20 tennis exercises for groups of 3-4 year olds

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Here is a video I made showing you a load of exercises you can do with groups of 3-4 year olds. Enjoy! And comment below.

 

Sending & Receiving Drill for 5-8 year olds

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

little kids tennis gameLittle simple but fun game for you here. Good for mini red players of 5-8ish.

This game is good for sending, receiving, catching and feeding skills.

It’s done in pairs so you can lots of children doing it with no standing in line.

Watch the video below to see the game.

 

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Beach ball tennis

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Beach ball tennisUsing beach balls is a great way to make tennis easy and fun for very young children, and also beginner juniors and even adults. Have a look at the video below where you can see children aged 4 & 5 actually playing a proper game of tennis with a beach ball, which they couldn’t do with small balls. I sometimes have children as young as 3 doing bounce-ups with beach balls. (more…)

Race to the baseline – a serving game for 4 year olds through to pros!

Friday, September 12th, 2014

rece to the baselineHere is a very simple but effective serving game which I use a lot! It works for groups of 4 year olds upwards, but as with many drills and games, it can be adapted for players right up to a very high level – just by changing some of the conditions.
You can see me show the game in the video below, but here are the basics:

  1. The children are all spaced out along the net with a cone – only a couple of feet back from the net.
  2. They serve – could be overarm or even a simple underarm serve.
  3.  Every time they get their serve in, they move their cone back by one racket length.
  4. It’s a race to get back as far as they can.

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A warm up for groups of 3-4 year olds – The Mini Olympics

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

tennis warm up 3 year oldHere is a warm up you can do with 3-4 year olds, but also works with older children as well.

It’s just a circuit of little exercises. You need to set it up in advance of the lesson, do a quick demo of all the exercises to the kids, then let them do it. They can go round the circuit a few times. See the video below where I show you examples. (more…)

What equipment can you use to teach 3-4 year olds tennis?

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

tennis-3-4-yearsI am asked often about what equipment can be used when teaching 3-4 year olds tennis. I do lots of this at the moment, and there are several bits of equipment which I just wouldn’t be without – they make the lesson more fun and give the kids some success by making it easier for them – even a little 3 year old who can’t catch a ball or hit from a drop feed. (more…)

Catch Your Way In – A Fun Kids’ Tennis Game

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Kids Tennis DrillThis game is a bit of an oldie – but keep reading for some ways to adapt it for very young children. And keep in mind, these kind of games are a bit of fun for the last few minutes of the lesson, not the main content of the lesson.¬† (more…)

Skittles – fun game for little kids aged 4 upwards

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Bit of fun for the end of the lesson. This one needs foam balls and you’ll see why!

1) Lay out spots to put the kids in two teams in the positions below

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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…)

Beat The Ball – An agility game for all ages & group sizes

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Here’s a very simple agility game which you can do as a warm up or in the ABCS section of your lesson (Agility / Balance / Co-ordination / Speed).

In our video here, you’ll see that the group is a bit too small for it to work well. You want 6 or more kids really. Also, you can do it with very large groups as you can split them into 2 or 3 circles.

You could also vary it by using different types of balls or different types of throws.

Here it is. Please comment below.

Karl

p.s. sorry about the video quality here. I’ll re-do this when I get a minute.