Could it be Djokovic’s daily practice of meditation – the most recent addition, to his holistic approach to tennis and life, which is giving him the edge over the rest of the field at the moment?
Before matches, Djokovic uses breathing techniques to help him ‘align with his thoughts’ and ‘stay composed’ – an . . . → Read More: Djokovic’s Jewel in the Crown!
Keen to evolve his knowledge of high performance coaching, Andy Knibbs an LTA tutor and coach invited U.S master coach Sean Brawley to present a 3 day workshop on ‘Coaching Mastery’. Sean, a former 150 ATP tennis player had been mentored by Tim Gallwey the author of the Inner Game series . . . → Read More: The Inner Game and Coaching Mastery
In his book, ‘Focus – The Hidden Driver of Excellence’ Dan Goleman discusses how focussing on what’s critical leads to success. In order to focus on whats critical, he believes it is important for both coaches and performers to have a heightened sense of self awareness, awareness of others and awareness of their enivironment. . . . → Read More: Awareness of Agenda.
In this webinar, Sean explains how it is possible to learn more effectively and more naturally using the ‘inner’ critical skill of ‘Focus of Attention’.
A few months ago, I was asked to cover a tennis coaching session with a group of 10-11 year old children. For the main part of the session the children focused on moving their opponents so that they could get into a position to finish the point. This was then followed by a competition . . . → Read More: Catching the Moments to Listen and Acknowledge our Children.
Recently my 5 year old son showed some interest in wanting to play tennis. As a tennis coach and a tutor I have a few balls and rackets around the house. We are also fortunate in having a bit of space in our kitchen and after setting ourselves up a couple of metres apart, . . . → Read More: Engaging Children To Hit A Moving Object With Confidence And Success
My passion for tennis was ignited at around the age of seven, after finding my mother’s tennis racket gathering dust in our garage. With no access to any tennis courts, my neighbour and I would regularly practice our tennis skills in the road where we lived. On one particular day, an elderly lady who . . . → Read More: Increasing Awareness – helping children find the answers.
Recently, I met up with a football coach to discuss how he could use a performer-centred coaching approach with his junior team. During the meeting we discussed our playing and coaching experiences and he told me about a problem that he had developed with heading the ball. After missing a few headers in a . . . → Read More: Footballers have doubts also!
A couple of weeks ago, I was assessing a level 2 UKCC qualification in tennis and I noticed a trainee coach struggling for something to say to one of his pupils during his on-court assessment. He had set up a drill which involved the players hitting cross court for depth, and he had explained . . . → Read More: Stuck for Something to Say? – How about asking?
Focus is about concentrating our attention or energy on something. Sometimes children can demonstrate a high level of focus, especially if they are watching their favourite TV programme, reading a good book, or playing a imaginary game, and no matter what distractions are going on around them, they stay focussed. However, at other times . . . → Read More: Helping Children to Catch a Ball by Increasing Focus