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Show Me! Let Me See It!
by Nick Bollettieri
, 2 October 2012
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No matter what you think, I have never found two students who are exactly the same, and I've coached and worked with tens of thousands of students.
Now, With this in mind, coaches and educators must find a way to be successful that will often differ by student. I was a student that, for the most part, never paid attention to the teacher when they were explaining the topic of the day or concentrated when reading a book. This is still true today, but I've found a way to be successful even with my personality!
Coaches vary in the way they teach the game, the most productive method I apply is based somewhat on their ages.
Example: - Age 5-10
- You must talk slowly
- You must actually have them watch you demonstrate what you are teaching them - go through it segment by segment with simple language
- Have the student watch you and then copy every move that you do
- Do it together as a team, but also add simple tips of advice
- Repeat this process over and over again before you go into live ball
- When the exercise breaks down, go back to the basics by giving simple tips
Do not hesitate to stop here and listen to your student's questions. Oh yes, at times let the students come forward to show the group how they do the drill. This will give them confidence and let them be the pro. This will be fun and is the beginning for children to gain confidence and learn to speak up.
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