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Wayne Elderton: “AceCoach e-Newsletter February”

20. February 2014

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Wayne Elderton: “AceCoach e-Newsletter February”

We have started a new series called, “Effective Coaching”. Many coaches feel they are “good”, But what does that actually mean? We are re-framing the question to be, “Are you effective?” Does what you coach and how you interact with the players actually transform the way they play? In many places, coaching could be described as, “a better player than you hitting with you (or feeding you balls) and telling you what you did wrong or throwing out “tips”. Not a very systematic approach. Can you imagine if children would learn math or languages at school through random “tips”? To really transform, a player needs the coach to create an environment that maximizes assimilation of skills.

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Pierre “The Bear” Lamarche: “Christophe Lambert hired as the new Head Coach for the Toronto National Junior Training Program”

10. January 2014

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Pierre “The Bear” Lamarche: “Christophe Lambert hired as the new Head Coach for the Toronto National Junior Training Program”

Christophe Lambert has been hired as the new Head Coach for the Toronto National Junior Training Program. Lambert is a former junior and professional coach from France, having served as the head coach at one of Marseille’s top competition level tennis clubs and for the French Tennis Federation’s U14 program, and has been working in the Canadian tennis system since 2009. The training program, which is run out of the Rexall Centre, has been in place since 2009 and serves as a passageway for promising juniors into the full-time National Training Centre (NTC) in Montreal. Lambert will transition from his current position as director of high performance club and talent development with Tennis Canada.

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Wayne Elderton: “AceCoach e-Newsletter December 2013″

17. December 2013

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Wayne Elderton: “AceCoach e-Newsletter December 2013″

Timing is Everything: As a complement to the videos featured this month, this newsletter will explore the element of timing. If you were to force me to pick the most important technical element in tennis, that would be challenging. There are many elements that would compete for the title. All would have good rationale. For example footwork/movement would be up at the top of the list. If one can’t get to the ball, they can’t do anything with it. I guess the debate would be if footwork/movement is ‘technical’.

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Allen Fox: “Resist Reacting Emotionally After Points, (An excerpt from Tennis: Winning the Mental Match)”

5. December 2013

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Allen Fox: “Resist Reacting Emotionally After Points, (An excerpt from Tennis: Winning the Mental Match)”

Your game will tend to follow your emotions, positive ones producing good play and negative ones, bad play, so you need to control them rather than having them control you. The starting point for this (and probably the most useful single idea in this book) is the following: When a point ends have no feeling or emotional reactions at all! It means that whether you have made the most egregious error or hit the most outlandish winner, it’s generally best to have no emotional reaction whatsoever. No matter how important the point, when it’s over, regardless of outcome, you simply turn around and start walking back into position having had no emotional reaction. Nothing happened! As an example, watch Roger Federer’s face at the end of a point. You will not usually be able to tell if he has just hit a winner or missed a sitter. Most of the time, he doesn’t react. You see the outer lack of reaction, but, equally importantly, he doesn’t usually react internally either.

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Wayne Elderton: “AceCoach e-Newsletter October 2013″

2. November 2013

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Wayne Elderton: “AceCoach e-Newsletter October 2013″

The statement is in 2 halves. In previous newsletters, we have looked at the first half which is about developing the ‘person’. The second half deals with developing the ‘player’. This month, we will look at the final aspect which is the “Effective Strokes” characteristic. We will define it as: “Able to execute strokes that have the appropriate direction, distance, height, spin and speed to perform the intended tactic successfully with efficiency.”

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Wayne Elderton: “AceCoach e-Newsletter September 2013″

9. October 2013

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Wayne Elderton: “AceCoach e-Newsletter September 2013″

Who doesn’t want to coach a player to be smart? One of the first questions I ask when watching a match (especially with junior players) is, “Are these players actually playing tennis, or are they just hitting balls?” The game is rampant with ‘hitters’. Player who just slug the ball (usually trying to overpower their opponent). Don’t get me wrong, one can be quite successful in tennis just being a ‘hitter’. However, developing a hitter (as opposed to a player) may doom them to a limited world competitively. The problem with being a hitter is there is always a bigger hitter out there (just ask all of Serena Williams opponents). When you meet them, you have nothing to overcome the challenge. Interestingly enough, a player who had good success against Serena (even when Serena was in her prime) was Justine Henin. Justine was definitely a ‘player’. She was able to use the court, vary ball direction, trajectory and speed, to hit shots that nullified Serena’s big game.

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