Controlling the Controllables

Has your child developed their customized pre-match protocols? At this years U.S. Easter Bowl, most early round losers were found socializing and fooling around prior to match play. While the contenders were busy morphing into tennis warriors with great match day preparation. Contenders are focusing on elements within their control, while the uninformed are obsessing about those elements outside of their control. Controlling the controllables starts before the match even begins.

Think about the television cameras capturing pre-match rituals of tennis professionals just prior to match play. Rafa and Vika display very purposeful pre-match rituals. These elite professionals use pre-match routines to help them  focus on their specific performance goals- gaining confidence in their skills before playing their match.

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Controlling the Controllables

Maximizing your player’s chances to perform in a calm, relaxed peak performance level, demands that the player, parent and coach focus on controlling the controllable variables and let go of the uncontrollable variables. Junior tennis players and well intending parents often sabotage any real chance of success by cluttering their mind with irrelevant thoughts. Match day focus is a learned behavior that should be developed and practiced with pre-set protocols.

 

 ”Practice in the manner in which you’re expected to perform” and then… 

Perform in the manner in which you’ve practiced.”

 

A pre-match warm up and/or match time performance can be sabotaged by focusing on non-controllable external variables While it is important to give these outside influences a nod, dwelling on them will surely ruin any chance of peak performance.

List 5 elements a player cannot control:

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List 5 elements a player can control:

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“A player’s thoughts either push them towards their performance goals or
pull them away from their performance goals.”

 

Attitude controls the mind and the mind controls the emotions and the body’s fluid movement. An optimistic attitude “frees the player up” to play at peak performance. I teach twin brothers, Jarred and Evan.  Jarred has a positive can do attitude- he optimistically performs his pre-match rituals before each event and chooses to see the positive in every situation. While, Evan has a pessimistic attitude before each event and choose to obsess about every thing that he believes is wrong or could go wrong.

Evan’s pre-match conversations includes: I am really really tired, I think I’m getting sick, it is going to be too hot or too windy or too cold, my start time is too early or too late, the drive to event is too long, my draw horrible,the courts are terrible,  my  racquets are strung incorrectly, they made my breakfast wrong, I have too much homework to focus on tennis…etc.

A negative attitude can destroy your player’s ability to perform to their best ability. The pre-requisite for peak performance is maintaining a positive attitude and proper pre-match preparation. Players, parents and coaches need to focus on being positive and proactive.

 

Example of Non Controllable Elements:

  • Opponent antics
  • Referees availability
  • Weather
  • Court surface
  • Draw
  • Outcomes
  • Rankings
  • Start times
  • Site distractions
Example of Controllable Elements:
  • Wandering mind
  • Emotions
  • Footwork
  • Opponent profiling
  • Effort
  • Attitude
  • Game plans
  • Proper pre-match preparation
  • Pre-match and match day protocols
  “Taking control of what can be controlled will keep you on script, increase self-confidence and 
assist you in getting the results you are cable of getting.”

 

Thank you, Frank

For more information:
FGSA@earthlink.net
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The Tennis Parent’s Bible News & A Giveaway

 The Tennis Parent’s Bible has been getting a lot of attention lately and the reviews are in…

The verdict? They love it.

Tennis book: The Tennis Parent’s Bible.

Whether your child (or student) is a newbie to tennis or road warrior on the tournament trail, The Tennis Parent’s Bible is how-to parenting nectar from the tennis gods.

This bible’s author is Frank Giampaolo, a lauded 25 year tennis veteran, who runs a Junior Tennis Development program in Southern California. Giampaolo has acertained that parental involvement is absolutely critical to a child’s tennis success but…key take away here… HOW you get involved and how well you understand your child’s own tennis personality and dream are central to the equation.

Legions of kids with beautiful strokes leave tennis because of improper emotional development and training. There are opportunities to encourage and times to lay off and match day situations that don’t involve hitting a perfect ball.

