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STAFF RESOURCES

 

Welcome to the Empire Tennis Academy Resource Center!  On this page you can find our comprehensive collection of teaching material that we use daily to build the next generation of Rochester tennis players.  Our mission at Empire is to nurture children into better tennis players, more competent athletes, and thoughtful, social individuals.  To drive our philosophy, we employ drills and games that challenge students both physically and mentally at every turn while simultaneously proving how fun tennis can be no matter one’s ability or experience.

Below you will find curriculum for all age groups and levels we teach. Entry level curriculum at virtually any age is very similar, consisting of learning racquet skills, utilizing drills, and situational games. Once players show consistency in their shot selection, we recommend when it is time to move up into the Intermediate classes. In these classes, we introduce a unique theme to all our group lesson that adds depth to and redefines students’ knowledge of tennis. These themes address both technical and tactical aspects of the sport and include drills and games that specifically reinforce the goals we set for each lesson. Every class at Empire Tennis Academy is a constructive learning experience so we always encourage active participation in both discussion and play. Below you will see:

Our Pathway – Each group a player progresses through as they continue to play and improve with Empire Tennis Academy.

Our Core Competencies – The skills we expect a player to be able to reproduce at each level as they progress through our pathway.

Our Curriculum – Thorough week-by-week lesson plans for each of our groups during a semester. These curricula provide descriptions of our games and drills as well as brief videos that capture the atmosphere of our lessons while demonstrating our material. Curriculum is subject to change.

As a coach at Empire, it is your responsibility to learn the material here and develop the interpersonal and coaching skills necessary to deliver it effectively to kids of different ages and levels. This resource page is split into age groups, then level. We always welcome ideas, however, discuss with your supervisor first before doing on the court. We have put a lot of time and thought into the curriculum and competencies and appreciate your input. 

1.Online Resource Center

1.Coach Youth Tennis

2.ETA

3.Net Gen

4.TennisResources.com

5.Drills.TV

2.Shadow Pathway

1.1st time feed only

2.2nd time introduce game

3.3rd time introduce theme and games

3.ETA Staff exam

 

U8 Curriculum & Competencies

All of our 8 & Under (U8) classes are taught on a 36’ court, using Red felt tennis balls. This class is our bread and butter. Entry level classes are one hour, while Intermediate classes are 90 minutes. Because of the court, and the curriculum, it is easier for an instructor to manage many kids at a time. Our curriculum is based around the students self-feeding, allowing instructors to move freely on the court and pay particular attention to the kids that need it. We want to create a learning environment that is encouraging and fun. Let's try to develop coordination skills, movement, and focus less on technique at this juncture. Keep in mind that their safety is the top priority and always identify where the safety line is.

Curriculum

Racquet Skills – 10 Minutes

Tennis Skills – 10-15 Minutes

Sending & Receiving Games – 15 Minutes

Traditional Games – 30-40 Minutes

Group Activity – 5 Minutes

Racquet Skills - 10 min (max)

Racquet Skills – Start each class with Racquet Skills. There are several skills choose from, however there are some more important than others;

 

Ups

Flip Flops

Toss & Trap

Self-Rallies

 Ball Balance

Tornado

Fast Feet

Ups

Flip Flop

Side spin

Edges

Toss & catch

Toss & catch with racquet

Downs

Edges

Smash & catch/racquet

Self Rallies

Wall Rallies

I have compiled some videos to get an idea of some Racquet Skills

Tennis Skills - 10 min (max)

Dead Ball Drills – This is when the students self feed the ball, attempting to hit a chair as a target. Dead Ball here refers to the ball NOT coming back over. Each class you should focus on two of the three strokes taught to this level (Forehand, Backhand & Serve):

 

Week 1 – Forehands & Serves

Week 2 – Backhands & Serves

Week 3 – Forehands & Backhands

Week 4 – All three from either the Service Line or Base Line

There are three progressions on the court to follow;

Mini

Service Line

Baseline

Absolute Beginners should start by standing on the Mini line trying to hit a chair target also located in the mini part of the court. Typically, a player or teams should try to hit the chair three times as a time before moving back to the service line. From the service, they should attempt to hit the chair two times before the basket empties. The last progression is the baseline. Kids should attempt to hit the chair at least once.

 

Depending on the number of students, use two or three lines to hit from, with two or three kids waiting. No more than three kids should be waiting per line.

Sending & Receiving Games - 10 min (max)

Live Ball Games – These games are designed to develop control and teamwork amongst the kids. Typically after Dead Ball Drills, I like seeing the kids use what they just worked on to accomplish a goal together. Instead of playing Jail, play Money in the Bank so the kids can work together. Similar to Jail, kids get to hit and catch. As opposed to Jail, in this game they want to hit the ball to their partner. The first team to hit and catch three balls wins. I recommend having the kids attain a small goal instead of a large goal. This way, the kids that struggle are less likely to quit. For the little kids, you can also use cones to help assist catchers.

Traditional Games - 10 min (max)

Traditional Games – These include Foursquare and Champ of the Court. At the basic level, this gives kids a chance to learn how the three shots work together. Remind kids of safety lines, boundaries, and beginning shot. You can play Champ or Foursquare on one or two courts, depending on your numbers.

Group Games - 10 min (max)

Group Activity – Using the last five minutes, have the kids pick up the balls, and finish the class with a group activity such as Freeze tag, Packman (Line Tag), Caterpillar, Sandwich, or Last Man Standing.

Once kids begin to demonstrate their ability to get one or two shots consistently in the court, then it’s time to consider moving them from Entry to the Intermediate level. Discuss with a manager before discussing with the student or parent. When students demonstrate the ability to get two or three shots in play consistently, we should consider having them continue in the Intermediate level, and join the Red Rally Club to reinforce their rally skills and introduce match play elements.

Summer Camp U8 Curriculum & Competencies

Curriculum

9:00 - 9:15 am  Racquet Skills

9:15 - 10:00 am  Tennis Skills

Sending & Receiving Games – 15 Minutes

Traditional Games – 30-40 Minutes

Group Activity – 5 Minutes

Racquet Skills - 10 min (max)

Racquet Skills – Start each class with Racquet Skills. There are several skills choose from, however there are some more important than others;

 

Ups

Flip Flops

Toss & Trap

Self-Rallies

 Ball Balance

Tornado

Fast Feet

Ups

Flip Flop

Side spin

Edges

Toss & catch

Toss & catch with racquet

Downs

Edges

Smash & catch/racquet

Self Rallies

Wall Rallies

I have compiled some videos to get an idea of some Racquet Skills

9:15 - 10:00 am  TARGETS

  • Backhands
  • Mini
  • Service Line
  • Base Line
  • Forehands
  • Mini
  • Service Line
  • Base Line
  • Serves
  • Mini
  • Service Line
  • Base Line

 

10:00 - 10:30 am  COOP ACTIVITIES

  • Bean Bag Toss
  • Basic toss & catch
  • Basic throw & catch
  • Coach drop ball, kid catches
  • Snake
  • Bowling
  • Basic rallies
  • Money in the Bank
  • B/H
  • F/H
  • Serves
  • Serve & Return

 

10:30 - 11:00 am  BREAK/PLAYGROUND/CREEK

11:00 - 12:00 pm  GAMES

  • Four Square
  • Skyball
  • Shoot-a-Goal
  • Champ of the Court
  • Ping Pong Tennis
  • Team Singles
  • 7 Point games

 

12:00 - 1:00 pm  LUNCH

1:00 - 1:30 pm  SKILLS

1:30 - 2:00 pm  TARGETS

2:00 - 2:45 pm  SWIM/PLAYGROUND/CREEK

2:45 - 3:15 pm  MATCH PLAY

3:15 - 3:50 pm  GAMES

3:50 - 4:00 pm  TEAM ACTIVITY

  • Relay Balance the ball
  • Relay bounce the ball up
  • Relay bounce the ball down
  • Relay balance the balls and add a ball each partner tag
  • Catepilliar
  • Sandwich
  • Tag
  • Regular
  • Freeze
  • Line (Pac Man)
  • Blob
  • Animal

 

U10 Entry Curriculum

Week 1: Groundstrokes – Technique & Consistency

  • Racquet Skills (10 Minutes)
        ○ Downs, Flipflop Downs, Frame Downs
        ○ Ups, Flipflop Ups, Frame Ups
        ○ Self-Rally
              ▪ Flipflops
        ○ Smash and Catch
              ▪ In Hand
              ▪ On Racquet
        ○ Ball pickup
              ▪ With foot
              ▪ With racquet

