Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Mr. Freeze

This activity is another jewel from my PTR Kids Tennis manual. It demonstrates the disadvantages of staying in one spot after hitting the ball. Great for players of all ages, so I hope to see it during some adult clinics as well!

Players play out points but must stay put after hitting their ball until their opponent hits the ball. In other words, no 'recovering' to the middle of the court or other smart movement strategies. The takeaway should be twofold:
1) standing in place/not reacting after hitting a shot should be an obvious no-no
2) player should learn the huge advantage one reaps from a non-moving opponent and hit to the open spaces

Too hard for your students? Start with throwing/catching instead of rallying.