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Minimum Requirements for Playing Competitive Tennis
Form Counts- No Hacking!
1. Short court groundstroke rally (ball must land inside service line) / 20 shots per person
2. Baseline groundstroke rally / 15 shots per person
3. Cross court groundstroke rally (forehand & backhand) / 10 shots per person
4. Down the line groundstroke rally (forehand & backhand) / 10 shots per person
5. Short court volley-groundstroke rally / 20 shots per person
6. Baseline volley-groundstroke rally (forehands & backhands) / 15 shots per person
7. Volley-volley rally (forehands & backhands) / 10 shots per person
Serve & Return
8. Serve 10 in a row (ball must clear baseline before second bounce)
9. Serve & return / 10 in a row
Lob & Overhead
10. Lob-overhead rally / 10 shots per person
YOU HAVE 1 HOUR TO COMPLETE THESE EXERCISES.
These are minimum requirements a player needs to be able to accomplish before focusing on competitive play. If a player can-not successfully complete all these exercises they need to understand that playing competitive tennis will limit their long-term development. Serious consideration should be given to increasing practice time and reducing competitive play.
• Being a good tennis player does not mean hitting great shots, once in a while, it means hitting good shots most of the time.
• This challenge is not only a tool for evaluating a player’s physical skill, but also their mental and emotional capabilities.
• These are cooperative exercises. Work together. Help each other and have fun!
• Shots in these exercises are consecutive. If someone misses, start again.