Tennis: Developing Coordination- Progression 1

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DESCRIPTION

Intention: Develop sending and receiving skill through the use of progressive coordination exercises.

  • Players stand facing each other on the inside and outside tramlines respectively (in a ready, athletic, "gorilla position")
  • Players start with one ball and throw the ball underarm between each other.
  • The ball must bounce once before the partner catches the ball.
  • Each player must throw the ball with their right hand and catch the ball with their left.
  • Once the ball has been caught it must be passed between the hands in preparation for the throw.
  • As players master a rhythm, they attempt to increase the tempo.

COACHING POINTS

  • Coaches to look for players standing in ready positions, both players need to throw with the same hands; they need to work as a team.
  • Get the players to challenge themselves by setting a number of sequences they can do with their partner (beat their personal best score)
  • Progress this to the pairs competing in a team to beat the other pairs (as a team competing to beat others).

PROGRESSION

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