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  Beginning Tennis Games

Introduce the forehand groundstroke and the forehand volley at the net, plus some little drills involving each stroke.

1. FISH 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.

2. FROG & 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 the toss.

3. TIGHT 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.

4. BUNNY 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.

5. SUBMARINE 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.

6. ROLLING & 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.

7. RELAYS: TEAMS #1 Net and Back.

8. GOLDILOCKS & 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.

9. Over the Moon FOREHAND LOB
Have 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.

9. Bombers: LOB ACCURACY
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 the bombs.

Always pick 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.