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  1. Ash_Smith

    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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    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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    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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    Game Sense

    Watched a lad play u10's yesterday (although he is technically u9 still) in the county closed. He's a small lad who plays big time tennis - he's chipping and charging on returns or even pulling a Federer SABR! He's serve-volleying, he's hitting a one hander, he's getting inside the baseline...
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    How to achieve Mastery at anything

    1) Choose the thing you want to achieve mastery at 2) Practice it a lot until you achieve mastery at it That's it.
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    Pareto's Law

    Sat here in Antibes at an ITF, watching other players practice and started thinking how few people apply Pareto's law to tennis practice. (For those who aren't aware "Pareto's law" observes that the distribution of input and output are often vastly different - that 20% of the work results in...
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    Online Coaching Opinions

    Hello TTW! Some of you who recently participated in the "Ask a Coach" thread may have received a survey link via pm to enquire as to your thoughts on online coaching. Balla and I would now like to open this up to the TTW community at large and so would appreciate it if as many of you as...
  8. Ash_Smith

    Ask a Coach - Round 2

    I did one of these a while back and it proved quite popular, so I have brought it back for another round - this time with reinforcements! Myself and @tennis_balla will do our best to answer any coaching related questions you may have, be they technical, tactical, physical or psychological...
  9. Ash_Smith

    Les Petits As 2017

    Just back from my annual pilgrimage to Tarbes for Les Petits As, where the worlds best u14's gather each January. Some observations: Standard this year looked to be on the way back up overall - I felt the last couple of years the over all standard was lower (although the winners and finalists...
  10. Ash_Smith

    Technique or Skill

    Great article on the concept of Technique vs Skill http://www.skillacq.com/techniquevskill
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    What it takes to Win?

    So, the other week I presented at a coaches conference to give some insight to a group of coaches into our World Class Performance Programme. One of the topics that came up was our "What It Takes To Win" model. For reference a "WITTW" model is something all UK Sport funded sports are required...
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    Wheelchair Tennis in Rio

    So, 5 years ago I took a 13 year old Alfie Hewett to his first Junior World Championships in France and he showed then that he had something a little special in him, saving 6 match points to beat an opponent 5 years older and ranked inside the senior top 30 in 3 sets. Fast forward to his first...
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    Talent Identification/Talent Selection

    In 2008 swimmer Adam Peaty was ranked 88th in the Midlands region u14's (for those outside of the UK, the Midlands region comprises around 7 counties). 8 years on he smashes the world record twice and wins an Olympic Gold. Do not use youth performance to predict future performance...
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    Sports Coach Radio Podcast

    Might be of interest to some if you're searching for an insightful podcast to listen too as I discuss all sorts of tennis coaching related topics with host Sports Coach Radio host Glen Whitney... http://sportscoachradio.com/fixing-mission-critical-failures-with-tennis-coach-ash-smith/
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    The reverse forehand and other stories...

    Lasith Malinga is one of the most successful bowlers in world cricket - he developed his unique action growing up as a kid playing beach cricket with a tennis ball, it was the only way he could take wickets as a more traditional action meant the ball sat up to be smashed for runs. By developing...
  16. Ash_Smith

    Wimbledon 2016

    Don't mind me, I'll just be sat over here all smug :D 5 Brits in finals over the weekend at Wimbledon and 5 Championship Trophies brought home; Mens Singles, Mixed Doubles, Mens Wheelchair Singles, Mens Wheelchair Doubles and Womens Wheelchair Doubles :) Happy camp this morning!
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    Need advice for coaching a youngster...

    Hi all, my daughter is 10 days old and I'm worried I've already missed the boat on getting her started? Is it already too late or is there still a chance..
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    How good coaches help the development of kids

    @maxxy777 - fixed your post for you... I saw few posts about how much some coaches charge and decided to make a post about it. Those coaches are just brilliant, nothing more. Helping parents develop the psycho-social aspect and physical literacy of their children whilst inspiring them to play a...
  19. Ash_Smith

    Learning from the best...

    England Fly-half George Ford on working with Jonny Wilkinson... Skill development in a games based environment - not just repetitive practice of a single skill. Take note people :)
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    Les Petits As 2016

    Of this afternoon for my annual pilgrimage to Tarbes for this years Les Petits As. I am travelling with a player to the World Junior Wheelchair Masters, which runs along side the Les Petits As event. The best under 14's in the world will be competing and as before I will report on any tactical...
  21. Ash_Smith

    Ask a Coach 2.0

    This time play nice! The premise of MasturB's thread was quite reasonable and got derailed pretty quick, so here's a rehash of it (basically I have a couple of hours to kill whilst watching the rugby). If any other coaches want to chime in feel free :) Ask away...
  22. Ash_Smith

    Structurally unstructured practice...

    So, given the direction of the "tennis taught the wrong way thread" I thought i'd post an article I wrote about a different kind of talent development environment... It's another long one! ----------------------------------------------- A couple of articles ago I wrote a piece on structuring a...
  23. Ash_Smith

    Live from Prague...

    It seems like the other thread has been canned, so let's try again (with some civility :) ) I have arrived in Prague and I can confirm it is cold (as expected). I will be meeting with @tennis_balla tomorrow, as I have players starting matches at 9am he is coming out early to watch, which will...
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    website links

    Question - It's okay for John Yandell to post links to tennis player.net and okay for others to post links to Fuzzy yellow balls, top tennis training, jeff salzemstein, essential tennis etc, but I cannot post a link to a blog on my site which contains perfectly relevant information?
  25. Ash_Smith

    Kettlebells

    Any kettlebell fans in the room? If so what's your routine, are they your primary source of training, an accessory to other strength/conditioning work?
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    Hitting the ball vs Playing the game...

    A though occurred yesterday whilst i was watching Radwanska vs Jankovic at Wimbledon. Jankovic looked like a player who has been taught to strike a ball... Radwanska looked like a player who has learned to play tennis... It occurred to me that the vast majority of what takes place on this...
  27. Ash_Smith

    Keep it simple...but no simpler...

    Just for fun for all the coaches/armchair coaches out there... A lot of technical discussion on this forum gets taken up with intricate diagrams covering beta angles of ISR and racquet face pronations, so how would you actually go about applying all that knowledge in a real life situation...
  28. Ash_Smith

    Elite Psychology

    Elite psychology can be simply described as... "your ability to accept your current thoughts/emotions and remain focussed on the demands of the task" Remember, a thought isn't a "real" thing, it is an abstract concept - you can choose whether you act on it. Have been working a lot recently...
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    Les Petits As 2015

    Have made my annual pilgrimage to Tarbes for our World Junior Championships, which runs alongside the Les Petits As event. I will use this thread to keep a note of any trends or interesting tec/tac things I notice over the next 9 days or so for those who might be interested. For those who...
  30. Ash_Smith

    Do You Even...

    For those that lift - what are you favourite albums/tracks to throw weight around to? My current fave... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTTotQAb9x0
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