Florian Meier’s best instructional vids of 2015

Sunday, January 3rd, 2016

Florian Meier, from www.onlinetennisinstruction.com creates some great, free, instructional videos. Here are some of his best of 2015 for you to enjoy.

Tennis Footwork: Split-Step Timing Lesson


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Some good videos on tennis fitness, co-ordination & technique

Monday, November 24th, 2014

I’m always scouring youtube for good stuff – you know, kittens riding bikes, dogs juggling – that kind of thing. But sometimes I take a break from that to watch good tennis instruction vids. I’ve put together whole playlists of them on My Youtube Channel

I’ve just stumbled across TopTennisTrainingNet – they’ve got some really good vids on youtube – a few which are straight up instruction on the shots, but nice & simple, some which are drills, some fitness / ABCS etc. Check them out. I don’t have any link or affiliation to them. (more…)

How To Run Successful & Profitable Tennis Camps

Monday, October 21st, 2013

How To Run Tennis CampsI have run tennis camps for several years now with great success. It’s such a win-win thing. The parents are happy because their kids are doing something worthwhile all day long in the school holidays, the kids love it (if your camps are good), the club or venue benefits from the income and exposure, the coaches get consistent work right through the holidays and…………..you as the organiser can make a LOT of money. (more…)

Great Tennis Instruction Vids From Around The Web

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

There are so many great instructional tennis vids on the web now, particularly on YouTube. These are great for improving your own game, but also to use as a tennis coach. In this post, I’m compiling some of those videos – and I’ll keep adding more. (more…)

5 Fundamentals Of The Forehand – From Fuzzy Yellow Balls

Sunday, April 21st, 2013

Here is a great video from Fuzzy Yellow Balls, a site offering free and paid tennis instruction. This video is the first thing you get when you sign up for their newsletter, which I recommend you do.

What I like about this video is that it describes something that I teach as well – the fact that, even though there are different styles, there are certain fundamentals which will always be there in a world class stroke. This video details 5 of those fundamentals for the forehand.

Enjoy!

 

How to teach tennis to a group of 3-4 year olds

Monday, April 1st, 2013

I recently put a video on youtube showing some tennis exercises for 3-4 year olds. This was a one-to-one session and somebody asked the question “how can you do this for a group”. This post is an answer to that question. Here’s the vid: (more…)

How to do video analysis easily with FREE software

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

There is a great bit of free software named Kinovea which you can download at www.kinovea.org. There’s no catch – it takes a minute or two to download and install and it does everything you need to do some simple video analysis for your clients / students. (more…)

How to set up mini tennis red courts (or 36 foot courts) if you’re in America

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

Here is a video I made showing how you can very quickly set up 6 mini tennis courts on one full size tennis court for young children to play on. This means you can easily have 12 children playing on one court – even have them playing matches if they are capable.

Feel free to comment.


 

Tennis warm ups for little kids – the right way to do it

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

So…..there is a right and a wrong way to do warm ups for young children in group lessons. This article is primarily about mini tennis (under 10) but some of these principles also apply to groups of older children (and even adults).

For young children, the idea of the warm up is really to set the tone for the lesson and to get the energy levels up. With this in mind, here are some principles to stick to:

  1. Make it easy to explain. We don’t want the kids spending their first 5 minutes of the lesson listening to complicated instructions.
  2. Get them moving straight away – this continues from the first point really. A quick explanation, then go!
  3. Get EVERYONE moving at the same time. So no standing in lines. In my opinion, this is why relay races are a terrible warm up – if there are 2 lines of 4 kids, this means only a quarter of the kids are moving at any one time. Or another way of looking at it is that any one child will only be moving for a quarter of the time.
  4. Don’t do games which exclude anyone – this means games where children are ‘out’ for some reason. This is self explanatory so I won’t say any more.

So a quick and simple explanation, then get everyone moving in a way that is fun. Here are some examples of good warm ups for young children:

Snowballs aka ‘tidy your room’

Half the kids on one side of the net, half the kids on the other. Coach spreads a load of soft balls around the court. When the time starts, the kids throw the balls over the net to the other side (you tell them how it is their job to ‘tidy their room’ by clearing all the balls). They keep doing this for 2 minutes. When the coach shouts ‘stop’, the team with the least amount of balls on their side wins. The kids always seem to like this one, even though it’s so basic!

 

Pacman

Like the old video game, there is a Pacman who is trying to catch the others. However, everyone (including the Pacman) must only run along the lines of the court.  When someone gets caught, they also become a pacman trying to catch the others.

 

Stuck in the mud

This can be done with either the coach or one of the children as catcher. They run around, staying inside the lines of the tennis court, balancing a bean bag (or a ball if they’re more advanced) on their rackets. When they are caught or drop their bean bag, they are stuck and cannot move. Any of the other children can ‘un-stick’ them by touching them on the shoulder. The objective for the catcher is to have everyone stuck and the objective of all the others is to avoid everyone being caught within a set amount of time.

Safe landings

A simple warm up – you get the children moving around the court in different ways – jogging, sideskipping etc. When you shout stop, they have to balance in ways which you show them. For example, the first time, they stop on one leg and hold it. The next time, one hand and one leg, the next time, they have to sit on their bottom with hands and feet off the ground.

There are tons of these warm ups if you put some thought into it. Soon, I’ll put some video on here showing these warm ups. Feel free to comment on this article.

Dodgeball

Dodgeball can mean a thousand different things, but here is a version which is a great warm up. The kids stand along the baseline, coach on the other side of the net with foam balls. The kids try to run, touch the net and get back to the baseline without getting hit by balls that the coach is firing. The kids get a point for every time they get there and back without being hit. Just a good, fun warm-up where they are moving lots – and of course lots of excitement trying to dodge the balls.

Karl