Building A High School Tennis Program

John McWilliams all by John McWilliams

Director of Tennis
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Tennis requires a great deal of physical strength, skill, and strategy - just as football, basketball, and other sports do. Just ask the folks who are doing the coaching! But, Tennis isn't always thought of as a "team" sport. Maybe that's why High School Tennis Teams don't always enjoy the same level of "recognition" within High School Athletics as other sports. The challenge for the High School Tennis Coach is taking this "one-on-one" sport and turning it into a Team sport. In this video series, Coach John McWilliams, Tennis Director at Huntingdon College, discusses the steps to building a successful High School Tennis Program. From pre-season essentials to Tennis Practice Organization, this series has it all!

Building A High School Tennis Team: The Coach's Role

The challenge for the High School Tennis Coach is to take this one-on-one sport and turn it into a Team sport. How? In this introduction to building a High School Tennis Program, Coach outlines the responsibilities and challenges of the Tennis Coach. Don't be discouraged! Coach also gives some practical ways to meet these challenges.

Building a High School Tennis Team: Pre-Season Essentials

Tennis Teams don't always enjoy the same level of "recognition" within High School Athletics as other sports. To establish a respected High School Tennis Team, it's important to begin with a pre-season meeting, establishing rules, and setting the right attitude for the season. Rules can be tricky though. Coach has some advice on rule setting in this video that will help you establish realistic - and enforceable - rules.

Building A High School Tennis Team: Pre-Season Essentials Part 2

All this work and the season hasn't even started! Building a successful Tennis Team requires commitment. Coach continues to discuss the essential steps in Pre-Season preparation. From setting criteria for the Captain of the Tennis Team to Academics and the Parent Meeting, there's lots of work to do before your Tennis Team gets to the court.

Tennis Practice Organization: Physical Training

A successful Tennis Practice is organized around three components: Physical Training, Drills, and Practice Matches. Physical Training is the focus here. Coach gives specifics on training techniques and timeframes for training during practice. The key? Keep it simple.

Tennis Practice Organization: Drills

To be successful in Tennis, players have to be able to keep the ball in the court and hit directional shots. How do they master these skills? Drills! Drills "improve a player's shot making ability and consistency." Coach explains the details of incorporating drills into a team's daily practice routine and offers resources for Feeding and Live-Ball Drills.

Tennis Practice Organization: Drills and Practice Matches

Coach continues his discussion of practice drills demonstrating the use of targets on the court and his coaching approach to the Compact Swing. Once the drills are done, it's time to put those skills into action! Practice Matches wind up this Tennis Practice. Tie Breakers. Doubles. Challenge Matches. The real challenge is to make each and every Tennis Practice meaningful. These tips will help you do just that!