Giampaolo addresses developing a plan, stimulating talent, nurturing character, navigating tournaments, talking about tennis, dealing with cheating, gamesmanship, accountability, mental strategy, and more. He also, very honestly, lays out the costs and time involved with being a serious tennis parent. It’s not the most expensive sport but it’s up there.

Help yourself, help your tennis kid. This is a very enlightening read.

-via TennisIDENTITY

I just finished reading “The Tennis Parents Bible”, which could just as easily be called “The Tennis COACHES Bible”….so much good insight on how to help players, parents and coaches navigate the waters of competitive tennis!!

-Chuck Gill, 1st Vice President USPTA

As Seen In April’s Tennis Industry magazine…

The eBook “The Tennis Parent’s Bible” from Frank Giampaolo is now available in paperback. The book, with topics such as “Navigating Tournaments,” “Maintaining Positive Communication,” “On-Court Strategies & Tactics,” is designed to assist parents and coaches through the mental and emotional complexities of raising a world-class young adult through the game of tennis. The paperback is available through Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

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Causes of Lack of Mental Toughness

If I had a dime for every phone call I received like this…

“Hello”

“Hi my name is Mrs. Johansson. My child lost again to a nobody!  I hear that you can help.”  Her voice cracks as she chokes back her emotions, “Chloe is so good but chokes and loses to seemingly less talented player? “

Why do you think I ask?

“Chloe’s just not mentally tough! “she adds.

As we dig deeper, we uncover that Chloe’s issues aren’t mental at all.  What makes the mental toughness component so mysterious and confusing is actually quite simple. The answers lie in the true cause of the breakdown versus the actual visible signs of distress.  The signs of on-court distress manifest in emotional breakdowns.

On-court breakdowns may include:

  • Hyperventilating,
  • Throwing the racquet,
  • Screaming,
  • Crying ,
  • Fast  and mindless  play

The actual cause of the distress includes the four causes of error’s which include:

  1. Mechanical Flaws,
  2. Inappropriate Shot Selection
  3. Poor movement and Spacing
  4. Weak Focus/Emotional issues

Listed below are 3 examples of common match play scenarios where by the on-court outbursts are incorrectly labeled as mental issues.

Examples of Mislabeled Breakdowns

1.            Joey is out of shape. By the third match, his lack of fitness manifests in anger on court. Parents and coaches don’t recognize the lack of fitness issues; instead they say “Joey has mental issues- he is just not mentally tough”.

2.            Sarah has emotional control issues. When hooked by a creative line caller, her emotions pull her focus toward the drama of the hook and away from her actual “mental” performance goals needed to close out the match. Parents and coaches don’t see the emotional disconnect and say “Sarah has mental issues- she is just not mentally tough”.

3.            Mikey has a flawed forehand grip on his two handed backhand. This flaw leads to a rolling racket face through the strike zone. Under stress, Mikey’s muscles tighten and inhibit the smooth relaxed motion needed for him to roll the racket face within the millisecond window through the strike zone.  As a result, his backhand deserts him when he needs it the most. This “mechanical flaw” leads Mikey to panic and play faster and faster without any between point rituals. Parents and coaches don’t see the mechanical breakdown and cry “Mikey chokes under pressure. He is just not mentally tough”.

As illustrated above, an on–court outburst has an underlying cause that is very different than the visual actions of distress displayed.  Identifying the underlying problem and proper training to improve the flaw is the only way to become a more mentally tough competitor.

The most efficient training method uses the “school methodology”- systematically shifting through all aspects of training- stroke production, pattern play, fitness, etc.( Just as a school child is shifted from subject to subject daily- such as from math to science to history to language etc.)

All too often, tennis coaches focus only on fundamental stroke production or a singular component hour after hour, week after week, and year after year, while expecting the player to develop a COMPLETE GAME through osmosis.  It just does not work that way. The player’s game becomes unevenly developed and a lack of confidence ensues.

