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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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Make Learning Stick – Part 2

In our previous article we explored the learning concepts of: Open vs Closed Skills Light the Fire Challenge In part 2 we dive deeper into the learning techniques which are proven to make learning stick. Implicit Learning is Superior Implicit learning happens in an unconscious way, kids are not aware they are learning but the environment you have created is challenging and rich.  Explicit learning occurs where students consciously acquire the information, usually through verbal…

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5 Creative Ways To Plan a US Open Event

The tennis world descends on Flushing Meadow this month to celebrate the final grand slam of the year.  Described by Forbes magazine as the “world’s most popular sporting event,” the US Open is a great chance for tennis coaches all over the world to take advantage of that popularity to give their own program a boost. Planning a US Open Junior event is a must for your tennis program.  Try these creative ideas:- Get Under…

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Go Team…or Go Nowhere

Ever notice that the main competition to your kids tennis coaching business is not the other tennis club down the street, but other sporting codes like football, cricket, baseball or basketball?  What have these sports got in common…they are team sports, and they support the basic human need to belong.  Kids naturally gravitate to team sports, they get to be with their friends and everyone shares the highs and the lows. Traditionally one of the…

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How to Return a 147mph Serve

Watching the Andy Murray returning master class while dismantling Milos Raonic during the 2016 Wimbledon Final it is tempting to think he must be a freak of nature.  That he has the reaction speeds of a superhero to return serves approaching 150mph. This is the common belief, that the elites of the game have special genetic gifts like incredible reaction speed which separates them from the average player and allows them to perform at another…

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5 Great Ideas for Running a Wimbledon Themed Event

We are competing in a brutal marketplace.  Never before have kids had so many options.  Team sports are proving increasingly popular.  Non-traditional sports are emerging from all corners.  Established boys sports like football are making a concerted push to steal our tennis girls.  Not to mention the dark spectre of too much screen time. Happily we have a great sport – Tennis is the intelligent choice for parents the world over. And there is no…

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3 Essential Steps to Build the Confidence of Your Tennis Girls

“Get out.  Get out.  I’m serious.  Just get out!”  Nick Kyrgios bellows at his coaches box after losing 8 points in a row at Wimbledon. When I hear Kyrgios yell at his coaches box; or the umpire; or the crowd, I am reminded of the research we encountered in developing the Girls Tennis Network. When a girl makes a mistake they typically attribute it to themselves; where boys attribute it to something external like a…

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