Futures Coaching Pathways are systematic and sequential offering all players an opportunity to reach their individual potential. Through each stage in the program, players can see the next phase of their development and improvement.
Hot Shots Methodology
The International Tennis Federation has conducted exhaustive research into what, and how, is the best and fastest approach for kids to learn to play tennis and have recommended"play based approach" as world best practice.
Futures Tennis Academy is one of only fifteen nationwide Hot Shots Ambassadors trained and endorsed by Tennis Australia to teach kids to serve, rally and score from virtually their first class. Teaching tennis for children of all ages, at last, has a clear pathway and a holistic approach for developing players as the balls and court sizes change as pupils become older/better.
Learning the Game
Tennis is an open skill game as each shot is performed in an unpredictable and changing environment, which then dictates how and when a skill is to be performed. Tennis is a game played in pairs who rally the ball back and forward – first you receive the ball [reception] and then you send it back [projection]. The serve is the only closed skill shot in the game as you are totally responsible for the outcome of the shot. Therefore at a young age receiving skills [anticipation, perception, movement, decision-making and foot work] are equally, if not more important, than sending skills [i.e. technique]. We sequentially teach tennis skills sets of which technique is just one of many skills sets to be learnt. Some of our coaching may look different to traditional coaching. Gone are the days where a coach artificially feeds, throws or drops balls from a stand still start to a pupils out stretched racquet. Our goal is to teach “real” skills that stay with pupils for life. We try to make kids understand the movement cycle. We practice activities so that pupils learn to work together in pairs correctly reading the flight of the ball [the speed, height, direction, spin] and how to move into a balanced hitting position, execute the shot and finally to recover ready for the next cycle to begin. These things form the fundamental building blocks to a rally.
Our goal is to teach “real” skills that stay with pupils for life. We try to make kids understand the movement cycle. We practice activities so that pupils learn to work together in pairs correctly reading the flight of the ball [the speed, height, direction, spin] and how to move into a balanced hitting position, execute the shot and finally to recover ready for the next cycle to begin. These things form the fundamental building blocks to a rally.
In each stage of the program red, orange, green, yellow ball the court, balls and skills being taught become more challenging. The diagram describes the different court sizes we use for each color ball.
Blue Launch Pad Program [Stages 1 & 2] for 3-5 year olds.
Red Ball Program [Stages 1, 2 & 3] 5-7 years is 1/4 court using 25% low compression balls.
Orange Ball Program [Stages 1 & 2] 7-9 years is 3/4 court using 50% low compression balls.
Green Ball Program [Stages 1 & 2] 9-12 years uses a full size court with 75% low compression balls.
Hot Shot "Developmental Team Squads" [In all color ball programs we offer for the best and most dedicated players team squads]
Teenage Squads 12 + Futures, Challenger, Pro and Grand Slam
Developmental Squads The most progressive pupils from all squads are invited into fast tracked developmental squads.
High Performance Squads Pupils desiring to become the best they can become.
Privates & Semi Private lessons For individual wanting to fast track their development or needing special attention to individual problems.
Individualized Programs Many pupils desire a program designed just for their needs. Speak to our coaches to design your own personalized program.
Ladies Group Lessons Join a group of ladies
Private Lessons Individual lessons
Team Lessons Start your own group or have your entire team learn together
Cardio Work Outs Tennis aerobic style
Private House We can come to you!
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