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Learn before you teach! Six principles to opening the door when teaching girls!

There are many reasons that we started the journey that led us to creating Girls Tennis Network. Being a coach, father of a daughter, and boyfriend, I have come to realize that the only thing I am 100% sure of in this world is that in all those roles I have so much to learn. The challenge is often not what I know but acknowledging what I don’t and this creates a dilemma. There is…

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The 6 Moments of Truth – Parenting a Tennis Kid!

Hit the web and you will find a lot of articles. posts and clips about tennis, and sports, parents. Most will bemoan the involvement of parents and create lists of rules that parents should follow. The theme is usually, Parents create pressure and pressure is bad for kids, so do these these things. We would like to take a different approach! So shoe on the other foot for a second. Have you ever considered that…

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Learn to Love the Battle – Little Court Warriors

You know that point in an arm wrestle when two evenly matched opponents seem to always get to. The part where their arm starts to shake and you know they are in for the long haul. Loving that part is the nature of being a great competitor and if you love this part the chances are you will like the challenges that tennis brings. For young kids this part is difficult to love because they believe…

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It’s All Their Fault!

Dear Tennis Coach, Just in case you need to complain, here is a list of things you can blame for the lack of development in the global tennis market. Computers, phones and online gaming Equipment Finances Parents Facilities Government investment Competition from other sports Officials Tennis Federations Manufacturers TV Coverage Busy lives Tournaments Venting over? Now look at these as tennis player would! These are not barriers, just challenges and tennis people love a great…

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All Hail The Warrior – Lessons for kids from Angie Kerber

By Winning the US Open at 28 Angie Kerber could not be further away from Tracy Austin’s victory at 16 in 1979. Having her best year ever and hitting World Number One in the age of Serena says something about the German with that slightly weird lefty forehand. She is a worker, at 5’8” she is hardly the tallest of players too and this just adds to the admiration you should send her way, not…

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Blame my Brother! Or my Sister! Or Both!

This week I was asked to give a presentation to parents at the Winston Salem Open. (I mention the WSO as it’s a really great event and I would encourage you to put the date in your diary for 2017 if you live East Coast of the US). The mission was to give parents advice and an little more insight into the competitive process, how their child might be feeling and what to do and…

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Coaching or Coping Developing Circuits

Running a circuit of activities can be a great way to manage groups, but get some of the key principles wrong and the circuit can become a complete disaster.   Everything twice If you have 20 players and want to do each task with two players then you might assume that you need 10 different activities but that would be a big mistake. In fact it will be much better if you have only 5…

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What your child should learn from an Olympic Tennis Champion!

Andy Murray shouts, he cries, he may seem moody, some love him and some are just not fans. He does not fly, shoot webs from his wrists or save the world, but he is the greatest British Tennis Player ever. He is a pretty normal guy who gets frustrated sometimes, doesn’t court the camera but hits a mean cross court backhand, and can do it all day! I don’t claim to have the inside story…

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6 Keys to Giving Feedback to Kids so Learning will Happen

Communicating with and giving our tennis kids feedback on their performance is our most powerful coaching tool.  But not all communication and feedback has the effect we are hoping for. On the positive side feedback can be motivating, reinforcing or informational.  On the negative side it could create too much dependency on the coach; or confuse the learner. What is certain is that learners benefit greatly from effective and accurate feedback coaches give them about…

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Coaching or Coping – Discipline

You may have times when children get over excited or misbehave this may be part of “testing the boundaries”; finding out what is acceptable and what is not. Sometimes the reason children are over excited is because of the behaviour of the coach! When we act over animated and a little crazy, this can send a message to children that they can also behave in a silly way, and whilst you know when this is…

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