Lecture, Coaching Girls — a Different Ball Game

Rowden Fullen (2004)

INTRODUCTION

The instructor’s function

Women in Europe

Women’s coaches in Europe

Girls, isolation and development

Coaches and trainers

The more complicated sex

European coaching structure and women

Time, control of speed and TIMING

IMPLICATIONS OF TIME – Technique, movement patterns, stance (squareness), adaptation capability

Tactics – Square stance, BH from middle, fast topspin not so effective, development needs broader experience background including detailed knowledge of how to cope with material

Physical and mental chains

WOMEN AND MEN

Capabilities

Why women cannot create spin

Length of stroke and elastic energy

Why men have it easy

Predictability

Automation for women

Top men learning from top women?

CRITICAL – after the first opening ball

Over table play

WOMEN’S TACTICS

Control of speed

Converting

Movement patterns

Opening

Short play

Serve and receive

Variation, use of table

Equipment

Stronger BH

Winning weapon

Positive attitude

UNDERSTAND OWN STYLE

In relation to table

Movement patterns

What effective for you

Training camps for girls

Train in right way to accentuate own growth

DIRECTION

ADVANCE TECHNIQUES

Short play

Use of Angles

Change of speed

Slow loop

Killing through spin

Early ball strokes

Chop, sidespin blocks

Late timed variations

Loop into drive

FH block

MATERIAL

Method of controlling speed (spin)

Difference at top level

Short, long, Neubauer’s testing

Early ADAPTATION CAPABILIY

READY POSITION, SERVE AND RECEIVE TACTICS

Top women use tactics for a reason