Need help teaching Split Step

As some of you may know, I volunteer as an assistant coach at the local RecPlex. The head coach usually takes a group to work on strokes and I take half to teach court coverage and strategy, etc etc. I have a kid who's got some good wheels off the court, but he's a tank on the field: not much speed, but really powerful strokes. He isn't split-stepping, and when he did split-step properly, he was speeding around the court with authority. So how do I get the split-step in his head without yelling it from the sideline and is there a good trick to make the split-step simpler to preform?

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mordecai

Rookie
Just have to drill it into their heads until it's automatic for them. Easiest way I've found is to have people say loudly 'split' whenever i hit the ball, and 'hit' when they hit it again and again. usually only takes a few hours for them to at least try to split step every single time.
 

SystemicAnomaly

Bionic Poster
Just have to drill it into their heads until it's automatic for them. Easiest way I've found is to have people say loudly 'split' whenever i hit the ball, and 'hit' when they hit it again and again. usually only takes a few hours for them to at least try to split step every single time.

Excellent idea. I'll have to try it with my own students.
 

oldhacker

Semi-Pro
From my own experience of trying to get the split step automatic I can only endorse what others have said. I use a variation of Bungalo Bill's 'Hit Bounce Hit' cadence when I am hitting which is 'Split Bounce Hit' - the 'Split' being as my opponent hits the ball. Also you need to really concentrate on it in hitting sessions (rather than matchplay where everything not engrained tends to go out of the window) so I suggest just hitting with him at a pace he can comfortably handle and get him to use the cadence.
 

split-step

Professional
The first step to teaching the split-step is to have the student actively focus on the ball through it's entire flight path.
As someone has posted the hit-bounce-hit cadence is very good for this.

Ultimately though, it is up to the student to get into the habit of split-stepping when the opponent hits the ball by practising it.
 
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