Tennis: Rewarding depth

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DESCRIPTION


-Lines of cones are placed as seen in the picture above.
-To make the drill easier it can be played on one half of the court and later progressed to full court.
-If the ball lands in the service box a point is deducted.Ball landing between the 2 lines of cones = 1 point.Players gain 3 points for shots hit into the last quarter.
-First player to 11 points wins the game.
-The game can also be started with a second serve.

COACHING POINTS

  • The drill works for developing players choice of shots and decision-making abilities.
  • E.g.If a player has been pushed back behind the baseline they should hit a more defensive shot, i.e. with more height over the net to achieve depth.Same if the player has been pulled out wide.
  • And equally if the player receives a shorter ball they can attack
  • Coach must adapt drill (e.g.by making hitting area larger) to match with players skill level.
  • This will enable skill development,motivational and confidence building aspects.

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