Running Effective Team Tennis Practices
Suggested Team Practice Formula
Coaches Dilemma: How do I run a practice if I only have 3-4 courts and 20-25 players to teach?
Solution: To start the practice, divide the team into two groups. The first group can begin the dynamic warm-up and light fitness activities off-court and the second group can begin the stroke grooving/cooperative warm-up on court. After 15 minutes, the two groups switch. Once all players have completed the dynamic warm-up and stroke grooving, the coach can break the players into theme courts as diagrammed on the opposite page.
2: Offer two separate practice times: Varsity 3:00 – 4:30; Junior
Varsity 4:15 – 5:30—JV players can begin the dynamic warm-up
off court for the first 15 minutes. Also, a special day can be set aside
such as Friday afternoons for a “farm team” practice so
that no one is cut from the team. Top ranked varsity players can be
deputized to serve as assistant coaches to help develop the farm team.
How can I structure my practices to integrate my varsity and junior varsity players?
Pick a game and organize multi-court competitions with players of mixed ability. Winning teams move up to the next higher court and losing teams move down to the next lower court. Thus, all players have an opportunity to work up to a higher court. The coach can also require that teams split up each time they move to a new court = mix and split.