My Teaching Philosophies, Objectives and Goals

  1. My primary goal is to teach players how to have the most possible fun on the court. I believe tennis is more fun with the development of skills (the ability to do more with the ball, cover and incorporate more of the court, sustain a rally, execute specific stroke patterns and combinations, etc.).
  2. I believe in establishing a supportive and positive teaching environment. I actively engage players in the process of learning and acquiring new skills. I encourage dialogue, questions and input, particularly in defining direction and goals. I value patience, positive reinforcement and encouragement. I recognize the importance of building relationships, trust and confidence with our players.
  3. I believe anyone can be a great player regardless of prior athletic training or ability and will do everything possible to help players reach their potential.
  4. I maintain versatility in my approach to teaching and learning. I am prepared to vary my teaching style based on the personality, temperament and needs of the player and the goals of the lesson plan. I appreciate and teach different playing styles and strategies.
  5. I do not believe there is one way to hit a tennis ball but do recognize there are better (more efficient and productive) ways to execute each stroke and stroke pattern for each and every player. I believe in the practice of continuous improvement and do everything in my power to find the “better” or “best” way for each player and situation.
  6. I don’t believe in cutting corners or short-term fixes to problems. I believe in doing the first things first, building foundations, following progressions and long-term solutions. I value the importance of repetition and staying with something until you get it right. I am results-oriented. I believe in the importance of setting and reaching specific, attainable, reachable and timely (S.M.A.R.T) goals.
  7. I have a passion to introduce new players to the game of tennis. I am committed to getting beginning players excited and having fun on the court rallying, playing and developing new skills.
  8. I believe in hard work and dedication and am not afraid to place demands on my players.
  9. I am committed to developing and upgrading my skills by observing play at all levels, researching the newest techniques, communicating with my professional peers, etc. It is my goal to expand my base of knowledge and understanding of the game and to be your resource for all things to do with tennis.
  10. I love tennis and the lifestyle benefits of tennis and recognize my role to promote the game and keep players enthused and having fun on the court.

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