High School tennis coaches from both Nassau and Suffolk Counties came out on March 23 for the Annual Coach's Clinic at Bethpage Park Tennis Center. Bethpage Park Tennis Directors Steve Kaplan and Keith Kambourian offered several tips for the coaches in attendance, with an emphasis on serving techniques and helping players improve consistency in their game. Frank Dolan, owner of Sports & Fitness Performance in Islip, N.Y., was on hand to demonstrate flexibility exercises that the coaches can pass on to their players to help them during their match and practice warm-ups.
"Consistency is such an important part of the game at the high school level," said Kambourian. "There are four basic things that players need to do to be consistent on the court: Simple strokes, constant movement, shot selection and concentration throughout the match.
Kaplan showed coaches how they can correct their players’ serving techniques to help maximize their velocity and accuracy.
"I want to give coaches guidelines on how they can correct their players serving techniques, helping them to improve their mechanics and simplifying their overall motion," said Kaplan.
The day was full of activities, but most importantly, it was good to see the coaches, many rivals on the court as they lead their respective teams into the high school season, working together for tips on how to improve their teams. It was not a day focused on competition, but instruction on how to improve all facets of the high school tennis game.
Credit all photos to Alex Lipps
Coaches from across LI came together for a day of learning on the courts of Bethpage Park Tennis Center
Bethpage Park Tennis Director Steve Kaplan demonstrates proper serve technique
Proper stretching techniques are practicved during the Bethpage Park Coaches Workshop
The coaches on hand take part in the session on proper pre-match stretching and warmups
<p> Gary Simeone is writing intern/public relations associate for <em>Long Island Tennis Magazine</em>.</p>