Again and again we are asked in our training, whether the purchase and use of a ball machine is useful or why we are not using ball machines. About practice with a ball machine, there are several scientific studies. They mainly come to the result that their use obviously causes significant changes in the timing and the control, which leads to a reduction in the quality of the transfer of playing ability compared to practice with a real partner. Machines weiterlesen

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Blocked vs random practice!Carl McGown, AVCA Hall of Famer

„The random versus blocked practice methods represent a fundamental paradox regarding athletic performance during training and subsequent performance during competition. Based on performance measurements during practice, blocked activities, in which athletes repeatedly rehearse the same task, result in superior performance during the training session. In comparison, performing tasks and skills in random order decreases skill acquisition during training. Consequently, based on measurement of performance effects during practice, many coaches and players believe that blocked practice is superior to random practice. Such a conclusion however, mistakenly assumes a positive correlation between performance in practice and long-term skill retention. The paradox arises from the fact Play the game weiterlesen

The Myth of the correct technique

Tomaz MencingerTomaz Mencinger, a colleague working as a tennis coach in slovenia, has very often interesting posts on his webside This time he wrote a nice article about „the myth of the correct technique“ and connected his thoughts with videos of Roger Federers forehand and more. Exciting the quote of Rafa Nadal:

„From the moment the ball is in motion, The Myth of the correct technique weiterlesen

Sprache „macht Wirklichkeit“

Sprache wirkt und „macht Wirklichkeit“!

Beobachtungen aus der Kommunikationswissenschaft werden imBlabla Tennistraining und im Spielercoaching leider zu selten berücksichtigt. Was der Coach sagt, wird vom Spieler interpretiert und hat – in der Regel – eine nachhaltige Wirkung auf das Denken und die innere Haltung des Spielers. Deshalb ist es für den Coach wichtig, auf Wirkung von Worten zu achten und passende Worte zu verwenden. (Zusammengestellt von den TMS Coaches Frercks Hartwig und Christian Köhler).

Hier ein paar Beispiele und Vorschläge zu einer veränderten Ausdrucksweise:

  1. Versuche mal….“ Versuchen beinhaltet schon immer den Hinweis auf die Möglichkeit des Scheiterns. Besser ist… das Wort „versuchen“ aus dem Trainerwortschatz zu verbannen und den Spieler anzuleiten, es doch mal so „zu machen“.

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„Its a players game, not a coaches game!“

Ein Vortrag vom Thomas Tuchel, damals noch Trainer beim Fußballbundesligisten Mainz 05 (heute Borussia Dortmund) über seine ersten Jahren als Bundesligatrainer und seine Coachingphilosophie.

Über Mannschaftsführung, Regeln, Mannschaftsgeist, über das Aufbrechen von Denkmustern, Ecken abschneiden, differenzielles Lernen, maximale Kreativität, Selbstorganisationsfähigkeit von Sportler*innen, Veränderung von Rahmenbedingungen und Räumen und Coaching im Flow.

Warum es besser ist, „immer alles“ zu trainieren und warum Mainz 05 „bis heute kein einziges Mal auf der normalen Spielfeldgröße trainiert hat“!

Spannend und voller INNER COACHING (TMS) Ideen.

A lecture by Thomas Tuchel, coach of Bundesliga football club Mainz 05 (now Borussia Dortmund ) about his early years as a Bundesliga coach and his coaching philosophy .

About team leadership,  rules, team spirit,  breaking through paradigms,  cutting corners off,  differential learning,  maximum creativity,  self- organizing ability of athletes,  changing frames and coaching in the flow .

Why it is better to train „everything always“ and why Mainz 05 „has trained a single time on the normal pitch size“!

Exciting and full with INNER COACHING (TMS) ideas.

Rivers of thinking

„If we help players to solve the tactical problem they face, will they work out the best technique themselves without needing us to be explicit about this?“

„If they can solve this problem, will this create new techniques that break down barriers and create new solutions? And what is the ‘right technique’ anyway?“Rivers of Thinking

This are two questions out of more on a new blog.  Read more on

Count to ten-news

New „Count to ten“ variations:

  • count backwards!
  • every hit over the net counts
  • every hit into a special target counts
  • the hits into a special target have to be set in a row
  • upon reaching a predetermined number of goals, the ball is „free“ and the point is played in the whole court (in groups with four in one half of the court)
  • groups with four play 1-1 in the half of the double-field
  • players count the announced number of  balls over the net or balls into a target backwards

Count to ten…

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