This is a great story about a former Everyball tennis player and now rower.Harry Glenister (brother to Oscar) played tennis at Halton until he was 17. He was coached by Jemima and was in Danny's Tuesday squad. He made a decision to stop playing tennis (sad for us and tennis) in order to concentrate on his rowing.
We're really proud of you Harry and great to hear about all your success. Keep up the great work, you are a great example to all our players in terms of living out the Everyball ethos of 'exploring your becoming self with courage and creativity' in your chosen sport.
All the very best in Bulgaria!! (See Harry pictured below with proud Mum Flo who also plays tennis at Halton)
I love how early Federer is onto the shorter ball here in his match against Mischa Zverev last Saturday.
He sees it so early and makes contact whilst ball is still rising taking time away from his opponent and enabling him to establish fantastic court position to make his split step and cover the volley. Notice how low and wide his base is on the split step. Boringly brilliant once again from the maestro.
This is just a reminder that the Great Missenden Tournament is closing on the 16th of July.
We are running a Tournament Support Training camp around this tournament, this involves a pre tournament training camp on the Saturday the 29th followed by tournament support each day at the event and a post tournament training camp on friday the 4th August.
if you would like more infomation or to sign up to the Tournament Training camp please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Even if you are unable to attend the training camp on Saturday you are more than welcome to access tournament support on the days. Again please contact Chris to arrange this.
A few nice pointers here from Timea Bacsinszky in her match against Agnieszka Radwanska on Saturday.
- well coordinated rhythmical use of arms - 'left arm up, right arm back' separation
- arrives at the pre-throw position as ball is at the apex of the toss
- when racket in fully cocked (dropped position) legs are at full extension. Note at this point hips are still 'side-on'
- Strong leg/hip drive 'up' with bend forward of upper body to contact
- the throwing action is finished whilst she is still air-born but due to her elevation she does not land so far inside court
- strong 'arabesque' position on landing
- quick recovery in preparation for ball 3
- early turn of shoulders to prepare racket to 'beat the bounce of the incoming ball'
- great 'loading' position - note how weight is stored on back foot before front foot hits the court; this will enable her to drive out of the back leg and transfer weight and racket speed into the shot
- turn of the back knee towards the net fires her hip and enables upper body to rotate through towards contact
- excellent head position, chin over right shoulder, level and still
- from a high cocked position, racket is successfully dropped below contact point to add topspin to the shot
- contact beautifully out in front of body, waist high and to the side, with a stable base (you can't fire a cannon from a canoe!!)
- great racket extension out towards target area followed by full follow through to complete body rotation
No wonder this combination of serve and backhand attack produced an error from her opponent.
By responsibility I mean an 'ability to respond' to the demands of the sport with a growing sense of ownership, autonomy and self-regulation
The concept of P.R.I.D.E is fundamental in this - a Personal Responsibility In Developing Excellence.
The basic equation is this:
The greater the personal responsibility we take in our own learning and development AND for the associated behaviours, outcomes and results, the greater the 'cause' we build to fight for when we step onto the match court.
Not only this, we build a much greater sense of self-efficacy, confidence and belief.
Examples of how you can begin to take more P.R.I.D.E:
- come to each lesson with your own agenda of what you'd like to work on with your coach
- set up your own practice sets/hits
- monitor your own levels of effort/attitude - don't alway rely on the coach to bring the energy/motivation!
- hit a basket of serves each day/week
- take care of your own 'at home' physical programme - stretching, rolling, core
- on a free weekend, go for a run/bike/swim
- develop your own competitive programme to present to your coach/parents
- take care of your own pre and post match/training prep
- set you own goals, pack you own bag, fill up your own water bottle in the morning, make your own lunch
- travel to a tournament on your own (when old enough) by train or bus
- reflect on your matches/training (use a whats app group with your team)
- research the internet for useful tips/information
- know your sport/industry - how does the ATP/WTA tour work? What are the levels? Get to junior Wimbledon and see!
- Research how to get into US/GB University tennis
The list goes on and on! Players, if you are fully reliant on your parents/coaches for these things, you are not developing Responsibility or any sense of 'becoming the captain of your own ship' and you're very unlikely to develop the GRIT required for top level sport.
Coaches and parents. A word for us. If we keep 'doing stuff' and 'rescuing' our players/kids we'll never give them the chance to take responsibility.
Invite CHOICE in your athletes/children. Telling does not engage any grey matter!!
Choice invites decisions. Decisions encourage ownership. Ownership encourages responsibility. Responsibility invites change.
And ultimately, each day we have the choice to take responsibility for our emotions/behaviours/results OR to place blame elsewhere and onto others.
'The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely to be the one who dropped it in the first place.' (Lou Holtz)
Next up - Resilience.