TENNIS COACHES INTRODUCTION
SECTION I: WORLD CLASS TENNIS
PARENTING AND COACHING
A. The Athlete’s Organizational Blueprint
1) Nurturing a Deliberate Customized Plan
2) Personality Profiling: Mental and Physical Predispositions
3) Identifying the Parental Objective
4) Developing a Family Philosophy
5) Cultivating Life Lessons through Tennis
7) Player-Coach: Initial Information Exchange
8) Nurturing Athletic Royalty
9) Identifying the Levels of Competitive Tennis
10) Considering the Economics of Tennis
11) Establishing Expectations and Guidelines
12) The College Scholarship Process
B. The Tennis Parent’s Job Description
1) Introduction to the Tennis Parent’s Job Description
2) The Three Phases of Athletic Development
3) Positive versus Negative Psychology
4) Elite Tennis Parent Job Post
5) The Formula for Achieving Results
6) The Tennis Parent’s ACTUALS: Job Descriptions
7) Player/Parent Harmony
8) Negative Parental Behaviors to Avoid
9) Planning the Tournament Schedule
10) Sample Weekly Training Schedule
11) Periodization Training
12) The Tournament Player’s Cycle
AT THE QUICKEST RATE
A. The Science of Match Day Preparation
1) Equipment Preparation
2) Opponent Profiling
3) Match Day Stretching
4) Pre-Match Warm-Up Rituals
5) Pre-Match Visualization and Imagery
6) The Value of a Pre-Match Jog
7) Match Day Entourage Support
8) Pre-Match Entourage Communication
9) Post-Match Entourage Communication and Responsibilities
10) Match Charting and Types of Charts
11) Match Day Video Analysis
B. Navigating the Athlete’s Pathway
1) Identifying and Motivating Talent
2) Keys to Accelerating Learning
3) Managing Accelerated Learning
4) Finding the Right Teaching Professional
5) Signs of a High IQ Tennis Coach
6) The “Pros and Cons” of High School Tennis
7) The “Pros and Cons” of Tennis Academies
SECTION III: THE MENTAL AND
EMOTIONAL TENNIS COMPONENTS
A. The Mental Components: Strategies and Tactics
1) Strategy Made Easy
2) A New Way to Look at Strategy
3) Ten Essential Components of the Mentally Tough Competitor
4) How to Build Mental Toughness
5) Developing Your Athlete’s Top 7 Patterns
6) Tipping Point Tendencies
7) Opponent Profiling
8) The Art of Consistency
9) How to Beat a Moonball/Retrievers
10) Ten Secrets to Stop Self-Destruction
B.The Emotional Components:
1) Performance Anxiety Symptoms and Causes
2) Curing Performance Anxiety
3) Improving Confidence and Low Self-Esteem
4) Between Point Rituals and Change-Over Rituals
5) Losing Versus Getting Beat
6) How to Close Out a Match
SECTION IV: COMMON QUESTIONS & SOLUTIONS
A. Practice Session Dramas
1) Why does our coach inject laughter into training?
2) Even after a practice set, the first thing my dad asks is, “Did you win?”
3) Why is avoiding performance anxiety in practice bad?
4) Why is it hard for some athletes to make changes?
5) What causes my son’s game day emotional train wrecks?
6) Why is repetition so important in developing athletic royalty?
7) Why does my child play great in practice but horrible in matches?
8) How can we help supersize practice sessions?
9) What is quality practice?
10) My mom only wants me to play with better players, then goes psycho when I lose. Is that right?
11) In scheduling practice sets, what should my daughter focus on?
12) Is the game of doubles really that important anymore?
1) Internal Struggles
a) What does emotional conduct have to do with winning?
b) What’s the difference between emotional and intellectual ability?
c) Coaches always say “focus!” But what should my daughter focus on?
d) My child’s mind wanders off in matches, how can we fix that?
e) How can we help our son overcome his on-court anger?
f) How do we help our daughter re-commit to her tennis?
g) How do we spot tennis burn-out?
h) My son is in a slump. How can we help him through this stage?
2) Handling Gamesmanship
a) I see the balls out, my son sees them in. What gives?
b) What forms of gamesmanship should my daughter expect in tournament tennis?
c) What are the solutions to confronting gamesmanship?
d) Why does my daughter become irrational
e) My son wants harmony on the court, so he won’t do anything to stop a cheater. What
can we do?
f) What should my daughter do if her opponent
g) How can we help our son with his fear of confrontation?
h) My child is scared to call an umpire to the
court. How can we help?
i) When should juniors begin to develop counter-gamesmanship skills?
j) What can we do if our sons doesn’t call out balls out?
k) Should athletes employ legal gamesmanship tactics?
l) What is pre-match gamesmanship/intimidation?
C. Parental Accountability
1) What is a developmental blue print?
2) What does a top player’s weekly training schedule look like?
3) My son isn’t that serious. Does he still need a plan?
4) What are secondary strokes?
5) What determines my daughter’s best playing style?
6) After a loss, why should athletes go back to the site to watch other athletes?
7) Should parents be discouraged or encouraged to watch practice?
8) Are you a helicopter parent?
9) My son says I’m negative. How do I push him nicely?