  • DBD Groundstroke Practice – Technique & Consistency (20 Minutes)
        ○ Self-Fed Forehands & Backhands
              ▪ Explain important technique cues
                    • Swing path
                          ○ Low-High
                    • Follow through
                          ○ Over shoulder
                    • Contact Point
                          ○ Spacing
                          ○ On the side of the body out in front
              ▪ Incorporate consistency competitions to maintain focus and pace of group
                    • Beginning at service line
                    • Moving backwards to baseline

  • Serves (10 Minutes)
        ○ Primary focus is consistency
        ○ Technique
              ▪ Toss
                    • As high as racquet can reach
              ▪ High-five ball
              ▪ Follow through to hip
        ○ Begin at service line and progress to baseline

  • Four-square (10 Minutes)
        ○ Self-fed

  • Mini Tennis King (10 Minutes)
        ○ Self-fed
        ○ 1 point to get over

 

Week 2: Groundstrokes – Consistency & Accuracy

  • Racquet Skills (10 Minutes)
        ○ Downs, Flipflop Downs, Frame Downs
        ○ Ups, Flipflop Ups, Frame Ups
        ○ Self-Rally
              ▪ Flipflops
        ○ Smash and Catch
              ▪ In Hand
              ▪ On Racquet
        ○ Ball pickup
              ▪ With foot
              ▪ With racquet

  • DBD Groundstroke Practice – Technique & Consistency (20 Minutes)
        ○ Self-Fed Forehands & Backhands
              ▪ Explain important technique cues
                    • Swing path
                          ○ Low-High
                    • Follow through
                          ○ Over shoulder
                    • Contact Point
                          ○ Spacing
                          ○ On the side of the body out in front
              ▪ Incorporate consistency competitions to maintain focus and pace of group
                    • Beginning at service line
                    • Moving backwards to baseline
              ▪ Chair Target Competition
                    • Progressing from service line to baseline

  • Serves (10 Minutes)
        ○ Primary focus is consistency
        ○ Technique
              ▪ Toss
                    • As high as racquet can reach
              ▪ High-five ball
              ▪ Follow through to hip
        ○ Begin at service line and progress to baseline

  • Four-square (10 Minutes)
        ○ Self-fed

  • Mini Tennis King (10 Minutes)
        ○ Self-fed
        ○ 1 point to get over
        ○ Feed must go to one half or the other

 

Week 3: Volleys & Overheads

  • Racquet Skills (10 Minutes)
        ○ Downs, Flipflop Downs, Frame Downs
        ○ Ups, Flipflop Ups, Frame Ups
        ○ Self-Rally
              ▪ Flipflops
        ○ Smash and Catch
              ▪ In Hand
              ▪ On Racquet
        ○ Ball pickup
              ▪ With foot
              ▪ With racquet

  • DBD Volleys & Overheads (20 Minutes)
        ○ Forehand Volley-Backhand Volley-Overhead
              ▪ Ready position
                    • Arms stretched in front
                    • Racquet at head-level
                    • Knees bent
              ▪ Volleys
                    • Small taps
                          ○ Like catching a ball
                                ▪ Meeting the ball in front of the body
                          ○ No backswings
                          ○ Short punch through contact
              ▪ Overhead
                    • Turn sideways
                    • Left hand up
                    • Meet ball above head
                    • Follow through to hip
        ○ Volley-Overhead
              ▪ Now player must react and determine which volley to hit
                    • Ready position is crucial

  • Serves (10 Minutes)
        ○ Primary focus is consistency
        ○ Technique
              ▪ Toss
                    • As high as racquet can reach
              ▪ High-five ball
              ▪ Follow through to hip
        ○ Begin at service line and progress to baseline

  • Tower of Power (10 Minutes)
        ○ Feed volley or overhead to champion

  • Passing Shot Game (10 Minutes)
        ○ Challenger self-feeds groundstroke

 

Week 4: Transitioning: Volleys & Overheads

Racquet Skills (10 Minutes)
        ○ Downs, Flipflop Downs, Frame Downs
        ○ Ups, Flipflop Ups, Frame Ups
        ○ Self-Rally
              ▪ Flipflops
        ○ Smash and Catch
              ▪ In Hand
              ▪ On Racquet
        ○ Ball pickup
              ▪ With foot
              ▪ With racquet

DBD Groundstrokes, Volleys & Overheads (20 Minutes)
        ○ Volley-Overhead
        ○ Approach-Volley-Overhead
              ▪ Self-fed approach shot
              ▪ Provide markers for positioning
                    • Use throw-down lines
                          ○ Approach shot position
                          ○ Volley position

Serves (10 Minutes)
        ○ Primary focus is consistency
        ○ Technique
              ▪ Toss
                    • As high as racquet can reach
              ▪ High-five ball
              ▪ Follow through to hip
        ○ Begin at service line and progress to baseline

Tower of Power (10 Minutes)

Approach Shot Game (10 Minutes)
        ○ Challenger self-feeds approach shot and moves to net

 

Week 5: Defense – Lobs

Racquet Skills (10 Minutes)
o Downs, Flipflop Downs, Frame Downs
o Ups, Flipflop Ups, Frame Ups
o Self-Rally
 Flipflops
o Smash and Catch
 In Hand
 On Racquet
o Ball pickup
 With foot
 With racquet

DBD Groundstrokes & Lobs (20 Minutes)
o Running Forehands/Backhands
 First experience with pro-fed groundstrokes
 Practicing consistency while maintaining proper technique
o Self-fed Lobs
 Purpose of lob
 Height necessary for success
• Racquet face angle necessary for success

Serves (10 Minutes)
o Primary focus is consistency
o Technique
 Toss
• As high as racquet can reach
 High-five ball
 Follow through to hip
o Begin at service line and progress to baseline

Passing Shot Game (10 Minutes)
o Self-fed 
o First ball must be a lob

King (10 Minutes)
o Pro-fed to champion
o First ball must be a lob

 

Week 6: Doubles – Communication

Racquet Skills (10 Minutes)
o Downs, Flipflop Downs, Frame Downs
o Ups, Flipflop Ups, Frame Ups
o Self-Rally
 Flipflops
o Smash and Catch
 In Hand
 On Racquet
o Ball pickup
 With foot
 With racquet

DBD Groundstrokes, Volleys & Overheads (15 Minutes)
o Running Forehands/Backhands
 Consistency
o Volley-Overhead

Doubles Discussion (5 Minutes)
o Communication
 “Me”
 “You”
 “Leave/Bounce”
 Clear, distinguishable statements that leave no room for confusion
o Attitude
 Positivity wins points
 Encouraging partner, high-fiving, etc.
 Team chemistry can trump individual tennis skill

Doubles King (10 Minutes)

Doubles Rush & Crush (10 Minutes)

Doubles Skyball (10 Minutes)

 

Week 7: Serves – Consistency

Racquet Skills (10 Minutes)
o Downs, Flipflop Downs, Frame Downs
o Ups, Flipflop Ups, Frame Ups
o Self-Rally
 Flipflops
o Smash and Catch
 In Hand
 On Racquet
o Ball pickup
 With foot
 With racquet

DBD Groundstrokes, Volleys & Overheads (15 Minutes)
o Running Forehands/Backhands
 Consistency
o Volley-Overhead

Serves (15 Minutes)
o Serve is so crucial because it is necessary to start the point
o Primary focus is consistency
o Technique
 Toss
• As high as racquet can reach
 High-five ball
 Follow through to hip
o Begin at service line and progress to baseline
o Sets of 4 in a row
 Deuce side
 Ad side
 Alternating

Serving King (15 Minutes)
o Champion side serves

 

Week 8: Returns – Consistency

Racquet Skills (10 Minutes)
o Downs, Flipflop Downs, Frame Downs
o Ups, Flipflop Ups, Frame Ups
o Self-Rally
 Flipflops
o Smash and Catch
 In Hand
 On Racquet
o Ball pickup
 With foot
 With racquet

DBD Groundstrokes, Volleys & Overheads (10 Minutes)
o Running Forehands/Backhands
 Consistency
o Volley-Overhead

Serves (10 Minutes)
o Serve is so crucial because it is necessary to start the point
o Primary focus is consistency
o Technique
 Toss
• As high as racquet can reach
 High-five ball
 Follow through to hip
o Begin at service line and progress to baseline
o Sets of 4 in a row
 Deuce side
 Ad side
 Alternating