 

What is Mental Toughness?
Mental Components Relate to Analytical Match Decisions

  • Three Tiers of Match Strategy
  • Assembling Game Plans
  • Strategies to Play against the 4 Main Patterns of Play
  • Customizing the Top Seven Patterns
  • Positioning to Maximize Success
  • Opponent Awareness (Style of Play, Strengths and Weaknesses, Top Seven Patterns and  Frustration Tolerance Levels)
  • Shot Selection (Hitting the shot the moment demands.)

What is Emotional Toughness?
Emotional Components Relate to Athletes Ability to Handle Competitive Anxiety

  • Controlling Anger/ Fear/Nervousness
  • Staying Unflappable Under Adversity
  • Closing Out a Set/Match/Tournament
  • Concentrating for the Duration
  • Playing at Peak Performance vs Weaker Players
  • Overcoming Choking or Panicking
  • Successfully Handling Hardship (Injuries, the elements, bad luck, gamesmanship, or an aggravated opposing playing style)

Is your player training properly?

 

Contact Frank Giampaolo for a Player Assessment : FGSA@earthlink.net

Tennis Bible Now in Paperback!

 

The Tennis Parent’s Bible is now available in paperback! 

 

Thank you so much for your continued support.  After years of requesting a paperback version of The Tennis Parent’s Bible-

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Tennis Parent Communication

Let’s assume you are not a high performance tennis coach, but a loving tennis parent just the same.  As a tennis parent, your role is critical in the overall development of your child on and off the court.

Below I’ve listed ten important communication skills essential for the Tennis Parent:

  1. Teach character building and not stroke production or strategy. Encourage life skill development, such as being optimistic, time management, emotional composure, perseverance/work ethic, proper nutrition, hydration and sleep requirements and organizational skills. With proper life skills your child will succeed on and off the court.
  2.  Communicate your match observations to the coach (and not to the child). Email your tournament notes to your primary coach – asking them to focus their training on your child’s actual match flaws. The coach will then take the appropriate training steps. This will add harmony to the often stressful parent player relationship.
  3. Google positive motivation techniques. Don’t  force success…motivate success. Motivation is achieved through rewarding your child’s efforts and not by punishing their failures.  Punishment discourages growth – the exact opposite of motivation.
  4. Set process goals such as a developmental plan, as well as outcome goals such as rankings.  Yes, there are two completely different sets of goals.  Developmental goals include nurturing many game components simultaneously. Process goals may include: off court training, primary and secondary stroke skills as well as mental and emotional protocols. Outcome goals may include: the USTA/ITF tournament schedules, ranking rules and regulations as well as college placement process.
  5. Manage proper match day preparation Spectacular preparation precedes spectacular performances. Practice makes permanent….practice doesn’t make perfect. This goes for pre-match warm ups as well. Sadly, most parents and players have horrific preparation routines and yet expect spectacular performances. See The Match Day Preparation eBook for more in depth discovery. (www.tennisparentsolutions.com)
  6. Apply positive, non-threatening post match communication.  Consider your child’s preferred intelligence (How individuals relate best to the world around them.) Some brain types enjoy discussing post match “chalk talk” immediately after the match, others simply need a little distance before discussing the match and still others may never want to discuss the match. (FYI:  If your child never wants to discuss the match- you may have a hobbyist on your hands because they are not interested in growth) However, after a match, you may only have one hour before the next match to discuss performance issues.  Be positive and reinforce what they did well. You may consider asking: “What did you do effectively today?”, “What did the opponent do that made it tough for you?  What would you do different?”  VERSUS discussing your laundry list of their failures!!!!
  7. Train Independency. One of the most important character traits of a champion is independent problem solving skills. If your child is 16 and you are still finding their shoes, packing their bag, carrying their water jug and racket bag to matches you are developing dependency. At 5 all in the third set, the independent problem solver is more likely going to find a way to win. The dependent child is going to be looking to you with tears in their eyes.
  8. Manage your child’s entourage. Top nationally ranked player have an entourage. This group consists of teachers, paid hitters, trainers, sparring partners, physical therapists …etc.  If your coach insists that you only train with him/her…be aware that they may be looking after their best interest and not your child’s best interest. Bottom line- Do not assume one singular coach is doing everything your child needs. If you are only paying a coach to hit balls, you are mismanaging your child’s complete developmental plan.
  9. Remember communication isn’t just verbal.  Studies show over 70% of communication comes from tone of voice, facial expressions and body language. In my opinion, kids key in on the tone of voice and ignore the actual words being spoken. How do you expect your child to play calm, relaxed and positive tennis under stress, if you are pacing on the side lines with your arms folded in a knot and shaking your head in disgust? If you are wound tighter than a drum, sit somewhere so that they cannot see or hear you.
  10. If you’re going to have an attitude…make it gratitude. The real junior contenders I train week in and week out work harder than most adults. Though many adults may be going to a job 40 hours a week, how many of them are giving 100% effort even 10 hours a week?  Continuing to obsess about your child’s flaws will deflate their desire to even try. Replace the non-stop discussion of their flaws with your true feelings of being thankful for their hard work.  Show appreciation for your child’s effort and you will be motivating greatness!

