Warm-Up Rallying

Discussion in 'Junior League & Tournament Talk' started by InspectorRacquet, Dec 21, 2011.

  1. InspectorRacquet

    InspectorRacquet Semi-Pro

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    I rallied with a couple junior players over the past few years (a one star and three star on TRN), and there was one thing in common in between the two.

    When I rallied with them in practice before a match, they would hit two or three shots back to me and hit a winner every time. My question is whether or not this way is how juniors warm up or if they were just being rude. It was quite hard to actually warm up because I had to pick up the balls more than I got to rally, and I thought that in pre-math warm ups, you just rally until someone makes a mistake.

    I put this in the Juniors section of the forum because this is concerning junior players after all.
     
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  2. Frankenstine

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    I find that very irritating. It is not uncommon, but I also find it rude. You could always ask if they could hit it to you. Then they kinda feel like a jerk if they are doing it on purpose so they stop. You need to do whatever you can in order to get a proper warm up, just do it politely.
     
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  4. slice bh compliment

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    I hit with some ranked kids, too. Drills, 21s, practice sets, some dubs sometimes.

    They are trying to see if you can move.
    They are trying to win the warm-up.
    They lack either control or patience.

    Not all junior players are like this. They certainly would not dare do something like this with a coach nearby.
     
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  5. Up&comer

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    You will notice many lower ranked juniors do this. I mean around 800 in the nation and less. It's most often because they are just trying to look cool or intimidate you. Most do it for the former, jerks tend to do it for the latter. Once you play higher level guys, they have nothing to prove, so they are actually alot more fun to hit with.

    Another thing could be that they were both nervous.
     
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  6. coaching32yrs

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    There are a lot of things I see juniors do that would not fly in adult competitive matches. I have seen all of these recently: interrupt a server between his 1st and second; quick serve; excessive celebrating opponent's unforced error; not making a call on return of serve until return is missed- than calling serve out; taking 60 seconds to retrieve a ball against the back fence between opponent's 1st and 2nd serve; refusing to reverse a sideline call where opponent had the better look and saw it in. In general there is a lack of sportsmanship at he junior level. Even the kids who start out good sports get corrupted because it is so pervasive. I blame the parents 100%.
    My kids are throwbacks. They would never even think about pulling this nonsense. But they experience it in over 50% of their matches.
     
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  8. Up&comer

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    ^^ unfortunately, that is completely true. (coaching32years)

    Once you get into the really high level tournaments, you get a chair official, which makes everything alot better.
     
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  9. InspectorRacquet

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    Thanks for the responses. I never knew if it was just me, but now it seems like this is actually fairly common. I'm not sure if I can testify that they had a lack of control in the rallies, but the winners they hit in the matches were spot-on just out of my reach.
     
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