This is a very popular drill for training racquet-head speed and footwork with competitive players. However, youngsters can also have fun with it too.
The children put their racquets on the ground in a circle around another racquet with 12 balls, two balls per player.
If you can hit the ball with the bat you should be able to hit a return. In this exercises the players try to hit a ball over the net with a bat.
The goal is to have the children throw the reaction ball over the target and then run to touch the net.
Two children throw a reaction ball to each other. One throws it through the target at the net and the other around the target, sometimes to the right and sometimes to the left.
Children throw a reaction ball through a target at the net. The reaction ball is not round so it bounces randomly.
Several children form a circle and try to pass a medium size sponge ball around with their racquets without dropping the ball.
Several children stand one behind the other with their legs wide appart. On each side of the line another child rolls a ball.
The coach and the players rally hitting only volleys. Ideally they want to keep the ball in play for at least 6 shots.
Players practice their serve. They hit serves to an open court without a returner and work on their technique.