Game Situations and Strategies

[caption id="attachment_1646" align="alignright" width="200"] Coach Fran Davis[/caption] A strategy is a method of achieving a specific goal or end result, which is to play your best to win the match. Your strategy helps you carry out your plan. If you just step out on the court without a plan and a particular strategy, you will be doomed from the start. You will always be reacting to the situation rather than creating the situation. You are in a much better position to win when creating the situation right from the beginning of the match.  (more…)

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How Important Are Routines?

We are creatures of habit and perform best when there are no surprises. In order to obtain optimal performance levels, you need a pre-performance routine. All successful athletes thrive on routines that help their mind and body to relax and focus on the essentials of the upcoming competition. Everything in sports is a learned behavior, so each consistent pre-competition routine that an athlete does automatically sets up an ideal performance state. If these routines are performed regularly, then the athlete is on automatic pilot and enters each competition in the ideal performance state. (more…)

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2 Common Serve-Return Errors, and How to Fix Them

[caption id="attachment_5674" align="alignright" width="300"] Rocky in return of serve position during the 2014 US Open UnitedHealthcare championships. Photo by restrungmag.com[/caption] After you return a serve, one of your goals is to get back into center court (behind the dotted line that marks the safety zone and in a box about 6' x 6' toward the back) by moving forward as quickly as possible to regain control of that key area and the match. Basically, your returns should be ceiling balls and passes to get the server out of the middle and so you can cover the return to your shot. Where you stand in the

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What’s the Purpose of the Return of Serve?

When you return the serve you are positioned in the back of the court about 2-3 feet from the back wall. You are as far away from the front wall as possible, which is the target and you are on defense. Unlike the Server, who is positioned in the middle of the court approximately 20 feet from the front wall, and is hitting the ball out of their hand. The server is in total control and is on offense. (more…)

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