The five minute warm up!
A lesson by Coach Mark.
Ok so lets talk about the five minute warm up! Is it for really warming up with someone for a match? NO ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!!
THE WARM UP SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED ALREADY!!
If a team meet you should have warmed up with your team and hit forehands, backhands, volleys, movement and loosening drills and serves.
If in a tournament mom or dad (even if they do not play they can throw balls to you) should have taken you out before your match either on location or preferably off location at least an hour before your first match (if a second or third match of the day and you had a long break of a couple of hours find a off site location away to use to hit at least and hour before next match to get loose again) if less than an hour between matches your warm up just happened in last match!!
WE DO NOT WARM UP DURING THE FIVE MINUTES WITH AN OPPONENT!!
This five minutes is for you to identify the type of player you are facing and their strengths and weaknesses!!
What type of player are you facing?
The serve & volley, return & volley (the kid that moves forward while serving to you, or loves to come up to the net and stay their working on more volleys than anything?
Beat this player with lobs and passing shots down lines!
The backboard player gets everything but never hits hard and waits to set up for every shot?
Beat this player with power and movement, hitting where they are not!
The power baseliner, never moves forward to even try for the ball from the baseline (even lets it bounce twice) usually hits third or fourth shot hard into a corner or down a line!
Beat this player by watching for that shot to come, and good splits steps take power out of the game and use dinks, drops, or push play!
The Dinker, hits everything into service boxes just nice and easy!
Beat this player at the net keep moving forward!
The push player, hits drop or short shots then high and deep!
Beat this player with movement and taking three steps back each time after hitting ball!
The angle player, want to work around every ball and is deadly on hitting those side lines!
Beat this player with Serve/return & Volley and move move move!
The moon baller, hits a bunch of high and deep and keeps pushing you back all day to the fence?
Beat this player by waiting them out for a good hard shot, Stay back and look for that one high ball they hit short to no mans land and overhead IT!
YOU MUST IDENTIFY THE PLAYER YOU ARE PLAYING DURING THOSE FIRST FIVE MINUTES!!
Look for the weakness, like a bad backhand, weak serve or second serve!
look for the strengths like hits down the line constantly or a hard serve that you have to take the power out of!
That is what we in our group look for!!!!!
I can?t tell you how many times at tournaments I have heard someone say (or been told by a parent someone said) about my kids or kids that play for me: ?ohh my kid has got this, this kid can barely play or even hit the ball?
Then BOOM our kid ends up being 3 games up before the player even figures out what happened and they need to change their type of play to match ours! (and don?t forget when that comes to change your type to something else to!)
WE DO NOT GO OUT THERE GIVING AWAY OUR STRENGTHS, WEAKNESS, HARD SERVES, ECT????? during the warm up!
WE JUST HIT THE BALL BACK AND IN PLAY AND WATCH HOW THAT PLAYER PLAYS IT BACK TO US!!!
SAVE YOUR GOOD SHOTS, AND YOUR HARD IN SERVES FOR YOUR MATCH, LIKE VEGAS (OR HUNGER GAMES) PLAY THE ODDS OF HOW MANY YOU HAVE AND HOW MANY THEY WILL!!
BUT REMEMBER THIS AT LEAST 1 IN 10 KIDS ARE TRAINING THE SAME AS YOU SO YOU WILL RUN INTO SOMEONE DOING THIS BACK TO YOU, LOL.
Remember what I teach and say, and you will do good things, Coach Mark
Coaches notes: Many coaches have asked me to let parents know if your child does not have something important to go to on match days PLEASE have your child stay and support the other players in matches. We are as always a team event (not as an individual) and we all want to see the support of all the players and parents!!!!
THIS WEEKS MATCHES IN REVIEW:
The 12's beg team played the Pelham Challengers, it was a good match they lost but lost small 26-30 and this was playing a team with three Intermediate players on it. So my little guys had some great tough matches and where really challenged!