Prepare for a high level of competition by creating quality practice sessions!
- Learn how to practice like a National Championship practices
- Teach your players to be ready for returns, after serving, and how to avoid being caught flat footed
- Transfer skill work into a competitive match play setting to hit the same types of shots as you would in matches
featuring Brian Boland,
Head of Men's Tennis for USTA Player Development;
former University of Virginia Head Coach;
Back-to-Back-Back NCAA Champions (2015-17) - four championships in five seasons (2013 National Champions);
Back-to-back (2011-12) NCAA Team Championship Runner-up;
2016 Wilson/ITA National Coach of the Year - also named 2008 ITA National Coach of the Year';
10x ACC Coach of the Year; 9 straight ACC Conference Championships (2007-15)
2016 Wilson/ITA National Coach of the Year Brian Boland demonstrates how to run a team practice that maximizes the time you spend on the court. From extensive dynamic stretching and warm-up routines to competitive match play drills, Boland shares the time-tested practice formula he has used year after year to turn Virginia Tennis into a perennial national powerhouse.
Dynamic Stretch/Band Routine
Learn how to get your athletes ready for a great practice by implementing the extensive dynamic stretching and band routine used at the University of Virginia. This series of exercises will elevate the heart rate of your athletes and have them ready to go when it's time to hit tennis balls.
Attention to detail is a must at a UVA team practice. Listen in as Coach Boland speaks to his team about the importance of ‘owning every shot' and ‘hitting with a purpose.' Coach Boland's team is comprised of highly skilled athletes, and yet, throughout the sessions, you'll see him interjecting advice oozing with a reinforcement of fundamentals; every practice begins with a 10-minute warm-up that stresses quantity and repetition.
Serves & Returns
Boland stresses the importance of the ‘first four' shots in a tennis match. The serve, return, and the subsequent two shots require a high amount of focus, concentration, and as Coach Boland states, repetition. He believes beginning all practices with serving and returning drills is a core ingredient to the consistent success of the UVA program.
Cross-Court Baseline Game - Slice & Dice Game
Learn how to teach your athletes how to move the ball within a tight space with Coach Boland's cross court baseline games. Coach Boland instructs his players to hit a variety of shots within a confined space to maximize results. Interjecting fundamentals and shot selection within a game that stresses competition allows not a second wasted at any practice.
Boland's team practice video is a must for any coach who is looking to get everything out of their team during practice time. By implementing the techniques and ideas demonstrated in this video, your team is poised to show consistent, steady improvement.
73 minutes. 2017.Tennis Videos