Getting Ready For Your First Group Tennis Lesson?

The number of tennis courts and associations within the Newfoundland and Labrador region gives tennis players here an incredible amount of opportunities for playing the game—even when it gets colder as the fall season trudges on.


Already, many people in the area are getting into tennis, thanks to the various tennis clubs and organizations associated with Tennis Canada throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. Tennis is a great sport that anyone can learn how to play, especially if they’re interested in a fast paced, high energy and rewarding sport where they can focus exclusively on another opponent.


Starting to play tennis?


Tennis is more than just hitting a ball back and forth across a net. It’s an intense and tactical sport that involves a lot of practice to become well-rounded. Part of the excitement of learning how to play tennis is playing against another person. Since it relies heavily on playing off your opponent, it’s always important to actually practice against another person—and not just another wall most of the time.


Group tennis lessons give various players across Newfoundland and Labrador an opportunity to play against each other. These group-oriented lessons are aimed at uniting tennis players together for the purposes of, well, practicing with each other.


Various tennis clubs and courts in Newfoundland and Labrador provide a wide variety of group tennis lessons for players of all skill levels. You might have to wait until the spring season for the majority of them, though, since we’re now entering the start of the Northeastern fall season.


Until the spring season arrives again, let’s take a look at what it means to attend and effectively utilize group tennis lessons.


What to expect in group tennis lessons


Group tennis lessons are incredibly beneficial for beginner tennis players, young players and players who just want to practice against another person. These lessons provide a social, competitive and ultimately fun learning environment for any player who decides to join in.


Most group lessons typically run about $15 CAD to $50 CAD per lesson, though that price generally varies on the type of facility holding the lessons themselves. Group lesson prices are also affected by the duration of the lessons, class sizes and even the ability of the coaches themselves.


Despite the costs, group tennis lessons simply give people a chance to participate in hands-on learning opportunities. Beginners can take advantage of these lessons to learn more than they would on their own, in fact. With group lessons, they can receive attention from a coach who can teach them alongside other players at similar skill levels.


Tennis coaches in group lessons, as an example, can show players what they’re doing correctly. They also help peers demonstrate what they’re not doing correctly—and how to correct those playing behaviors. This hands-on way of teaching is incredibly effective for people who need a visual guide for learning the sport.


In fact, this type of instruction simply helps players learn faster than they would on their own. People, especially beginners and younger players, learn faster if they have some type of visual aid on their side. This helps them see exactly how certain shots are made, how to do certain footwork—and practically anything to do in tennis.


Coaches also explain to attending players about what works in tennis and what doesn’t work. This system of performing actions and correcting mistakes helps many players improve their game and become much better players in the end.


Most, if not all, group tennis lessons will have sessions that accept players of all ages and playing skill; there are, however, group lessons for people at different skill levels. Group tennis lessons commonly permit at least 10 students at a time, if it’s not a smaller capacity lesson. Many sessions last at least 90 minutes and sometimes have up to two coaches on hand to help the attending students learn.


If you’re just getting started with tennis or want to play tennis in a collaborative learning environment, why not try group tennis lessons?


Players who need more attention on working on their individual skills will fare better with an individual coach. Otherwise, there’s nothing wrong with attending the various group tennis lessons across Newfoundland and Labrador in the fall and throughout the spring.

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Becoming A Complete Tennis Player

The laid-back greater Newfoundland and Labrador region is a natural backdrop for Canada’s most popular sports. Even right in the heart of St. John’s, you won’t have any trouble finding any sports-related club or activities within the city.


Although you’re always more likely to find ice hockey, rugby and association soccer events in the area, the sport of tennis still has an incredible following within the province. Newfoundland and Labrador are home to several clubs and associations dedicated to tennis. All of them naturally aim to spread awareness about the greatness of tennis as a sport and a hobby.


On tennis


Tennis, as a sport, possesses nuances unfounded among people that don’t play. Not to say that people who aren’t into tennis can’t learn how to play—because they can. There are, however, some aspects that you won’t understand until you’re actually out on the court and playing.


That’s what we’re here for—to teach readers like you what it means to play tennis and how to become much better at playing tennis. Part of the journey, when it comes to learning about playing tennis, involves becoming a well-rounded or complete tennis player.


Becoming a complete anything takes a lot of work, but it’s the journey there that makes all of us much more fulfilled than if we didn’t take the trip.


So, can you become a complete tennis player?


Complete tennis players can apply themselves to any situation when in play, whether playing offensively or defensively, since they know how to approach hitting a wide variety of shots. These players pretty much know several different techniques – like aggressive baselining, defensive slicing, serve and volley – and subsequently chose a technique for the play that best suits it.


When you’re playing tennis, much like any other sport, there will be a wide variety of situations where you have to choose what works best, otherwise whatever you pick might not work at all. Players who manage to become versatile in play, hide their weaknesses and challenge their opponents end up becoming well-rounded players.


So, can you become a well rounded tennis player, too? What does it even mean to become well-rounded?


