Tennis: Warm up - throwing and catching

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DESCRIPTION

Players perform regular warm up routines based on running and dynamic stretching. The coach prepares activity stations to improve athletic skills related to the session's theme.

The video is a suggested warm up which involves the coach feeding the ball to the player from the other side of the net. The player then has to catch the ball and throw it back to the coach. To ensure a full warm up vary where you throw the ball.

COACHING POINTS

Players play warm up game to 7 points. Players can only use hands to play. Players use 1 service box as a playing area. Player A throws the ball; player B catches and throws from this spot. This is a fun way to warm up footwork, ball perception skills as also to direct focus of the players on the game. Skills like stamina, speed and reaction are developed at the same time.

Discussion

Warm up is a time when players have to switch their focus to tennis. Coach should demand 100% effort from the first exercise on the court. Additionally, it is important that few minutes are set to warm up tennis strokes to guarantee early effectiveness in next drills. Lack of proper warm up routines can be a reason for poor performance for the rest of a session.

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