Originally Posted by ga tennis
Coaching32years ,Thats the problem with almost all of the juniors i see play. They do not start playing the pro style game until its too late. My 11 year old daughter plays a pro style game already. She loses alot now but we are building for the future. She replicates professional patterns and hits full out on every ball.The problem with teaching this game is parents want results early and dont see the big picture. In my opinion its a must that kids learn to play this way at a very young age if they wanna have any chance to make it on the next level. I see 99.99% of the girls 12 and under play just defending and running down balls.
You are a brilliant coach. Much smarter than I ever was. I was too hung up on results in the 12's and 14's. The sooner you get them playing the pro style the better. Those balls that are now flying against the back fence will start going in and she will have a serve, an overhead, and especially volleys.
She will be a force guaranteed.