LBD Return Competition (10 Minutes)
o 2 teams
o 1 returner each team
o 1 point per serve+return hit in

Serving King (15 Minutes)
o Bonus point for returner if the return wins the point

U10 Intermediate/U17 Entry Curriculum

Week 1: Ground Strokes – Technique & Consistency

• Racquet Skills (5 Minutes)

◦ Downs, Flipflop Downs, Frame Downs

◦ Ups, Flipflop Ups, Frame Ups

◦ Smash and Catch

▪ In Hand

▪ On Racquet

◦ Ball pickup

▪ With foot

▪ With racquet

• Mini Tennis (15 Minutes)

◦ Mini Groundstrokes

▪ 6 in a row

◦ Mini Volleys
▪ Rally Competition
• Up to 6

▪ Tap & Pass

• DBD Groundstroke Practice – Technique & Consistency (30 Minutes)

◦ Self-Fed Forehands & Backhands

▪ Explain important technique cues

• Swing path

◦ Low-High

• Follow through

◦ Over shoulder

• Contact Point

◦ Spacing

◦ On the side of the body out in front

▪ Incorporate target competitions to maintain focus and pace of group

• Beginning at service line

• Moving backwards to baseline

◦ Running Forehands & Backhands

▪ 1 line in the Corner

▪ 2 balls per player

• Close

• Wide

▪ 1 ball wide

▪ Team consistency competition

• Serves (10 Minutes)

◦ Technique

▪ Toss

• 1 o’clock

▪ Contact Point

• Full Extension

• 6 inches in front of body

◦ Consistency

▪ Main focus in beginning weeks

▪ 5 Ball sets

• Deuce side

• Ad side

◦ Alternating

• King (15 Minutes)

◦ Singles or Doubles

◦ 2 in a row takes champion’s spot

• Skyball (15 Minutes)

◦ Singles or Doubles

 

Week 2: Ground Strokes – Consistency & Accuracy

• Racquet Skills (5 Minutes)

◦ Downs, Flipflop Downs, Frame Downs

◦ Ups, Flipflop Ups, Frame Ups

◦ Smash and Catch

▪ In Hand

▪ On Racquet

◦ Ball pickup

▪ With foot
▪ With racquet

• Mini Tennis (15 Minutes)

◦ Mini Groundstrokes

▪ 6 in a row

◦ Mini Volleys

▪ Rally Competition

• Up to 6

▪ Tap & Pass

• DBD Groundstroke Practice – Technique & Consistency (30 Minutes) ◦ Self-Fed Forehands & Backhands ▪ Explain important technique cues • Swing path ◦ Low-High • Follow through ◦ Over shoulder • Contact Point ◦ Spacing ◦ On the side of the body out in front ▪ Accuracy requires pointing racquet face at contact and following through towards target • Incorporate target competitions to maintain focus and pace of group ◦ Beginning at service line ◦ Moving back toward baseline ◦ Running Forehands & Backhands ▪ 1 line in the Corner ▪ 2 balls per player • Close • Wide ▪ 1 ball wide ▪ Team consistency competition ▪ Team accuracy competition • Serves (10 Minutes) ◦ Technique ▪ Toss • 1 o’clock ▪ Contact Point • Full Extension • 6 inches in front of body ◦ Consistency ▪ Main focus in beginning weeks ▪ 5 Ball sets • Deuce side • Ad side ◦ Alternating • King (15 Minutes) ◦ Singles or Doubles ◦ 2 in a row takes champion’s spot • Skyball (15 Minutes) ◦ Singles or Doubles Week 3: Volleys & Overheads • Racquet Skills (5 Minutes) ◦ Downs, Flipflop Downs, Frame Downs ◦ Ups, Flipflop Ups, Frame Ups ◦ Smash and Catch ▪ In Hand ▪ On Racquet ◦ Ball pickup ▪ With foot ▪ With racquet • Mini Tennis (15 Minutes) ◦ Mini Groundstrokes ▪ 6 in a row ◦ Mini Volleys ▪ Rally Competition • Up to 6 ▪ Tap & Pass • DBD Groundstroke Practice – Consistency (15 Minutes) ▪ Running Forehands & Backhands • Practicing technique and consistency • DBD Volleys & Overheads (20 Minutes) ◦ Continental Grip ◦ Volley-Overhead ▪ 1 volley to either side, then overhead • Emphasize ready position ◦ Hands out in front of face • Volleys ◦ Small punches ▪ Using shoulder muscles • Not wrist or elbow movements • Overhead ◦ Turn sideways ◦ Sideshuffle or Crossover steps for movement ◦ Opposite hand tracking ball ◦ Contact point ▪ Full extension ▪ In front of body ◦ Follow through to hip ◦ Approach, Volley, Overhead • Tower of Power (15 Minutes) ◦ Singles ◦ Champion starts at net ◦ Champion gets volley or overhead feed ◦ Emphasize placing volleys to construct point • Rush and Crush (15 Minutes) ◦ Singles or Doubles ◦ Both sides start at baseline ◦ 1st point: Approach shot to challengers ◦ 2nd point: Volley OR overhead to challengers Week 4: Transitioning • Racquet Skills (5 Minutes) ◦ Now with Continental Grip ◦ Downs, Flipflop Downs, Frame Downs ◦ Ups, Flipflop Ups, Frame Ups ◦ Smash and Catch ▪ In Hand ▪ On Racquet ◦ Ball pickup ▪ With foot ▪ With racquet • Mini Tennis (15 Minutes) ◦ Feed in Continental Grip ◦ Mini Groundstrokes ▪ 6 in a row ◦ Mini Volleys ▪ Rally Competition • Up to 6 ▪ Tap & Pass • DBD Groundstroke Practice – Consistency (15 Minutes) ▪ Running Forehands & Backhands • Practicing technique and consistency • DBD Volleys & Overheads (20 Minutes) ◦ Volley-Overhead ▪ 