Moonball serves.

Yes. That's correct. Moonball serving. Any gurus out there have any teaching tips for how to stop very young beginners from aiming their serves 15-20 feet into the air in hopes they will eventually reenter the atmosphere and somehow miraculously land in the correct service box? I watched a 10 and under junior league match last week and there was lots of moonball serves and lots and lots of double faults. Using orange balls on short courts. The daughter of a friend of mine was in tears after her match because she could not get her serves in. I have been enlisted in trying to help. I realize lots of practice will solve the problem but am looking for as quick and painless a solution as possible.
 
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Dragy

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What about focusing 10 and under kids on development, not on ... stop, wtf, league?! I get matches, I get tournaments every once in a while, but league? It may completely scramble coach’s and kid’s effort for improvement as playing a match that counts every week or more frequently might make the kid roll back to what works rather than what is studied.
For the serve, teach them proper mechanics for spin serving, only decent option mid and long term for shorter players (kids included).
 
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LeeD

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Once they see their serves returned into a corner to start a retrieving point while serving, they will rethink. If they keep winning, they won't change.
Let them watch pro tennis.
 
Well I was curious if someone would remark about why these kids are playing matches at this stage. I sure wonder myself if it is a good idea. I assumed it was some sort of league. Either that or some kind of one time deal. When I came up there were 9 courts filled with doubles matches, so that would be 36 players. And maybe 20 -25 parents, relatives of the players, and organizers. It was quite the scene. Some kids who looked to be 6, 7 years old.

I'd guess that the majority of points were won on double faults. If I were running the show, I think I would make a rule that a kid would have to be able to hit say 60% of serves in during practice before he or she would be eligible to play a match. Otherwise it just turns into a bunch of kids standing around watching a lot of double faults.

I will say that the kids did not seem to mind that much. They did get to play some points and I'm sure they felt they were 'playing tennis'. And technically they were. Keeping the score right, switching sides correctly, serving to the right court, (with help from parents), retrieving balls and getting them to the server, etc. - this is all good for them. The USTA has been pushing participation for years, and at least around here it seems to be working.
 
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