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Peter Smith: Games & Drills for Tennis 2-Pack

with Peter Smith,
University of Southern California Men's Tennis Coach; over 500 career wins;
2014 NCAA Champions; 5x NCAA Champions, including Back-to-Back-to-Back-to-Back (2009/2010/2011/2012) titles;
5x Pac-10 Coach of the Year; 2011 USPTA National College "Coach of the Year"; 2x Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) "Coach of the Year" (2010 & 2012)

Teaching doubles technique and strategy has become a vital component for team success, from high school up through college. In this video, five-time NCAA championship coach Peter Smith demonstrates the same progression of competitive drills and match play situations that he uses with his team that have allowed them to continue their dominance of the Pac-12.

Coach Smith walks through a warm up, doubles-specific drills, and three-player drills. Each of these drills have variations and progressions to improve doubles play tactically and technically. The video focuses on isolating parts of the court to help players develop skills of serving, returning, volleying and ground strokes. Using a combination of instruction, competition and repetition, Coach Smith's methods will help players at all levels improve their game.

Dynamic Warm-Up

Coach Smith stresses the importance of getting the body warm with a sequence of dynamic stretches that target the legs, hips, and shoulders. Special attention is given to warming up the shoulders and rotator cuff using a resistance band to reduce the chance of injury. This dynamic routine will ensure that your team is prepared physically to hit the court running.

The USC Warm-Up

In this segment, Coach Smith reinforces the importance of shot selection and the smaller details in doubles tennis during their warm-up. He puts his team through a sequence of the following shots:

  • Bounce overheads
  • Defensive lobs
  • Offensive top spin lobs
  • Slice backhands
  • Volleys

Coach Smith stresses hitting a variety of shots as a doubles player, noting that this sequence has helped his players throughout the years learn how to mix it up during match play. Each shot is only hit for 1-2 minutes.

Doubles Drills Series

Practice progresses into a 2-on-2 doubles series - the same series Coach Smith uses with his team immediately before they begin match play. Continually stressing the importance of making each drill competitive (games to 5 or 7), Coach Smith puts his team through the following drills:

  • Poaching - With all four players at the service line, Coach Smith feeds through the middle to emphasize the importance of stepping in. Coach Smith prioritizes moving with the feet (not lunging with the arms) and the importance of keeping the ball out of the net.
  • Poaching, Crossing - This drill simulates the return and the returner's partner crossing. Coach Smith feeds the return to the oncoming server, who returns cross court to get Coach Smith's partner to poach. Coach Smith stresses the importance of moving on an `L', not on a diagonal.
  • Two Up, Two Back - This drill stresses the importance of closing the net and taking away the middle.

Match Play Drills

Moving from the Doubles Drills Series, Coach Smith takes you through a series of drills that help isolate, focus, and emphasize the importance of the first four shots in a doubles point. As Coach Smith states, 80% or more of doubles points will be decided in these first shots. Each drill gives opportunity for team work, communication, poaching, defending and attacking the ball.

  • Serve and Volley Cross Court - This drill isolates the serve, the return, and the third ball. Every ball is played cross court in a 1-on-1 situation. Coach Smith emphasizes the importance of serving to the body in doubles. Learn the signaling system Coach Smith incorporates with his doubles teams to stress the importance of serve placement and net movement.
  • One Up, One Back - This drill focuses on the importance of, again, stepping in and through the middle. It alternates from the coach feeding the serve to the coach feeding the return.
  • Offense, Defense - This 1-on-1 competitive drill emphasizes the importance of closing the net, as points can only be won at the net.

Group Games

Most tennis coaches deal with managing a large amount of players on one court at the same time. Coach Smith takes you through drills he uses at his academy and during practice play that can help you through large-number situations:

  • Overheads
  • Overheads/Poach
  • Poach Drill
  • Forehand Poaches
  • Approach Shots
  • Live Ball

Three Man Doubles Drills

Learn an innovative approach to working with your doubles teams. By taking away the fourth player, Coach Smith shows you a sequence of drills that again focus on the first shots, which are crucial to doubles success:

  • Serve and Volley
  • Straight Up
  • Modern I
  • Traditional I
  • Straight Up with a Poach or Fake
  • Coach is the Returner
  • Isolation Drill

Tennis coaches of all levels are always looking for new and innovative methods for teaching doubles play. After viewing this video, you will have more than enough tools to help take your doubles teams to the next level!

