How to teach toss to young beginners?

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  1. Bergboy123

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    When I teach kids the serve, I always find them going wrong with the toss. They throw it anywhere but at the ideal spot, and therefore I spend extra time trying to teach and emphasize the toss, but it doesn't always work.

    Anyone here have experience with this, or advice for sending home the message that the toss is the key?
     
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  3. Misterbill

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    Less spin the better. Fingers should eject the ball, wrist shouldn't flip it.
     
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  4. Bergboy123

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    Awesome that's very true, I'll keep that in mind!
     
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  5. Bash and Crash

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    All of the above. Also in they are younger and smaller I will stand in front of them and put my hand up right where I want them to toss and have them toss up to my hand but have it barely touch my hand after a few attempts. You can also use a racket if they are taller. I also tell them to let their hand follow the ball up towards my hand to get nice follow through. If they are flicking with the wrist I also tell students to lift their arm from their elbow instead of lifting ball with hand helps to keep the arm extended and stops them from folding at the elbow joint. Have some more if those and TCF's don't help.
     
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  6. BMC9670

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    A similar technique is to have them stand under a basketball hoop in the correct stance/position to toss the ball up so it passes through the hoop on the way up and on the way down (works best with no net). In my own experience, getting youngsters to toss STRAIGHT up consistently is the hardest part. Once they can do that, you can tweak it from there.
     
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    That sounds like a great tool.
     
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  8. Bash and Crash

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    I think there is a device called the toss ring, ring on extending pole that works for this also. Up date called toss trainer go figure..
     
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    Alot of the time new beginners will rush the toss. tell them it is worth going slow since it is basically the ost important part of the serve
     
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    Keep it simple. I would tell your kids just lift it up and and let it go.
     
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  11. Bedrock

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    Since you are teaching I assume you do know all I am going to say. However after reading posts I've decided to leave a couple of notes.

    Targeting:
    Before the toss put a racquet inside of baseline next to the toe of the left foot. The head of the racquet is pointing toward the net and a little bit to the right (10 degress) The ball has to land on the head of a racquet after the toss.

    Prior to a toss
    Holding the ball conveniently with all fingers. Ball located in the middle of the palm. Arm is relaxed and all the way down (a bit bended).
    For advanced(beginers) - imagine the position of the ball in the air at the point of contact with racquet..

    During the toss:
    The motion is slow and smooth.
    The left arm(throwing the ball) goes all the way up and stays straight up, just like you are trying to reach the ball.

    Position of feet, work of right arm, head and ect. are not included :)
     
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