How to Minimize Waiting in Line When Teaching Tennis Classes

coaching tennisI am extremely grateful to see more and more tennis parents and coaches reaching out to me for advice based on my playing and teaching experience.

This time I’d like to bring to your attention a question a tennis coach recently asked: how to run your tennis classes so that the students do not have to wait in line for too long?…

Waiting in line is not only boring but also disruptive to the rest of the players, especially when those who wait begin chatting and the coach’s instructions are not being heard by the other players.

The following are some tips that I have used in my classes to keep all my students happy and get the best of my instruction:

1. A coach should never accept more than 6 players on the court (unless you are conducting a cardio tennis class where the coach feeds more and teaches less).

2. While some players (first in line) hit the balls that the coach feeds, the others in line should shadow the first player or do some tennis related exercises (ladder, cones etc.) – make sure your students are aware of proper spacing so that no one gets hurt.

3. A coach should line up the players (if there are more than three) in two lines and learn to double-feed (two balls in the air at the same time) so that two players (one from each line) practice their strokes at the same time.

4. Choose games that involve as many players as possible: 2-3 points before rotating and bringing new players on the court. Those waiting can be put through some drills (cones, ladders, etc.) or have them act as ball boys/girls for the ones who play.

Feel free to send me your suggestions if you have more tips in regard to keeping the class going and getting everyone involved.

Have fun on the tennis court!

Cosmin Miholca

Cosmin Miholca

Certified Tennis Teaching Professional

Visit the Training, Coaching and Kids Tennis sections at WebTennis24 – lessons, tips and drills for players, coaches and tennis parents.

Second Serve Priorities in Tennis

tennis second serveFor many, the second serve is the shot that should just go into the proper service box and begin the point. But not for my students and me…
To give an example, I would like you to consider the following:
You just missed your first serve and now getting ready for the second one. How do you feel?
If you are like most players, then your first concern would be to get the ball in to deprive your opponent of a free point. But if you are ready to push it a little further and dare to be proactive, the second serve is really about these two main aspects:

1. Get the ball in to start the point.
2. Deliver the second serve in a manner that makes it hard for your opponent to attack you.

The first aspect is quite obvious, but the second one is many times overlooked.

Now how do we make the second serve hard to attack?
With spin and depth!

Don’t just push the ball in, spin it! And spin it hard!
Consider the following: a ball being hit against a wall, flat and straight on, will come back in the same direction (more or less) from where it came; whereas a ball with spin will be carried in the direction the spin dictates.

The spin you impart on your second serve will make it more difficult for the returner to control and attack your served ball. This, associated with a deep placement into the service box, will give you the perfect combination to get you on a good start for a rally.
Now, if you add to the spin and depth the placement to your opponent’s weak side then that’s what I call the ultimate second serve. But I know that would be pushing the envelope too far for most players who read this article.

So, I’ll leave you with this thought: should you spend more time developing a good slice or topspin second serve?

Cosmin Miholca

Cosmin Miholca

Certified Tennis Teaching Professional

Visit the Training, Coaching and Kids Tennis sections at WebTennis24 – lessons, tips and drills for players, coaches and tennis parents.