“A tough realization for most tennis parents is that you can’t be a part time hobbyist parent and expect your child to be a champion. If you truly don’t want to “get involved” please don’t expect your child to be great.”

Frank Giampaolo on Parenting Aces Radio Show

 

Frank Giampaolo on Parenting Aces

Frank was a guest on Parenting Aces Radio Show with host Lisa Stone today. In the Q&A Frank shares his insight and expertise on several aspects of match day preparation. The show covers the importance of tennis parent education, preparing a player for competition (including patterns, practice, etc.), match day communication, and more.

Listen to the podcast by  clicking the file above or heading over to http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ur10snetwork/2013/11/25/parenting-aces-with-guest-frank-giampaolo

More information on the topics discussed on the show can be found in the Mental Emotional Tennis Workbook: Match Day Preparation and in The Tennis Parent’s Bible, both of which are available for sale on this site.

Have questions about what you heard today? Ask away and share your feedback! Thank you for listening!

 

 

Tennis Parent Job Description

Week in and week out frustrated and confused tennis parents come to me for help. If the job description of an elite tennis parent were posted, surely not many applicants would apply.

With “tongue firmly in cheek” I created a  Job Posting for an Elite Tennis Parent.  The point of detailing this incredibly difficult and sometimes thankless job is to acknowledge the love and dedication that go into developing and nurturing your child’s life skills.

Thank you parents, mentors and guardians for the support and love you give your tennis players. Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful and both tennis player and tennis parent should thank each other for the dedication and character building skills the game of tennis instills.

Job Description:

  • Positive team player needed for 168 hour per week position.
  • Candidate must possess a universal desire to be screamed at, talked down to and be willing to be hated 5-6 days a week.
  • Successful applicant must have an uncanny sense of Buddha like calmness in an often psychotic, stressful, chaotic environment.
  • Candidate must be willing to work early mornings, late evenings and most weekends.
  • Candidate must be willing to forget about their own personal interests, workout routines, sports and hobbies.
  • Candidate must not expect to go on vacation due to the year round tournament obligations.
  • Successful applicant should plan on missing traditional family holidays due to Thanksgiving Nationals, Winter Super Nationals, Spring Break/Easter Bowl, Labor Day and Memorial Day Events.

Requirements:

