Serving - Love All

Serving - Love All

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  My focus is getting beginner players to learn the basics of the different strokes & work on having the right techniques. When that is established thru drills, I then start introducing the rules of match play & positioning. I have many drills that help reinforce what has been taught. I would say that I try to be a 'serving coach' & focus a lot on improving the serve. It is the one shot you have complete control of & I think it is neglected & not practiced as much as it should be in tennis lessons. Last but never least is my focus on fun!☺ My motto is all abt.having some "serious fun" when we are on the court! Lol When you are serious abt.learning the game, it becomes a lot more fun when you get out there in practice!

I have so much passion for this amazing game & love to pass that on & get my players excited to keep learning. I love seeing the progressions in my students abilities. I believe it is very important to watch yourself gain mastery over a new skillset & be motivated to get better. There's no better feeling than when a student gets hooked! It's even more fulfilling when they become interested in starting to compete in real match play. As a coach I am invested in my students becoming real tennis players, & I love my job of pulling that out of them!☺

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St. Petersburg, FL 33710
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I begin by asking abt.their desire to play & what goals they might have. I tell them not to focus on where their balls are going for the time being & instead to just work on getting their form & putting all the parts of the strokes together. I explain the parts of the court, terms to know & why they're important. I explain the basic strokes/shots they'll be learning & begin to break them down. I demonstrate everything for them & show them positioning & how to swing. As I begin to feed balls, I isolate corrections on their technique & begin to get a sense of what their strengths & weaknesses will be. I then begin to add degrees of difficulty until their strokes come together. I will use basic feeding drills & then start to use more challenging drills as they progress. My speciality is using the colored tennis ball w/children. The balls are less pressurized & so kids are able to learn on a slower, lower ball & progress from red to orange to green dot to the standard yellow ball. It is very effective & the kids can learn @ a comfortable pace.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I've been playing tennis since I was 11 yrs old. I received a full scholarship to play for UMass Lowell. I began teaching in 2005 & in 2016 began to work for the largest tennis center in Middlesex County outside of Boston, Mass. I was able to teach all ages as well as do a lot of off court coaching as I oversaw many levels of league matches. I love every aspect of coaching & couldn't pick a favorite area, they are all very rewarding in different ways. I also currently play in a Ultimate Tennis league where I compete in the 3.5 Singles & 4.5 Mixed Doubles matches.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

I don't teach/coach for the money, I feel my prices are very reasonable. I charge much less than the typical club which can require pricey memberships & costly packages of lessons. My typical rate is $40/hr. I'll often adjust if the circumstances allow. I'd rather charge less & be able to teach a student more often. I prefer 1 or 2x/week to keep their skillset up so I try to be reasonable. I adjust for semi-private & group lessons as well as siblings that play together. I also offer an adult beginner drop-in mixer where anyone that comes pays just $15 (which goes towards balls) I do a few drills & then we play some fun, casual doubles & work on match play.

How did you get started teaching?

I began teaching on public courts for a tennis pro in Boston. I then continued on my own. In 2016 I began working for a big tennis center in Boston called Marcus Lewis Tennis Center. I was able to coach many different ages in many different areas. 

What types of students have you worked with?

I've worked w/3-6 yrs old (red ball), 6-9 yrs (orange ball), & 9-13 yrs (green dot) I've also worked w/children that have developmental delays, as well as kids on the autism spectrum.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I have a dear friend that I've been trying to get to come out & play. She's been a great friend & I wanted to teach her as a favor for all her support. I finally got her to come out & it was incredible! She had such natural talent & it was great pulling that out of her. She began to cry afterwards & thanked me for bringing out her inner athlete. She's so grateful & still after her lessons will gush on me coaching & how much she's enjoying learning. I had a day off but offered to bring her out & I realized that putting a smile as big as hers on someone's face is exactly why I do what I do! She now even wants her own racquet. Another student wants to play in Ultimate Tennis matches now & I can't wait to watch one of his matches. I have many, many fond memories, too many to list!

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

I would encourage them to try & get to know a coach personally to see if they might be a good fit. The coach should be likable, attentive, & always encouraging. I believe u should get the sense that tennis is their passion & they love what they do. For me, I just want everyone to learn & love to play this amazing game just like I do! Tennis is a sport for life & there are so many benefits to learning. Your coach should be fun & able to get you excited abt.playing! I believe my passion for tennis is obvious & I have a very fun, engaging personality. I want my students to love learning, definitely look for that in a coach!

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

I encourage all questions, it shows interest & a desire to learn. It'd be a benefit to know more abt.the student personally so I can better understand their needs. People learn in different ways, I'd love to know how a student learns best. Also, if I know your goals, strengths, weaknesses, can help me in formatting the lesson plans & give me a sense of how I should teach through the corrections I'll be giving. 

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