The Junior Tennis Training Academy is offering a special program this summer. This year’s Junior Tennis Training Academy is going to offer an introduction to the sport of tennis for younger players OR continuing advancements of tennis technique for older players whose technique is better established. Each session and class of the training will be specifically designed based on age and skill level of the individual class; for instance, younger player classes will likely have a more high-impact and energy-demanding focus on techniques and skills which are more easily abused and more easily disrupted. A more mature player will likely be looking to develop endurance, footwork, and agility which are less easily disrupted. These are the skills that are going to be most easily developed with a dedicated amount of focused practice.
The Purpose And The Drills
The purpose of junior tennis training academies is to provide kids with an opportunity to gain strength, coordination, flexibility, and endurance that will help them gain success as skilled tennis players as they continue to develop and improve their skills throughout their careers. Tennis serves as a competitive sport in several different capacities, but serves especially well as a way to build these necessary skills. Young athletes who participate in a tennis academy will learn tennis techniques through drills and exercises which are designed to create the foundation for peak performance. These drills and exercises are then practiced on a specialized court with other young athletes and advanced students.
This is not a drill-and Drill regiment that coaches might send out on a regular basis. But rather a drill that provides an opportunity for kids to experience the feeling of playing in a controlled environment with their peers. It also gives kids a chance to see what they can do under pressure and in what situations. And, as they continue to play tennis and other sports, kids continue to expand their base of skills, develop their sense of self-confidence, and realize that with practice and perseverance, any given talent or skill can blossom into a successful career. Junior tennis coaching academies provide kids with an opportunity to take the next step and fulfill their dreams.
Junior tennis coaching academies can be compared to school gyms. There are typically coaches and trainers to work with a kid’s individual needs, but the gyms provide the resources and strength to turn potential into a star. A kid can learn all they need to know about proper form, how to get out from underneath the weight of a serve, how to volley effectively, and develop the mental focus needed to succeed at the sport. In a typical junior academy, there may be a single tennis player who may be assigned the responsibility of handling practice and every day drills. This player will learn to perform drills and exercises based on the coach’s instructions and custom build a routine for each player that will allow them to grow, develop, and maintain their talents on the court.
Strength And Conditioning Exercises
Junior tennis academies teach players tennis specific strength and conditioning exercises that allow for peak performance in each match play. There are many different drills used, including endurance exercises, core strength exercises, and balance drills. Each of these drills requires specific motor skills that are built up over time and on a regular basis. For example, a tennis player’s ability to sprint and change direction both at the speed of the swing and the speed of the movement must be honed. These skills will be tested during the winter-spring sessions and into the next season of play.
The first thing a player will learn during their winter-spring sessions is basic tennis specific skills such as how to hit the ball back and forth, how to serve, how to return, how to forehand, and how to racket back. Every player should learn to master these skills before moving on to the more advanced drills. After these drills, players will move on to their daily tennis specific strength and conditioning exercises. These are designed to improve strength and flexibility and build endurance for a long, hard, and effective game.
In the winter-spring session, junior tennis fitness coaches will include a heavy strength and conditioning program in their curriculum. A proper strength and conditioning program will increase player confidence and help prevent injuries that may occur throughout a season. A good exercise program for junior tennis players should include lifting weights and working out. Additionally, tennis fitness coaches should include plyometrics-type exercises to improve agility, speed, and strength.
In The End
The importance of strength and conditioning for young age players can never be overemphasized. It allows players the freedom to perform at their highest potential. However, it also helps young age players reduce injuries that could result in prolonged time off the court. As well, it enables players to develop balance, which comes in handy on the court. And it allows young age players to develop their muscular coordination, which is essential for a player’s mental attitude.