  • H R Skills-Interviewing, hiring and firing tennis coaches, trainers, hitters and off court specialists…with the enthusiasm of Donald trump.
  • Accounting /banking skills: Possess an extremely thick check book and be willing and able to max out all of their major credit cards.
  • Designated driver: Must be willing to put 100 thousand miles on the family car and enjoy most of your meals behind the wheel.
  • Expect your child  to occasionally go “Tennis-Brain dead”: Be willing and able to except that your child will occasionally forget everything they were taught during the last $5000.00 worth of lessons and blow several events a year.
  • Scheduling Manager: World class juggling skills required to organize the ever changing schedules of booking practice courts, times & logistics, hired hitters practice partners, lessons and events.
  • Booking Agent:  Flexible skills required to book last minute airlines, cars and hotels.
  • VIP/24 hour Courier Service : laundry service, racquet re-stringing service, drug store pharmaceuticals pickup and delivery service, bed time psychology sessions.
  • Fashion Coordinator/Personal shopper: Purchasing only the latest Nike shoes and matching clothes
  • Maintenance Knowledge : General maintenance of equipment such as racket re-gripping and clothing malfunctions such as last minute zipper repairs.
  • Parental Intuition: Must have the uncanny ability to become expendable and invisible in a seconds notice and/or appear bright eyed or happy to help 2 minutes later.
  • Match Performance Review: Must be willing to evaluate a crummy performance by first pointing out fifty positive observations but NEVER share negative feedback without starting WWIII.
  • Match Day Parental Duties (Addressed in Match Day Preparation eBook).
  • Separate list TBD later.

 

Wages and Expenses:

There is no pay for this position.

All the work and travel related expenses will not be reimbursed.

 

Required Experience:

Required reading: The Tennis Parent’s Bible (www.tennisparentsolutions.com)

 

JOB BENEFITS

 

The Children of Successful Applicants Will Cultivate the Following Life Lessons:

 

1. Time management skills

2. Adaptability and flexibility skills

3. Ability to handle adversity

4. Ability to handle stress

5. Courage

6. A positive work ethic

7. Perseverance

8. Setting priorities

9. Goal setting

10. Sticking to commitments

11. Determination

12. Problem solving skills

13. Spotting patterns and tendencies

14. Discipline

15. The understanding of fair play and sportsmanship

16. The development of focus

17. Persistence

18. The importance of preparation

19. Dedication and self-control

20. Positive self-image

 

“There is only one “most talented” athlete and every parent has it.”

 

Thanks for visiting, Frank

 

Tennis Parent Blunders

The following post is an excerpt from Blunders and Cures e-booklet.  Week in and week out two of the most common parent question are related to academy enrollment and training schedules.  These blunders are worth repeating. Thanks, Frank

BLUNDER: Putting Yourself in the Crowd to Get Ahead of the Crowd

In my opinion, group clinics or academies are terrific for intermediate players seeking repetition, socialization, and tons of fun. But, while it may be cheaper, large group training isn’t always in your best developmental interest.

The top juniors spend about 20 percent of their time in group situations. Top players at an academy usually are sparing or working with a private coach. When is that last time you saw a phenom in a large group standing in line to hit one forehand every five minutes?

CURE: Simply doing what everyone else does, will not likely get you ahead.  The key to accelerating your growth is to customize your training to your exact needs.

Ask Yourself?

Am I hitting for hours at an academy and hardly improving?  if I lose while playing a set, do I get sent down to the  loser court? If so, doesn’t that stop me from developing the weaknesses in my game? Lastly, with my current situation, am I getting the results I truly feel I am capable of?

Write down your Personal Action Plan:

BLUNDER: Believing Weekly Lessons Are Enough

I teach two players from Los Angeles. Both players come for 2 hours of private lessons each week, but that’s where their similarities end. The players and parents hold opposing views on how to raise a tennis champion. The Johnsons believe that they need to make their 12-year old Kelly 100 percent self-sufficient. Mrs. Johnson says, “It’s up to her to do it, I can’t force her.” As a result, Kelly only hits about two hours a week.

In the other family, Mr. Asari believes that no one gets famous all by themselves. He and his son spend approximately 15 hours on the ball machine, playing practice sets, serving baskets, going for runs, hitting the gym, and watching tennis on TV each week.

Both players get the same 2 hours’ worth of weekly lessons. However, the critical factor in the formula is not the lesson time, but rather what the player chose to do each week around that lesson.

CURE: Each week plan to arrange practice matches, ball machine drills, practice serving drills and off court training. Ask your entourage if they can help you reinforce your required developmental plan.

Ask Yourself?

Is your weekly practice schedule more like that of the Johnson’s or the Asari’s? List three things you can do to improve your chances of success.  List three positive people you can enlist to assist?

