Originally Posted by Mick3391
I didn't comment on your point about baseliners. Yea I'm not training him to be a serve and vollyer, but rather TO KNOW HOW. It amazes me how most don't know. I know that some can rip balls right by him. I teach him to yea play from the baseline, but mix it up, it throws guys off, like it did that guy. That guy was no slouch, he started younger than mick, was 28, and plays all through the winter. His problem is that when I saw him hitting with his wife, they were just hitting baseline, so he had no idea how to handle a guy coming forward, catching the ball in the air mid court and jamming it back.
I just think learning everything is important, I'm not against baseline play at all, but I think mixing it up, making every shot different, making every position different is important.
Anyways as you can tell I'm still jazzed
oh, no, I wasn't implying anything negative!
all court skills never go out of style
but I do think a tournament would be a good idea, let him get a feel for where he is at, too..
(my 13 year old regularly massacres 4.0s around the club, but he is only a middling junior at a State level in his age group.)