Street Racket is a new street game. You find many informations about it here. You can play it on each flat surface. Meanwhile they have developed nearly 1000 ways to play the game in different court sices, for every age and every ability. It is called „The mother of all racket games“. Variation ist the base of the game concept and the base of motor learning.
In a previous blog post we talked about the importance of metaphors in sports coaching. In an extensive work, Nele Telemann pointed out the efficiency of analogies from other social contexts.
When you see tennis players jumping like a kangaroo, moving like a gazelle, waiting for the the ball like a tiger, standing at the forehand like a flamingo, holding the racquet like it’s a little bird she’s grabbing.
When you watch children hit balls over the net and describe the distance to the net as „mouse“, „cheetah“ or „giraffe“. When kids want to play the dinosaur game again and again at the end of the training session.
Then you might see players who learn and have learned tennis with our training philosophy.
But metaphors and analogies are not only about animals. May be players move and hit the ball like Bruce Lee recommended: „Be like water.“
You can use any situation in practice to set differences, from the T in the beginning of a lesson or later from the baseline. Players have to stand like a flamingo, with one leg lifted up when hitting the ball.