Any good "stay-on-your-toes" drills?

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  1. crosbydog

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    Besides having her jump rope, any suggestions for drills to keep my 10 year old on her toes and avoiding being flat footed getting to the ball?
     
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  2. seminoleG

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    1.Cut balls in half, and use athletic tape to attach on bottom of her heels.

    2.Get her in few Soccer camps.

    Mine plays travel soccer and is LAZY with her feet in Tennis, BUT when she wants to move folks have told me her footwork is off the charts. I don't believe girls naturally get on their toes. One on her team who runs 5ks faster than adults @9! IT'S FREAKISH!

    Don't try the track thing. It's a different speed, balance. My friend ollege sprinter did this and her daughters tennis speed, balance didn't improve much at all.
     
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  3. TennisCoachFLA

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    This is a huge issue with lots of kids. You really have to see what gets through to a specific kid. Jump rope, pepper steps through the agility ladder, having them pretend the court is lava, constant nagging....you name it, we have used it.

    All you can do is keep hammering home how important the split step is, how important it is to avoid being flat footed. Some kids get it early, some late, some never.

    In the end its about desire and wanting to do it and that has to come from the kid at some point. My girl does it in a practice setting but at a moderate pace, still needs a few reminders now and then. In other words, you can tell its not her favorite thing!

    But if things get competitive, rallies, timed drills, get to the balls on the first bounce drills, she moves her feet like a little pro. She cut 1 second off her spider drill time just because her best friend was also doing them and pushing her. So my guess is that her feet will really move once she starts playing tournaments.
     
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  4. 10ismom

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    Skating is great exercise to get moving forward and learn dynamic balance. To stay on your toes, I mean ice skate, ice hockey, speed skating and in line skate not skateboard. Skateboarding is good for balance but might not be 'on your toes' as much.
    Skating is fun especially when learning at young ages. Besides staying on their toes, kids use quad muscles and bend their knees....good for tennis. When they do tricks, ....moving backward, figure skating, they learn dynamic balances..... good for tennis.
     
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  5. crosbydog

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    Thanks for the advice!
     
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  6. donnymac10s

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    Try barefoot tennis
     
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  7. NLBwell

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    ^ OW!

    Basketball.
     
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  9. maggmaster

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    I have been toying with the idea of slide board training for lateral movement and balance. It seems like some trainers are using them with tennis players, and they do promote good athletic stances.
     
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  10. TennisCoachFLA

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    I have used slide boards in the past with good results. All you need is the plastic slide and slide booties. Promotes the wide stance as you said.
     
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  11. donnymac10s

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    It's actually great for feeling proper footwork. The player is obviously limited in terms of movement but small steps back and forth, side to side and inside out are great
     
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