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
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.
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
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!