We don’t see parents on the sidelines with disposable cameras anymore. And usually, there’s only one mom that has her giant Nikon out snapping pics. Instead, most everyone will be grabbing their smartphone recording, photographing, and posting the action. But the convenience of that smartphone doesn’t mean that you’ll conveniently get grade A, quality photos …

Bodyweight exercises are a wonderful place for your child to start their athletic training. The resistance they will be introduced to is just right for their bodies because it’s basing itself on the weight of each individual kid. And that’s perfect, no artificial weightlifting is healthier for growing bones. None of these exercises require equipment, …

We may relate physical therapy as an adult-only option but that’s absolutely not the case. Our children get injured and benefit from these remedies as well, especially when they’re athletes and their bodies are growing at such a fast rate. It’s important to realize, as Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta stated, “whether the cause is playing …

When you’re an athlete, you’re bound to be in a place where you’re told to either grab a heating pad or a bag of ice to soothe an injury. Whether it’s minor or major, everyone eventually gets to a place where one of these remedies will help to ease some of the pain. But the …

Being a competitive, travel softball player for the vast majority of my life, I grew up with the importance of warm-ups drilled into my head. Injuries, better play, and also, mental readiness, were all a part of the disciplined drills that my team would run before practice or game time begun. And that’s for every …

Quick Finish Print/Download This Drill Basic Information Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) Number of Players: 8+ Difficulty: Easy Time: 10-15 min. Emphasis: Finishing, Passing, Dribbling Field Preparation: each player with a ball 2 mini goals cones Description: players dribble around cone and attempt to shoot the ball into their goal first 2 points to score …

Possession Game # 4 Print/Download This Drill Basic Information Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult) Number of Players: 10+ Difficulty: Medium Time: 15-20 min. Emphasis: Passing, Possession, Defending Field Preparation: grid (20yds x 30yds) cones to mark off area pinnies Description: red team plays keep-away (5v2) red team has to complete three passes before passing …

From the television to the magazines – and now social media with its constant scrolling messages – teenagers already have so much pressure put on them. And when you’re an athlete, there’s even more expectation because aside from your appearance, your performance comes into question. And one touch of the iPhone can bring in so …

4v4 Shooting Game Print/Download This Drill Basic Information Age Group: (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult) Number of Players: 8+ Difficulty: Medium-Hard Time: 15-25 min. Emphasis: finishing, attacking, defending Field Preparation: 2 teams grid (30yds x 40yds) 2 goals with goalies good supply of cones to mark off area good supply of balls for continuous play pinnies Description: …

If you’ve got a little climber on your hands, you’ll need to make sure that all of the necessities are there when the rocks come to call. But you can’t overdo it either. Start off in the gym to get his/her feet wet before packing on the gear. As always though, the most important part …

Dynamic Passing # 3 Print/Download This Drill Basic Information Age Group: (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult) Number of Players: 4+ Difficulty: Easy Time: 5-10 min. Emphasis: Passing Field Preparation: groups of 4 1xball per group Description: players make a square players start off passing to each other while standing next step: players pass to each other while …

Dynamic Passing # 2 Print/Download This Drill Basic Information Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult) Number of Players: 8+ Difficulty: Easy-Medium Time: 10-15 min. Emphasis: Passing Field Preparation: 1x ball per group grid (10 x 10yds) cones to mark off area repeat setup to accommodate the entire team Description: players pass to each other in …

As one of the most important strokes in tennis, practicing these service games on a regular basis your serve will improve gradually and consistently.

Whether you’re just jumping into the sport or you’re getting together a team to play in a local league, ultimate frisbee is a fun way to let off steam with your pals. From college campuses to metropolitan parks, it’s taking up space all around us. But what do you need to really get started and …

You will find that the ability to do groundstroke drills can produce great results for your tennis game.

Attack! This tennis drill looks at hitting three aggressive shots, which sees the player move into the court, hitting the ball early and moving up to the net.

Fun, challenging drills can accelerate a player’s improvement. We pick the best tennis drills for beginners, intermediates, and advanced players.

Practice these tennis groundstroke drills to develop a deadly combination deep and powerful shots that will keep your opponent’s on the defense.

Tennis Follow Through The development of new racket technology and the evolution technique (grip changes, more spin and the quest for maximum power) have increased racket-head speed on all shots, which has profoundly affected the follow-through and how it is taught. The most important thing to remember about the follow-through is that, if you have a …

Hydration is a standout amongst the most critical segments of athletic execution. It is particularly vital for tennis players since the game is generally played in sweltering, sticky climate, and without a period restrain. Sadly, a ‘one-estimate fits-all’ approach doesn’t work for hydration. Why? Sweat rate and sweat sodium focus fluctuate drastically between people. It’s …

Whether you’ve got a little basketball player on your hands or an aspiring gymnast, there’s a lot of power that your athlete will be missing if there’s no time spent building up their lower muscles. Thankfully, there are a variety of ways to work on that strength and help him/her progress. When it comes to …

Here’s a statement that should be obvious by now. Knowing how to hit strokes and knowing how to win under stress are different animals. The #1 statement I hear daily from concerned tennis parents is “My child’s the better player, yet they can’t win!” The solution lies in the school methodology of teaching. Here’s what I …

If the skill you selected was within your players’ capabilities and you have done an effective job of introducing, demonstrating, and explaining it, your players should be ready to attempt the skill. Some players, especially those in younger age groups, may need to be physically guided through the movements during their first few attempts. Walking …

Good tennis coaches recognize that athletes make two types of errors: learning errors and performance errors. Learning errors are ones that occur because athletes don t know how to perform a skill; that is, they have not yet developed the correct motor pattern in the brain to perform the skill. Performance errors are made not because …

What is Talent?  Talent is considered by most to be a genetic predisposition, a sense of natural ability handed down through the family gene pool. Expert educators in various fields agree that every’ decade one truly gifted individual walks through their door. Does this mean that most truly successful people aren’t genuinely talented or does it …