Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Greatest Training Game Ever?

With Rafael Nadal claiming his 13th Grand Slam Title last night by winning the US Open, it's only fitting we give you our training version of tennis - Med Ball Tennis

We've recently been using Med Ball Tennis with all of our athletes as a great finisher/game.  Training should be fun and athletes should look forward to it, and Med Ball Tennis has been a big hit with our athletes.  Not only is it a fun game, but it also has some good carryover.  The athletes are getting great work at rotational sequencing, absorbing high forces, lateral movements, hand-eye coordination, spatial awareness, and power development.

Take a look at it in action


Set-Up

   We typically use a 7y x 7y "box" for each side of the court.  But you can experiment with bigger or smaller courts.

   We vary up the weight of the med ball due to age of athlete, strength of athlete, variety of game (more below).  But typically between 4-8lb.

Rules

   Same rules apply as tennis
       Only 1 Bounce Allowed
       Where You Catch The Ball, You Must Throw It Back From There
       We Say There Is An Imaginary Net 2 Feet High, The Ball Needs To Go Over That Net
       Play Until 5 Points, Best of 3 or 5 Games

Med Ball Tennis also allows us to make a few different game rules and versions to get a complete variety of training effect.  Take a look

   Left Handed Only
   Overhead Only
   Punches Only
   Scoop Throws Only


We mainly use this with our kids in the 6th-8th grade range, but I can tell you high school and college kids love this game too.  We've said it before and we'll say it again, sometimes the best way to train is to disguise the training effect in a fun, game-like manner, and Med Ball Tennis accomplishes this as well as anything.

Go Get 'Em!

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