Dear TCI Member,
Below please find the latest news from Tennis Coach Ireland. Let me know if you have any news, comments or suggestions of your own that you would like to share with other members.
All the best,
THIS MONTH’S KEY ISSUE: Has your club registered to take part in AIG National Tennis Day? All coaches should be heavily involved in encouraging their clubs to hold an Open Day on or around NTD. See www.nationaltennisday.ie for full details. Tennis Xpress ties in perfectly with NTD as an introductory programme for new members – see Roger Geraghty’s presentation on Tennis Xpress at http://vimeo.com/66893638.
PREVENTING ANOTHER TRAGEDY
Please read this: http://goo.gl/zjU5W. Then can I ask you to ask yourself and your committee if there is anything that needs to be done at the facilities where you teach that could prevent a similar tragedy happening again?
NEW TENNIS BOOK PUBLISHED- ‘CHAMPIONSHIP TENNIS’ by Frank Giampaolo with Jon Levey
Human Kinetics has just published this innovative book. The main author, Frank Giampaolo, worked for many years with Vic Braden, and Frank’s students have won ATP and WTA Tour singles and doubles titles. The book kicks off by dealing comprehensively with a subject that is rarely touched upon: how to profile a player (both physically and mentally) in order to help decide what type of player he or she should aim to become. As well as covering the basics of grips, swings and footwork for the major shots, there is a ‘Coach’s Corner’ every few pages that highlights the information that will be especially of interest to those who teach the game.
Paperback: 256 pages. ISBN-13: 9781450424530. Price: £13.99
To read extracts and purchase: Human Kinetics: http://www.humankinetics.com//products/all-products/Championship-Tennis. Amazon.co.uk at: http://goo.gl/i2IMM
CARDIO TENNIS COURSE: FINAL Reminder
Michele Krause will deliver the latest Cardio Tennis course for coaches at Brookfield LTC from 9am to 5pm on June 23rd. This course will be an ideal introduction to the concepts of CT for those coaches who have not been trained in the system previously, and want to set up the very popular CT progammes at their club.
It will also be a great refresher for those who attended the previous course, as there have been many progressions and developments in Cardio since Michele was last in Ireland.
HOW TO BOOK: This course is sure to be heavily subscribed, so to secure your place please go tohttps://www.eventbrite.com/event/6408864085, where you can read further details, register, and make a payment.
NOTE: Coaches who attend this course will receive 25 points under the 2013 CPD Programme.
CARDIO TENNIS ON WWW.TENNISICOACH.COM
Thanks to Merlin Van De Braam of the ITF for pointing out that iCoach have an excellent video on the site – ´An Overview of Cardio Tennis´ by Michele Krause and Sam Richardson. This makes perfect viewing in preparation for Brookfield on the 23rd June! See it here: http://www.tennisicoach.com/an-overview-of-cardio-tennis.
In the Tennis Ireland Long Term Player Development Pathway (2012), Roger Geraghty defined Physical Literacy as follows:
“Children…need to develop the ABCs of movement – Agility, Balance, Coordination and Speed. The ABCs are essential for developing fundamental movement skills and fundamental movement skills will later provide the foundation for fundamental sport skills. Together, fundamental movement skills and fundamental sport skills form the basis of ‘physical literacy’”.
Roger has been following developments in the Physical Literacy world, and has asked me to pass on these links to you, where you can read and see much more on this vital area:
1. http://goo.gl/U4h6f – Physical Literacy Conference Presentations
2. http://goo.gl/oRukK – Sign up for the International Sport for Life Society eNewsletter
3. http://goo.gl/QlDIQ – Website for Canadian Sport for Life Physical Literacy
4. http://goo.gl/sGKr4 – YouTube videos from Canadian Sport for Life Physical Literacy
5. http://goo.gl/USRPz – Facebook page of Canadian Sport for Life Physical Literacy
CODE OF ETHICS BASIC AWARENESS TRAINING – TALLAGHT (DUBLIN)
“Our next Code of Ethics Basic Awareness course will take place on Wednesday 12th June, 2013 in Tallaght Leisure Centre from 6.30pm to 9.30pm. The course is €15 per participant and booking is essential as places are limited. For a copy of the registration form email firstname.lastname@example.org”.
JUST MY OPINION…
I am a great believer in the value of group drills, games and exercises in teaching tennis. But like any other aspect of a lesson, their use requires pre-planning and the judicious use of common sense. Here are two issues that have cropped up recently, so I thought I would write a paragraph on it to hopefully get you thinking too:
1. The game known as “Red Ass”. I feel this is a totally inappropriate game for a coach to use. The clue is in the name – how can a game where the purpose is for the player to be hit in their private parts ever be thought OK in this day and age?
2. The Name of the Game… Children love when games have catchy titles. But I think we must be careful about these names. For example, if the title of the exercise is “Car Crash”, how will a child who has lost a friend or relative in a car accident react?
I would like to get your opinion on these and related issues. Please write to me with your thoughts – and let me know if your response is for publication or not
1. HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH? http://humankinetics.me/2013/05/07/overtraining-poses-injury-risk-to-young-athletes/
2. FREE MATCH CHARTING APP: www.gpstennis.com
3. TENNIS FRANCHISE OPPORTUNITY? “Looking to expand your existing coaching business or just keen to be your own boss? If the answer is yes to either of these questions then a Tennis Tots franchise could be for you”. See: http://www.tennis-tots.co.uk/franchising.php.
4. PROVINCIAL WORKSHOP PHOTOS: Pictures from our recent Workshops in Munster, Ulster and Leinster can now be seen in the Gallery section of our website www.tenniscoachireland.ie (log-in, then click on ‘Gallery’ at the bottom of the home page).