Becoming well-rounded in tennis


The element that separates most players from becoming ‘mechanically well-rounded’ and well-rounded is a term that’s known as application. If you can mentally apply what you know to how you physically interpret that knowledge, you can become more well-rounded through your hard work. It might sound complicated, but it’s a lot more simple than you think.


To give you a head start, here’s our take on the four qualities of becoming a well-rounded and complete tennis player. If you already seen some of these qualities in your style of play, think about them and about how you can improve what you already know.


Learn to serve better.


The best tennis players can hit any serve that comes right at them and hit different types of serves—flat, slice, topspin, you name it. Better players mix it up with serves that are unpredictable for opponents, preventing them from figuring out when the bounce comes back at them.


Hit a high return rate.


Even though you can serve, you have to bounce it back, too. If you stay aggressive on serve returns, you can potentially drive your opponent out of their comfort zone, hold your own and threaten a service break.


Use everything you know to get ahead.


The best players manage to keep their weaknesses to themselves and off the court. Part of this involves using every aspect of your game to, well, keep you in the game. Hit both forehands and backhands, locate and exploit your opponent’s weaknesses, keep your footwork up—and don’t let them see through your play. Use everything you know to get ahead in the game.


Work on your footwork.


Playing tennis isn’t just about working on your swings, it’s also about keeping up your footwork. The best swings come from the foundation that comprises your own feet. Practice getting into the right position through your footwork to produce a good swing and keep up with your opponent.


Although the tennis season is wrapping up until the next rolls around, there’s still plenty of time left to practice. As long as you remember what it takes to be a well-rounded player, there’s nothing stopping you from actually becoming one.

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Watching The Weather When Your Tennis Match Is Weathered In

There’s nothing more disappointing than getting rained out of a good tennis match. In Newfoundland and Labrador, this is a more common occurrence than you think, especially since the coming fall season has brought us more rain than cool weather with radiant sunshine.


Although there are always indoor tennis courts, a lot of people might not have access to an indoor tennis court in Newfoundland and Labrador. Playing tennis outside and underneath a good amount of sunshine is just, well, exhilarating, too. Tennis, although adaptable inside, is at its best as an outdoor sport, where the courts give players plenty of space to work on and play off one another.


Now, it’s common to play tennis through windy day in Newfoundland and Labrador. You can even bear the summer heat in a tennis match when it’s intense. Rain showers and storms, however, actually postpone tennis matches when they’re happening.


The aforementioned dry weather conditions don’t exactly affect how the match itself plays out. Rain on a tennis court is actually considered a major safety hazard—not only to the integrity of the game, but the health of the players.


Concrete based courts can become slippery in the rain, while grassy and clay courts can become too soft for play when submerged in rain water. Even the anticipation of a rain shower or storm can ruin a player’s mental condition to the point of stopping them from winning the match—that they were going to win.


So, is there a way to prevent rainy weather from getting the best of us mid-match? Here, we’re going to take a look at several ways you can avoid getting discouraged from the weather and actually finish your match in one piece.


Weathering the weather in a tennis match


Many tennis players grow antsy at the notion of having to postpone their tennis match if it’s predicted to rain that day. On some occasions, the rain stops before they’re due to go on, just in time for them to play their match. Sometimes, the rain starts when they’re actually in the middle of a scheduled match—when this happens, it can make even the best players get nervous.


Many tennis experts, however, suggest that you shouldn’t ever leave the court when it starts raining. In fact, many league-sanctioned matches will wait for the storm to pass before continuing after the rain stops. After all, if you were in a league-sanctioned match, would you leave right in the middle because of rain?


Most people wouldn’t, despite the rain happening. Most good players also avoid letting the rain affect their mental game. If your mental game isn’t ‘on,’ you won’t be able to concentrate when it’s time to head back out on the court.


Rain delays also give players the opportunity to rest up a bit and get reinvigorated before finishing the match. So, how do players become more reinvigorated during a rain delay? Many players take the time to:


  • Rehydrate themselves. You can always do this by drinking water. Staying hydrated prevents yourself from themselves from expending too much energy and potentially getting injured.
  • Stretch enough to stay loose during the delay. Stretching helps prevent your muscles and joints from stiffening up before you return to regular play. Many players target their legs and shoulders when stretching, and also do ‘shadow’ tennis strokes to keep the arms loose.
  • Think about the game. Thinking about the game can help you stay focused on finishing the game. Visualize what you want to do and look back at your previous plays to improve your playing once you get back to the game. Don’t think about how bad the weather is—think about the match itself!
  • Relax and rest easy. Even though it’s good to stay in the game, there’s nothing wrong with taking a rest to restore your lost energy. Just lounging around in a relatively quiet place, after stretching, is good enough to get the rest you need.


Rain delays are a natural part of weathering tennis matches throughout the year. So, don’t let yourself get too upset if it ever happens to you.


Newfoundland and Labrador might be prone to rainy weather during the tennis season, but doesn’t automatically mean it’s time to stop playing. Keep your head in the game and you’ll be able to easily finish out your rained-in tennis match with no problem.

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