Advice for coaches who teach group classes

In my years of teaching tennis in Southern California, the mornings were dedicated to teaching mostly groups of adult players and occasionally some home-schooled children.

The adult group classes were mostly formed of players who were looking for a good work-out, fun and learn how to play and win in tennis.

Years after I moved from California I still get emails from my former students who tell me how much they miss my classes. That’s because I always considered the following…

1. Players like to have fun alongside friends or people they connect with
In this regard I tried to pair them up based on their personality and kept the atmosphere of the class a cheerful one by introducing fun games, occasional jokes and constant encouragements.

2. Players like to get a good workout
If at the end of the class they all look sweaty and out of breath, I know they will feel good about themselves for the rest of the day. A good workout means better mood for the day ahead.

3. Players want to learn something new every time.
Players should be reminded of the proper strokes mechanics, strategies and footwork. Try to bring a new piece of tennis information every time your students come to your class. They will appreciate you and the value they get out of your lessons.

Have fun on the court!

Cosmin Miholca