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The Global Website for Tennis Professionals and Enthusiasts! FREE E-BOOK PRACTICE MATCH VARIATIONS In this e-book you will find 20 practice match variations to use in your lessons. The variations can be used in both singles and doubles and are a great way to add variety and excitement to your sessions. Be sure to check the Global Sports Coaching website for 100’s more tennis and fitness drills and ideas to help your coaching and training sessions. We hope you enjoy these drills and feel free to
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  www.globalsportscoaching.com The Global Website for Tennis Professionals and Enthusiasts! FREE E-BOOK PRACTICE MATCH VARIATIONS In this e-book you will find 20 practice match variations to use inyour lessons. The variations can be used in both singles anddoubles and are a great way to add variety and excitement to yoursessions.Be sure to check the Global Sports Coaching website for 100’s moretennis and fitness drills and ideas to help your coaching and trainingsessions.We hope you enjoy these drills and feel free to send this FREE E-BOOK to your friends or include them in your e-zines andnewsletters. Global Sports Coaching Team www.globalsportscoaching.com  www.globalsportscoaching.com PRACTICE MATCH VARIATIONS In addition to practicing the drills found in the Global Sports Coaching Tennis andFitness Manuals it is very important to play points and game situations duringtraining. Constant and repetitive drilling in lessons can lead to boredom, the matchsimulations in this free ebook can help create a healthy competitive environmentamongst your players and squads.By using practice match variations players can still experience the fun and excitmentof competing, while working at a particular aspect the coach designates. In this waythe coach maintains control of the lesson but a “general” hitting session can beavoided.Mix and match the variations listed in this section. For instance match one player who needs to work at their net play, awarding double points for winning volleys;against another player who needs to work at their consistency, penalising them double points for a net error. In this way different players can work at their individualstrengths and weaknesses.You will find these variations will add flavour to your coaching sessions and avoidthe monotony that can occur if students are playing a lot of matches. All thevariations may be played in sets or tie breaker format depending on time constraints.This format of simulating match play will maintain a high competitive spirit amongst players and also create opportunities for different players to succeed.  www.globalsportscoaching.com CONTENTS Singles Match Practice Variation #1:1 serve onlyMatch Practice Variation #2. 2 points for a net winner Match Practice Variation #3. 2 points lost for net error Match Practice Variation #4. 2 points for winning shotMatch Practice Variation #5. 2 points for passing shot or lobMatch Practice Variation #6. 2 points for a drop shot or angle shotMatch Practice Variation #7. 2 points for finishing the point inside 5 shotsMatch Practice Variation #8. 2 points lost for error inside first 5 shotsMatch Practice Variation #9. Ace wins the gameMatch Practice Variation #10. Forehand onlyMatch Practice Variation #11. 3 in a row wins a gameMatch Practice Variation #12. 0 – 30.Match Practice Variation #13. 1 point “knock out” tournamentMatch Practice Variation #14. Davis Cup Team Comp (2 singles, 1 doubles rubber) Doubles Match Practice Variation #15. Serve & volley onlyMatch Practice Variation #16. Formations – TandemMatch Practice Variation #17. Formations – EyeMatch Practice Variation #18Formations – ScissorsMatch Practice Variation #19 Cross court pointsMatch Practice Variation #20 Combo’s  www.globalsportscoaching.com Drill Theme:Practice Match VariationDrill: 1 serve only 1 Objective: Improve specific aspects of match play including 2 nd serve effectiveness and aggressive return of serve Instruction :Play a set or tiebreaker where the server has only 1 fault.Look to work at:-  Improving the 2 nd serve  Starting the point positively but reducing risk   Attacking attitude on return of serve Details :This variation can be a great help for players who are developing their 2 nd serve – introducing a kick serve that will stop their opponent from attacking. Remember…”your game is only as good as your second serve.” John Newcombe Drill Theme:Practice Match VariationDrill: 2 points for net winner 2 Objective: Improve specific aspect of match play including transition between the baseline and net. Playerswill have to play good volleys, but also approach the net at the appropriate time. Instruction :Play a set or tie breaker awarding 2 points to any player who can successfully approach the net andhit a winner volley or overhead.Look to work:-  Tactical use of the approach shot – coming in behind the right shot  Effective volleying including closing in for a put away Scoring and Details :Play this variation to encourage players who camp out at the baseline to move forwards. Althoughall out attack on the net has disappeared from the game, being able to follow a good approach shotinto the net is still a key weapon.
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