10) What can my wife and I do to prepare our daughter for the onslaught of the mental and emotional demands of the game?
11) My husband wants it more than my son. Can you talk to him?
12) Is proper nutrition and hydration really that important?
13) Can you clarify the nutritional myths surrounding tennis?
14) What are the benefits of physical training?
15) How will improved fitness accelerate my child’s game?
1) What are the hidden skill sets of champions?
2) What are some of the hidden roadblocks and myths found in high performance tennis?
3) Why do some athletes thrive under extreme pressure and some melt down?
4) Why do some juniors see a performance review as character assassination?
5) What is drive time training?
6) Should my son copy Nadal?
7) My daughter is losing to players she use to beat.
Can you help?
8) How can we assist our son in decreasing his
9) My daughter watches the tennis channel all day.
Is that helping?
10) I believe my son’s perfectionism is interfering with
his performance. Got any tips?
11) How can my daughter let go of her perfectionism?
12) What are your Champions Pledges I read about?
13) Should my son use a daily focus journal?
SECTION V: PARENT AND PLAYER REALITY CHECK
A.Parent Reality Check
1) What’s Your Parental/Coaching Style?
2) Parent/Player Communication Checklist
3) Are you a “Crazy” Tennis Parent?
B.Player Reality Check
1) Are you a Contender or Pretender?
2) Does Your Child Needs Mental/Emotional Training?
3) Physical, Mental and Emotional Reality Check
4) The Reality of “Going Pro?”
SECTION VI: TOP 50 TENNIS PARENT BLUNDERS & CURES
A. Nurturing Character Blunders
1) Ignoring your Personality and Body Type
2) Parent’s Don’t Need Guidance
3) Being an Unaccountable Parent
4) Underestimating the Success Formula
5) Avoiding Character Building
6) Encouraging Dependency
7) Talking Economics Before /After a Match
8) Thinking Perfect Strokes are Mandatory
9) Managing Without a “Hollywood” Script
10) Ignoring Off Court Training, Proper Nutrition and Hydration
B. Maintaining Positive Communication Blunders
1) Not Acknowledging Your Child’s Efforts
2) Keeping Them on the Tournament Trail
3) Playing Them Up Too Soon
4) Talking at Visual Learners
5) Parents Words Not Matching Their Actions
6) Ignoring Your Non-Verbal Communication
7) Being Arrogant to Lower Ranked Players and Their Parents
8) Criticizing Other Players
9) Talking about Your Child’s Peers
C. Navigating Tournament Blunders
1) Being In- Flexible
2) Under Valuating the Importance of Life Skills
3) Neglecting Pre-Match Routines
4) Refusing to Play Them Down, When it Might Pump Them Up
5) Forgetting They Must Be Present to Win
6) Watching Their Matches versus Charting and Video Taping
7) Expecting Your Child to Win Their First Few Big Events
8) Worrying About Things Beyond Your Control
D.Optimal State of Mind Blunders
1) Overlooking Goal Setting
2) Outcome Oriented Questions and Negative Remarks
3) Focusing Only on Aptitude and Overlooking Attitude
4) Assuming Your Teen is Organized and Accountable
5) Misunderstanding Choking Under Stress
6) Misunderstanding Panicking Under Stress
7) Freaking Them Out Before a Final
8) Postponing Happiness
E.Accelerated Growth Blunders
1) Not Seeing Stumbling Blocks as Stepping Stones
3) Focusing Only on Strokes
4) Believing Quantity of Court Time is Quality Court Time
5) Neglecting Between Point and Change Over Rituals
6) Ignoring Their B and C Game Plans
7) Overlooking the Pain Principle
8) Assuming That Tennis Speed is Only Foot Speed
F.Intelligent Training Blunders
1) Not Having an Entourage
2) Being Oblivious to Periodization
3) Neglecting Smart Work
4) Encouraging “One Set Wonders”
5) Putting Them in the Crowd to Get Ahead of the Crowd?
6) Believing Weekly Lessons are Enough
7) Going into Battle Unprepared
SECTION VII: CUSTOMIZED PLAYER EVALUATION
A.Introduction Player Evaluation Forms
1) Cultivating Life Lessons
2) Organizing Your Career and Your Team
3) Off-Court Training
4) Match Day Preparation
5) On-Court Physical (Primary & Secondary Strokes)
6) On-Court Emotional (Issues & Solutions)
7) On-Court Mental (Tactic & Strategies)
B. Player Ranking Analysis
1) Ranking Goals
2) Advanced Tournament Match Log
3) Intermediate Tournament Match Log
4) Weekly Planner
5) Top Seven Patterns
6) Tennis Bag “Cheat Sheet”
SECTION VIII: TENNIS INDUSTRY
A. Professional Player and Coach Interviews
1) Johan Kriek- 2-Time ATP Grand Slam Champion
2) Nick Saviano – WTA Professional Coach
3) Sam Sumyk- WTA Professional Coach
4) Stevie Johnson- ATP Professional
5) Sam Querrey- ATP Professional
B. College Coach Interviews
1) Peter Smith -Men’s Head Coach University of Southern California
2) Collin Foster- Women’s Head Coach
Wichita State University
3) Robert Dallas- Women’s Head Coach
C. Parent Interview
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