tennis lesson passing shot drill set up

oreo47

New User
hello

I am doing a coaching tennis course and I have to set up a lesson where 2 players play in a half court (trams are in ) based on improving the ability of the players to pass at the net. There has to be 2 elements to the drill I have to set up: a cooperative and competitive practice. I am struggling to come up with a drill for a cooperative practice as to try and pass your opponent means you are not cooperatively working together and you are trying to win the point passing so I cant really give a common goal for both players to work on. The only drill I can think of is for one player to approach and then the net player as to hit 4 volleys back to the passer in a cooperative fashion and then as a team they score a point. This is not a great drill though as its not testing the passer to pass the net player. can anyone one think of a drill/exercise ?

thanks
 
Part of the problem with the competitive drill is the # of misses [either volleys or passers]. So, maybe for the cooperative drill, points are given for how many shots the rally can be maintained [not pattycaking the ball, of course]?
 

oreo47

New User
Part of the problem with the competitive drill is the # of misses [either volleys or passers]. So, maybe for the cooperative drill, points are given for how many shots the rally can be maintained [not pattycaking the ball, of course]?
that is kind of what I was getting at when suggesting cooperatively getting a rally of 4 volleys for a point to be earned. if the pair get a point for each shot this will not be putting the focus on passing which is what the lesson topic is on.
 

golden chicken

Hall of Fame
How do you set up a pass? You get the volleyer to hit up by making them make contact below the level of the net. How do you win as a volleyer? You get the baseliner to hit up so you can make contact above the level of the net and hit a finishing volley.

I think a good drill for this would be playing doubles points with both teams starting on the baseline. You feed the volleying team a short ball they can approach on and you play out the point, but in order to actually score a point, you must win in a two-shot scenario where your first shot must make the other team hit up and then you can put it away. In effect, you can't hit a winner off the feed. You can't hit a winner off the approach shot. For the volleying team to win the point, they must hit a good approach that forces the baselining team to hit up. The baselining team must hit a dipper type of shot to the approaching volleying team before they can tee off and try to pass.
 
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