Players 1 and 2 stand opposite each other, close to the net, working in the half court service boxes.
Players take it in turns to start the point by holding the ball on top of the net and then release it, letting it fall to whichever side it chooses.
The ball can bounce once or be volleyed. The tram-lines are out and no topspin or pace must be used by either player.
Players play first to 21 points.
Although this is a 'game' players are developing hand skills and racket-head control in the process.
They should be encouraged to work out how to construct the point using angles, dropshots and lobs without the need for pace.
Players should be as intense with their movement in this game as when working in the fullcourt.
If done properly this drill can benefit players physically as the point can become quite long and a lot of lunging and balance work is required.
If there are more players in the practice, the drill can be done with 2 further players working in the adjoining service boxes.
-Players play in pairs as a team and alternate shots scoring a point each time a shot is hit in the back 1/3 of the court.
-If a ball is hit short the players can attack.
-Attacking shots should also be hit deep (1/3 back of court) and if they are hit as outright winners the team will score an extra 3 points.
-First side to 7 points wins the game.
-The game can also be started with service and then carried on as described above.
The coach feeds a drop-shot from the basket. Players 1 and 2 are at the same end as the coach and are positioned at the net.
Player 3 must run forwards to try to get to the drop-shot and play it up to either of the players at the net.
The players at the net must lob-volley the ball back over player 3's head. Player must then 3 run back to chase the ball hitting it again to either of the players at the net, who then drop volleys this ball.
The point continues in this way until an unforced error is made or player 3 cannot run anymore!
Player 1 starts on the tramlines opposite the coach.
Coach feeds the ball across the court for player 1 to run on to and hit a deep running forehand to player 2.
A rally continues until a point is won.
After the point is won player 1 retreats to their starting position, player 2 joins the back of the queue, and player 3 joins the drill.
-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.
Coach, 4 players, basket of tennis balls. Working in half the court player 1 starts on the baseline. Coach feeds the ball for player 1 to play a deep forehand. A rally starts, and player 1 advances to play a mid court forehand, then moves forward to the net to play 2 backhand volleys. Player 1 joins the queue. Repeat the drill for players 2,3, and 4. The drill is continuous.
4 players. 2 on each side of the net. Player 1 hits a deep forehand,and a rally starts with each player hitting a deep forehand shot. When it is player 1's turn again they hit a deep backhand shot, and the rally continues. Rally alternates between forehand and backhand shots. Repeat the drill. The drill is continuous.Â
Player stands on the baseline. Coach stands at the net on the ad side. Player and coach rally together. Player uses only forehand stroke and hits all the balls down the line. After receiving short ball player runs to the ball and hits forehand cross-court winner.
Players stand on the service line. Both players are only allowed to play their designated shot. Player 1 hits a topspin shots; Player 2 returns the ball by hitting half-volleys.
-Learning correct positions enhances court coverage and enables the player to respond to the most likely shot placements by the opponent. -Place 4 markers in a diamond shape around the centre of the baseline. Start by the coach telling the player to move to a correct marker after each shot.(Using forward, back, left, right commands.
-Players hit ground strokes in pairs until one of them makes a mistake. The waiting player(s) come in if mistake is made. -After 5 minutes the winners are the players with the longest rally. -More advanced players can be given target areas to hit to.
-Players work on ground strokes and depth, aiming to hit beyond the service line.Possibly put targets down. -After rotations, swap to backhand. - Players no.1 and no.6 can hit inside-out forehands depending on ability.
Player starts on the baseline. Coach feeds a short ball to the deuce side. Player moves inside the court and hits a forehand drop shot down the line.
Players rally up and down the middle of the court, attempting to get the longest rally they can hitting beyond the service box. Racquets are placed in the net to force the players to hit with height, which will help them to get the depth they are looking for. Pairs of players can compete against each other's courts to see which pair gets the longest rally within a certain amount of time.
Purpose: To learn that shots go higher over the net than imagined Variation "A" Cover the net with towels and ask 2 singles players to play up to 11 points. Feed underhand for 2 points alternately Variation "B" Erect badminton nets to create higher target over net Compete as in "A".
Players are working in threes with player 1 in a full-court and players 2 and 3 in the forehand and backhand corners respectively. Player 1 is hitting running drives, 1 forehand cross followed by 1 backhand cross. Player 2 is hitting a forehand line, and player 3 a backhand line. The pattern is played in this way for up to 3 minutes depending on the level of fitness of player 1.
Player rallies with partner. Player alternates hitting forehand topspin cross-court and backhand slice down the line.
Player 1 is working in the whole court but primarily in the red target zone, hitting ONLY fhs: 1 fh cross, and 1 fh inside out. Player 2 is working in the fh corner and is hitting a forehand back to the centre of the court, middle of the red target zone. Player 3 is working in the bh corner and is hitting a backhand down the line to the outer edge of the red target zone. Player 3 feeds the ball in down the line, player 1 hits a fh cross, player 2 hits a fh down the middle, player 1 runs around the ball and hits an inside out fh back to player 3, and the pattern repeats.
Can use this rally as a progression of "Height" drill Purpose: Understanding the importance of length Start with a coach feeding the balls from the other side of the net. Only shots landing deep of service line count as "in". Progress to a rally with 2 Players full court Play up to 11 points. Feed underhand for 2 points alternately.
Players play up to 11 points. Player A can hit only lobs. Player B can hit only overheads.
In this Drill the players start in the tram line. With the coach feeding the first ball from the basket the first player hits a controlled forehand back to the player at the net who in turn plays the ball in to the open court for the player to run onto the ball and hit a winner down the line. Player then runs around the cone and returns back to the queue.
Coach feeds balls to the player and moves to one side on the court. Player prepares the shot and hits the drop shot in the opposite direction to the coach's position.
Player receives an easy ball to the ad side. Player hits a deep backhand slice down the line and comes into the net. Coach feeds another ball to the deuce side. Player finishes with a forehand volley cross-court.
Coach feeds the ball to the ad side. Player steps inside the baseline and hits backhand down the line. Coach feeds another ball to the ad side. Player runs around the ball and hits forehand drop shot inside in.
"It is not only useful for staff who are experienced but a valuable tool for those subject staff who have to take teams."
The variety of sessions across sports - sometimes we steal session ideas from one sport and use them with another.
As we enter the business end of the competition, we take a look at the remaining eight teams and the key talking points surrounding each side.
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