The Team That Practices Together…

Playing on a team, whether as a junior or an adult, is one of the most enjoyable aspects of tennis for many players. You can play with a regular partner or pair up with different teammates each match. You also get to compete against new people and play under more intense match pressure.

In addition to league matches, team practices should be an integral part of your experience. You burn calories, socialize with your friends, and improve your game.

How to Organize a Team Practice

Before choosing a coach for your team practices, talk with your teammates about their goals. Make sure everyone is on the same page regarding how much hitting, playing, and exercising the practice will provide. Ask your teammates to list, in order of their interest, the following practice goals:

  • Stroke instruction
  • Strategy instruction
  • Burning calories
  • Playing live-ball competitive points vs. dead-ball basket feeding

Once you know what your teammates want in a practice session, find a tennis coach at and let him or her know how you want your team practices structured. This will help your coach create the perfect lessons by integrating the right drills into each session.

Hiring a Coach for Team Practices

A trained coach not only knows about strokes and shots, but also understands how to coordinate more than four players on a court. Good tennis pros don’t make you stand in a line, hit one ball and then run to the end of the line. Group tennis lessons should keep you moving instead of standing around listening to lectures on proper form and technique. professionals know how to coach (not just teach) you and your teammates how to hit shots – not just strokes. When you play your next match, you should recognize the same situations you recently practiced with your coach.

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