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Grips

Slice (also Volley/Serve): index finger main knuckle is just below the upper slant
FH Rainbow (forehand): index finger main knuckle is on the lower slant, or just above it
2HBH Rainbow (2-handed backhand): index finger main knuckle directly on the slant
1HBH Rainbow (1-handed backhand): index finger main knuckle on the top

Grip Shout-Out
Have someone call out: Slice, Volley, Serve, Rainbow FH, Rainbow BH, and then change your grip by turning the racquet w/ your other hand.

Slice

Technical
BH Slice: The non-dominant hand is on the throat of the racquet prior to ball contact.
FH Slice: The non-dominant hand is active, even across your body; it’s not in your pocket or hanging like a Christmas stocking.

Lumber Slide
One end of a 5ft 2×4 leans on the net.
The other end is held high by the Coach.
P slides his slightly open racquet down the 2×4.

Railing Slide
P slides his slightly open racquet down the railing.

Self Slice Slide (BH example)
Hold your non-dominant arm straight out to side at shoulder height.
Bend at elbow, still at shoulder height.
Slant forearm down a bit, creating a slope.
Move shoulder forward a tad.
Slide the throat of the racquet along the slope you’ve created 10x

Alternatively, a 2nd racquet could be held by the non-dominant arm to create an easier and more out-front slope.
This exercise reinforces the stability of the arm/elbow as you slice.
The racquet should be only a little bit open, not so open as to serve pancakes.
The FH version of this is a little awkward, but works.
The non-dominant slope has the hand at the top of the slope, and the elbow at the bottom.

Flick + Slice (BH example)
Balance the ball on the racquet.
Knuckles up, ie. BH orientation.
Gently “flick” ball up and let it bounce.
Then Slice it towards the net/wall.

Volley-Up + Slice (BH example)
Balance the ball on the racquet.
Knuckles up, ie. BH orientation.
Gently volley the ball upwards k times.
Let the ball bounce.
Then Slice it towards the net.

Bump-Up + Slice (BH example)
Balance the ball on the racquet.
Knuckles up, ie. BH orientation.
Gently flick the ball upwards and let it bounce.
Get under the ball and Bump it up, and then let it bounce.
Repeat k times.
Then Slice it towards the net.

2HBH Slice
Sometimes it’s difficult to keep the arm stable on the BH Slice.
This progression has the non-dominant hand stay on the throat of the
racquet thru and past ball contact.

Saving Jail

To save Jail, we need to 1st reduce idleness. We do this by making Jail active, and by shortening queue length.

1.Active Jail
As an alternative to kids standing around, set up the Jail as an activity with a task. When the task is completed the kids are back in the game-proper.
Activity examples:
a)Start Rally at Target [basket etc.]
b)Start Volley at Target [basket etc.]
c)Throw/Serve at Target [cones etc.]
d)Consecutive Bump-Ups / Volley-Ups
e)Racquet Tricks
f)Bump-Up Rally Against Wall

1b.Some kids start in Jail
This reduces queue size, and since the Jail is active, it is not a problem. Often kids gleefully volunteer to start in Jail.

1c.Jail is a FIFO (first-in first-out)
Instead of emptying the Jail, when some kid has a k-Rally with a Coach (or some task standard,) free only the first kid that entered Jail (the kid who’s been there the longest.) Or let the task-completer choose a prisoner to free by tagging them. Also have Coach’s choice sometimes (to get the kid who’s stuck in Jail back in the game.)

1d.Raise the Bar
Since Jail is active and a worthwhile place to go to practise something, it is not a problem to send more kids there. So raise the standard/challenge for staying out of Jail.

2.Multiple Queues
Use other coaches (or parents) to run multiple queues. Kids can be sent off to Jail from any queue.

2b.Double-Column Feeding
Coach/Parent feeds quickly to 2 queues (1 hits FH, 1 hits BH for eg.)

The other tinkering we can do to Jail to improve its value from a coaching perspective is:
No Bunting, Whacking or Slapping
Typically you are sent to Jail if you are unable to have a k-Rally with the Coach (or unable to hit the ball over the net from a feed.) Kids will often resort to bunting the ball (just to get the damn thing over.) Change it up and add a teaching topic to the requirement. For example, kids need to get Setup before the feed bounces, or off to Jail they go. Kids need to have a smooth swing (longer Hitting Zone etc.)