Jemima and Gemma talk 'respect'

The first of a four part mini-series where we talk about the 4 life-skills that we uniquely develop through the game with Everyball Tennis.

Not only to serve us in life outside tennis, developing Respect, Resilience, Responsibility, and Reflection help us become better competitors and players here and now!

Here, I ambush Jemima King and Gemma Elliott-Wetton as they have a quiet bit of lunch yesterday.

Disruptions - could they be good for us?

Sometimes we have an experience that doesn't fit within our particular framework of understanding, beliefs, values even.

Call it a disruption.

New York Times Bestselling Author Rob Bell writes in his new book:

'It's disruptions that are often the catalysts for our growth.  You travel, you taste, you meet new people from other tribes, you read new things, you hear new perspectives, you see data or research you hadn't seen before - and you discover that your previous way of categorising and labelling and believing aren't adequate.

You have a choice in that moment: you either ignore or deny or minimise your experience, or you open yourself up to the very real pain of leaving that way of understanding behind.

This is often incredibly exciting and liberating, but it can also have a traumatic dimension to it, like the carpet in being yanked out from under you.  Like the stable ground you've been walking on for so long is now trembling.

And you you can't go back.

Once you've tasted, you can't untaste.

Once you've seen, you can't unsee.'

Eyes up and looking forward...

Keep looking up and forward. Eyes ahead and on the prize (whatever you've determined that to be). What's the NSHJ (next small helpful job) to get you closer to where you want to be? One step at a time. Hope you're having a great week? (Thanks Chris Duffin for this pic!)

Check out our new 4R 5-day summer tennis camp programme! (What are the 4Rs??)

See this link for a short interview on the 4 Rs. What are they??

Our brand new 4R 5 day summer camps launching soon....

Posted by Halton UK on Tuesday, June 13, 2017

A pattern is only a pattern when something repeats

It may be a single shot or combination of shots you're looking to execute on a regular basis and it's known in tennis as a pattern of play, relentlessly drilled in on the practice court so as to become second nature on the match court.

There are generic patterns that we see across the game and more personal individualised patterns that depend largely on a player's strengths/weaknesses and game style.

Laying down your patterns in a match brings about an increase in confidence by reducing the potential anxiety brought on by the uncertainty of what to do/shot to play next and generally means that you are in a position to dictate terms.  Knowledge of your opponent's favourite patters helps you to counter them with the objective of blunting their strengths.

An example of a generic pattern would be using the 'double opener' when serving.  A right-hander from the deuce court might look to slide the serve out wide and then attack the space into the open court.   Individualising this pattern could be linked to whether you attack the space with an early backhand or get around the ball to use an inside-out forehand (this of course could be determined by the speed of the opponent's return).  

What are your 'go to' patterns of play?  Can you write them down?  Are you drilling them consistently on the practice court so they become second nature on the match court? 


Top 10 fine-able offences on the doubles court as agreed by the RAF Mens A squad

From RAF Mens 'A' Team training last week, here are our top 10 fine-able offences on the doubles court:

1.  Lack of communication between points, not having a plan

2.  Failure to close down the net on a kill opportunity

3.  Passive team movement - playing safe/not to lose

4.  Playing the 'blame game' - courts, umpires, opponents, conditions, etc

5.  Getting passed through the middle

6.  Failure to make opposition 'play' on break points, especially off 2nd serve return

7.  Hollywood hitting - going for the low % spectacular shot

8.  2+ doubles faults per game

9.  Backing off the net in any situation other than defence

10.  Lack of energy! (especially getting out of the chair at change of ends)!

Any advances on these??