The day before a tournament

Discussion in 'Junior League & Tournament Talk' started by Woolybugger, Jul 24, 2012.

  1. Woolybugger

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    Your kid's been training and playing hard all week. On the Friday before the weekend tournament starts, do you recommend the kid do:
    a) an intense 2hour hitting session with points
    b) an easy 1 hour hitting session
    c) fitness only, eg. 2 mile jog
    d) anything besides tennis, or light physical activity
    e) veg out on the couch
    f) others....?
     
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  2. MethodTennis

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    Depends how sharp the kids feeling, I'd usually go play a set with a friend who plays a similar game to my first opponent or a tougher opponent I'm likely to play later in the event.

    If I felt sharp I'd want to go for B and just hit solid for around 60-75 mins

    The rest probably not, unless you're exhausted in which case you may want to avoid any activity. If anything if my first match was the monday i'd take the saturday off and try play again on the sunday?
     
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  3. BMC9670

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    Also depends on the age of the junior - for a 12YO I could see B or D, for a 16 or 18, maybe more intense?

    Also, when I was competing at a high level in track (high school, college, and open), routine was key, both physically and mentally. Right before competition is no time to do anything new or different. You want to be ready physically and relaxed mentally. That might mean something different to everyone - just be consistent. It's mostly mental preparation this close to a match.
     
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  4. IA-SteveB

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    I'd have to agree with BMC9670. I competed in swimming from a junior through college. Before any weekend meet in the "regular" season, we swam a lot of hard yards just like any other practice keeping it all on the same routine. The only time we ever deviated from this was at the end of the season while tapering for districts, regionals, etc. Swim tired all season and swim rested when it counts the most. :)
     
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  5. SStrikerR

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    I do B, myself. Enough to keep me in a groove or let me work out any kinks in my game, but not too intense.
     
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  6. Mighty Matteo

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    If your kid is older and has been training for a few weeks and is is in good tennis shape, then chooses A or B. When i was in better shape, i found doing A helped me the most.
     
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  7. tennisconsultcom

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    Look at this advice from Nick Saviano about preparation for a tennis match. It is valuable. http://wp.me/p2iyrR-aM
     
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