Next Level 400 Series

Thank you for attending Lesson 8 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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Serve & Return

  • Depth and Accuracy are the biggest keys for both Serve and Return
  • Returns
    • Short Backswing
    • Turn Sideways
    • Weight transfer forward
    • Chip/Push it back – not a full blown swing

Serve & Return with Accuracy

  • Partners set up cross court from each other at baseline
  • Set up target cones for returner to aim at
  • Serving partner alternates serving to forehand and backhand deep
  • Returner focuses on deep returns at targets
  • Do on both Even and Odd sides then switch who is serving and who is returning

Transition Zone Choices

Depends on your Contact Point Height whether you attack or reset

  •  High- Make them Cry!
      • You may attack balls that you are able to contact hip height or higher
      • Be aware if they get too high and you are in transition that you should often let them go out
  • Low – Go Slow!
    • Balls that you are contacting low below the net – should be dropped or reset.
    • Keep it under control and allow your team to advance to the net.

Transition Zone Neutralizer Drill

  • Set up 3 cones: Spread evenly from baseline to NVZ 
  • First feed is aggressive like a step back on the 4th shot
  • 1 Point for neutralizing required number of shots into the NVZ, 1 Point for winning the point – Rally Scoring (approaching player could get 1 point for neutralizing shots and feeding player could get 1 point for winning the rally)
  • Version #1- Easier
    • Player 1 feeds from NVZ – aggressive feeds
    • Player 2 starts at middle cone in transition zone
    • Player 2 must neutralize 1 shot into the NVZ before being able to approach to play out the point at the net.
  • Version #2 – Harder
    • Player 1 feeds from NVZ – aggressive feeds
    • Player 2 starts at back cone and has to neutralize a shot from each cone before moving all the way up to finish playing out the point.