My METHODOLOGY of the training development includes working with athletes as a holistic process, as a coach being a mentor equipping them with tools to take control over the situation at the times of the challenges, to build resilience at the times when feeling of giving up and to understand the importance of overcoming the limits that usually athletes establish by themselves.
Firstly, it’s important to create an encouraging and supportive environment.
CREATING THE TENNIS ENVIRONMENT:
- Equipping juniors to understand the importance of practicing for excellence
- Equipping juniors to be aware of the importance of the process and long term goals
- Equipping juniors to be aware of the importance of overcoming self imposed limitations
- Creating awareness of the importance of the positives in the feelings and of dopamine as a happy neurotransmitter
Secondly, athletes need to understand that their development is never ending process and that true satisfaction and excellence comes from challenging themselves on everyday based.
THE TENNIS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM should:
- Enables the players to understand and use all dimensions of the strokes
- Provide challenging mind goals of the exercise (consistent awareness of the time and space)
- Make juniors understand the technical tactical points of the exercise (body position in space and related to the opponent)
- Create an environment of self evaluation, self control and self correction of their attitude and their game
- Thirdly, my training program needs to provide to my players the need of control and simple adjustability through variations in the technical-tactical structure.
THE TRAINING POINTS:
- Creating the understanding of the keeping opponent out of balance
- Creating the understanding of keeping the opponent guessing
- Creating the spatial- temporal pressure to the opponent
- Keeping the opponent off the comfort zone of hitting
- Two strokes method, creating the patterns of movement and expectations
- Focusing on anticipation and not participation (attack and counter attack)
- Focusing on the control of the point constraining the opponents level of expectation
- Constraining the opponents spatial- temporal dimension and the ability to create options for the best decision
- Making the body of the player physically ready for the demands of the game (physical conditioning)
- Aggressive movement and fast eye-foot-arm-opponent body coordination in space and time
- Aggressive serve and return game
- Changing the pace of the ball and dimensions of the direction of the stroke