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

The 10 Commandments For Tennis Coaches

tennis coach1. You shall not wear sunglasses when talking with your students, nor when greeting anyone.
2. You shall always have a positive attitude.
3. You shall always remember your students’ name and greet them as soon as they enter your tennis court.
4. You shall never pick-up or talk or text on your cell phone during your tennis lessons.
5. You shall never be late for your tennis lesson otherwise it is free for your client.
6. You shall not speak poorly of your fellow tennis coaches regardless of their teaching methods or any club or tennis organisation affiliations.
7. You shall show respect to your clients and make them feel welcome even after they have stopped coming to you for lessons.
8. Once in awhile you shall give free lessons to those who cannot afford them, and spend extra time with your clients who need more help.
9. You shall always look clean and smell nice.
10. You shall always look for ways to improve your tennis knowledge and share it with not only your students but younger fellow coaches who seek guidance also.
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Cosmin Miholca

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