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  1. Ash_Smith

    What exactly happens with mental tension during a stroke?

    So you've never seen an elite athlete struggle under pressure, or not deliver to their true capabilities or simply not perfrom at all on the "big day"
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    What exactly happens with mental tension during a stroke?

    Weh have to start with what happens when the body is placed under stress/perceives a threat. (A simplification) adrenaline is released into the system to prepare the body for either flight (get out of the situation), fight (get out of the situation) or freeze (hope the situation goes away)...
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    Coaching Gen. Alpha

    Been a bit of chat about coaching kids in recent times, so for those who work with kids this might be useful... Generation Z and Generation Alpha are a fairly unique breed to work with. They are used to almost instant gratification and have shorter attention spans than previous generations. The...
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    Teaching tennis to young kids: Resources, ideas, and best ways?

    Because tennis doesn't do those things? I happen to think that tennis does those things better than most other sports.
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    I have this Junior

    Ah okay, your use of the word "we" made me think you were involved. I was on the show at the back end of last year.
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    Teaching tennis to young kids: Resources, ideas, and best ways?

    Your kid is 4.5 years old - of course he's going to lose focus and go off an create his own games/experiences - it's exactly what he should be doing! If he was rigidly standing in line and following instructions to the letter I'd be concerned :-D The coach should understand that when working...
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    I have this Junior

    This is not a technical problem, therefore it doesn't require a technical solution
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    I have this Junior

    You work with Lisa?
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    I have this Junior

    The first one is the key - under tension breathing is the first thing that changes - so if you are trying to help someone relax, helping them focus on breathing control is far more effective than saying "hey, just relax"
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    I have this Junior

    (y) Nobody has ever relaxed after being told "just relax"
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    I have this Junior

    It suggests a couple of things. First, that training does not accurately recreate the experience/environment of competition. Now obviously I don't know what training looks like, or what principles of practice design are employed, but ultimately if you want players who make good decisions in...
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    Easy to Implement Instructions

    What if the 20 year old knows stuff you don't?
  13. Ash_Smith

    Most Tennis Lessons Are Useless (video)

    The first rule of coaching club is... P.S. Meet you at the coach club later for a pint or 2 of Gin and some Czech fish and chips.
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    Most Tennis Lessons Are Useless (video)

    I mean, he's literally creating content for social media in those social media videos, of course he is addressing the camera, that's kind of the point!
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    Context is king when coaching kids...

    ^^^ They are, their early learning is almost exclusively through mimicry (walking, talking). But this isn't refering to motor learning, this is about giving kids the context so that they understand why they are learning. With those early skills (walking and talking), there is a need for...
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    Context is king when coaching kids...

    Content without context is hard to assimilate.
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    Context is king when coaching kids...

    Haha, thanks mate. Long form content doesn't usually wash well in here, but gotta try for the few who are really interested or are working with kids programs.
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    Context is king when coaching kids...

    ^^^ The key there is to ensure the competition is appropriate for the age and stage of the players. Competition isn't just play a match and move on or move out. It could involve teams, it could involve problem solving, collecting, co-operating, competing, personal bests etc. Make the...
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    Context is king when coaching kids...

    Context is king when it comes to kids learning My daughter is a bit of a numbers wizard, I say this not to brag (well maybe a little bit!), but to illustrate an interesting point. She is 4.5 years old (going on 15) and numbers have always come fairly easily to her. She very quickly learned to...
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    Most Tennis Lessons Are Useless (video)

    David Lloyd are a chain of "luxury" gym/leisure clubs originally set up by former tennis player David Lloyd and now owned by an investment Banking group.
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    Most Tennis Lessons Are Useless (video)

    It rather depends on whose goal it is. If it's coming from the kid, then in no way would I tell them it's a stupid goal (in the same way that I would never tell a kid any goal is stupid - if we did that there would be no Microsoft, or Uber, or AirBnB, or New Zealand All Blacks etc). I would...
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    Most Tennis Lessons Are Useless (video)

    I can't believe I'm even bothering to reply, but here we go anyway... There is more than one goal. Our programme is built around using tennis as a vehicle to help kids develop mental, physical and life skills that will help them through their education ans for the rest of their lives and...
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    Most Tennis Lessons Are Useless (video)

    Ummm... what??? Of course it's possible to make a living as a "100% honest coach" (although actually as I type that I'm not sure I know what you mean by that use of phrase). You speak like the only goal for a coach is for a player to go pro - there is so much more to be being a coach and so...
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    What's your methodology?

    ^^^ I'd forgotten it too - somebody like one of my posts in it the other day and I read back through it too as I couldnt remember it either! Fingers crossed it gets to live on...
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    Coaching kids and baking cakes

    Nope, it's his co-director :)
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    Coaching kids and baking cakes

    The thing to take from it is that learning is a messy process, especially for kids. They try, they fail, they try again, they fail again, but they keep going and they self organise and eventually things slot into place. There is a danger that coaches try to control too much too soon, to try...
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    Coaching kids and baking cakes

    Learning to Bake - Child Learning is Messy Let’s talk cake! At the start let’s be honest it looks like a mess. The ingredients don’t seem connected and even when you start to mix things together it still has little resemblance to the end product. Of course, you must have a plan, a picture of...
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    What's your methodology?

    This was a good thread - back when discussion and discourse was reasonable and understanding was the order of the day...
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    Teaching tennis to young kids: Resources, ideas, and best ways?

    Some good clubs and coaches up that way
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