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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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