This is the Minis’ first contact with the rotational throw. They have to learn that they should throw the large ball from the side and not from the front.

ROTATIONAL THROW FROM A STANDING POSITION

  • The coach feeds the ball.
  • The kids should catch the ball on the side of their bodies and then throw it back to the coach “over the mini-net” with a rotational throw.
Teaching aids:
  • Large ball (football or volleyball)
Goal of training:
  • Familiarizing the players with the upper body rotation required to hit the forehand and backhand

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ROTATIONAL THROW FROM THE FOREHAND SIDE ON THE RUN

Running parallel to the net
  • The children start running from the outside of the court and close to the net (on the backhand side).
  • The coach throws the ball into their path.
  • The player catches the ball after 2 – 3 meters of running and throws it smoothly back to the coach.
  • After that, the player runs back to the partner and gives a “high five”.
Teaching aids:
  • Large ball (football or volleyball)
Goal of training:
  • Familiarizing the players with the upper body rotation required to hit a forehand
  • Training the type of running required for tennis
  • A playful way to learn natural footwork

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ROTATIONAL THROW ON THE RUN

Diagonal run forwards
  • The children start behind the first baseline in the mini-court (on the backhand side).
  • The coach throws a short ball over the net.
  • The player catches the ball after 3 – 4 m of running and throws it smoothly back to the coach.
  • After that, the player runs back to the partner and gives him/her a “high five”.
Teaching aids:
  • Large ball (football or volleyball)
Goal of training:
  • Developing forehand shots on the run
  • Training the type of running required for tennis
  • Learning natural footwork through playful means

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