Coaching tennis successfully by United States Tennis Association

By United States Tennis Association

A whole source for constructing a constant, profitable tennis software for the '90s and past, utilizing recommendations from coaches of championship highschool groups and the game technological know-how specialists on the USTA.

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When I announced the appropriate punishment at a team meeting, the team understood that no one was above the rules. We all had to abide by these rules to maintain team order and dignity. Each year at our first official meeting our tennis team rules are debated democratically by the previous year's letter winners and me. At this meeting, which occurs a week before the first practice, possible changes in team policy are discussed. 1 Common rules and their applications usually do not change from year to year.

Once again, insist that short-term goals are performance based, not outcome based. These goals should be reviewed weekly by each player. If a player appears to be losing focus on her short-term goals, step in and remind her of the priorities she has set for herself. All it should take to achieve these goals is discipline and hard work. The best time for you and the player to assess short-term goals is when you work one-on-one with the player. A simple yet powerful short-term goal for high school players is to insist that they develop a specific game plan for each match they play, write it down, and with your help evaluate its effectiveness after the match.

The process of communication is two-way, with both sides expressing, listening, and responding. Coaches have to accept and utilize their natural position as role models for young athletes. Actions speak louder than words. Communicating before, during, and after matches is critical. The impact of the moment is heightened by the competition, so these times demand a special approach to young athletes. The school family, including administrators, teachers, students, and parents are crucial to team success.

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