1 volley to either side, then overhead • Emphasize ready position ◦ Hands out in front of face • Volleys ◦ Small punches ▪ Using shoulder muscles • Not wrist or elbow movements • Overhead ◦ Turn sideways ◦ Sideshuffle or Crossover steps for movement ◦ Opposite hand tracking ball ◦ Contact point ▪ Full extension ▪ In front of body ◦ Follow through to hip ◦ Approach, Volley, Overhead • DBD Consistency (10 Minutes) ◦ 4 Balls ▪ 1 Wide ▪ 1 Approach ▪ 1 Volley ▪ 1 Overhead ◦ Or ◦ 6 Balls ▪ 2 Wide ▪ 1 Approach ▪ 2 Volleys ▪ 1 Overhead ◦ Make all balls – 1 Point ◦ Miss – Player goes out • Approach Shot Game (15 Minutes) ◦ Singles ◦ Both sides start at baseline ◦ Short ball fed to challenger ◦ If challenger wins first point, overhead feed • Offense/Defense (10 Minutes) ◦ Doubles ◦ Pro-fed to baseline team ◦ Teams start at baseline ◦ Winning team moves to service line, losing team moves to baseline each point ◦ Only add points to teams’ scores when winning points at the net Week 5: Defense – Lobs • Racquet Skills (5 Minutes) ◦ Now with Continental Grip ◦ Downs, Flipflop Downs, Frame Downs ◦ Ups, Flipflop Ups, Frame Ups ◦ Smash and Catch ▪ In Hand ▪ On Racquet ◦ Ball pickup ▪ With foot ▪ With racquet • Mini Tennis (15 Minutes) ◦ Feed in Continental Grip ◦ Mini Groundstrokes ▪ 6 in a row ◦ Mini Volleys ▪ Rally Competition • Up to 6 ▪ Tap & Pass • DBD Groundstroke Practice – Consistency (15 Minutes) ▪ Running Forehands & Backhands ▪ Practicing technique and consistency • DBD Lobbing (15 Minutes) ▪ Self-fed ▪ Pros and Cons ▪ How trajectories matter • Offensive vs defensive lob ▪ Explain optimal height and depth • DBD Dropshot Retrieve (5 Minutes) ◦ Dropshot, touch net, overhead • Serves (10 Minutes) ◦ Technique ▪ Toss • 1 o’clock ▪ Introduction of Continental Grip • Gradual adjustments to arrive in Continental Grip ▪ Contact Point • Full Extension • 6 inches in front of body ▪ Consistency • 5 Ball sets ◦ Deuce side ◦ Ad side ◦ Alternating • Dungeon (15 Minutes) ◦ Doubles ◦ First ball must be a lob • Tower of Power (15 Minutes) ◦ Singles ◦ Challenger is automatically over if they win point with a lob Week 6: Doubles – Communication • Mini Tennis (15 Minutes) ◦ Feed in Continental Grip ◦ Mini Groundstrokes ▪ 6 in a row ◦ Mini Volleys ▪ Rally Competition • Up to 6 ▪ Tap & Pass • DBD Groundstrokes, Volleys, Overheads – Consistency (20 Minutes) ▪ Running Forehands & Backhands ▪ Approach, Volley, Overhead ▪ Overhead, Volley, Overhead • Doubles Discussion (5 Minutes) ◦ Communication ▪ “Me” ▪ “You” ▪ “Leave/Bounce” ▪ Clear, distinguishable statements that leave no room for confusion ◦ Attitude ▪ Positivity wins points ▪ Encouraging partner, high-fiving, etc. ▪ Team chemistry can trump individual tennis skill ◦ Placement ▪ “Down the middle solves the riddle” • Offense/Defense (15 Minutes) ◦ Feeds in middle ▪ Players must communicate • Serves (10 Minutes) ◦ Consistency contest • Dungeon (15 Minutes) ◦ Feeds directly down middle to reinforce communication between partners ◦ “Down the middle solves the riddle” ▪ Baseliners get 2 points for winner hit between net players • Rush and Crush (10 Minutes) ◦ Doubles ◦ “Down the middle solves the riddle” Week 7: Serving – Consistency • Mini Tennis (15 Minutes) ◦ Feed in Continental Grip ◦ Mini Groundstrokes ▪ 6 in a row ◦ Mini Volleys ▪ Rally Competition • Up to 6 ▪ Tap & Pass • DBD Groundstroke Practice – Consistency (15 Minutes) ▪ Running Forehands & Backhands ▪ Practicing technique and consistency • King (15 Minutes) ◦ Singles • Serves (20 Minutes) ◦ Technique ▪ Toss • 1 o’clock ▪ Introduction of Continental Grip ▪ Contact Point • Full Extension • 6 inches in front of body ▪ Consistency • Service boxes split in half • 5 Ball sets ◦ Deuce side ◦ Ad side ◦ Alternating • Serving King (15 Minutes) ◦ Singles • Skyball (10 Minutes) Week 8: Returns – Consistency • Mini Tennis (15 Minutes) ◦ Feed in Continental Grip ◦ Mini Groundstrokes ▪ 6 in a row ◦ Mini Volleys ▪ Rally Competition • Up to 6 ▪ Tap & Pass • DBD Groundstroke Practice – Consistency (15 Minutes) ▪ Running Forehands & Backhands ▪ Practicing technique and consistency • Serves (20 Minutes) ◦ Technique ▪ Toss • 1 o’clock ▪ Introduction of Continental Grip ▪ Contact Point • Full Extension • 6 inches in front of body ▪ Consistency • Service boxes split in half • 5 Ball sets ◦ Deuce side ◦ Ad side ◦ Alternating • LBD Return Competition (15 Minutes) ◦ 2 teams ◦ 1 returner each team ◦ 1 point per serve+return hit in • Team Singles (15 Minutes) ◦ Games up to 11 ◦ Winner stays in for 2 max ◦ Winning side serves next point • Rush and Crush/Skyball (10 Minutes)

