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    Designing weekly challenges

    This season I was the captain for a ~3.0-3.5 team. The season is over, but I'd like to come up with some weekly skill based challenges that will encourage team members to work on their skills in a purposeful way. The idea being that the challenge winners will get bragging rights and possibly...
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    What should be ruled a hindrance?

    What sorts of actions from the returner would be deemed a hindrance to the server? Some examples: Would stomping your feet loudly be considered a hindrance? How about running loudly towards the net (squeaking your shoes) as the server is in mid-motion? Waving your racquet wildly?
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    Doubles strategies for partners of disparate skill levels?

    Say you have a 3.0 and a 4.0 playing together. What formations, strategies or tactics tend to work best? Are there any simple things that the 3.0 can be taught to do in a relatively short amount of time, so that they can be an asset to the team rather than a liability? The 4.0 is fit and has...
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    Player evolution: Pusher vs. Ballbasher

    At the lower rec levels you see both extremes: pushers that are content to keep the ball in play and wait for their opponents to make mistakes vs. ball bashers that think they're better than they are, and try to go for broke on every shot. Neither mindset is conducive to great tennis, but which...
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    Getting players to switch from pancake to a throwing motion

    A little background: I'm captaining a 3.0 team for the first time. We have 3 men's lines and 2 ladies lines. Last year the ladies lost 80% of their matches. Part of the challenge is that we don't have enough ladies, the other problem is that the ladies we have are at a low skill level. So to...
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    Why isn't there more S+V in the WTA?

    Not sure if this is a dumb question, but I'll ask it anyway. As a general rule, most of the women can't generate RHS comparable to the men, so they can't hit dipping passing shots. They hit flatter. They're also less explosive, so when they're put on the run, they can't set up as well to hit a...
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    Scissor Kick Forehand?

    Does anyone know who first invented/popularized this technique? Aside from handling high balls, are there other benefits to hitting a scissor kick forehand? I've read that it generates a lot of torque, but my understanding of physics isn't that great. Is this the same thing as saying that the...
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