"I have been looking for a doubles video that gives an intense and efficient way to focus on what really matters in doubles match play, this video is it. Players keep pace and challenge each other to make it pay off on match day." - Customer Review

69 minutes. 2017.


with Kris Kwinta,
University of Southern California Associate Head Men's Tennis Coach;
2x ITA Southwest Region Assistant Coach of the Year; All-American player at UCLA;
former member of the Polish National Team; represented Poland at the Davis Cup in doubles

At USC, a key component of tennis practice is having drills that are competitive in nature. When drills are competitive and pressure situations are created, tennis players will be more serious and more intense in their approach.

In this video, USC Associate Head Coach Kris Kwinta shows his favorite drills for tennis practice. You'll get 16 competitive warm-up, fed, and live ball drills that will add variety to your practices while building skills within a highly competitive structure.

Warm-Up Drills with Competitive Focus

Coach Kwinta guides USC players through a series of unique games and drills that emphasize balance, footwork and touch - all with a competitive angle - that will have your players laughing and sweating at the same time. These drills require the honing of tennis-specific movements out of context, which engages and motivates players. Kwinta includes several non-traditional methods, such as:

  • Utilizing medicine balls in competitive games, which simulates good stroke production
  • A soccer-style game on the court that emphasizes control, balance, movement, and getting behind the ball

By using these drills, players develop good footwork, movement and touch.

Tennis Practice Drills

Coach Kwinta introduces a series of drills using cones and targets to improve accuracy with the ball. Again, all drills are competitive and will keep your players engaged while providing specific objectives. Drills include:

  • Short court drills that develop movement
  • Full court drills for both two and four players that focus on movement and maintaining high intensity
  • Cross-court and down the line cone drills to train court positioning and contact points
  • Game-play drills that simulate pressure situations in a real match
  • Serve and return of serve drills that are fun and competitive

Additionally, Kwinta provides you with different end-of practice set and game scenarios in which players will be placed under pressure and required to use and develop decision-making skills while fatigued.

Coach Kwinta will help you install a competitive focus in your tennis drills. This video is sure to help your players be more focused when the match is on the line.

81 minutes. 2017.

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Competitive Match Play Drills and Strategy

with Mike Perez,
Lynn University Men's & Women's Head Coach;
7x National Championship Coach; over 1,000 career wins;
3x NAIA National Coach of the Year; 2006 ITA National Coach of the Year (Men's);
14x Sunshine State Conference Champions; 10x Sunshine State Conference Coach of the Year;
Named the NAIA Coach of the Decade (1990-2000)

Tennis players are becoming more athletic and more aggressive in their play. Coaches need to develop aggressive match play strategies that take advantage of this change in mindset and player ability to reflect the more modern game.

Coach Perez welcomes you into one of his practices where after a dynamic and match style warm-up, he runs his players through six competitive match play drills for developing an aggressive mindset. The practice includes 2-on-2 and 2-on-1 offense/defense doubles drills, 1-on-1 and 2-on-1 ground sequence drills, first serve competitions, and live points. Coach Perez demonstrates how he incorporates each of these drills into a practice 1-2 days before a match and gives detailed instruction into the purpose of each drill, as well as strategy tips for each technique as he coaches his own players.

Competitive Doubles Drills

Learn two offense/defense drills that will help you attack your opponents more frequently and effectively, while also improving your defense against similar attacking teams. Coach Perez explains his philosophy behind this style of play and demonstrates how he works to accomplish this through competitive practice drills, such as:

  • 2-on-2 offense/defense drill that allows you to work on both doubles partners playing the net at the same time.
  • A progression of the 2-on-2 offense/defense drill that's a 2-on-1 drill with two players at the net and one at the baseline.
  • Attacking the net 35-40% of the time.

