- March 21st, 2013
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The following information is to offer guidelines to on court tennis coaching for the coaching staff, designated coaches and team members. During a team match , the team should use the maximum of coaches allowed unless there is a justified reason not too. If a team is utilizing the maximum amount of coaches allowed, the team members not playing should take an active role in supporting-coaching players that are on the court, competing. These players can offer valuable information to the coach when he is not present and comes to that particular court. Knowing the score at all times during a match is a must.
The following scenarios or some of the situations that may present themselves to coaches:
Avoid distraction coaching: Sometimes a coach needs to go on the court just to keep himself away from distractions and from talking to other people and doing other stuff, not related to the match. If the team is in control of the match then the coach may justify talking with a significant booster or a good recruit.
Real on court coaching: The coach goes on court to provide tactical information, game plan, and mechanics. Providing the right tactical information can relate to emotional coaching; many coaches have various charting techniques that require on court coaching.
Emotional on court coaching: The coach is there to provide and assist the appropriate emotions. This can provide confidence; the coach can also assist with tempo and relaxation.
Provoking the other coach coaching: The coach tries to get the other coach involved in the match, knowing that if that happens, the opponent’s level of play may suffer because the other coach is a burden to the situation.
Lowering the opponents level coaching: Sometimes a coach may go on another court, because their presence in previous battles may bring demons of the past in the opponents mind.
Leaving the court pissed coaching:The coach may leave the court pissed sometimes and it may have a positive effect on the player. This might happen when the player is not performing at his level and the coach, knowing that, wants to make him think and realize that he can and is expected to perform better.
Delegate coaching: It would be done by a superior coach. From head coach to assistant coach, going down the hierarchy, until the members of the team get involved in each others matches.
Adjacent court coaching:Taking an active role in a court that is away from the one the coach is on. Coaching the other court from distance can provide confidence to the player they are coaching from a distance. If the coach was on the player’s court the player could feel pressure or patronized.
Leaving the court for other reason coaching: The player does not stand a chance to win or you may have to go to some other courts because you would be more useful.
Going where the money is coaching: A coach can go and coach on a court where he feels a player has a greater chance of winning, because he knows the opponent and he knows that he can coach his player to victory against the opponent.
Other kind of on court coaching: There are various other reasons to provide on court coaching and they include: having a player that has to develop a certain style of play for future competitive matches. Of course, if a player’s parent drove all night to see a match, you might just want to stay on the court just to make a good impression or just avoid talking to them