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A Powerful Habit to Build Positive Team Culture

Unchecked Sarcasm can Derail Team Spirit

The word sarcasm is derived from the Greek language, meaning “to strip off the flesh.”  Yikes! I definitely recommend sharing this definition with your tennis team — and your teenagers. Sarcasm is so prevalent in our culture. I worry that many athletes are losing the ability to be...

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50 Things To Say To Your Doubles Partner

November is the month of gratitude and, this week, let's celebrate and appreciate our doubles partner. It's so powerful to connect with your partner between each point. Even a small comment creates solidarity and a positive feeling on the court, but only if you say something nice!

I promise you'll win more points when you support each other...

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Turn Toward Your Doubles Partner

In my experience of working with doubles teams at every level, from recreational to league to high school to college, the same problem always presents itself. When I watch these teams play, they look like two ships passing in the night.

Most doubles partners tend to move in parallel lines between points. Or, as I often call it, “parallel...

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Be Relentless About It - Fill that Emotional Tank

 
Recognition is a major tank filler. At Cal, we taught our players that filling each other’s  Emotional Tanks is one of their most important jobs.
 
Remember, The E-Tank is like the gas tank of a car – if it’s low you’re not going to go very far. When teammates E-Tanks are regularly filled, they end up doing...
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Play Your Best with a New Partner

 

Have you ever wondered how the best doubles teams handle the pressure of competition? How do they consistently perform at their best—individually and as a unit? How do they sustain great teamwork despite individual differences in game style and personality?

The best doubles players get the best out of themselves and their partners—no...

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