Ground Sequence

Learn a sequence of two partner drills on the baseline that focuses on identifying your opponent's weakness and exploiting it. Coach Perez explains his philosophy on singles play from the baseline, which include:

  • Every player has a weak side and players need to look to exploit that weak side on every shot.
  • Players must look to move their opponent around the court.
  • Players must be able to develop accuracy and always look to get balls in play to become a more consistent baseline player.
  • Playing balls that are out in practice to allow players to get more reps and improve their ability to return tough shots.
  • First Serve Competition Drill

    Coach Perez ties everything together in the last third of his practice with live points from solid ground play to aggressively attacking the net. He modifies the rules to his live points, only allowing one serve, to emphasize specific areas of match play for his players:

    • Putting more pressure on their 2nd serve ability, as Coach Perez believes a player is only as good as their second serve.
    • Attacking weak second serves and getting to the net with regularity.
    • Attacking an opponent's weakness from the baseline.
    • Utilizing "sudden victory" scoring to put more pressure and a sense of urgency on his players.

    Coach Perez gives you an extensive look at how to run a competitive practice that allows you to develop your players while teaching them an aggressive attacking style of play. This video gives you a practice that can be utilized at any time during your season, and is great as you prepare for match play.

    57 minutes. 2017.

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    Attacking Tennis in the Modern Game

    with Mike Perez,
    Lynn University Men's & Women's Head Coach;
    7x National Championship Coach; over 1,000 career wins;
    3x NAIA National Coach of the Year; 2006 ITA National Coach of the Year (Men's);
    14x Sunshine State Conference Champions; 10x Sunshine State Conference Coach of the Year;
    Named the NAIA Coach of the Decade (1990-2000)

    In today's tennis, most of the points are won from the baseline, often after long and energy-demanding rallies. The serious and highly competitive player knows that to increase their chance of success, they must have a complete arsenal and the ability to play well in any area of the court.

    In this video, seven-time National Championship coach Mike Perez explains drills and patterns through which to play attacking tennis in the modern game, and the benefits that result from this style of play. He divides the video into three main sections, with each section filmed on court:

    • Approach Shot / Passing Shot
    • Set Plays
    • Team Tennis

    Coach Perez presents clear ideas on the vulnerability that players have to being attacked and pressured, including tall players, players who have exceptional quickness and players who have a weaker groundstroke or extreme grip on the racquet. You'll have the chance to learn the coaching strategies that prove most effective in both live ball drills and in competitive tiebreakers within team practice.

    Approach Shot / Passing Shot

    Under the supervision of Coach Perez, players execute approach patterns designed to exploit the opponent's weaknesses and build the opportunity to finish the point with a solid and efficient net game. This includes:

    • How to approach the net, where to hit the first volley and where to hit the second and definitive volley
    • Knowing how and where to direct the approach shot and the subsequent volley to successfully end points sooner

    Set Plays

    To win the decisive points and become a stronger player, you must execute a plan already trained several times previously. Coach Perez gives you pre-planned ideas on what to do in pressure situations. This gives your athletes a clear decision-making process and eliminates doubt in crucial situations. You'll see six set plays where six possible scenarios of crucial points are shown. These drills are useful to train a player's mindset and technique and get used to playing decisive points with more consistent success.

    Team Tennis

    In this part of the video, all the concepts explained in previous sections are applied together in realistic points played while Coach Perez offers more insights and strategies.

    Fitness and Strength Drills

    See a structured way to implement footwork drills at the beginning of your practice sessions to prepare athletes to move well and stay injury-free on the tennis court. The use of agility ladders and cones to enhance player movement warms up both the body and the mind in preparation for a practice session. Coach Perez also provides a series of core exercises, including many variations of planks and crunches, in order to keep your players strong and fit in the vital trunk area of the body.

    Coach Perez does an excellent job of showing how you can adapt attacking tennis into today's game. His positivity and attention to detail within points and drills brings the best out in his players and will help you do the same for yours as well!

    50 minutes. 2017.

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    The D1 Tennis Player Workout: Individual Workouts for Player Success

    featuring Brian Boland,
    University of Virginia Head Coach; over 540 career wins;
    Back-to-Back NCAA Champions (2015 & 2016) - three championships in four seasons (2013 National Champions);
    Back-to-back ('11 & '12) NCAA Team Championship Runner-up;
    2016 Wilson/ITA National Coach of the Year - 2008 ITA National Coach of the Year'; 5x ITA National Indoor Champions;
    10x ACC Coach of the Year; 14 ACC Conference Championships

    Team practices often don't provide the individual attention a player needs to supply the inner confidence that breeds success.

