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Monthly Archives: September 2019

Tennis for Children: Smash! Transition Game Many of the compliments we have received from other teaching professionals have to do with the transition timing we have built in to our lesson plans. We have developed a few games for children (and adults who like to improve their game) can play after emptying a basket of tennis balls but before going to pick them all up. One of my favorites is called “Smash!” After hitting a basket of Forehands and Backhands, or especially after working on the serve, play a quick game of “Hockey” to roll all of the tennis balls into the net (on one end or the other).  Now, here is what you do: Smash! Place the racquet in your child’s strong hand Have them set it on their shoulder, behind their head (like a serve) Place the ball in your child’s weak hand Palm up, have them attempt…

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Tennis for Children: Catchy Bug Formerly: “Smash the Bug” Do you remember when you were young and having the coordination to ‘pat your head and rub your belly’ was a wonderful achievement?  Well, learning the service motion, for a young child still building their coordination, is much like asking them to ‘pat their head and rub their belly.’ One of the most popular training games for children to learn the serve is called “Catchy Bug.”  If there is an easier or more efficient way to train a young child to toss a ball above their head and swing ‘overhanded’ at the ball, I would be surprised.  Here is the concept: Catchy Bug Place the racquet in your child’s strong hand Have them set it on their shoulder, behind their head (like a serve) Place the ball in your child’s weak hand Palm up, have them attempt to toss the ball…

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