the forehand groundstroke and the forehand volley at the net, plus some little
drills involving each stroke.
IN THE POND Accuracy toss. Use racquet or Hulahoop
Hold the fish loosely. If you hold a fish to tight it will slip out of your hand.
Give them the feeling of lifting the fish/ball over the net and into the service
box from the opposite service box area.
& ALLIGATOR Tossing and catching
Softball Throw -Low to high simulation, forehand prep. Variation: toss ball into
target in service box from the T. Have partner alligator catch or finger catch
ROPE Balance & foot work-follow the leader
Now we play follow the leader on the lines. move quickly but try not to fall off
the line. Also the toes should be used rather than the whole foot. For more advanced
go backwards, this develops balance and helpful to learn cross-over stepping.
HOP Split steps & balanced forward motions
Start with all the students at the net. Then we jumb just a little ways towards
the fence. Then again and again until we reach the baseline. Then wen trun around
and go back to the net. Now we run a couple of steps then hop on to the service
line and then run and jumbp on the baseline, repeat.
Volley positioning, knees & shoulders
Have the Students come to the net and place their racquets on the net with the
racquet face facing the coach on the other side. Have them bend their knees and
get as low as they can on the forehand side without sitting down. On the other
side of the net line the kids up and toss the balls to them where they can rise
up and hit the ball down into the court using a volleying action.
& RACING Roll the ball to the net and race it there.
Run this drill for each child. Have them roll the ball and race it to the net
along the doubles alleys. Use the center line if necesary.
TEAMS #1 Net and Back.
& 3 BALLS FOREHAND
Teaching how to hit a baby ball softly, a mommy ball to the middle of the court
and a daddy ball as far as you can. Use this drill to get the point of contact
emphasizing the baby ball and hitting up.
the Moon FOREHAND LOB
a bucket of balls at the service line for the students. Have them hit up like
the softball swing over the net and over the extended racquet of the instructor.
The Racquet head can even have a moon or cover on it to give them the idea to
hit over the racquet head. With a group of kids do four balls at a time.
This is a very fun drill as we have a chair, person, or some target near
the back line of the opposite court. The object is to hit a very high ball and
have it land in the circle or hit near an instructor or student. These lobs are
up balls on the racquets see who can pick up the most balls. This will help develop
forearm strenght. When possible get them to bend down using the knee bend in order
to strenghten and work on split step, balance and setting up for volleys.