A side activity is a movement activity that takes place in a small space (run-out area of the tennis court). We distinguish the use of side activities in a training session as follows:
1. Tennis drill or tennis game in combination with side activity.
Side activity makes better use of play breaks. In addition, running paths outside the court are used more productively so that the tennis drill or tennis game does not have to be interrupted by a change of players. In this way everyone keeps moving.
Examples: Running through the running ladder, a jumps on the movement line, 2-3 throws at marker cones...
2. Tennis drill or tennis game without direct connection to the side activity.
The player is taken out of the drill/game for 2-3 minutes and does the side activity.
Examples: More intensive exercises on the running ladder, more complex movements using movement lines, rope jumps, stepper exercises, skill tasks...
A side activity has many advantages:
- Intensive tennis specific movement training
- Sensible use of breaks in play
- Lots of variety for your players
- Improvement of the tennis game with the use of intensive coordination training