Session THREE

 

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

 

0-5 MINUTESWELCOME AND EXPLAIN THE SESSION
ACTIVITY Ask players what was done in previous session, and how they got on in their practice.
Ask in particular if anyone managed to play competitive rallies or matches to practice using tennis scoring.
Explain objectives of this session.
 

 

5-10 MINUTESGROUP WARM UP: Orange ball
ACTIVITY In pairs, players rally cooperatively cross court in the service boxes, starting with an underarm or overarm serve.
 

 

10-25 MINUTESMOVE THE OPPONENT IN A BASELINE RALLY: Orange ball
ACTIVITY In pairs using 4 service boxes, players take turns to practice moving the opponent.
One player starts and stays at the service line on the right court, whilst the other moves to play alternate cross court and down the line shots back to the static player.
Depending on numbers, ensure that players take turns to be the static player and the moving player, and take turns on and off if there are more than 2 players per court.
Switch roles every 2 minutes. Count the longest rally. Depending on numbers in the group, it may be necessary to mark two Orange courts on a tennis court, or to rotate players so they have one rally on and one rally off.
 

**Use lines to make the court

 

25-40 MINUTESMOVE THE OPPONENT IN A BASELINE RALLY: Orange ball
ACTIVITY In pairs using 4 service boxes, players rally to move the opponent. Players may hit the ball anywhere in the opposing players service boxes but should try to hit away from the opponent to make them move.
The player starting the point should start from the right court and serve diagonally. Coaches should ensure that the focus is on the ability of the players to move the opponent using groundstrokes.

 

40-60 MINUTESMOVING THE OPPONENT WITH SERVE AND RETURN: Orange ball
ACTIVITY In pairs playing in diagonal service boxes, one player serves overarm (they get 2 serves) and the other player returns. Count number of successful serves and returns. Switch roles after 3 points.
   

 

RULES CHECK Ensure that players know that the serve must bounce in the service box. A ball that goes in the net is a fault and the server may have a second serve.
A ball that hits the net and lands in the service box is a let and the server may repeat a first serve A ball which bounces on the line is in.
If the ball is out, the returner should call immediately and clearly, and a second serve should be played. Two errors on serve make a double fault, giving the point to the returner

 

60-70 MINUTESMOVING THE OPPONENT WITH SERVE AND RETURN: Orange ball
ACTIVITY In pairs playing in the service boxes, one player serves overarm (they get 2 serves) and the other player returns down the line, with both players playing out the rally in the service boxes.
Count number of successful serves cross court and returns down the line as a pair. Switch roles after 3 points. Coaches may also need to rotate players if the numbers in the group mean that there are players waiting off court.
 

 

70-85 MINUTESMOVING THE OPPONENT WITH SERVE AND RETURN: Orange ball
ACTIVITY In pairs playing in the whole Orange court, one player serves overarm (they get 2 serves) and the other player returns down the line, with both players playing out the rally.
Count number of successful serves cross court and returns down the line as a pair. Switch roles after 3 points. Coaches may also need to rotate players if the numbers in the group mean that there are players waiting off court.
 

 

85-90 MINUTESCONCLUSION
ACTIVITY Coach summary of the session and key points covered. This could be done as a question and answer session.
It is also important to allow participants to ask questions. Encourage them to play with a friend or family member before the next session (it may be necessary to let the players borrow some Orange balls to do this).
 

 

90-120 MINUTESFREEPLAY - SERVE, RETURN AND PLAY THE POINT BY MOVING THE OPPONENT: Orange ball
ACTIVITY In pairs, players play points taking turns to serve. Players can keep score.

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

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