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Offense/Defense Intense Doubles

A defensive doubles team starts at the baseline, an offensive one at the service-line. Both teams have to sprint forward on asignal of the coach (as a preload). The Baseliners sprint to the service -line and touch the line, the net playe...

Two up/Two back Doubles Points

An offensive doubles team who starts at the service line should move up with a deep, smart first volley. The coach feeds flat and fast to the net players, so that they cannot put the first volley away away”. They will hit a deep volle...

The Poaching Challenge

Two doubles start classically, each team with a baseline player and a net player. The coach feeds and a baseline duel startsl. Players can only play down the line when lobbing. The net players try to interfere and poach. To get access to...

Doubles-circle from the Baseline

4 players hold 2 balls in play at the baseline controlling the rhythm and direction. The players are all very close to the baseline and take the ball early. The coach puts a ball into play, the players play in a specific direction,two pl...

Dingles (Singles/Doubles)

Here single is combined with doubles. Two doubles teams play against each other.  The game starts with two singles points played simultaneously on half the doubles court.   As soon as a player loses the point he/she calls "doubles" and...

Doubles with High Five

Optimal warmup game before the doubles training. Four players stand  next to each other at the baseline. They play points on the whole doubles court but have to "high five" their partner every time they touch the ball.To get access to t...

Doubles Rally after a Drop Shot

A very dynamic game in team training. Two double teams each start on the service line. At the coach's command, they turn around, sprint to the baseline, cross the line with their foot, and then run  to play a short shot hit by the coach...

Volley-circle

A nice  demanding rhythm exercise to work on volleys. The players stand on the service line. The coach puts a ball into play, the players play in a clear direction, a pair always down the line, the other always crosscourt.To get access ...

Doubles: Two up Two back

One of the most popular games in team training: four players in the field, all of whom are maximally active and must always be ready to play. The team who wins the first point, plays at the net. From there it goes back and forth.To get a...

A Different Type of Doubles

A Different Type of Doubles

Typical girls's doubles? Two girls are rallying crosscourt from the baseline while their partner's at the net are standing like statues watching the balls go by - happy not to get involved. We need to change that. A few methodological tr...

Doubles - I-Formation

Doubles – I-Formation

In the I formation, the net player straddles the center line. The server serves from the middle of the court (singles formation). The net player will move to the right or to the left after the serve. The returner must guess what the net ...

Doubles - Australian Formation

Doubles – Australian Formation

In the Australian formation the net player stand on the same side as the server to start the point. The server serves from the middle of the court (just as in singles). With this formation, the returner is forced to return down the line....

Doubles Drill: Decision on High Volleys

Doubles Drill: Decision on High Volleys

One player serves and volleys, the opponent returns crosscourt. Video: High Volley If the return is high, the server will volley firmly toward the opponent at the net. Video: Low Volley If the return is low, the server will volley deep t...

Doubles: Volley crosscourt and wait for the lob

Doubles: Volley crosscourt and wait for the lob

One player serves and volleys, the opponent returns crosscourt. The player who returned keeps playing to the middle of the court or crosscourt, and the server keeps volleying crosscourt until the player at the baseline hits a lob. At thi...

Doubles: Lob Return

Doubles: Lob Return

One player serves and volleys. The opponent hits a lob over his partner at the net. If the lob is very deep, the team lets it bounce and plays a defensive lob back. If the lob is short, the player at the net hits an overhead between both...

Doubles: Poaching

Doubles: Poaching

One player serves toward the ‘T’, and the opponent returns crosscourt. The server’s partner crosses and volleys at the opponent at the net. The point is played out. Tactical advice Be aggressive when poaching (no doubts). Move diag...

Doubles: Playing Both Back on the Return

Doubles: Playing Both Back on the Return

One team serves and the server has to serve and volley. Both opponents stay back to receive. The player returning has to make the return (if not there is a negative consequence such as having to perform 5 kangaroo jumps or losing more th...

Doubles: Blasting the Net Player

Doubles: Blasting the Net Player

One of the players hits a second serve and comes in. The opponent returns aggressively at the server’s partner who is at the net. He hits a volley towards the ‘T’ or back to the server. The returner’s partner moves towards the mi...

Doubles: One up-One Back Formation

Doubles: One up-One Back Formation

Two teams play points with one player at the net and the other one at the baseline. The serve is underhanded. (The players at the net need to emphasize the correct movement up and back diagonally toward the center of the court trying to ...

Doubles: Four at Net

Doubles: Four at Net

Two teams play points with all players at the net. One of the players starts the point underhand and then the point is played out. Tactical advice Ideally, players should try to keep the volleys low and move towards the net to create opp...

Doubles: 3-2-1

Doubles: 3-2-1

Points are played out two at the net against two in the back. The team at the net starts the point with an underhand feed. The point is played out. Every unforced error counts one point. Every winner counts two points. The team at the ne...