Tennis: Using the Body

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DESCRIPTION

The coach and player rally together. Each player has to firstly touch the ball with one body part, and then he/she can hit it over the net with the racquet.

COACHING POINTS

Coordination is one of the aspects that has to be mainly developed during the early years. If coaches, and parents neglect this area kids will never be able to catch up with these skills later. That is why it is important to avoid early specialisation, and focusing just on technique with 4-9 years old kids because they will have nice strokes but they won't be able to win matches as juniors because of physical limitations.

In this drill, the player works on coordination. Rules of the drill require to use different body parts so players learn how to properly position to the ball as also they start to gain more control over different body parts. Adding the racquet to the rally is a great step because kids understand that they still play tennis while having fun.

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