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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

Does that sound like a positive opener? Being chosen!? Is that something that a parent wants to hear? Maybe it's not for the top team or as the winner of something but every parent wants to know that their child is being thought about individually. I remember when my daughter started Elementary (Infants) school. Even at the

Travelling the globe helping clubs with their programs always sounds glamorous (it's not what it seems) but there are certain constants that the tennis industry brings. The baseline is always in the same place and the net the same height, (well usually), coaches all want to know the same type of things like "How do you

Her face was red and eyes watering. After 15 minutes of yelling at me she took a pause, a breath and said. "Thanks so much, you have been great about this!"  I was in a state of shock and nearly fell over. I knew Mary, she was a good parent, although a little too attentive; her

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