Session FOUR

 

The table below details the activities and timings for session FOUR 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 FOUR ACTIVITY

 

0-5 MINUTESWELCOME AND EXPLAIN THE SESSION
ACTIVITY Ask players what was done in previous session, how they played in their practice since session 3, and explain objectives of this session.
 

 

5-10 MINUTESSINGLES WARM UP: Orange ball
ACTIVITY In pair players play a throw and catch game of singles in the service boxes. Divide both service boxes into 2 to create area targets for the server to aim at.
Normal rules apply however the player ‘serving’ changes after each point. The serve is thrown overarm, every other throw is underarm.
Serve must go cross court and players then throw the ball inside the service box, trying to move their opponents.
 

 

10-15 MINUTESPREVIOUS SESSION’S PRACTICE: CONSISTENCY AND MOVING THE OPPONENT IN A RALLY: Orange ball
ACTIVITY In pairs, players warm up their strokes, counting their longest rally. Start the rally with a serve. Mix pairs after 3 minutes. Players can score points if they can remember how to score.

 

15-40 MINUTESCOMBINING DIFFERENT GAME SITUATIONS IN SINGLES: Orange ball
ACTIVITY The aim of this activity is to allow the players to play using different game situations covered during the course.
         

 

40-55 MINUTESBASIC INTRODUCTION TO DOUBLES PLAY: Orange ball*
ACTIVITY In groups of 4, players have a doubles rally, all players start by hitting groundstrokes but can come forward to the net too. Focus on consistency and finding spaces to hit the ball to.
   

*Use lines or cones to make the squares

 

RULES CHECK Ensure that servers are aware of the footfault rule. Although it is unusual for this to be applied in matchplay at starter level, servers should be aware of the rule.
 

 

55-65 MINUTESDEVELOPING SERVE AND RETURN IN DOUBLES: Orange ball
ACTIVITY Repeat the previous activity but this time on the full Orange courts.
   

 

65-75 MINUTESDEVELOPING CONSISTENCY IN A DOUBLES RALLY: Orange ball
ACTIVITY Repeat the previous exercise but try to maintain a cooperative rally after the return, still trying to avoid the net players who can try to intercept (poach).
Rotate court positions after 3 rallies, ensuring each player performs every role.

 

75-85 MINUTESPLAYING A GAME OF DOUBLES: Orange ball
ACTIVITY Group watches while coach uses 4 players to demonstrate a game of doubles using tennis game scoring with “No-Ad” scoring method at deuce (no advantage).
   

 

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 communication, cross-court play and finding space in doubles. Encourage all group members to play one game of doubles before session 5.
 

 

90-120 MINUTESFREEPLAY DOUBLES: Orange ball
ACTIVITY In groups of 4, players play games of doubles, using a ball of their choice. Play 4 games then mix players.
Players must call score after each point.
 

 

RULES CHECK Check that the players are aware of the rules covered so far, and in particular the different ways in which a point is won or lost.
Check that the players understand the different scoring formats covered and when they can be used – tennis game scoring, match tie-break scoring and “No-Ad” scoring method (play 1 game point at deuce, receiver’s choice of sides).
Explain and demonstrate how players serve in sequence in doubles.

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

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