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Fun technique drills for 4-5 year-olds?

I could use some relatively easy technique drills that are fun to keep the kids I train interested. They have played for 4 months (beginners) and are aged 4-5. If you know some fun drills involving forehand and backhand I would very much appreciate if you'd answer this question! Thanks in advance!

Hi Mari, loads of drills on site for you to try out but here's a good one to get you started:


Control Is The Key

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The coach throws an easy ball to the player who hits a forehand shot back to the coach. The Coach then throws the ball back again but this time the player hits a forehand shot to the open space (deuce side) where the cones are situated.

Coaching Points:

Control is a primary skill in tennis and it has to be incorporated from the first tennis lesson. Using a small court demands plenty of control to achieve success so coaches have to emphasise this ability every time. In this exercise, the coach's role (catching the ball) can guarantee high perception of success (big motivation for kids) because he can catch the ball even when it is not going inside the court. One important note: put as many colourful targets into the area to make kids interested because they love colors and prizes.

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why was the drill demonstrated not with a 4-5 yr old?

The answer is because they would find it too hard!


Hi Peter, this may well be tricky for players of such a young age - you're right. I guess a simpler variation would be to try and hit it back over the net towards the coned area (could increase target area size to make easier).

Are there any other practices you can think of which would help keep Mari's children active and learning?

There are plenty of practices and fun drills to do with kids! From my experience of teaching kids, it's all about observation and high energy. What I mean by observation is kids at that age level can't really comprehand complex information all at once, yes there are those who are just naturally talented, but not all.

One fun game is called "stuck in the mud", where you lay out three mates across the court (cabout halfway between the service line and net). You lay out a hoolahoop in the opposite doubles alley area. You tell the student to try to hit one forehand over the net, if they do they are safe. Once they are comfortable enough and becomes easy, you move onto level two. Where you ask the player to hit two forehands over the net, and so on. If they miss they are stuck in the mud which is the hoolahoop! Of course this drill works best with two kids or more. Being motived and energetic is very key to teaching kids, if your not then they will become bored.

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