Interview with Frank Giampaolo

Tennis Coach Alex Slezak on-line interview with Frank Giampaolo

 

How did your career begin?

While attending Ohio State University, my friends were talking about this great new opportunity working for the Greyhound Bus Factory after graduation. The starting pay was a whopping $9/hour versus the $4 minimum wage- this was in 1985. I wanted no part of that! Around that time my father was changing careers and moving to Southern California. I was packed and sitting in the car 2 days before we left!

On my first Day in California, I drove out to The Vic Braden Tennis College. I mentioned that I wanted to learn how to seriously teach this game and asked if I could sit and observe Vic’s classroom sessions and on-court lessons. I went back every day for two weeks. After that, I was offered a position. My years at the tennis college and the National Tennis Research Center in Coto De Caza taught me everything I didn’t even know… I needed to know.

 

How have you grown as a coach?

Back then, tennis teaching was primarily focused on fundamental stroke development and repetition. The growth came by developing the other components that are commonly found in champions. I went deeper. I traded in the financially rewarding academy approach for my current spiritually rewarding customization approach.

 

What’s the greatest factor in your success?

Understanding each individual’s preferred intelligence. We are all born with a genetic predisposition to excel at a certain style of play. Our brain type (or personality profile) and body type play the most significant role in maximizing potential at the quickest rate. Also, shifting focus from fundamental stroke production to the mental and emotional components of the game has helped my players win 77 National titles in the past 10 years.

 

Why did you write the Tennis Parent’s Bible?

 

I was a successful high performance coach and then became a tennis parent. My step-daughter, Sarah Fansler, went from a 10-year-old beginner to playing the US Open by the age of 15. She won 10 National titles as a junior. Along that journey, I realized that being a tennis parent is 1000 times more difficult than being a coach! There were great USPTA and PTR coach workshops and great junior developmental programs, but zero tennis parental educational avenues. So…. I took it as a challenge to write my first book.

 

How big is the factor of the parent in developing a champion?

Well, without a well-informed tennis parent, and/or “hired gun” the most gifted junior on the planet has no chance. Uneducated tennis parents waste thousands of dollars, hours, and tears. Interestingly though, most tennis parents of ranked juniors are successful, type A personalities. They don’t feel they need anyone’s help because in the past, they played on their high school or college squad. These parents sadly sabotage any real chance of their child’s success without ever realizing it.

I was coaching at the Australian Open, talking with an incredibly successful tour coach about tennis parents and I asked him, “Where they would look for the next big talent?” …With a half-smile he said, “Well, first I’d start at an orphanage…”

 

What’s the best advice to give a parent?

Leave the ego at home and make it a point to get educated. A tennis parent who views the role of a tennis parent as a part-time hobby usually has a hobbyist as a junior player. The National and ITF champs I know have a primary tennis parent. Raising athletic royalty is a full-time job. These parents are the teams management system. They work as the human resources department hiring and firing coaches, trainers and hitters. They are the bank, the accountants, the nutritionists, the designated driver, the airline and hotel booking agent, they register their player for events, wash clothes, get rackets strung, purchase equipment, pay coaches and tournament fees. They organize the schedules and find practice partners. They are even the psychologist, the match charter, and the match videographer. Their laundry list of jobs makes them the most important figure in a junior tennis champion’s life.

 

What’s the best advice for a player dealing with their parents?

Number one is to read the above tennis parent job description list! Most juniors haven’t taken the time to actually look into everything their parents are doing for them. I often remind juniors that their folks can go to Hawaii and stay at the Ritz for a week every two months for the same amount of money they’re spending on their child’s tennis dream. Realize that if you’re going to have an attitude towards your parents that attitude should be gratitude.

 

How has the game evolved over your career?

