THE TIGER TENNIS COACHING METHOD©
This is an original and innovative method used by Tiger Tennis coaches to teach tennis in a way that is simple, consistent and effective. It introduces 6 Core Processes which work together to create a strong and constructive approach to learning Life Skills through tennis.
CHILD CENTRED COACHING
We believe that each child is their own expert on themselves and how they learn best. We help each child to become more aware of what they are experiencing so they can gain control of their own development. We aim to instil a sense of personal empowerment by putting the child at the centre of their learning journey, rather than telling them what they ‘should’ be doing. This approach helps build self-motivation and self-reliance.
THE 6 CORE PROCESSES
1) THE NATURAL LEARNING PROCESS
- » We believe that our bodies are designed to learn and improve naturally if given the opportunity. A great example is the way in which a baby learns to walk through trial and error.
- » We therefore believe that mistakes are not something to be avoided, but instead should be seen as essential information which allows our body to adjust and improve.
- » At Tiger Tennis we aim to build trust in this process and in doing so help players to gain confidence in themselves.
2) THE CONCEPT TO SKILL PRINCIPLE
- » We base our tennis coaching on essential core principles that aim to simplify learning the game into fundamental skills that can be put together for optimum success.
- » It differs from other approaches in that it teaches an essential concept first and then seeks to refine the skill progressively on a physical level.
- » Once the concept is grasped, a clear thought process is created from which to build the appropriate skill.
3) ACTIVITY BASED COACHING
- » Through this approach, the activity itself becomes central to the teaching process by providing direct and accurate feedback.
- » Each activity is designed to directly challenge the player towards improving the specific skill being worked on.
- » It allows the coach more freedom to support the player by providing key reminders of the teaching point and giving encouragement.
- » It supports the Natural Learning process by allowing the player to learn through experiencing rather than just being told verbally what to do.
4) MINDSET TRAINING
- » We focus on building a growth mindset where players can learn to focus on their own learning, as well as on the process of the activity, rather than just the end results.
- » By allowing mistakes to happen and working things out for themselves players develop more confidence and autonomy.
- » Over a period of time we aim to instil a ‘can do’ mindset where they value effort and improvement as much as achievement.
5) SKILLS BASED COACHING
- » We believe that your success at anything is determined by your level of skill in that area.
- » Improvement in tennis requires skills not just on the physical level, but also on the mental and emotional levels, and the coaching process needs to develop all of these.
- » So at Tiger Tennis we think in terms of ‘skilling’ our players so that they become more capable and confident in their abilities.
- » Being able to do stuff is cool and more fun!
6) PROGRESSIVE ADAPTATION
- » Real progress occurs at a very specific place that exists just outside our comfort zone, but not too far that it feels unreachable.
- » We aim to use progressions that break down the skills necessary to play tennis in such a way that they stay within this ‘practice zone’.
- » In this way our players know they are being challenged, but get used the process and start to enjoy it once they realize the improvements they can make.
- » ‘Progressive Adaptation’ is our name for this process of gradually stretching and increasing our abilities in this way and applies on all three levels.