Written by: Neil Parker
***After a tennis scholarship at North Eastern Oklahoma University, Neil began his coaching career at Oak Bay Rec Centre in Victoria. Since then, he has coached at Rockland Sport in Montreal, Blue Mountain Racquet Club, Vancouver Lawn Tennis & Badminton Club, The Arbutus Club and worked as the Head Tennis Professional for the New Westminster Tennis Club, North Shore Winter Club as well as the Tennis Director for the University of British Columbia. Neil has also coached internationally for PBI.
Over the last nine years Neil has trained hundreds of coaches as a Tennis Canada course facilitator. Neil developed a DVD with Wayne Elderton that was rated the #1 DVD in the world by the ITF for developing young players. The DVD is now the centre piece of the first level of Canadian certification. He produces videos for Tennis Canada, USTA and has licensed pro footage to Transworld Sport. As a pioneer in the use of video and tennis, he has produced projects such as the world’s first interactive video tennis lesson and the world’s first tennis instructional app for the iPhone/iPod touch. Neil’s web site gbatennis.blogspot.ca has more information.***
Vancouver area HP coaches recently meet with Tennis Canada’s new Western Canadian National Coach Oded Jacob for a workshop. The topics included:
– Junior Tennis in BC – Managing Expectations.
– Where do we want to take our players, style of play, style of coaching, cooperation, SWOT, dealing with parents.
– Windows of opportunity in tennis training development.
– Laterality and tennis.
Here’s a brief look inside that meeting, and interviews with Oded Jacob, Wayne Elderton and Paul Tornquist.