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Here are samples from the three Forums:

Match Forum

In this section you will have access to valuable coaching information. You will learn what the top college coaches say to their players before, during or after a match. Of course, every player is different and what works for one player may not work for another. But by recalling and sharing their actual "match stories" these top coaches will help provide a valuable service. You can also e-mail us coaching questions that we will address to our panel.

Here's an example of the match-coaching forum:

What have you told a player after she/he has been broken?

"To think about the future and not dwell on what has happened. They need to focus on what's coming up by making a good high percentage return. For example, on the first point if they serve wide to my player I want them to return crosscourt and put the pressure back on the opponent. They can get the momentum back on the first two points."

Jamie Ashworth
Coached 19 All-Americans
#1 Ranked Team in the Country (six weeks in 2003)
Duke University Women's Coach

Here are some other examples of questions that are answered in our Match Coaching Forum.

  • What have you told a player after she/he won the first set?
  • What have you told a player after she/he lost the first set?
  • What are some ideas you provide to a doubles team before a match?
  • What do you look for when scouting an opponent?
  • How do you evaluate a match after a loss?
  • What do you say to a player before a match with a seeded player?
  • What have you told a player as she/he is serving for the set?
  • What are some of the ideas you offer a player before a match?

Pro Business Forum

In this section you will have access to valuable information concerning the tennis teaching business. You will hear from top tennis professionals about challenging topics. By sharing their expertise and experience these “Master Professionals” will provide a valuable service to teaching professionals. You can also e-mail us questions that we will address to our panel. 

Here's an example of the Pro Business Forum:

Who should pay for teaching balls?

A few years ago, I did a survey on the "pet peeves" of students toward tennis pros. One of the items that came back strongly was about the quality of the teaching balls when someone is receiving a lesson. It is hard to justify spending a great deal of money on a lesson when dead balls are being fed to the student to correct/learn a skill in tennis. In my opinion, balls should be replaced at least every 4 to 6 weeks. A basket of balls holds around 200 balls. A can of "seconds" runs about $1.60 - $1.80 a can of three balls. A pro should be able to spend around $130.00 to replace its "teaching tools" often. The question who pays for them is very simple. If the club is taking a percentage of the pros from their income of lessons, then the club should replace them. If the pro is independent contractor, then the pro should pay for them. If a director of tennis/head tennis pro is taking a percentage of the assistants' lessons, then the director/head pro should pay for them.

In our club, we take a percentage of the pros' lesson income. We replace all teaching baskets at the same time every four to six weeks depending on the tear and wear. The old balls are donated to the schools and nursing homes.

Fernando Velasco
USPTA Master Professional

Top 5 Ways To Convince The Club To Buy The Teaching Balls?

  1. It is a way to increase my pay without having to pay payroll taxes.
  2. If the club owns the ball machine, I will rotate my teaching balls to the ball machine so the club will not have a ball expense.
  3. I will set up a basket with practice balls for the members to use so the teaching balls will not wear out as fast.
  4. I surveyed the clubs in the area and this % provides the balls for their instructional programs. Here is a budget that includes rotating new balls in on a 3-4 week basis. Our members pay a premium for lessons and a great member service is to the best balls for their lessons.
  5. I will provide all the balls for social events and league matches. The balls from these events can be used to make the teaching balls last longer. Provide a drop off container for members to turn in their balls from recently played matches, thereby reduce the cost of providing balls.

Ken DeHart
PTR/USPTA Master Professional

Mental Forum

In this section you will have access to valuable information on coaching mental skills. You will learn what the leading sport psychologists say to players before or after a match. Of course, every player is different and what works for one player may not work for another. But by sharing their techniques these "Mental Toughness Consultants" will provide a valuable service to coaches and their players. You can also e-mail us coaching questions that we will address to our panel.

Here's an example of the Mental Game Forum:

Can You Teach Mental Toughness?

Yes! A good start is to provide a step by step Pre-Serve and Pre-Return of Serve routine to FOCUS ATTENTION to start each point. A consistent routine triggers the serve and return giving the athlete the best opportunity to be proactive on each point.

For a Five-Step Pre-Serve Routine:

  1. Inhale = Shoulders rise and Exhale = Shoulders drop
  2. Clearly choose type of serve; slice, spin or flat
  3. Bounce the ball for rhythm
  4. See and feel your target
  5. Reach up, face up and go!

For a Five-Step Return of Serve Routine:

  1. Inhale = Shoulders rise and Exhale = Shoulders drop
  2. Clearly choose type of return; drive, block, chip and charge, lob and your target; crosscourt, down the line, through the server
  3. Ready position; balanced and ready to move through each return
  4. See and feel your return
  5. Lock in at the top of the server's toss and go!

As your Pre-Serve and Pre-Return Routines become consistent, You will mentally be in each and every point!

Dr. Bryce Young
President, Peak Performance Training

Dr. Bryce Young's Peak Performance Psychology Program has benefited 160 varsity teams at over 100 schools and universities. Dr. Young can be reached at Email: drbryceyoung@aol.com or telephone (843) 681-7171.

Coach Bob Bayliss, Men's Tennis Coach at Notre Dame University said of Dr. Young, "Two months after Dr. Young spoke to my team we beat the #7,5,3,and 1 ranked teams in the NCAA Championships, reaching the final. He left his mark on us!"



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