Wheelchair Tennis

 

About Wheelchair Tennis

Coaching wheelchair tennis can present an exciting new opportunity for a tennis coach.  Past experience has shown that many seasoned coaches as well as newcomers have found the discovery of coaching wheelchair tennis an enriching experience on many levels.
 
Wheelchair tennis is tennis. A certified coach therefore does not have to start from scratch to learn how to coach wheelchair tennis players. The rules of the game (with the exception of the 2 bounce rule), the fundamental tactics and techniques as well as the physical and mental preparations applied to coaching able bodied players all transfer over to wheelchair tennis. The major new skill a tennis coach has to master is teaching mobility. Being able to move a wheelchair around the tennis court in the most efficient way mirrors the footwork an able bodied player needs to master in order to maximize his/her tennis game.
 
These mobility skills can easily be acquired through attending specific wheelchair tennis courses. Tennis Canada offers these courses on a regular basis. The Wheelchair Tennis Instructor’s manual can also be used as a self-study guide. For additional information please refer to the information below.

 

                                        Tennis Canada Wheelchair Tennis                                                                                          An example of Top International Wheelchair Players

                  

                                      

 

London 2012 Paralympic Tennis Event

Click here to view a video link to the highlights of the London 2012 Paralympic Tennis event

 

Developing Wheelchair Mobility

 

Introduction         Mobility Cycle Introduction & Neutral Position        Maneuvering the Chair       Preparation
          

             
Recovery   Mobility Drills   Progressive Tennis for Wheelchair Mobility   Credits
     

                                                                                                                                                                                      

Long Term Athlete Development Wheelchair Tennis Resources

        Wheelchair Tennis and LTAD Pathway

        For the french version, click here

                  

LTAD Promotional Brochure

For the french version, click here

         

 

 

             

LTAD Pathway

For the french version, click here

 

 

 

 

Other Wheelchair Tennis Resources

Wheelchair Coaching Manuals by Tennis Canada                     

       Wheelchair Instructor Course Manual

       Wheelchair Instructor Course Powerpoint          

       Wheelchair Doubles Manual: Part 1      

       Wheelchair Doubles Manual: Part 2

                    

 

 

        

Wheelchair Coaching Articles

       Instructing wheelchair tennis

       The ‘Wheelaround’ Forehand

       The ‘Pronated’ Backhand

       The Backhand slice (for Quad players)

       Wheelchair Quad Grips

                           

                      

               

Important Links and Resources

       ITF Wheelchair Coaches review quarterly

       ITF Wheelchair tennis website

       ITF Wheelchair Tennis Coaches Review - Issue No. 14 - 2007

       British Tennis Magazine: Tennis Tribe

       Taping of racket to the hand for Quad players

       Let's Roll - Learning Wheelchair Tennis with the Pros

       Wheelchair-tennis.net

       LTA Wheelchair Tennis Video

         

Wheelchair Instructor Course

Coaching wheelchair tennis is a rewarding adventure and Tennis Canada certified instructors and coaches have many transferrable skills to help wheelchair players.  A specialty wheelchair Instructor course is also available for coaches who want specialized knowledge.

Please contact  Kai Schrameyer, Tennis Canada National Development Coach at Kschrameyer@tenniscanada.com to find out about course availability for 2013 in your province.