Junior development advice / My soapbox

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by allenkau, Mar 30, 2013.

  1. allenkau

    allenkau Rookie

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    I am a former High school / Community College player who loves the game. Grew up teaching myself when I was 10yrs old.

    Been training my son about 1 year now. Averaging about 10 yrs a week on the court. Our main goal was to learn a sport and in the process, get in shape since he was overweight. He started at 59inches - 158lbs and now 60.5inches and 148lbs. He is not an natural athlete :) But then neither was I when I was 10. I never expect him to turn pro. I just want him to experience the journey. Overcome the hardship which will prepare him for obstacles in later life.

    We do the normal feeding drills. I have a ball machine that we use once a week or so. He goes to clinics about once a week.

    He hits pretty decent in drills. He has issues with footwork and it really shows when he is trying to "rally". The problem is, I have a hard time rallying with him due to my extreme topspin strokes. When I switch to an eastern grip, I often hit either nice deep balls or very short balls and it makes things even tougher for him.

    In clinics, he does better with rallying with kids. Well, he hits with a lot of top and the other kids usually have a hard time and maybe that's the reason he does better.

    I personally hate the clinics because I always feel that for the time spent, he could be hitting 3x the balls with an 1 on 1 with me.

    I am looking for advice (other than just keep hitting with him) where we can work on his movements / anticipation during rallys.

    I have some videos of him drilling but nothing from actual rallying.

    Thanks for the support in advance.
     
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  2. caltiger123

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    One of my favorite drills that work on footwork:

    2 cones just behind the baseline, around 10 feet apart, maybe more. You, the coach or feeder will stand in between the 2 cones and you will throw a ball behind one cone and he will have to run around the cone and ht it. Right as he does that you throw another to the other cone and he does a run around forehand. No time in between shots.

    Bad explanation but best I can do.
     
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  3. allenkau

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    He runs in the shape of an INFINITY sigh right? If so, Yup. Did that 3 days ago actually. I think I will have to add that to more of a weekly drill. Thanks again for the support from this forum.
     
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    Finding similar dilemma... now considering learning how to play flat using wrong hand.
     
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  8. allenkau

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    I watch that with envy and hope.... We will try some of that but some look too advance for him.

    1 day... if we work hard enough. He will get there...

    Its been tough as a tennis dad going out to the courts nearly every day for 1 yr straight. On rainly days, I put him on the eliptical / medicine ball / hit with foam balls in the basement / play table tennis for hand eye coordination... etc...

    Plus, i have an 5yr who always wants to play and I find myself on the court for 3yrs a day because I can't work with both of them.
     
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  9. allenkau

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    Thanks TTT. The idea of me at the net is a good one.
     
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  10. allenkau

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    They have to learn how to deal with that. Its the most important part of tennis that can be explained but hard to teach I think.

    Going to try TTT's advice of staying at the net to rally with him. You should try that also.
     
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  11. tennis_balla

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    Thats the beauty of those drills, almost all of them can be used for all levels. I've used several of those drills with adults, kids as young as 8 and so on. Just modify it to each particular situation, player and what you're working on.
     
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  12. allenkau

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    Is this 8 disc set what I need?

    2008 USPTA Competitive Player Development Conference Series, eight-disc set, Sanchez-Casal Academy

    Or is it the 2 individual Drills DVD?

    Thanks again sir.
     
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  13. tennis_balla

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    On the us pro tennis shop dot com website click on On Court With USPTA on the left. Scroll down and find; Spanish Practice Patterns: Hand-Fed Drills and Spanish Practice Patterns For All Court Play.
    Another good one that was discussed in the other thread is Spanish Model for Developing Players under the Player Development tab on the left. This DVD is more for coaches but its got some great stuff in there as well.
     
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  14. allenkau

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    Got all 3 videos in the mail.

    They were great. I used some of the hand fed ones today with my 11yr old (About 150 balls) and then had him practice his serve (same 150 balls).

    Went to an rally type game and saw improvements IMMEDIATELY in his footwork.

    Being able to not have to talk (YELL) across the court is a KEY. He was much happier. I was much happier. THANK YOU to this forum.

    Now for more HELP pls... What is the best way to transition this type of feeding into match play without signing up for a tournament ?

    Clinics?
    I wish there was some type of match playing system out there... :)

    I am in MD / DC / VA area BTW.
     
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