Learning a sport can be difficult for people of all ages. Between covering new motions alongside the rules of the game, there’s a lot to take in. This is why we introduce the fundamentals though a combination of short, memorable teaching cues. Shake Hands ~ Lock It and Block It ~ T, Check, Fire are recognizable phrases for children, and our coaches translate them to tennis techniques. Let’s take a look.
Every match in a TGA program starts with the players shaking hands as a sign of respect and sportsmanship, but that’s not what we’re referring to right now. Shaking hands is also how TGA coaches reinforce properly holding a tennis racquet. Holding the racquet should feel like you are “shaking hands” with it.
Knowing when to use each stroke in tennis is a skill in itself, so our coaches try to make the execution of the strokes as easy as possible. Lock It and Block It is the teaching cue for volleys, a shot used at the net before the ball hits the ground. Players lock their wrist with the racquet in front and block the incoming ball. Sounds easy enough, right?
When it comes to serving, TGA participants are introduced to three types of serves: bounce, drop, and overhand. T, Check, Fire! helps students execute the more complex overhand serve. They form a T with their arms, make a checkmark with their serving hand, and fire away!
Next time you hit the tennis court with your child, keep some of these cues in mind so he or she can consistently practice what was covered in class. Share with a friend with one of the links below and make sure you sign up for one of our upcoming summer camps! There’s still time to join the fun!