 

U17 Intermediate Curriculum

Week 1: Ground Strokes – Technique & Consistency • Mini Tennis (15 Minutes) ◦ All feeds in Continental Grip ◦ Mini Groundstrokes – Learning Split Step ▪ Introduce split step • Why it’s necessary • How to time it • Too early is better than too late ▪ 8 in a row • Alternating Forehands/Backhands ▪ Competitive Mini Tennis • Service boxes only • CANNOT HIT HARD • Players touch net together to start point ◦ Mini Volleys ▪ Rally Competition • Up to 10 ▪ Tap & Pass • DBD Groundstroke Practice – Technique & Consistency (30 Minutes) ◦ Running Forehands & Backhands ▪ 1 line in the Corner ▪ 2 balls per player • Close • Wide ▪ 1 ball wide ▪ Explain important technique cues • Swing path ◦ Low-High • Follow through ◦ Over shoulder • Contact Point ◦ Spacing ◦ On the side of the body out in front • Rotation ◦ Players should begin to understand how creating angular momentum benefits groundstrokes ◦ Rotating core and shoulders through follow through ▪ Vary height, depth, and pace of feeds to challenge players in maintaining consistent contact point • High ball is crucial ◦ Stress players must wait for ball to drop into proper contact zone ▪ Incorporate target competitions to maintain focus and pace of group ◦ Approach Shot, Volley, Overhead ▪ Vary height of approach shot feed ▪ Encourage split step for volleys and overheads • LBD Groundstroke Practice – Consistency (15 Minutes) ◦ Players now cooperatively rally ▪ Self-fed in Continental Grip ▪ DTL ◦ Cooperative competitions ▪ 6 Balls in a row • King (15 Minutes) ◦ Singles or Doubles ◦ First ball to designated area ◦ Challenging feeds ▪ Varied placement, depth, height, spin, speed ◦ 2 in a row takes champion’s spot • Serves (10 Minutes) ◦ Technique ▪ Toss • 1 o’clock ▪ Introduction of Continental Grip • Gradual adjustments to arrive in Continental Grip ▪ Contact Point • Full Extension • 6 inches in front of body ▪ Consistency • 5 Ball sets ◦ Deuce side ◦ Ad side ◦ Alternating • Running Forehands/Backhands Game (10 Minutes) ◦ Singles or Doubles ◦ Champion/Challenger start in opposite baseline corners ◦ Deep feed to challenger side ◦ 1 point takes champion’s spot ▪ Encourage consistency and point construction • Serving King (15 Minutes) ◦ Singles or Doubles ◦ Champion serves ◦ 1 serve per point ◦ 2 points takes champion’s spot • Skyball (15 Minutes) ◦ Singles or Doubles Week 2: Ground Strokes – Racquet Face Angle, Accuracy & Topspin • Mini Tennis (15 Minutes) ◦ All feeds in Continental Grip ◦ Mini Groundstrokes – Learning Split Step ▪ Introduce split step • Why it’s necessary • How to time it • Too early is better than too late ▪ 8 in a row • Alternating Forehands/Backhands ▪ Competitive Mini Tennis • Service boxes only • CANNOT HIT HARD • Players touch net together to start point ◦ Mini Volleys ▪ Rally Competition • Up to 10 ▪ Tap & Pass • DBD Groundstroke Practice – Racquet Face Angle, Accuracy & Topspin (30 Minutes) ◦ Running Forehands & Backhands ▪ 1 line in the corner ▪ 2 balls per player • Close • Wide ▪ 1 ball wide ▪ Discuss Racquet Face Angle • How it relates to placement and spin • Placement ◦ Ball will follow racquet face angle at moment of contact ◦ Follow through also affects accuracy ▪ Following through towards target will increase accuracy • Swingpath ◦ Topspin ▪ Low to High ▪ Brushing the ball • Racquet Face Angle ◦ Topspin ▪ Begins closed ▪ Perpendicular at contact ▪ Firm wrist at contact ◦ Signs that topspin is occurring ▪ Arc in ball trajectory ▪ Angular bounce off ground ▪ Feeds should bounce with moderate height so players can learn to brush up on the ball ▪ Incorporate target competitions to maintain focus and pace of group ◦ Self-Fed Topspin Groundstrokes ◦ Approach Shot, Volley, Overhead ▪ Emphasize split step for volleys and overheads • LBD Groundstroke Practice – Consistency (15 Minutes) ◦ Players now cooperatively rally ▪ Self-fed in Continental Grip ▪ DTL & CC ◦ Cooperative competitions ▪ 6 Balls in a row • King (15 Minutes) ◦ Singles ◦ First ball to designated area ◦ Challenging feeds ▪ Varied placement, depth, height, spin, speed ◦ 2 in a row takes champion’s spot • Serves (10 Minutes) ◦ Technique ▪ Toss • 1 o’clock ▪ Introduction of Continental Grip • Gradual adjustments to arrive in Continental Grip ▪ Contact Point • Full Extension • 6 inches in front of body ▪ Consistency • 5 Ball sets ◦ Deuce side ◦ Ad side ◦ Alternating • Running Forehands/Backhands Game (10 Minutes) ◦ Singles ◦ Champion/Challenger start in opposite baseline corners ◦ Deep feed to challenger side ◦ 1 point takes champion’s spot ▪ Encourage consistency and point construction • Serving King (15 Minutes) ◦ Singles ◦ Champion serves ◦ 1 serve per point ◦ 2 points takes champion’s spot • Skyball (15 Minutes) ◦ Singles or Doubles Week 3: Volleys & Overheads • Mini Tennis (15 Minutes) ◦ All feeds in Continental Grip ◦ Mini Groundstrokes – Learning Split Step ▪ Introduce split step • Why it’s necessary • How to time it • Too early is better than too late ▪ 8 in a row • Alternating Forehands/Backhands ▪ Competitive Mini Tennis • Service boxes only • CANNOT HIT HARD • Players touch net together to start point ◦ Mini Volleys ▪ Rally Competition • Up to 10 ▪ Tap & Pass • DBD Groundstroke Practice – Consistency (20 Minutes) ▪ Running Forehands & Backhands • Practicing technique and racquet face angle • DBD Volleys & Overheads (20 Minutes) ◦ Continental Grip ◦ Volley-Overhead ▪ 1 volley to either side, then overhead • Encourage split step • Emphasize ready position ◦ Hands out in front of face • Volleys ◦ Small punches ▪ Using shoulder muscles • Not wrist or elbow movements • Overhead ◦ Turn sideways ◦ Sideshuffle or Crossover steps for movement ◦ Opposite hand tracking ball ◦ Contact point ▪ Full extension ▪ In front of body ◦ Follow through to hip ◦ Overhead-Volley-Overhead ▪ Players start touching net and hit overhead first • Teaches players to move backwards for overhead • Lob landing slightly past the service line ◦ Less aggressive overhead ◦ Focus on spin and placement to provide consistency ▪ Player moves forward through volley afterwards • Players should understand how to create forward momentum during volleys • Stepping with the front foot as contact is made • Splitstep ◦ Approach, Volley, Overhead • Tower of Power (15 Minutes) ◦ Singles ◦ Champion starts at net ◦ Champion gets volley or overhead feed ◦ Emphasize placing volleys to construct point • Dungeon (15 Minutes) ◦ Doubles ◦ 2 players in Dungeon at baseline ▪ Need to win set number of points to escape ◦ Explain to volleyers how to cover court as a doubles team ▪ How to move together as partners • Serves (10 Minutes) ◦ Serve & Volley Drill ▪ Players serve then move forward for 1 volley ▪ Serve and Volley are separate actions • Complete service motion first then sprint to net ▪ Split step is crucial now • Forward momentum from sprinting needs to be channeled correctly when moving for volley • Aerobic Doubles (15 Minutes) ◦ Self-Fed ▪ Underhand ▪ Past service line ◦ Winning team feeds from net ◦ Losing team backs up to baseline ◦ Team only adds point when winning at the net • Rush and Crush (15 Minutes) ◦ Singles or Doubles ◦ Both sides start at baseline ◦ 1st point: Approach shot to challengers ◦ 2nd point: Volley OR overhead to challengers Week 4: Transitioning • Mini Tennis (15 Minutes) ◦ All feeds in Continental Grip ◦ Mini Groundstrokes – Learning Split Step ▪ Introduce split step • Why it’s necessary • How to time it • Too early is better than too late ▪ 8 in a row • Alternating Forehands/Backhands ▪ Competitive Mini Tennis • Service boxes only • CANNOT HIT HARD • Players touch net together to start point ◦ Mini Volleys ▪ Rally Competition • Up to 10 ▪ Tap & Pass • DBD Groundstroke Practice – Consistency (20 Minutes) ▪ Running Forehands & Backhands • Practicing technique and racquet face angle • DBD Volleys & Overheads (20 Minutes) ◦ Continental Grip ◦ Volley-Overhead ▪ 1 volley to either side, then overhead • Encourage split step • Emphasize ready position ◦ Hands out in front of face • Volleys ◦ Small punches ▪ Using shoulder muscles • Not wrist or elbow movements • Overhead ◦ Turn sideways ◦ Sideshuffle or Crossover steps for movement ◦ Opposite hand tracking ball ◦ Contact point ▪ Full extension ▪ In front of body ◦ Follow through to hip ◦ Overhead-Volley-Overhead ▪ Players start touching net and hit overhead first • Teaches players to move backwards for overhead • Lob landing slightly past the service line ◦ Less aggressive overhead ◦ Focus on spin and placement to provide consistency ▪ Player moves forward through volley afterwards • Players should understand how to create forward momentum during volleys • Stepping with the front foot as contact is made ◦ Approach, Volley, Overhead • DBD Consistency (10 Minutes) ◦ 4 Balls ▪ 1 Wide ▪ 1 Approach ▪ 1 Volley ▪ 1 Overhead ◦ Or ◦ 6 Balls ▪ 2 Wide ▪ 1 Approach ▪ 2 Volleys ▪ 1 Overhead ◦ Make all balls – 1 Point ◦ Miss – Player goes out • Approach Shot Game (15 Minutes) ◦ Singles ◦ Both sides start at baseline ◦ Short ball fed to challenger ◦ If challenger wins first point, overhead feed • Serves (10 Minutes) ◦ Serve & Volley Drill • Stinger (15 Minutes) ◦ Doubles ◦ Both sides start staggered formation ◦ 2 points ▪ Approach shot to challenger • Crosscourt approach ▪ Lob over middle of challenger side • Communication necessary • Aerobic Doubles (15 Minutes) • Rush and Crush (10 Minutes) ◦ Doubles Week 5: Defense – Slices & Lobs • Mini Tennis (15 Minutes) ◦ All feeds in Continental Grip ◦ Mini Groundstrokes – Learning Split Step ▪ Introduce split step • Why it’s necessary • How to time it • Too early is better than too late ▪ 8 in a row • Alternating Forehands/Backhands ▪ Competitive Mini Tennis • Service boxes only • CANNOT HIT HARD • Players touch net together to start point ◦ Mini Volleys ▪ Rally Competition • Up to 10 ▪ Tap & Pass ◦ Stick Volleys – Split & Turn, Firm wrist at contact ▪ Volleys from service line • LBD Groundstroke Practice – Consistency (20 Minutes) ◦ Players now cooperatively rally ▪ Self-fed in Continental Grip ▪ DTL & CC ◦ Cooperative competitions ▪ 6 Balls in a row • DBD Lobbing (15 Minutes) ◦ Running Forehand/Backhand Lobs ▪ One ball wide ◦ Topspin and Backspin lobs ▪ Pros and Cons ▪ How trajectories differ ▪ Explain optimal height and depth • DBD Slices (15 Minutes) ◦ Self-fed ◦ Continental Grip ◦ When to use ◦ Pros & Cons ◦ Swingpath ▪ Rather linear • High-Medium-High ▪ Arms move equally in opposite directions ▪ Shoulder blades pinch to finish stroke ◦ Racquet Face Angle ▪ Backspin is applied gradually as players learn ▪ Racquet face slightly open at contact to begin ◦ Slice Forehands are a LAST resort • DBD Dropshot Retrieve (5 Minutes) ◦ Dropshot, touch net, overhead • Running Passing Shots (15 Minutes) ◦ Singles ◦ Challenger is automatically over if they win point with a lob • Serves (10 Minutes) ◦ Technique ▪ Toss • 1 o’clock ▪ Introduction of Continental Grip • Gradual adjustments to arrive in Continental Grip ▪ Contact Point • Full Extension • 6 inches in front of body ▪ Consistency • 5 Ball sets ◦ Deuce side ◦ Ad side ◦ Alternating • Dungeon (15 Minutes) ◦ Doubles ◦ First ball must be either a slice or lob • Dropshot Retrieve Game (15 Minutes) ◦ Both sides start at baseline ◦ Dropshot fed to challenger ◦ If challenger wins point, second ball fed as overhead Week 6: Doubles – Communication and Positioning • Mini Tennis (15 Minutes) ◦ All feeds in Continental Grip ◦ Mini Groundstrokes – Learning Split Step ▪ Introduce split step • Why it’s necessary • How to time it • Too early is better than too late ▪ 8 in a row • Alternating Forehands/Backhands ▪ Competitive Mini Tennis • Service boxes only • CANNOT HIT HARD • Players touch net together to start point ◦ Mini Volleys ▪ Rally Competition • Up to 10 ▪ Tap & Pass ◦ Stick Volleys – Split & Turn, Firm wrist at contact ▪ Volleys from service line • DBD Groundstrokes, Volleys, Overheads – Consistency (25 Minutes) ▪ Running Forehands & Backhands ▪ Approach, Volley, Overhead ▪ Overhead, Volley, Overhead • Doubles Discussion (5 Minutes) ◦ Communication ▪ “Me” ▪ “You” ▪ “Switch” • Who calls switch? ▪ “Leave/Bounce” ▪ Clear, distinguishable statements that leave no room for confusion ◦ Positioning ▪ Maintaining latitude ▪ Shadowing based on ball position ▪ Shadowing based on partner position ◦ Ball placement ▪ “Down the middle solves the riddle” ▪ When to hit to net or baseline player • Aerobic Doubles (15 Minutes) • Dungeon (15 Minutes) ◦ Emphasize shadowing based on feed to baseliners ◦ Feeds directly down middle to reinforce communication between partners ◦ “Down the middle solves the riddle” ▪ Baseliners get 2 points for winner hit between net players • Serves (10 Minutes) ◦ Serve & Volley Drill ▪ Volley primarily crosscourt • Serving King (15 Minutes) ◦ Doubles ◦ Same player serves both points • Stinger (15 Minutes) ◦ Doubles ◦ Both sides start staggered formation ◦ 2 points ▪ Approach shot to challenger • Crosscourt approach ▪ Lob over middle of challenger side • Communication necessary • Rush and Crush (10 Minutes) ◦ Doubles ◦ “Down the middle solves the riddle” Week 7: Serving – Consistency & Accuracy • Mini Tennis (15 Minutes) ◦ All feeds in Continental Grip ◦ Mini Groundstrokes – Learning Split Step ▪ Introduce split step • Why it’s necessary • How to time it • Too early is better than too late ▪ 8 in a row • Alternating Forehands/Backhands ▪ Competitive Mini Tennis • Service boxes only • CANNOT HIT HARD • Players touch net together to start point ◦ Mini Volleys ▪ Rally Competition • Up to 10 ▪ Tap & Pass ◦ Stick Volleys – Split & Turn, Firm wrist at contact ▪ Volleys from service line • LBD Groundstroke Practice – Consistency (20 Minutes) ◦ Players now cooperatively rally ▪ Self-fed in Continental Grip ▪ DTL & CC ◦ Cooperative competitions ▪ 8 Balls in a row • King (15 Minutes) ◦ Singles • Serves (20 Minutes) ◦ Technique ▪ Toss • 1 o’clock ▪ Continental Grip ▪ Contact Point • Full Extension • 6 inches in front of body ▪ Consistency • Service boxes split in half • 3 Ball sets ◦ Deuce side ▪ Wide ▪ T ◦ Ad side ▪ Wide ▪ T ◦ Alternating ▪ 1 in each zone • 4 Total • Serving King (15 Minutes) ◦ Singles • Stinger (15 Minutes) ◦ Doubles ◦ Serve instead of approach shot • Rush and Crush/Skyball (15 Minutes) Week 8: Returns – Consistency • Mini Tennis (15 Minutes) ◦ All feeds in Continental Grip ◦ Mini Groundstrokes – Learning Split Step ▪ Introduce split step • Why it’s necessary • How to time it • Too early is better than too late ▪ 8 in a row • Alternating Forehands/Backhands ▪ Competitive Mini Tennis • Service boxes only • CANNOT HIT HARD • Players touch net together to start point ◦ Mini Volleys ▪ Rally Competition • Up to 10 ▪ Tap & Pass ◦ Stick Volleys – Split & Turn, Firm wrist at contact ▪ Volleys from service line • LBD Groundstroke Practice – Consistency (20 Minutes) ◦ Players now cooperatively rally ▪ Self-fed in Continental Grip ▪ DTL & CC ◦ Cooperative competitions ▪ 8 Balls in a row • Serves (10 Minutes) ◦ Technique ▪ Toss • 1 o’clock ▪ Continental Grip ▪ Contact Point • Full Extension • 6 inches in front of body ▪ Consistency • Service boxes split in half • 3 Ball sets ◦ Deuce side ▪ Wide ▪ T ◦ Ad side ▪ Wide ▪ T ◦ Alternating ▪ 1 in each zone • 4 Total • DBD Returns (10 Minutes) ◦ Starting philosophy: “A made return is a good return” ▪ Returns are not offensive shots ▪ Getting the ball in play is primary objective ▪ Treating returns like volleys • Splitstep • More footwork than swing length • Keeping the racquet on the side of the body ◦ No backswing • Blocking the ball and following through • High and deep through the court ▪ Returns during doubles • Primarily crosscourt ◦ Pro hits serves from service line ▪ Moderate pace ▪ Vary placement ▪ Vary spin • LBD Return Competition (10 Minutes) ◦ 2 teams ◦ 1 returner each team ◦ 1 point per serve+return hit in • Serving King (15 Minutes) ◦ Singles ◦ If Returner wins point with return: automatically over ◦ 3 pushups for returns hit into net • Stinger (15 Minutes) ◦ Doubles ◦ Serve instead of approach shot ◦ Return must go crosscourt • Team Singles (15 Minutes) ◦ Games up to 11 ◦ Winner stays in for 2 max ◦ Winning side serves next point • Rush and Crush/Skyball (15 Minutes)

