Sunday, November 23, 2014
I had Amber and Lawrence hit together today. They played at a very high level for both the drills and on the games they played.
With Lawrence currently in seventh grade and Amber in sixth we still have a couple years to get ready for them to play in high school. We have really accelerated our training for all of our players so they can be ready to play at a high-level as soon as they reach high school.
The plan is for them to play varsity when they arrive as freshman and then play four years of varsity.
And I have been successful with six players doing that for the last six years, and expect even more success in the future
Friday, November 14, 2014
Weather has gotten cooler and for the last three weeks I have increased our workouts. And I have our younger players running and hitting with the older ones. This includes a few kindergarten and second graders.
That way they will have a chance to really improve their game and be able to play beyond their age level all the way until they get to high school.
I started my own YouTube channel or year ago and all of my players now I have their own playlist. The purpose being so they can watch themselves and see what mistakes are making in their own eyes so they can correct them.
Each practice we try to make sure we worked as hard as we can and that we improve. There's no excuse for not pushing yourself and try to get the most out of your ability every time you step on the court
Monday, June 9, 2014
Tennis training June 2014
Well in looking at these pictures my students have come along way in the last 3 to 4 years. In these pictures Amber, Adrienne, and Lawrence are now all playing tennis at a very high high school level. Except only Adrienne is in high school. Amber will be starting six grade and Lawrence will be starting seventh grade in September( age wise he would only be starting six grade).
I think both Amber and Lawrence can make most any high school team this coming year and they have to do three years to improve their game to be on the top players when they enter high school. In addition we have a good group of younger players that are also working hard, and they should also be excelling in tennis when they get the high school.
Over the last two years I've really stepped up the intensity of our training and we simply expect a lot more from our practices. And as a result all of our younger players have gotten a lot better and are now playing games. And of course the ultimate goal is for some of these players to be able to play college tennis and perhaps get a scholarship
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
How young can you start training your
children to play tennis
I have train children as young as 4 or 5 to play tennis. Especially now with the Quickstart set up from USTA.
These are series of three levels of balls, the first series being very large and spongy type almost like a big sponge and they move very slow and most children can hit them. Also if they are hit hard they will not hurt anyone that gets hit by them. The beginning balls have a very slow bounce and allows younger students to be able to get the timing to hit them. Both on ground shots and volleys.
And remember earlier you start the student getting eye to hand coordination the better. Most people feel professional tennis players were born with this. This is incorrect. They have been hitting thousands of tennis balls from a very early age this allow them to develop it.
Remember your younger players only have a concentration span of 15 to 30 minutes max. So remember keep the practice is short and keep them fun. I try to make all my drills so the student is running and moving without them knowing it. They are concentrating on hitting the ball not the fact that they are running and sprinting.
So get your students and children out there as early as you can start hitting those tennis balls. It will really pay off as they get older and they will learn to love the sport of a lifetime
Sunday, March 9, 2014
We are training 3-4 days a week
- Mondays 4:30- 5:30
- Wednesday 4:30- 5:30
- Saturday 9:00- 10:00
- Sunday 9:00- 10:00
We work on hitting drills, forehands, backhands, serves, volleys, speed drills etc
I have children students ages from 5- 17 and I have had over 40 players I have trained play high on Santa Clarita,
We start players off with the quick start tennis balls which are softer and easier to hit and thence slowly work up to the real tennis balls.