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Overview about physical topics on each age group.
10&under / 14&under / 18&under /23&under


The presentation gives a development overview about speed, quickness and agility of the different age groupes. The physical factors as strength, explosiviness, endurance and coordination will underline the complexity of the different workouts and training issues as a tennisplayer.

speed, agility, quickness, different age groups

Building phase (U10) – Video:
Key points
Play and stay and learning while playing is a goal.
Stimulations on different physical factors – not very specific but fun and variable are elements of the lessons. Contents can be: stop-and-go / jump-and-go / turn and go / throw and catch / catch and run / etc.

Create and develop the exercises

The concentration on exercises and drills is short. Variations are a key element to repeat same things in different ways. A drill can be explained with a story – and a story can guide a lesson.

Example of exercises
stop-and-go / jump-and-run / turn-and-run / catch and run / etc.
Method: general training

Development phase (11-14):
Key points
Growing phase: “length growing”  as a consequence the endurance is a sensitive element to make huge progress and the coordination is limited.

Learn to train – learn to go to the limit of speed and agility. Start to follow on specific physical topics.
Learn to get physically stressed – be able to work with this load and stay in the process of moving and creating simple and further complex movements.

Example of exercises
Change the direction, starting speed, acceleration, frequency speed and reaction speed
From simple general – to more complex oriented exercises

Junior phase (15-18):
Key points
Growing phase: “wide-growing”  as a consequence the strength training (to get more muscle volume) is a sensitive element to make huge progresses. Learn the different variations of strength training.

Transmit the “new” power of strength on the court. Fast but precisely is the goal (oriented training method).

It’s a period where the players are still in a developing phase about their movement qualities. So to be fast and strong, to have power etc. is nice but it’s the beginning of transmitting these qualities on the court. The maximum is not always asked – the optimum is forced to do.

As a consequence the collaboration between the physical and the tennis coach is a MUST. Both sides have their topics to develop – but the focus is more and more to optimise the player’s game (optimum and not maximum).

Example of exercises
Mix of explosiveness and quickness – fast but precisely  lightly anaerobic to mix aerobic to anaerobic  load is between 10 sec - 20 sec. / breaktime about 30 sec.
Method: oriented training / integrated training

Transition to professional phase (19-23) – Video:
Key points
Endurance of strength speed
Endurance of speed, coordination and agility
Intermittend trainings

Stimulation of the basic physical factors: variations of strength, variations of endurance, variations of speed-power-agility-coordination

Good and strong physical abilities are nice to have but the real athlete is the one who can transmit these abilities on the court (integrated and specific trainings method). The maximum is not forced to produce – the optimum to succeed is asked to do – in combination with all physical factors – complex as it is in the game.

Example of exercises
Video: example of a strength speed and power speed training and the same topics but in an endurance environment (intermittend)
General and oriented exercises / movements

Title 2º
objective and subjective physical criteria 12&under
Abstract 2º

Objective performance tests and subjective coordination criteria are two elements of the talent ID tests from Swiss Tennis Federation. How do these two parameters cooperate with the tennis tests?

Keywords 2º
physical tests 12&under, criteria, SwissTennis

Personal info

Beni Linder

Benedikt (Beni) Linder, Switzerland / Solothurn, 38 years old (20.11.1973), in relationsship, working as physical headcoach for Swiss Tennis federation since 2005. Before freelanzer as physical coach for different sports as Badminton, moto-cycliste, swimmers, formula-drivers, tennis, etc.
Studied at the university in Bern 1995-2000 and graduated as Master of Science / Sport. Holder of the highest diploma in training/coaching Swiss Olympic and Swiss Tennis.
Responsible at Swiss Tennis for all the athletic education and performance of the players and leading all coaches from 10 different partner Academies. As well responsable for the phyiscal coaches courses in collaboration with Swiss Olympic.
Personal interests: Sport, Art and Kids education.


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