The physical, mental and emotional evolution of the athlete is number one. I was part of a tennis magazine shoot regarding how equipment is changing the game. We shot several top ATP pros serving with wood, aluminum and modern graphite frames. The result was that the modern pros can hit 130 mph with graphite, aluminum or wood. Modern string technology surely makes a difference in spin and control, but players around the globe are training harder. They are bigger, stronger, and faster. They develop the mental and emotional components now more than ever. So from my point of view it’s the player more so than the equipment.

 

Where do you see the future of the game going?

Great question!  I know what I’d like to see!
On the Woman’s professional side I’d like to see the development and implementation of secondary strokes. In my opinion, it’s such a one dimensional slugfest.
On the Men’s professional side, I’d like to see taller players attack deep down the middle. It would take away the speedsters passing shot angles. The Isners, and Querreys of the game have massive wing spans and it sure would be a tough assignment to pass or lob them.
From the high performance junior development side, I’d like to see juniors occasionally trade in the typical lesson sequence (rallying back & forth for 45 minutes, volleying for 10 minutes, followed by 5 minutes of serves) with a different plan. I’d like to see future training sessions look like this: serve and return for 30 minutes, then work on their attacking, transition game for 20 minutes, followed by 10 minutes of rallying.

 

What are your thoughts on the transition balls and 10 & under tennis?

My overall feeling is that they are both terrific for any age beginners. I have my staff use them in the 55 & over beginner classes as well. The issue is finding the exceptions and progress them towards the real game ASAP. Remember, not all beginners enter the game with the same athletic history. For example, I’ve had two 28-year-old beginners in the same group; one is a top accountant who has never played a sport in her life, the other gal is a three-time Olympic gold medalist. Yes, they both signed up for my beginner class, but have opposing athletic histories. Also, I have two 7-year-old players; one just wants to look cool in his Nike Rafa outfit (He doesn’t even want to hit!), the other has a very different growth development schedule (He’s sure he can beat the 16-year-olds in the advanced program and is mad that he’s not in that group!).

 

How would you define the mental aspects of the game?

The mental component is simply the X’s & O’s of strategy and tactics. It involves dissecting opponents and executing the shot the moment demands. The mental tennis is understanding the different patterns of shot sequences and knowing when to apply them against different styles of opponents.

 

How would you define the emotional aspects of the game?

The emotional components deal with a player’s ability to focus on their performance goals for the duration of a whole game, a whole set, a whole match or even for the entire tournament. It’s handling stress. It’s composure under adversity. It’s one’s ability to close out leads and handle gamesmanship. It’s dealing with the subtle differences between choking and panicking on-court.

 

How do you plans on impacting the game in the future?

My plan is to continue to take the Tennis Parents Workshops, the High Performance Mental Emotional Workshops and the Coaches Information Exchanges around the world. I’ll be heading back to Israel, New Zealand, and Australia next year as well many new countries. Of course, I’ll be here booking “crash courses” in the US. I will be finishing up the seventh workbook is the Mental Emotional series of high performance junior eBooks. And I’ll continue to offer free tennis parent newsletters and blogs.

 

Find out more about Frank Giampaolo…

FGSA@EarthLink.net

www.Facebook.com/frank.giampaolo.9

Secondary Volley

The following is an excerpt from Championship Tennis.

                                                            Thanks for visiting, Frank

 

 

The traditional punch volleys, which is one of the four fundamental shots of the game and is the stroke used most often at the net. But several other types of volleys are also useful weapons in the forecourt, and these shots round out a potent net game. Following are the four main volley variations.

  1. Swing Volley
  2. Drop Volley
  3. Lob Volley
  4. Half Volley
Let’s Review the Swing Volley:

 

Although it’s within the volley genre, the swing volley is essentially a groundstroke struck out of the air. A player generally uses the swing volley while transitioning forward to the net and intercepting a soft floating ball that can be driven. The grips used are the same as those for the player’s groundstrokes. Because the shot is usually executed from well inside the baseline, the player should contact the ball above net level, around shoulder height (figure 5.8). A low-to-high brushing motion is required; this brushing motion applies topspin to help bring the ball down into the court quickly. The player should avoid the temptation to hit down on a dropping ball.

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