Schlagwort-Archive: methodical traditionalism

The plate’s edge

It’s always the same question that comes up, when I’m reading and watching coaches teaching tennis. These colleagues, willing to do the best for their players, are using methods, that are absolut contradictionary to evidence based coaching.

They focus on body motion, they try to provide text-book techniques, they let players stand in a row to control the technique, and so on.

I think, there are two main problems: 1. a lot of coaches do what they „have always done“. They transport methods, they have learned in their own tennis biography. 2. coaches are tennis-coaches. Means they seldom look over the „plate’s edge“, where tehy could find so many studies about motor learning and creativity in related sports as golf, volleyball, basketball, soccer and so on.

Cultural lag

The cultural lag in the implementation of scientific knowledge in sports game teaching in particular in tennis

In the past few years a lot has happened in the methodology and didactics of tennis coaching. The „methodical traditionalism“, oriented exclusively to the teaching of a textbook technique has been pushed back and the setting of many coaches has changed as a result of „play and stay“ and playful learning. Following and respecting the learning age and the state of development of the player, using customized materials (different balls, rackets, playing fields and competition forms) and mainly letting the learners play.

Nevertheless there we can observe certain phenomena, which I would describe as „appendix“ from the textbook-oriented coaching of tennis and of methodical traditionalism. Cultural lag weiterlesen

Schlüsselerlebnis/Key experience

stanManchmal hat man als Coach ja so seine Schlüsselerlebnisse, die einen dann in der praktizierten Trainingsphilosophie bestärken. Ein solches Erlebnis hatte ich vergangene Woche in einer Trainingsgruppe mit 12-13 jährigen Kindern, die etwa ein Jahr Tennis spielen und die ich für das Wintertraining von einem Kollegen einer anderen Tennisschule übernommen habe.

In einer differenziellen Trainingseinheit zur Verbesserung der Vorhand und des Inside-out-Spiels im Doppel habe ich einem Mädchen, nennen wir sie Fabienne, Bälle aus kurzer Distanz zugeworfen, die sie mit der Vorhand aus der Rückhand-Ecke in das gegenüberliegende Doppelfeld spielen soll (inside-out). Schlüsselerlebnis/Key experience weiterlesen