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The Art of Coaching High School Tennis: Planning for Success, Drills and Tips for a Season to Treasure Kindle Edition

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Bill Patton started coaching tennis in 1988, and has 25 seasons of combined coaching experience with boys and girls teams. He is a certified USPTA Elite, PTR Professional, and MTM Professional. He has earned well over 200 units of continuing education with the USPTA. In a three season span, one of his teams swept the Team, Individual Singles and Doubles titles, setting a record for most participants in sectional individual play. During those three seasons, those teams also defeated two #2 seeds, and two #1 seeds in playoff action. At another school his teams won the only two league titles in a 44-year span for school. In Bill’s first year with a perennial last place team, the boys stopped their 37-match league losing streak, while the girls stopped their 71-match streak and were featured on local TV as “Team in the Spotlight, ” the highest honor weekly. Bill is married and has two teenagers heading off to college.

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  • File Size: 663 KB
  • Print Length: 148 pages
  • Publisher: JETLAUNCH (March 6, 2014)
  • Publication Date: March 6, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IU6M63U
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Bill Patton is Tennis Professional and is currently coaching his 7th different high school with 25+ years of experience in the field. He has coached at several schools with many great results. Mainly, the players had a great time maximizing their games, and playing on the teams. You can listen to Bill's Radio Blog at www.blogtalkradio.com/720degreecoaching to hear from some great coaches and learn something new for no charge.

Bill is a USPTA Elite Professional, PTR and MTM Professional. He has read over 100 books, watched over 50 DVDS, attending over 50 conferences and trainings for professionalism in the sport. "Bill is a student of the game",
says John Yandell founder of TennisPlayer.net.

Mr. Patton is married and has two children who are heading off to college.

Bill has attempted to write books over 20 times in his life, but failed until now, and it has been through the help of a life coach, that he has understood the deep values that motivate his writing. "Essentially, it's all about service, and my sincere hope is that you are served greatly through the material I produce. It's all 100% authentic, every word of is true to my way of thinking. I want it to resonate with you the reader", states Bill.



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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tennisdoc on June 5, 2014
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I had just become a volunteer High School tennis coach this spring and realized that playing tennis for 50 plus years in no way qualified me for the responsibility of teaching teenagers to understand how to compete while enjoying learning new skills. At the same time I was interested in making certain that the young men on the team learned to love tennis as a life long pursuit. This book, which I plucked from the offerings on tennis provided by Amazon hit most of the areas I wanted to learn about and served as a fairly good reference for answering my questions. As a byproduct, we enjoyed ourselves, had a great season and stayed out of trouble.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Greg Lumb on April 29, 2014
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Bill has greatly articulated the process of running a highly successful high school program, pulling from his many years of doing just that!

As a first year high school coach, this book has been wonderful in filling in some of the unknown areas that only experience or a resource like this can provide.

This country's high schools are one of the places our great sport needs to do a better job of introducing tennis, and this book assists those who may or may not know much about the game to do just that!

Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Danise on October 17, 2014
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After reading "The Art of Coaching High School Tennis" I was impressed enough to invite Bill to speak at our Florida High School Tennis Coaches Association, coaches workshop. None of us were disappointed, his speaking was as good as the book.
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By walter Perry on January 23, 2015
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This book fills a need in the literature offered on the topic of coaching tennis. Coaching is an art and this is not just skill and drill coaching technique and tactics. In reality the High School season is unique in the number of players, funding restraints and limited practice to develop players before competition. Bill Patton knows how quickly you need to build a team out of individuals and character is everything, you have to walk the walk to your team. There are logistical strategies to get the most out of your team and build a program. There are drills for groups to maximize practice and pre-game warmup. What ever level you are at, there are gems here that will change the way you look at coaching high school tennis.
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In “The Art of Coaching High School Tennis” Bill Patton does a wonderful job depicting what high school tennis is all about. Whether you are a coach, parent or player, the book will provide you with valuable insight on this topic. Bill addresses all important facets of high school coaching in simple and tangible chapters covering not only tennis specific elements such as technique, tactic, conditioning and the mental game but also the more subtle aspects of the job such as team management, planning, philosophy and communication.
The book is full of examples, tips, and advice that only many years of experience can yield.
Well done!
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I just finished the book and the information was very helpful to someome like me who is entering professional (paid) coaching for the first time. I like the way Bill writes as if he's speaking directly to you.
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I was looking forward to a "how to" for coaching that might include drills, season planning, injury management, etc. What I found was a book full of useful information about working with school districts, athletic directors, players and parents to organize and run a successful tennis program at the high school level. Tons of great anecdotes and real life stories to back up the advice and knowledge of over 20 years of coaching experience. I was drawn further into the world of high school tennis than I ever anticipated including topics such as team unity, successful leadership, the role of team captains, goal setting, and player selection. A useful guide to existing coaches and a 'must-have" for prospective or new coaches!
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