14+ Years Old Yellow Ball Group
(Full Size 78 ft Court; 26”-27” Racket, and Standard Net Height – at the center 36″)
Monday & Wednesday or Tuesday & Thursday
Mentally, emotionally and socially, players of this age are able to concentrate for longer periods, so although they can follow and develop the same task for longer, they also enjoy variation and new challenges. They are more self-assured and confident, so they can enjoy the right level of competition. Now they are more independent and have decided for themselves that tennis is a sport they wish to play, so coaches must make coaching sessions enjoyable and purposeful. At this stage they have responsibilities and leadership skills, so coaches can use opportunities through tennis allows players to develop both. The key skills that still need to be developed for 14-17 years old are:
* Agility, static and dynamic balance and complex body/eye coordination * Strength and core strength flexibility, linear and multidirectional speed acceleration and deceleration
* Endurance * Basic strokes: Forehands and Backhands, Volleys, Serves and Overheads
* Playing points and Scoring * Court Terminology * Mini-Tennis/Match Play.
* Students must be able to rally from the baseline and serve with more confidence, yet needs improvement for match play * Positive stoke reinforcement and foot work drills are some of the tools used to get the player to the next level.
Technically, players can now:
* Advanced players sharpen their technical development, gain tactical and strategic advantages and hone their competitive instincts through situational drills, competitive match play and intensive physical training. *Hit the ball with height, spin and pace and make the ball bounce up at the opponent trying to move them away from the baseline * Hit from all court positions * Use the incoming ball speed to create pace * Contact the ball at a higher point on some shots, sometimes above shoulder height
* Adjust their body height to maintain a position of strength
* Take the ball early Tactically, a player is likely to be able to:
* Integrate more information into their decision making process * Understand the geometry of the court * Know how to create space and time * Understand the strengths and weaknesses of their opponent * Formulate a strategy to “beat” them by making it difficult for them * Use anticipation cues to determine what their opponent is doing
* Start to link shots as part of this plan.
*Advanced players sharpen their technical development, gain tactical and strategic advantages and hone their competitive instincts through situational drills, competitive match play and intensive physical training.
These players are committed to the game, and want to compete in USTA tournaments.