Fireball

UPDATE: Jeff Cooper from tennis.about.com has put in the great recommendation “a coach should use foam balls and hit them, not roll them, as a rolling ball would likely cause injury if stepped upon.” Thanks Jeff! – while we’re at it I’d greatly recommend you check out his articles on about.com – his articles on repairing different strokes are my favourite, particularly the forehand repair article.

NOTE: this game should only be played with soft low-compression balls (i.e. 25% compression) – or as Jeff points out above, foam balls (see update above).

Fireball is a fun game that kids love to play. The children should start on one singles line and from there they are required to run to the other singles line while dodging low bouncing balls that the coach is rolling at them.

A good way to do this is to ask questions, and if they answer yes, they must run to the other side, e.g. “if you’re favourite tennis player is Roger Federer run to the other side”. That way it’s also a bit more of a controlled game.

If someone is hit below the knee from the ball, they must run and pick up 3 balls and put it back in the basket to join back into the game.

Fireball Tennis Kids Game

This game essentially helps footwork and balance for kids, while improving their overall fitness and adding another dimension of fun into the tennis group lesson.

  1. March 9, 2014

    The Fireball drill can be altered, still using foam balls only, with two or three hitters as the players run from one doubles sideline to the other. You can make a game out of it by using dodgeball rules, last player in without being hit wins or the first player to run to each sideline ten times without being hit wins.
    With skilled players the feeders should have certain boundaries in which to feed at the running players probably from across the net.
    Also as a reward the winner runner becomes a feeder.

  2. March 10, 2014

    Hi Jamie, they are great ideas! I especially love the challenge of having them complete 10 runs without being hit! Thanks!
    Caleb

  3. January 18, 2015

    Thanks Jamie
    Brilliant resource for tennis coaches. Absolutely love using them (or being reminded of them) at tennis camp and look forward to using them with coaching this year.
    Here’s to a smashing 2015!
    Regards

    Lisa

    • January 18, 2015

      Great to hear thanks Lisa! ~ Caleb

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