. If the player hits a forehand he has to run around the right cone. If the player hits a backhand he has to run around left cone.

Adding decision making skill to simple rally is a great way to teach your players how to act under the time pressure. If the player is able to maintain consistency while making right decisions, then they won't have problems with smart strategy during the match. It is important to design drills that are consisted of skills that players have to use during competition because the more similar the practice environment to the competitive one, the easier it will be to perform at the same level day by day.

COACHING POINTS

In this drill, the player works on footwork, consistency, and decision making skills. This simple exercise make the player think about which stroke to use if he wants to run less. Additionally the player learns that quick start is necessary to have enough time to prepare for the next shot. If the player is able to maintain longer rally he won't have problems with hitting and recovering during the match. To make it easier coach can put cones closer together. To make it more difficult the coach can make cones wider.

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