Coaching Tennis Technical and Tactical Skills Online Course

Coaching Tennis Technical and Tactical Skills Online Course

ISBN 9781718237636

Regular price $49.95 $0.00

This package includes the following:
  • Coaching Tennis Technical and Tactical Skills ebook
  • Online Coaching Aid documents
  • Online video and activities
  • Online test
Human Kinetics Coach Education brings the court to the desktop with Coaching Tennis Technical and Tactical Skills, an online course designed for tennis coaches of youths age 14 and older.

The course draws content from the ebook Coaching Tennis Technical and Tactical Skills, written by Human Kinetics in conjunction with experts at the United States Tennis Association (USTA).

The course is delivered entirely online. As you progress through the course, you will participate in interactive activities, read portions of the Coaching Tennis Technical and Tactical Skills ebook, and view video clips to complete course units. You’ll learn different approaches to coaching, including the games approach (an alternative to drills-based coaching); develop a season plan and a series of practice plans; and improve your ability to coach during games.

The course is heavy on skill demonstration as well as error detection and correction. You’ll break down technical and tactical skills by viewing video frame by frame.

Other features include Coaching Aids, a storehouse of downloadable and printable PDF documents that are incorporated throughout the course. These include practice plans, sport first aid checklists, and drill sheets. You’ll have access to the clipboard even after you’ve completed the course (for up to one year).

After completing the course units, you’ll take the 40-question test online. Upon successfully passing the test, you will be entered in the National Coaches Registry, an online listing of coaches who've completed Human Kinetics Coach Education courses. Sport administrators have access to the registry, allowing them to track coaches' course completion.

Learning Objectives
After completing this course, you will be able to do the following:
  • Explain the relationship and difference between technical and tactical skills and describe the traditional and games approaches to tennis practice (unit 1)
  • Evaluate technical and tactical tennis skills in your players and make use of your evaluation results (unit 2)
  • Teach, critique, and correct essential technical skills (units 3 and 4)
  • Teach, critique, and correct essential tactical skills (units 5 and 6)
  • Prepare effective season plans and individual practice plans (units 7 and 8)
  • Prepare for game days, coach games, and work with your team after games (units 9 and 10)


High school coaches, serious club coaches, college and university undergraduate students, and advanced coaches at the youth level.
Unit 1. Teaching Sport Skills
Effective Teaching
Three Stages of Learning
Understanding Sport Skills
Tactical Triangle
Your Teaching Approach

Unit 2. Evaluating Technical and Tactical Skills
Reasons for Evaluation
Evaluating Your Players’ Skills
Evaluation Tools

Unit 3. Foundational Skills
Groundstroke Stances
Volley Stances
Get a Grip!
Put a Spin on It!
Take Control!

Unit 4. Strokes and Shots
Types of Groundstrokes
The Serves
Shots, Volleys, and Strokes

Unit 5. Singles and Doubles Tactics
Tactics for Singles Play
Tactics for Doubles Play

Unit 6. Offensive Tactical Skills
Singles: Aggressive Baseline Play
Singles: Drop Shot
Singles: Keeping the Ball in Play
Doubles: Keeping the Ball in Play
Swinging Midcourt Volley
Approach Shot
Volley and Overhead
Offensive Lob
Passing Shot
Attacking Weak Serves
Two Players at the Net

Unit 7. Defensive Tactical Skills
Singles: Serve Return
Singles: Passing Shot Defense
Singles: Lob Defense
Singles: Defending Against Aggressive Baseline Players
Singles: Defending Against the Serve-and-Volley
Defending Against Both Players at the Net
Defending Against One Net and One Backcourt Player
Defending Against Both Players in the Backcourt

Unit 8. Season Plans
Six Steps to Instructional Planning

Unit 9. Practice Plans
Practicing With the Games Approach
Practicing With the Traditional Approach
Developing Your Own Practice Plan

Unit 10. Preparing for Matches
Scouting an Opponent
Game Plan and Practice Plan
Team Motivation

Unit 11. During and After the Match
During the Match
After the Match

Course Test
Established in 1981 and rooted in an athlete-centered philosophy that places the developmental needs of athletes ahead of winning at all costs, Human Kinetics Coach Education courses and resources are customized and widely used by youth sport organizations, state high school associations, school districts, state departments of education, colleges and universities, and national governing bodies of Olympic sports to teach, train, and certify coaches.