 

U17 Advanced Curriculum

Week 1: Ground Strokes – Consistency & Accuracy • Mini Tennis (15 Minutes) ◦ All feeds in Continental Grip ◦ Mini Groundstrokes – Split Step ▪ 10 in a row • Alternating Forehands/Backhands ▪ Competitive Mini Tennis • Service boxes only • CANNOT HIT HARD • Players touch net together to start point ◦ Mini Volleys ▪ Rally Competition • Up to 10 ▪ Tap & Pass ◦ Stick Volleys – Split & Turn, Firm wrist at contact ▪ Volleys from service line ▪ DTL & CC ▪ Rally Competition • DBD Groundstroke Practice – Stances & Depth (25 Minutes) ◦ Forehands & Backhands ▪ 2 lines in the middle ▪ 2 balls per player • Players side-shuffle to recover ▪ Explain Open vs Closed Stance • When to use • Pros & Cons • Stress weight on TOES during open stance ◦ Open stance is not an excuse to fall backwards ◦ Weight still shifts into court ▪ Vary height, depth, and pace of feeds to facilitate different stance use ▪ Incorporate target competitions to maintain focus and pace of group ◦ Approach Shot, Volley, Overhead ▪ Reiterate Closed vs Open stance for approach shots ▪ Vary height of approach shot feed ▪ Emphasize split step for volleys and overheads • LBD Groundstroke Practice – Consistency (15 Minutes) ◦ Players now cooperatively rally ▪ Self-fed in Continental Grip ▪ DTL & CC ◦ Cooperative competitions ▪ 10 Balls in a row ▪ 8 Balls in a row past service line • King (15 Minutes) ◦ Singles or Doubles ◦ First ball to designated area ◦ Challenging feeds ▪ Varied placement, depth, height, spin, speed ◦ 2 in a row takes champion’s spot • Serves (10 Minutes) ◦ Technique ▪ Toss • 1 o’clock ▪ Continental Grip ▪ Contact Point • Full Extension • 6 inches in front of body ▪ Consistency • 5 Ball sets ◦ Deuce side ◦ Ad side ◦ Alternating • Running Forehands/Backhands Game (10 Minutes) ◦ Singles ◦ Champion/Challenger start in opposite baseline corners ◦ Deep feed to challenger side ▪ Encourage open stance groundstrokes ◦ 1 point takes champion’s spot ▪ Encourage consistency and point construction • Serving King (15 Minutes) ◦ Singles or Doubles ◦ Champion serves ◦ 1 serve per point ◦ 2 points takes champion’s spot • Skyball (15 Minutes) ◦ Singles or Doubles Week 2: Ground Strokes – Topspin & Backspin • Mini Tennis (15 Minutes) ◦ All feeds in Continental Grip ◦ Mini Groundstrokes – Split Step ▪ 10 in a row • Alternating Forehands/Backhands ▪ Competitive Mini Tennis • Service boxes only • CANNOT HIT HARD • Players touch net together to start point ◦ Mini Volleys ▪ Rally Competition • Up to 10 ▪ Tap & Pass ◦ Stick Volleys – Split & Turn, Firm wrist at contact ▪ Volleys from service line ▪ DTL & CC ▪ Rally Competition • DBD Groundstroke Practice – Topspin & Backspin (25 Minutes) ◦ Forehands & Backhands ▪ 2 lines in the middle ▪ 2 balls per player • Players side-shuffle to recover ▪ Explain Topspin vs Backspin • When to use • Pros & Cons • Swingpath ◦ Topspin ▪ Low to High ▪ Brushing the ball ◦ Backspin ▪ Rather linear • High-Medium-High ▪ Arms move equally in opposite directions ▪ Shoulder blades pinch to finish stroke • Racquet Face Angle ◦ Topspin ▪ Begins closed ▪ Perpendicular at contact ▪ Firm wrist at contact ◦ Backspin ▪ Backspin is applied gradually as players learn ▪ Racquet face slightly open at contact to begin • Slice Forehands are a LAST resort ▪ Vary height, depth, and pace of feeds to facilitate different spin use ▪ Incorporate target competitions to maintain focus and pace of group ◦ Approach Shot, Volley, Overhead ▪ Explain how to use different spins when approaching ▪ Vary height of approach shot feed • Low feeds – Slice • High feeds - Topspin ▪ Emphasize split step for volleys and overheads • LBD Groundstroke Practice – Consistency (15 Minutes) ◦ Players now cooperatively rally ▪ Self-fed in Continental Grip ▪ DTL & CC ◦ Cooperative competitions ▪ 10 Balls in a row ▪ 8 Balls in a row past service line ▪ 10 Balls in a row only topspin ▪ 10 Balls in a row only backspin • King (15 Minutes) ◦ Singles ◦ First ball to designated area ◦ Challenging feeds ▪ Varied placement, depth, height, spin, speed ◦ 2 in a row takes champion’s spot ◦ 2nd round add-in: only slice backhands • Serves (10 Minutes) ◦ Technique ▪ Toss • 1 o’clock ▪ Continental Grip ▪ Contact Point • Full Extension • 6 inches in front of body ▪ Consistency • 5 Ball sets ◦ Deuce side ◦ Ad side ◦ Alternating • Running Forehands/Backhands Game (10 Minutes) ◦ Singles ◦ Champion/Challenger start in opposite baseline corners ◦ Deep feed to challenger side ▪ Encourage open stance groundstrokes ▪ Slices for the most challenging feeds ◦ 1 point takes champion’s spot ▪ Encourage consistency and point construction • Serving King (15 Minutes) ◦ Singles ◦ Champion serves ◦ 1 serve per point ◦ 2 points takes champion’s spot • Skyball (15 Minutes) ◦ Singles or Doubles Week 3: Volleys & Overheads • Mini Tennis (15 Minutes) ◦ All feeds in Continental Grip ◦ Mini Groundstrokes – Split Step ▪ 10 in a row • Alternating Forehands/Backhands ▪ Competitive Mini Tennis • Service boxes only • CANNOT HIT HARD • Players touch net together to start point ◦ Mini Volleys ▪ Rally Competition • Up to 10 ▪ Tap & Pass ◦ Stick Volleys – Split & Turn, Firm wrist at contact ▪ Volleys from service line ▪ DTL & CC ▪ Rally Competition • LBD Groundstroke Practice – Consistency (15 Minutes) ◦ Players now cooperatively rally ▪ Self-fed in Continental Grip ▪ DTL & CC ◦ Cooperative competitions ▪ 10 Balls in a row ▪ 8 Balls in a row past service line ▪ 10 Balls in a row only topspin ▪ 10 Balls in a row only backspin • DBD Volleys & Overheads (20 Minutes) ◦ Continental Grip ◦ Volley-Overhead ▪ 1 volley to either side, then overhead • Encourage split step • Emphasize ready position ◦ Hands out in front of face • Volleys ◦ Small punches ▪ Using shoulder muscles • Not wrist or elbow movements • Overhead ◦ Turn sideways ◦ Sideshuffle or Crossover steps for movement ◦ Opposite hand tracking ball ◦ Contact point ▪ Full extension ▪ In front of body ◦ Follow through to hip ◦ Overhead-Volley-Overhead ▪ Players start touching net and hit overhead first • Teaches players to move backwards for overhead • Lob landing slightly past the service line ◦ Less aggressive overhead ◦ Focus on spin and placement to provide consistency ▪ Player moves forward through volley afterwards • Players should understand how to create forward momentum during volleys • Stepping with the front foot as contact is made ▪ Sideshuffle/karaoke agility ladders as players return to line ◦ Approach, Volley, Overhead • Running Passing Shot Game (15 Minutes) ◦ Singles ◦ Champion starts at net ◦ Explain how volleyer should cover angles at the net ▪ Following the approach shot’s line ▪ Shading to one side or the other of the middle ◦ Challengers hit running forehands/backhands • Dungeon (15 Minutes) ◦ Doubles ◦ 2 players in Dungeon at baseline ▪ Need to win set number of points to escape ◦ Explain to volleyers how to cover court as a doubles team ▪ How to move together as partners • Serves (10 Minutes) ◦ Serve & Volley Drill ▪ Players serve then move forward for 1 volley ▪ Serve and Volley are separate actions • Complete service motion first then sprint to net ▪ Split step is crucial now • Forward momentum from sprinting needs to be channeled correctly when moving for volley • Aerobic Doubles (15 Minutes) ◦ Self-Fed ▪ Underhand ▪ Past service line ◦ Winning team feeds from net ◦ Losing team backs up to baseline ◦ Team only adds point when winning at the net • Rush and Crush (15 Minutes) ◦ Singles or Doubles ◦ Both sides start at baseline ◦ 1st point: Approach shot to challengers ◦ 2nd point: Volley OR overhead to challengers Week 4: Transitioning • Mini Tennis (15 Minutes) ◦ All feeds in Continental Grip ◦ Mini Groundstrokes – Split Step ▪ 10 in a row • Alternating Forehands/Backhands ▪ Competitive Mini Tennis • Service boxes only • CANNOT HIT HARD • Players touch net together to start point ◦ Mini Volleys ▪ Rally Competition • Up to 10 ▪ Tap & Pass ◦ Stick Volleys – Split & Turn, Firm wrist at contact ▪ Volleys from service line ▪ DTL & CC ▪ Rally Competition • LBD Groundstroke Practice – Consistency (15 Minutes) ◦ Players now cooperatively rally ▪ Self-fed in Continental Grip ▪ DTL & CC ◦ Cooperative competitions ▪ 10 Balls in a row ▪ 8 Balls in a row past service line ▪ 10 Balls in a row only topspin ▪ 10 Balls in a row only backspin • DBD