Do NOT Copy the Pros!!

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It was 2003… the year I earned my tennis teaching certificate.

Despite my playing experience and theoretical understanding of teaching tennis, there were still so many gaps in my knowledge about how to actually coach people.

My students were all unique individuals – each with their strengths, weaknesses, and personalities.

As a young coach, it took me a while to learn that I had to adapt to every single student I encountered.

Once I became a certified tennis coach, I assumed that the methodology I learned from this esteemed tennis teaching organization would provide me with a “one-size-fits-all” formula that would suit every student who entered my tennis court.

I was wrong!!

Only when I learned that people are unique and they each had to be approached according to their personality, did I begin improving as a tennis coach.

Tennis is not a one-size-fits-all sport.

You were born with certain personality traits which are reflected in the way you strike the ball, the way you move, and the way you make decisions on the court.

skilled coach can help you discover the basics of how to play tennis in a way that complements your own unique playing style.

Don’t try to be like the pros!

Be yourself and play tennis in your own way…

The way that feels right to you.

Cosmin Miholca

Cosmin Miholca

Certified Tennis Coach

Check out my work at WebTennis24 where I share with you my best video tennis lessons, drills and tips for players, coaches and tennis parents.

Serve Problem – This Is How I Fixed It…

Here’s how I fixed the serve problem of one of my students.

This particular lady used to take lessons with me a couple of years ago.
She called me on a Wednesday afternoon saying that she was lacking consistency and did not know what was the problem with her serve.

We met the next morning after my usual 8:30-9:30 am class, and after she warmed up, I made a few steps away and looked at her while she was delivering most of her serves long, just a foot beyond the service line. Over and over…

I soon noticed the problem:
She was releasing the ball very early and then lowering the tossing arm right away.
This caused a loss in balance and low contact with the ball.

So here’s what I did to fix her serve consistency within a few minutes…

I asked her to continue serving focusing on one thing only: keeping the tossing arm up and extended towards the sky after releasing the ball until she sees it coming down.
She got her balance back and made contact a lot higher.
The result: more power and… more serves landing inside the service box.

There are a few technical elements that players need to be aware of in order to deliver the serve with consistency and power. These elements can make a big difference in someone’s game.

If you want more information about tennis technique, or drills for consistency and accuracy, as well as tactics and strategies for winning against different tennis opponents, you’ll find all this in the Tennis Mastery course.

If you are a tennis coach or a parent of a child who wants to learn how to play tennis, you should definitely check out the My Daddy / My Coach and the 10 Lesson Plans / How to Teach Tennis program.

Cosmin Miholca

Cosmin Miholca

Certified Tennis Coach

Check out my work at WebTennis24 where I share with you my best video tennis lessons, drills and tips for players, coaches and tennis parents.

The No. 1 Reason Children QUIT Tennis

(This article is intended for coaches and tennis parents who teach children or beginning players. If you are not interested in this topic, please share it with a coach or tennis parent who might find it useful. Thank you!)

The year was 2004 when I got a job working as an assistant tennis coach for a city program in Southern California.
The pay was very low but I considered it an opportunity for me to learn and grow as a tennis coach.
At that time I was in my 20s, barely spoke English, and I was trying to learn as much as I could to improve my teaching skills.

The “city” was organizing beginner classes and my boss and I were greeting these big crowds of enthusiastic kids who were coming with their parents to learn how to play tennis.
My boss, at that time, was an elderly lady who was kind to the kids but did not have too much knowledge about helping beginning players fall in love with the sport.
She would stress discipline and technique way too much to the point that most players were staying in lines waiting for their turn to hit a ball… once in a while.

As a result, we could see that even though those parents were paying for the lessons 6 weeks in advance, many children quit their classes after the first couple of lessons.
By the end of the 6-week session, we were left with barely 30% of the kids who initially signed up for the classes!

Those 2 years that I’d been working for the “city” taught me a VALUABLE lesson:


And they quit if they don’t.

It’s just that simple…

Now, I have to say that during those 2 years of working for the “city” I did not let things continue as they initially were.

Here’s what I did:

  1. I talked to my boss and convinced her to “rotate” the children so that they learn from both of us (with respect to the other’s teaching methodology). In this way, the kids would get to learn and improve with tips from both of us.
  2. We agreed that we should find ways to limit waiting in line by introducing fast-paced drills.
  3. The technical aspects were discussed and practiced at the beginning and reminded throughout the lessons to make sure that while we were teaching those who struggled, we kept the others busy so that nobody was left wandering on the court.
  4. Every lesson should have at least two periods of fun activities that kids would enjoy:
    – one in the middle of the class to take their minds away from the technical and repetitive tasks, and also to bring some excitement after all the previous work;
    – another one at the end of the class (last 10 minutes) to allow the kids to leave their classes happy and “loud” so that they have something to look forward to after all the work they put in during the class; their parents would see that kids were having fun at tennis practice before picking them up.

This statement has been my motto for the rest of my tennis teaching career:


You might be wondering how can you find drills and games that keep kids interested and excited about practicing their skills.
Well, there are two main ways:

  1. You can search YouTube or the internet and eventually you’ll make a list of drills and games that you can apply with your students. But that takes a lot of your time which you probably would be the best spending with your family or working on more exciting projects.
  2. You can sign up for programs such as Best Tennis Drills and Games for Kids which is a collection of drills that I’ve applied with my students during my over 20 years of teaching thousands of beginning tennis players, kids and adults.

I’ve learned what works and what not, what gets beginning players excited, and what kind of drills improve their speed, body control, shot accuracy, and consistency.

