Session FIVE

 

The table below details the activities and timings for session FIVE of the Tennis Xpress course. Where a thumbnail is shown beside the activity, a video is available to support the course learning and the respective activity.

For the full description of each activity, including details regarding the specific demonstration, the supporting checkpoints and the observations to assist the coach, please see the related links section at the bottom of this page to access a pdf document. The full course content is also available as a pdf within the related links section.


TIMESESSION FIVE ACTIVITY

 

0-5 MINUTESWELCOME AND EXPLAIN THE SESSION
ACTIVITY Ask players what was done in previous session, and about their first experience of doubles.
Explain objectives of this session.
 

 

5-10 MINUTESWARM UP: Orange ball
ACTIVITY Players in pairs. Each pair has their own service box. Players throw the ball up and aim to move their opponent and make it difficult for them to reach.
Ball must be thrown up to head height.
 

 

10-15 MINUTESBASELINE RALLY WARM UP: Orange ball
ACTIVITY In pairs, players rally cross-court trying to focus on consistency, and imagining the opponent’s partner is at the net during a double’s game.
Count the longest rally and rotate pairs frequently

 

15-25 MINUTESPREVIOUS SESSION’S PRACTICE: DOUBLES RALLY: Orange ball
ACTIVITY Players practice last session’s exercise. Play doubles, with one server, one returner and the other players at the net.
After rallies, players rotate their position clockwsie around the court so each player has a new role.
Keep rotating until each player has played in every role. Encourage players at the net to try and intercept.

 

25-40 MINUTESINTRODUCING A BASIC VOLLEY: Red / Orange ball
ACTIVITY In pairs, one player at the net is the ‘volleyer’ and the other at the service line without a racket is the ‘feeder’.
The ‘feeder’ throws the ball and both players try to cooperate and count the longest rally. Switch roles after 1 minute. Mix pairs after 5 minutes.
 

 

RULES CHECK It is common for net players to stand very close to the net at this level.
Make sure players are aware that they may not lean over the net to play the ball, and that if they touch the net with the racket or the body before the point is finished, they lose the point.

 

40-50 MINUTESINTRODUCING A BASIC VOLLEY: Orange ball
ACTIVITY Repeat the last exercise, however the ‘feeder’ now has a racket and players try to achieve a consistent ‘groundstroke-to-volley’ rally.
By this stage of the course, players should do this practice with an Orange ball.
 

 

50-60 MINUTESDEVELOPING CONSISTENCY WITH THE VOLLEY: Orange ball
ACTIVITY Repeat the last exercise but start on the Orange court, and progress to the full court with a Green ball.
   

 

60-70 MINUTESDEVELOPING CONSISTENCY WITH THE VOLLEY: Orange / Green ball
ACTIVITY Repeat the last exercise but perform the activity cross-court.
     

 

70-85 MINUTESINTERCEPTING WITH THE VOLLEY: Orange / Green ball
ACTIVITY Players in groups of 4 in a doubles formation of ‘one up / one back’.
The baseline players rally cooperatively cross-court and the volleyer’s aim to intercept and volley, whilst maintaining a good court position.
Switch roles every 3 rallies, with all 4 players rotating clockwise around the court, so all players play in all 4 positions.
   

 

85-90 MINUTESCONCLUSION
ACTIVITY Coach summary of the session and key points covered. This could be done as a question and answer session. Reinforce the importance of volleying in doubles, and having confidence whilst learning that it is ok to make mistakes.
Explain the next session is the final one and to book follow on sessions.
 

 

90-120 MINUTESFREEPLAY DOUBLES: Orange / Green ball
ACTIVITY In groups of 4, players play games of doubles with a serve. Play 4 games then mix players. Players must use a ‘one up/one back’ formation.
Players must call score after each point.
   

THIS ACTIVITY CAN BE UNSUPERVISED – THE COACH SHOULD PROVIDE THE PARTICIPANTS WITH ACCESS TO THE SLOWER BALLS

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