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September 2016

  /  2016

Dear Tennis Coach, Just in case you need to complain, here is a list of things you can blame for the lack of development in the global tennis market. Computers, phones and online gaming Equipment Finances Parents Facilities Government investment Competition from other sports Officials Tennis Federations Manufacturers TV Coverage Busy lives Tournaments Venting over? Now look at

Running a circuit of activities can be a great way to manage groups, but get some of the key principles wrong and the circuit can become a complete disaster.   Everything twice If you have 20 players and want to do each task with two players then you might assume that you need 10 different activities but that

You may have times when children get over excited or misbehave this may be part of “testing the boundaries”; finding out what is acceptable and what is not. Sometimes the reason children are over excited is because of the behaviour of the coach! When we act over animated and a little crazy, this can send a

In our previous article we explored the learning concepts of: Open vs Closed Skills Light the Fire Challenge In part 2 we dive deeper into the learning techniques which are proven to make learning stick. Implicit Learning is Superior Implicit learning happens in an unconscious way, kids are not aware they are learning but the environment you have created

The tennis world descends on Flushing Meadow this month to celebrate the final grand slam of the year.  Described by Forbes magazine as the "world's most popular sporting event," the US Open is a great chance for tennis coaches all over the world to take advantage of that popularity to give their own program a boost. Planning

Ever notice that the main competition to your kids tennis coaching business is not the other tennis club down the street, but other sporting codes like football, cricket, baseball or basketball?  What have these sports got in common

Watching the Andy Murray returning master class while dismantling Milos Raonic during the 2016 Wimbledon Final it is tempting to think he must be a freak of nature.  That he has the reaction speeds of a superhero to return serves approaching 150mph. This is the common belief, that the elites of the game have special genetic gifts

The fascinating book “The Talent Code” by Daniel Coyle raises the issue of “ignition” as a key part of the development of elite performers. One of our key jobs as tennis coaches is too spark a flame of passion for the sport in our students.  Whether we are aiming to develop pro players or building a program

Our job is one of the most demanding there is!  We need the patience of a school teacher; the endurance to coach for hours on end; the concentration to be “with it” for all our tennis kids; the discipline to do our office work and the enthusiasm to motivate our students lesson after lesson. When the weather

“We are going to have a mini competition today,” I announced. My class of five 6-year olds met my plans with various states of glee. Except for Joshua. When we talk about overachievers and underachievers, Joshua slots into the underachievers.  He is more likely to say “I can’t”; is very aware if he can’t perform a skill; and is

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