You can do your own research or just keep things simple and take what others have worked for and know it works.

This is why I created this program for you – to take my proven drills and games that are guaranteed to be loved by your beginning players.

Get access to Best Tennis Drills and Games for Kids today and make tennis lessons fun for your beginning students.

Be Inspired!

Cosmin Miholca

Cosmin Miholca

Certified Tennis Coach

Check out my work at WebTennis24 where I share with you my best video tennis lessons, drills and tips for players, coaches and tennis parents.

Tennis Balls and Court Size for Kids

This is a subject that tennis parents ask me sometimes: what type of tennis balls should their child play with and whether they should play on a full-size court or a smaller one.
I personally encourage the idea of children to progress from slower to faster balls for the following reasons:
– slower balls let them swing harder without being afraid of missing deep (biggest fear)
– they have more time to prepare for the shot (good technique)
– promotes longer rallies.

tennis ball for red level kids play1. Red Balls – these are the slowest and largest of the balls and are recommended for little children aged 4-7. Along with the red balls, players can also use sponge balls which are both oversized, and about 75% slower than a regular adult tennis ball, giving beginning players time to prepare for the shot and add a big swing without being afraid of missing deep.
The court size that the red balls should be used is a small one (36 feet long). Beginning players using red balls or playing red ball tournaments have the net placed along the center service line or between the service line and baseline and the points are played between the doubles lines.

orange ball for kids tennis2. Orange Balls – are about 50% slower than regular tennis balls and are recommended for children between the ages of 7-9. Used on 60×21 feet tennis court (show how the lines are positioned: baseline is 9 feet / 3 meters inside the regular baseline; singles sidelines are 3 feet / 1 meter inside the regular sideline)

ball for green level kids tennis3. Green Dot Balls – are about 25% slower than regular tennis balls and are recommended for kids who are 9 or 10 years old.
Those who play green ball tournaments use a full-court, are fast enough to cover larger areas and are almost ready to move up to a regular yellow tennis ball which bounces higher and moves faster.
They are also called transition tennis balls.

adult tennis ball4. Yellow (Adult) Tennis Balls – should be used by children who are at least 11 years old and my recommendation is that the transition should be done gradually using practice balls that are slower and lower bounce than tournament balls.

It is important to not start the beginning players with balls that the child finds difficult to control in regard to speed and height because they can develop bad habits in order to adjust to the new ball, such as a western grip (to hit high bouncing balls), tight arm (being afraid to not lose control of the ball), poor footwork, etc.
Transitioning from one ball type and court size should be done under careful supervision and the before-mentioned technical aspects should be monitored so that the child’s technique and footwork are not affected.

Cosmin Miholca

Cosmin Miholca

Certified Tennis Coach

Check out my work at WebTennis24 where I share with you my best video tennis lessons, drills and tips for players, coaches and tennis parents.

10 Tips to Becoming a Better Tennis Coach

As a tennis coach, your success depends on your ability to connect with your students, earn their respect, and attract more clients. In this article, we will discuss ten tips that will help you achieve these goals and become a better tennis coach.

1. Make eye contact and be approachable
When meeting your students for the first time, or greeting them as they come to your classes, do not wear sunglasses. You should be able to see their eyes, and they should be able to see yours. By taking off your sunglasses and showing your eyes, you will create a good connection with them.

2. Maintain a positive attitude
Your students should not know that you had a sleepless night because of your newborn baby or had a tough lesson with another client. Always reset and put on a smiling face for the next student or class. Keep your attitude positive and show that you are excited to see them every time.

3. Remember and use your students’ names
Learn your students’ names and say them a few times during their lessons. Everyone enjoys hearing their name mentioned, and it shows that you respect and value them.

4. Stay focused during lessons
Never pick up or talk on the phone during your tennis lessons. Imagine that you are a parent who is paying for their child’s lesson, and you see the coach talking on the phone instead of interacting with and instructing your child. Always give your undivided attention to your students during the time they employ your services.

5. Be punctual and respectful of your students’ time
Never be late for your lesson; otherwise, it should be free for your client. If you know you will be late, find a way to let your student know ahead of time. Always arrive at the court at least 15 minutes before your lesson to get the court and any teaching aids that you will be using for the class ready.

6. Avoid negative talk
Do not gossip or talk negatively about your other clients, fellow coaches, or competing tennis clubs/organizations. Negative talk will reflect on you, and your clients will associate what you say with the feeling they have toward you. Keep your actions and words as positive as possible.

7. Show appreciation
Show respect for your tennis students, even those who have stopped taking lessons with you. They can be great ambassadors to promote your services to their friends and families.

8. Organize get-togethers
Offer free lessons to those who cannot afford them, and organize weekly get-togethers where your students and their friends can play together. It is an excellent way to meet their families and spread the word about you and your services.

9. Present yourself professionally
Always look clean and smell nice. As a coach, you may need to rally with your students, so it is important to have spare clothes and a way to take care of your appearance before and after each lesson.

10. Keep learning and sharing knowledge
Find ways to constantly improve your tennis knowledge about the latest teaching techniques and share what you know with your younger fellow coaches. Be available to share your experience, not only with your students but with their parents or anyone who is willing to learn.
Knowledge should not be kept a secret. It should be shared so that others benefit from it.

By following these ten tips, you can improve your coaching skills, connect with your students, gain their respect, and attract more clients. Keep these tips in mind, and you will become a better tennis coach.

Cosmin Miholca

Cosmin Miholca

Certified Tennis Coach

Check out my work at WebTennis24 where I share with you my best video tennis lessons, drills and tips for players, coaches and tennis parents.