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Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by mightyrick, Mar 15, 2011.

  1. ci2ca

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    Good for you man, definitely get them moving with their feet though. Play some follow the leader with your kids and just start shuffling around, splitstepping, etc. They don't know they're doing footwork, they're just playing a game!
     
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  2. BMC9670

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    Yep, I do. I move them around - FH, BH, move in, move out, by where I toss the ball. It works great for getting them to move the body to hit in the strike zone and not wait for the ball to come to them.

    Speaking of moving the feet, their favorite drill is what I call "Space Invaders" (kids like a drill more with a cool name). I'm at the net and they are on the T (we are both on the same side). I have a basket of balls and start rolling balls in various directions and at various speeds. They have to shuffle and make the ball pass between their legs. They can back up if needed, but not beyond the baseline. I can tailor it to each kid and get them covering the whole court. Even though it's exhausting, they love it.
     
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  3. TennisCoachFLA

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    I support the format for beginners to learn the strokes. The USTA can use it as a starting point to get more kids into tennis. But they also need to keep them. Kids quit tennis because football and basketball give them more status at school, the parents don't want to drive to tournaments, tennis gets expensive, or many other reasons.

    USTA has to realize that getting kids to try tennis with Quickstart is just one small piece of the puzzle.
     
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  4. Hewex

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    Maybe the USTA's view is that getting kids to play recreationally can be a good thing too. So much seems to be focused on kids competing in junior events, then high school and college. Those are fine goals for "some" kids, but I think it pushes kids out of the sport who just enjoy playing the game. Back in the day, ton of kids played pick-up tennis just for the joy of playing. Running around the court and hitting the ball with their buddies.

    Thoughts?
     
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  5. TennisCoachFLA

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    I agree 100% with that approach. I have said before that I think Quickstart can result in more future recreational players. That would be great.

    But again it seems we have a disconnect. The USTA has videos and also support people saying about Quickstart..... "lets get busy building champions". They are saying the reason Americans aren't at the top of the tennis world is the way they learn the game.

    Two vastly different goals, adding rec players or building superstar talents. Quickstart sounds great to accomplish the 1st goal. But if the best athletes still quit to go play basketball and football, the 2nd goal might be tough to achieve.
     
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  6. Hewex

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    We're in agreement. You would know better than I about creating competitive players and I like the idea of getting more kids playing, now and for the future. Heaven know that more kids need to just get out and play, regardless of sport.
     
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  7. ci2ca

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    That is an awesome idea. They have to shuffle around the court because they can't turn their backs, they have to take tiny little steps to adjust to the ball going between their legs. I'm gonna steal that from you! Hey if you have any questions regarding instruction or just want a good talk about youth tennis, send me an email at uhohjoejoe@yahoo.com.
     
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