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

Bill Patton
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Book Description

An intimate look at the techniques and relationships of high school coaches with their school, players, and parents. Along with very practical advice, there are anecdotes to inform great decision-making for you and your high school team. Coaches, athletic directors, parents, and even players will want to read this to navigate high school tennis and to share with others. Learn drills and tips to become a great tennis coach or player, and accompany the ranks of others who join the USTA, USPTA, and PTR.

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  • File Size: 641 KB
  • Print Length: 119 pages
  • Publisher: JETLAUNCH (March 6, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IU6M63U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource! 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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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 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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5.0 out of 5 stars More and Better Information Than I Expected! May 1, 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful info from experienced coach March 12, 2014
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As a parent of a kid who played varsity high school tennis as a freshman then chose to sit out his soph & jr years, I was curious to read Bill's book. Our school's tennis team is coached by the football conditioning coach, a self-proclaimed non-tennis player. The culture of our school's team is such that players must be at every team practice during the 10 weeks or so of the season, even if they work with a private coach. What I learned from Bill's book is that it doesn't have to be like that. High school coaches can choose to be flexible, especially with their tournament players who want to continue to improve in hopes of playing college tennis. Bill gives many examples of working with tournament players and figuring out how to create a productive team atmosphere while also respecting the longer-term goals of the individual players. He also includes some great drills and tactics for keeping the players motivated and improving throughout the season and even into the off-season. A must-read for every parent whose child aspires to play for his/her high school team.
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More About the Author

Bill Patton is Tennis Professional and former high school tennis coach 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.

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

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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