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What should a good coach have on the court

Marcin Bieniek provides a list of items which all tennis coaches should have with them on the court.

Preparation is the most important aspect for all tennis coaches and players. For a coach this means that you have everything you will need on-court, so your coaching session runs smoothly.

It can be perceived that a coach does not have to care about many things during a coaching session, but it is a wrong mindset. There are many little things that can ruin or make your work harder. The following is a suggested list of items which all coaches should have with them on the court when conducting a coaching session:

Additional racquets

We know that we play and coach in the best way when we have our own equipment. Also, many amateur players do not have a second racquet when they come to a tennis session.

Replacement grips

There is nothing worse than playing tennis with a wet or torn grip. A few replacement grips in your bag can give you mental comfort for all your sessions.

A Towel

When playing tennis, I suspect you sweat a lot, so it is imperative to have a towel with you.

Change of Clothes

You never know what will happen on and off the court. You may fall down on clay or spill a drink on your clothes. A good coach must be a role model, so he/she must look smart and tidy.

Hat and sunscreen

If you coach in a hot environment like Africa, Dubai or Arizona you should have a hat and sunscreen with you at all times to protect you from the sun's harmful rays.

Cones, markers

Tennis is a tactical sport. If you want to teach tactics, you can use cones or markers to mark a zone or use as targets to monitor the accuracy of your player's shots.

Camera

Coaches should use equipment which can help players develop their skills and help you to observe, analyse and provide feedback. A camera is an excellent device to use on the court because a player can see their effort in seconds.

Paper and pen

It may seem trivial, but it is sometimes the most desired item on the court. If you want to give information to a player, written is the best option to choose.

Measurement tape

If you have a measuring tape you can check and set the height of the net in seconds.

More water and snacks

You should always have some water and nutritional snacks in your bag. If you do not have enough water and snacks, it can have an impact on your coaching. Sometimes you may have an additional unplanned coaching session, so you must be prepared in case this happens.

Few cans of balls

Frequently, coaches have tennis balls in storage rooms at tennis facilities. If the key holder to the storage room is late then you can at least start a lesson on time.

Kids balls and stuff

Your adult clients may come with along with their children unexpectedly, so you must be ready to conduct a quality lesson for the whole family. The worst thing a coach can say is: "Sorry, I was not prepared".

Finally

Obviously, you never know what can happen but when you are prepared with these items, you lower your chances of being surprised. It takes a few minutes, but it can impact your coaching sessions or career as a tennis coach. More importantly, it provides an image of a well-prepared professional coach to your players.


Page Reference

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  • BIENIEK, M. (2012) What should a good coach have on court [WWW] Available from: https://www.brianmac.co.uk/articles/article108.htm [Accessed

About the Author

Marcin Bieniek is a tennis coach from Poland and a former professional player (Polish National Juniors Team). He is a certificated tennis coach by the Polish Tennis Coaching Association and the Professional Tennis Registry. Marcin has worked with many of the top 20 Polish Juniors and the top 150 players in the world. He has a coaching tennis forum at http://2beacoach.forums-free.com

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