Volleys & Overheads (20 Minutes) ◦ Continental Grip ◦ Overhead-Volley-Overhead ▪ Players start touching net and hit overhead first • Teaches players to move backwards for overhead • Lob landing slightly past the service line ◦ Less aggressive overhead ◦ Focus on spin and placement to provide consistency ▪ Player moves forward through volley afterwards • Players should understand how to create forward momentum during volleys • Stepping with the front foot as contact is made ▪ Sideshuffle/karaoke agility ladders as players return to line ◦ Approach, Volley, Overhead • DBD Consistency (10 Minutes) ◦ 4 Balls ▪ 1 Wide ▪ 1 Approach ▪ 1 Volley ▪ 1 Overhead ◦ Or ◦ 6 Balls ▪ 2 Wide ▪ 1 Approach ▪ 2 Volleys ▪ 1 Overhead ◦ Make all balls – 1 Point ◦ Miss – Player goes out ◦ Introduce directions if players are performing well • Approach Shot Game (15 Minutes) ◦ Singles ◦ Both sides start at baseline ◦ Short ball fed to challenger ◦ If challenger wins first point, overhead feed • Serves (10 Minutes) ◦ Serve & Volley Drill • CC King (15 Minutes) ◦ CC with doubles alleys ◦ 2 Simultaneous points ◦ Challengers serve ▪ Must serve and volley ◦ 1 point takes champion’s spot • Stinger (15 Minutes) ◦ Doubles ◦ Both sides start staggered formation ◦ 2 points ▪ Approach shot to challenger • Crosscourt approach ▪ Lob over middle of challenger side • Communication necessary • Aerobic Doubles (10 Minutes) Week 5: Defense – Slices, Lobs & Reflex Volleys • Mini Tennis (15 Minutes) ◦ All feeds in Continental Grip ◦ Mini Groundstrokes – Split Step ▪ 10 in a row • Alternating Forehands/Backhands ▪ Competitive Mini Tennis • Service boxes only • CANNOT HIT HARD • Players touch net together to start point ◦ Mini Volleys ▪ Rally Competition • Up to 10 ▪ Tap & Pass ◦ Stick Volleys – Split & Turn, Firm wrist at contact ▪ Volleys from service line ▪ DTL & CC ▪ Rally Competition • LBD Groundstroke Practice – Consistency (20 Minutes) ◦ Players now cooperatively rally ▪ Self-fed in Continental Grip ▪ DTL & CC ◦ Cooperative competitions ▪ 10 Balls in a row ▪ 8 Balls in a row past service line ▪ 10 Balls in a row only topspin ▪ 10 Balls in a row only backspin • DBD Lobbing (15 Minutes) ◦ Running Forehand/Backhand Lobs ▪ One ball wide ◦ Topspin and Backspin lobs ▪ Pros and Cons ▪ How trajectories differ ▪ Explain optimal height and depth • DBD Dropshot Retrieve (5 Minutes) ◦ Dropshot, touch net, lob retrieval ▪ Lob must bounce • DBD Reflex Volleys (10 Minutes) ◦ Approach shot ◦ Reflex volley ▪ Fast feed directed at player’s body ▪ Player must keep hands in front ▪ Absorb pace with small tap • No Bounce (10 Minutes) ◦ Doubles ◦ Both sides start just inside service line ◦ Team loses point if the ball bounces on their side • Running Passing Shots (15 Minutes) ◦ Singles ◦ Challenger is automatically over if they win point with a lob • Serves (10 Minutes) ◦ Serve and Volley Drill ▪ Faster volley feeds • Working on reflex volleying second ball • Dungeon (15 Minutes) ◦ Doubles ◦ First ball must be either a slice or lob • Dropshot Retrieve Game (15 Minutes) ◦ Both sides start at baseline ◦ Dropshot fed to challenger ◦ If challenger wins point, second ball fed as overhead Week 6: Doubles – Communication and Positioning • Mini Tennis (15 Minutes) ◦ All feeds in Continental Grip ◦ Mini Groundstrokes – Split Step ▪ 10 in a row • Alternating Forehands/Backhands ▪ Competitive Mini Tennis • Service boxes only • CANNOT HIT HARD • Players touch net together to start point ◦ Mini Volleys ▪ Rally Competition • Up to 10 ▪ Tap & Pass ◦ Stick Volleys – Split & Turn, Firm wrist at contact ▪ Volleys from service line ▪ DTL & CC ▪ Rally Competition • LBD Groundstroke Practice – Consistency (15 Minutes) ◦ Players now cooperatively rally ▪ Self-fed in Continental Grip ▪ DTL & CC ◦ Cooperative competitions ▪ 10 Balls in a row ▪ 8 Balls in a row past service line ▪ 10 Balls in a row only topspin ▪ 10 Balls in a row only backspin • DBD Approach, Volley, Overhead (5 Minutes) • Doubles Discussion (5 Minutes) ◦ Communication ▪ “Me” ▪ “You” ▪ “Switch” • Who calls switch? ▪ “Leave/Bounce” ▪ Clear, distinguishable statements that leave no room for confusion ◦ Positioning ▪ Maintaining latitude ▪ Shadowing based on ball position ▪ Shadowing based on partner position ◦ Ball placement ▪ “Down the middle solves the riddle” ▪ When to hit to net or baseline player • Aerobic Doubles (15 Minutes) • Dungeon (15 Minutes) ◦ Emphasize shadowing based on feed to baseliners ◦ Feeds directly down middle to reinforce communication between partners ◦ “Down the middle solves the riddle” ▪ Baseliners get 2 points for winner hit between net players • Serves (10 Minutes) ◦ Serve & Volley Drill ▪ Volley primarily crosscourt • Serving King (15 Minutes) ◦ Doubles ◦ Same player serves both points • Stinger (15 Minutes) ◦ Doubles ◦ Both sides start staggered formation ◦ 2 points ▪ Approach shot to challenger • Crosscourt approach ▪ Lob over middle of challenger side • Communication necessary • Rush and Crush (10 Minutes) ◦ Doubles ◦ “Down the middle solves the riddle” Week 7: Serving – Consistency, Accuracy & Spin • Mini Tennis (15 Minutes) ◦ All feeds in Continental Grip ◦ Mini Groundstrokes – Split Step ▪ 10 in a row • Alternating Forehands/Backhands ▪ Competitive Mini Tennis • Service boxes only • CANNOT HIT HARD • Players touch net together to start point ◦ Mini Volleys ▪ Rally Competition • Up to 10 ▪ Tap & Pass ◦ Stick Volleys – Split & Turn, Firm wrist at contact ▪ Volleys from service line ▪ DTL & CC ▪ Rally Competition • LBD Groundstroke Practice – Consistency (20 Minutes) ◦ Players now cooperatively rally ▪ Self-fed in Continental Grip ▪ DTL & CC ◦ Cooperative competitions ▪ 10 Balls in a row ▪ 8 Balls in a row past service line ▪ 10 Balls in a row only topspin ▪ 10 Balls in a row only backspin • King (15 Minutes) ◦ Singles • Serves (20 Minutes) ◦ Technique ▪ Toss • 1 o’clock ▪ Continental Grip ▪ Contact Point • Full Extension • 6 inches in front of body ▪ Consistency • Service boxes split in half • 4 Ball sets ◦ Deuce side ▪ Wide ▪ T ◦ Ad side ▪ Wide ▪ T ◦ Alternating ▪ 2 in each zone • 8 Total ◦ Spin ▪ Working primarily on slice serves • Benefits of slice ▪ Racquet face angle at contact ▪ Position on ball to strike • Between 4-5 o’clock on ball ▪ Chair Targets • Wide on Deuce • T on Ad • Target Competition • Serving King (15 Minutes) ◦ Singles • Stinger (15 Minutes) ◦ Doubles ◦ Serve instead of approach shot • Rush and Crush/Skyball (15 Minutes) Week 8: Returns – Consistency • Mini Tennis (15 Minutes) ◦ All feeds in Continental Grip ◦ Mini Groundstrokes – Split Step ▪ 10 in a row • Alternating Forehands/Backhands ▪ Competitive Mini Tennis • Service boxes only • CANNOT HIT HARD • Players touch net together to start point ◦ Mini Volleys ▪ Rally Competition • Up to 10 ▪ Tap & Pass ◦ Stick Volleys – Split & Turn, Firm wrist at contact ▪ Volleys from service line ▪ DTL & CC ▪ Rally Competition • LBD Groundstroke Practice – Consistency (20 Minutes) ◦ Players now cooperatively rally ▪ Self-fed in Continental Grip ▪ DTL & CC ◦ Cooperative competitions ▪ 10 Balls in a row ▪ 8 Balls in a row past service line ▪ 10 Balls in a row only topspin ▪ 10 Balls in a row only backspin • Serves (15 Minutes) ◦ Technique ▪ Toss • 1 o’clock ▪ Continental Grip ▪ Contact Point • Full Extension • 6 inches in front of body ▪ Consistency • Service boxes split in half • 4 Ball sets ◦ Deuce side ▪ Wide ▪ T ◦ Ad side ▪ Wide ▪ T ◦ Alternating ▪ 2 in each zone • 8 Total • DBD Returns (15 Minutes) ◦ Starting philosophy: “A made return is a good return” ▪ Returns are not offensive shots ▪ Getting the ball in play is primary objective ▪ Treating returns like volleys • Splitstep • More footwork than swing length • Keeping the racquet on the side of the body ◦ No backswing • Blocking the ball and following through • High and deep through the court ▪ Returns during doubles • Primarily crosscourt ◦ Pro hits serves from service line ▪ Moderate pace ▪ Vary placement ▪ Vary spin • Serving King (15 Minutes) ◦ Singles ◦ If Returner wins point with return: automatically over ◦ 3 pushups for returns hit into net • Stinger (15 Minutes) ◦ Doubles ◦ Serve instead of approach shot ◦ Return must go crosscourt • Team Singles (15 Minutes) ◦ Games up to 11 ◦ Winner stays in for 2 max ◦ Winning side serves next point • Rush and Crush/Skyball (15 Minutes)