    In a live practice setting, Brian Boland demonstrates how to focus on the individual player while managing an entire team at the same time. Coach Boland does this through high-quality live ball drills that maintain the focus of his players through the entire practice. His progression of drills will provide your players with the ability to own every shot and hit with a purpose.

    Coach Boland uses two players to show how his style of positive coaching gets the most out of each of their individual talents on the court. The first workout consists of forehand, backhand, volley, transition, and serve drills with a heavy emphasis on the ground stroke portion. The second segment takes a more hands-on approach, giving consistent feedback relating to the areas of positioning, technical proficiency, and shot selection.

    Through the drills demonstrated, players will learn:

    • Core stroke drills to help make a more powerful tennis player
    • How to manipulate time and space to establish rhythm and take time away from the opponent
    • How to develop quick hands at the net
    • How to have a better weight shift into the ball, better contact point (between waist and shoulders) and better body balance
    • How to hit with a purpose within a small space and stretch the court
    • When to change direction and how to transition effectively
    • Why a player volleys better when they stand closer to the net
    • The difference between "good misses" and "bad misses"

    Coach Boland infuses each of his drills with sophisticated analysis and purpose. His progressions will demonstrate many common mistakes coaches make when choosing the timing of drills during individual practice. This fresh approach from a legendary coach will be a welcome tool for players and coaches of all levels.

    This is an amazing opportunity to see the amount of work and focus it takes to rise to the top of collegiate tennis. Coach Boland allows you to have an intimate view of his player development inside of a practice setting so you can learn how to get the most out of your players when you get the opportunity to work with them individually.

    96 minutes. 2017.

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    Building Point-Play Skills: Dynamic Small Group Workouts

    featuring Brian Boland,
    University of Virginia Head Coach; over 540 career wins;
    Back-to-Back NCAA Champions (2015 & 2016) - three championships in four seasons (2013 National Champions);
    Back-to-back ('11 & '12) NCAA Team Championship Runner-up;
    2016 Wilson/ITA National Coach of the Year - 2008 ITA National Coach of the Year'; 5x ITA National Indoor Champions;
    10x ACC Coach of the Year; 14 ACC Conference Championships

    All tennis players and teams want to achieve their maximum potential, but it's often a challenge to design practices that will help achieve that elusive goal.

    In this video, University of Virginia head coach Brian Boland, the 2016 Wilson/ITA National Coach of the Year, shows the type of drills his top-ranked NCAA teams have utilized to prepare for match play at the highest levels. Coach Boland shows a complete practice from start to finish that works on every aspect of a tennis player's game in order to be prepared for singles and doubles matches.

    While Boland's individual instruction sessions emphasize techniques to improve ball striking mechanics and movement on court, his small group workouts help players build point-play skills through a series of challenging situational games and drills that repeatedly require real-time decision making and dynamic court positioning.

    Hitting Warm-Ups

    By limiting their singles warm-ups to the center third of the court, Coach Boland's players focus less on movement and more on positioning themselves for effective ball-striking, hitting with depth and varying net clearance. In the "Roll and Rip" drill, for example, two players challenge each other by alternating high topspin shots (defender) versus flatter drives (aggressor).

    'Situational Strait-Jackets'

    This series of exercises helps you expand your players' arsenal of singles skills by placing them in a series of 'situational strait-jackets'. In these, Coach Boland allows one player to hit shots anywhere on court during points, but requires their workout partner to hit every ball to the ad court. This simultaneously challenges - and strengthens - both players' consistency and versatility.

    Situational Games

    This segment helps you improve your players' decision-making skills and doubles court positioning during point play by repeatedly challenging them to play all the roles in short situational games:

    • Where should the server send the first volley?
    • Who covers the ball down the middle?
    • How can we prevent getting burned down the line?
    • Coach Boland helps his players discover the answers to these questions as they play out in dynamic, real-time practice scenarios.

      The 12 situational games and drills in this video readily lend themselves to variation based on your players' skill levels. The games and drills are fun, competitive, and simple to teach - creating a win/win scenario for coaches and players alike.

      Coach Boland deliberately fills his small group sessions with repeated situational point-play to 'program' strategically sound shot-making and positioning choices into his players' brains. His players' sustained national success becomes less of a surprise when you see that how they perform on the Championship stage year after year, with uncommon poise and intuitive decision-making (coupled with incredible talent), is what is reinforced at practice day after day!

      72 minutes. 2017.

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