Next Level 400 Series

Thank you for attending Lesson 6 of our 12 week Training Series! Please note that lessons do not have to be taken in numerical order. You are welcome to start anytime during the 3 month rotation.
Here are your notes and homework from class. Keep practicing to solidify all you learned.
Looking forward to seeing you next week!


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Transition Zone Strategies

3rd Shots

  • #1 Watch your partner if they are hitting the 3rd shot
    • If they look balanced, loaded forward you can put some money on their shot and start to move forward
  • #2 Watch your opponent that is receiving the ball -their paddle prep will tell  
    • Green light to move forward- opponent contacting below the net
    • Yellow light to move forward with caution – opponent contacting net height
    • Red light to NOT move forward – opponent contacting shoulder height or higher


Transition Zone Shots

    • If it is LOW go SLOW – This is MOST OFTEN THE CASE
      • Don’t speed up, attack or swing fast at balls you are contacting below your knees
      • Keep trying to drop or reset these balls into the NVZ so your team can approach the net
    • If it is HIGH make them CRY – this happens occasionally usually off a REALLY good drop or drive
      • Attack the balls in transition zone that are waist height or higher 
      • Targets 
        •  #1 open court 
        • #2 the person straight in front of you

Do Not Speed Up Cross Court!  It just sets your partner up to get counter attacked

Mid Court Reset Mechanic

  • Soft body, soft hands
  • Paddle Out in Front
  • Stagger feet so you can use your weight transfer forward
  • Push ball forward and use weight transfer
  • Feels more like a push or a bump rather than a swing

Transition Zone Trash Collector Drill

  • One player at NVZ, one at transition zone
  • NVZ player feeds balls to transition zone player who has to reset all balls
  • Feeds can be hit out of the air or off the bounce- variety is best!
  • Count how many midcourt player resets in NVZ during  timed rounds

The Approach Game Drill

  • Player 1 at NVZ, Player 2 at Baseline
  • Player 1 feeds balls to Player 2 – this is mimicking the return of serve
  • player 2 makes choice of drop or drive and moves forward to play out the point
  • Net Player focusing on 4th shot
  • Baseline Player focusing on Transitioning
  • Possesion scoring- Baseline player is the scoring player.  If they lose rally it is a side out and you switch who is at NVZ and Baseline