It is common practice in the fitness industry to assess the client. A baseline is set where the Trainer/Client can track progress or lack thereof. In tennis, players take lessons and rarely if ever have an assessment. Pros/Players aren’t really able to track anything about the player’s game other than the fact that they won or lost. Before anyone takes a lesson there should be an Assessment including a Player Profile with such things as Short/Long Term Goals, What They Want From A Coach, Medical History etc. as well as a complete On-Court Assessment. The biggest mistake is to assume you know everything about your players.
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Do your students lose to players that you feel are technically inferior? Do you constantly hear yourself saying, “Move your feet”? Do you take a special interest in the fact that you feel your players are very slow? (Some coaches hire fitness coaches just to increase their player’s speed on the court, but still see few results). Do you feel as though your players play well in lessons but cannot put it together in a match?
There are simple solutions to these issues…