Cutting Edge Tennis Coaching
Leading Canadian coach and coaching educator, Wayne Elderton has trained thousands of coaches to utilize cutting edge coaching methodology that includes elements like ‘open skill’ development, Game-based development and decision-making training, all in a systematic, ‘learner-centred’ approach. Many of these elements of coaching methodology are unfamiliar to most coaches but, if mastered, will radically transform the effectiveness of your coaching.
Our methodology is based on the Tennis Canada “Actions” method founded by top international coach, and master coaching educator, Louis Cayer.
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Modern Coaching Concepts
Our methodology is built on 4 key pillars that outline the core principles:
Instead of asking themselves the question, ‘What should I teach?’, coaches should be asking, ‘What do players need to learn?’ This question takes a coach down a completely different path placing the player at the centre of their learning, and makes coaching far more effective.
Tennis is classified as a, ‘perceptual motor skill’ which means all skills require perception and decision-making in order to be adapted appropriately to the ever-changing situations players encounter on court.
Game-based coaching emphasizes a ‘tactics-first’ approach. Technique is learned as solutions to the tactical problems encountered in the situations players find themselves in during match-play. This is in contrast to the ‘traditional’ approach where the goal of technical coaching is to reproduce a technical stroke model.
The ‘4 Performance Factors’ of Psychological, Physical, Tactical and Technical have been around for a long time, but all too often in separate coaching ‘silos’. The Integrated Approach seeks to holistically incorporate them together in a systematic way.