Got a young aspiring tennis player look to take the next stage in the tennis journey? Whether they are looking to participate more in tennis or trying to take their game to the next level, squads are a fantastic way to develop their skills even further. Squads thrive in high volume, hitting & game based activities in a social and/or competitive environment. Below are 8 Benefits from Training in a Squad
Kids are placed with players of similar standard depending on how your club organised their squad sessions; whether it be by what grade they play in competition, performance or social squads. Most squads vary in time between 1 hour – 2 hours depending on the age and level.
8 Benefits from Training in a Squad
It is all about hitting. Getting the players hitting repetitively for long periods of time is essential. It ranges from feeding drills, consistency, 2 on 1’s, repetition, getting the heart rate up, match play situations & more.
Practice what you have learnt from your Private
Squads allow you to implement the technique you have learnt with your private coach into practice. Because squads are all about hitting, there is no better time to practice what you are working on. This will get you ready quicker for when you play competition/tournaments.
Playing points are a regular thing in squads for a number of reasons. Implementing what you have learnt earlier in the squad session, or have it be something from your private, is important for player growth. Being able to compete for every shot, and solve decisions on your own marks the pathway of a great tennis player.
We learn technique to achieve the tactical outcomes. Squads are full of tactics. Having good technique is important, but we need to know how to play the game of tennis, and that comes through tactics. Understanding tactics using weapons, consistency, depth, transition, net play, serve & return, are all but a few things your player will utilize to maximize their game potential.
All squads will have competition involved. Competing is healthy. Having our players enjoy competing but also love the game of tennis is a necessity. Tennis is a game that will have a winner & loser. If you compete and have 100% effort then you’ve already won.
Squad environments are team environments. Everyone has their input to the session, they feel safe speaking up, are accountable to one another and can have fun too. We want them to enjoy the game of tennis and feel the environment is allowing them to achieve that feat. High performance squads will have a strong culture around work ethic and ownership, while social squads will have a culture of enjoyment and participation. There is no right or wrong; it is all catered to the individual.
Tennis is an individual sport, however, if you join a squad you can make lots of friend’s. Its a great way to meet new people with the same interests as you, also to create a network of kids you can hit with when you want too. Its also a great way to practice with your team mates from competition.
Tennis is a very tough sport, squads can be very fun when you come to practice with your friends and team mates. Because a lot of squads involve team competitions and activities it can be more enjoyable for some kids rather than privates.
Squads are also very cost effective, with bigger groups and ratios but in turn you get a lot more time on court too.
I currently run a range of different squads. From some that have high performance athletes, to JDS level squads, to players who enjoy the social side of Tennis. Growing up as an aspiring tennis player I had the opportunity to be in many great squad environments that I believe had a positive impact on keeping me in the game, making friends and improving my tennis.
The Early stages of a player’s development are crucial, all squads will have a blend of the themes above, it’s about finding what your player needs most right now. To see what squads are available at your local Vida Club Click Here
Article written by Nick Opasinov Coach at Vida Tennis Essendon