Green Ball Tennis Lessons

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CLASS DETAILS: 45 MIN 4:1 / 60 MIN 5:1  LOW PUPILS TO COACH RATIO

Futures Tennis Academy encourages the use of best practice principals in all our coaching methodologies. Therefore, based on the International Tennis Federations extensive research, we have adopted “Hot Shots Green ball” as the best and fastest approach for pupils between the age ten to twelve to learn tennis. Futures Tennis – a Hot Shots Ambassador – offers classes Monday to Saturday at all venues. Refer to our online bookings to find a suitable class and day. Our three teaching methodologies are below:

Getting the learning environment right

Green ball tennis is one step away from full court adult tennis for 10-12 year olds. A full size court is used along with either a 26" or 27" full size adult racquet. The only variation is the use of a 75% compression green ball for a sightly lower and slower bounce. Having the correct learning environment allows for explicit and implicit learning as kids learn incidentally from each other and other factors. Over 70% of all that kids learn is through other means than “direct” teaching.

*Scaled equipment [nets, racquets and low compression balls] and teaching aids modified to the age of the pupils to excite, simplify and stimulate learning.

*A warm up activity designed equally to stimulate the mind and body for play

*A defined court area with an opponent i.e. playing in pairs [as opposed to an artificial feed from a coach] which makes the learning experience “real”.

*Encouraging kids to understand a movement cycle in each shot i.e. ready, respond and recover.

*Giving the pupils a reason to want to learn by using motivating “challenge activities” in each lesson plan.

Learn the game – serve, rally & score

Apart from the serve each shot in tennis is performed in an unpredictable and changing environment, therefore adaptation, is equally, if not more important than learning the “perfect” technique. By learning skills in a variable practice structure, that is, by practicing skills in a variety of different and challenging ways, pupils remember those skills more profoundly than simply by practicing the same skill over and over [e.g. the coach feeding a ball to a forehand repeatedly with little or no relevant decision making] –  in a variable practice structure pupils are basically solving the motor problem anew each time! Hot Shots is the philosophy that tennis, being an open skill sport, should be taught holistically.

Pupils learn to play the game in match situations learning to “serve, rally and score” whilst developing skill sets in context to the game which makes the experience meaningful and real to the pupil. There are many skills sets to be acquired: i.e. reception [perception/anticipation], physical [including F.M.S.], psychological [concentration, developing confidence and self belief], social [cooperation, etiquette] as well as, of course, tactical and technical skills. We treat all skills with equal importance as the game itself requires all the skills sets combined.

Play the Game – a holistic approach

We also encourage kids as soon as possible to play in our Green ball Friday Night Hot Shot League which is a graded competition. As soon as kids are capable of serving, rallying and scoring we recommend kids play competition. In comp kids learn to use the skills taught in coaching whilst playing the game developing their tactical and social skills with qualified coaches as supervisors. Our fun comp has four season, one each term, all year round and has an end of term Party, Pizza & Presentation of trophies.

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