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Josh’s Fresh Take: November Edition

Cue The Music

Coach and Communications Lead, Josh Martin, weighs in on topics in the world of tennis and shares his two cents.

I remember the first time I met Rebecca Marino. She was introduced to me from a friend of mine as someone who played Venus Williams at the US Open. For the first 10 minutes I thought they were pulling my leg, until a YouTube video was brought up. I was shocked that this individual sitting across from me took one of the best players in women’s tennis to a tie-break. Williams was quoted after the match saying, “It seemed like every time I had an opening she came up with a big serve, so I guess I know what it is like now playing myself”. This was all mind blowing, to say the least.

Shortly after having met Rebecca, I started my first year of coaching at the UBC Tennis Centre. As a rookie coach you often assist the leaders and get familiar with how the systems work and then after a term or two get given the opportunity to lead a class for yourself. It is the best approach to develop coaches so everyone can feel comfortable in front of people of all ages. In my first term of my first year, one of the coaches that I was paired with was Rebecca. I remember how intimidated I was stepping on court with her. There I was, a recreational tennis player coaching beside a former professional athlete that played a Williams sister at the US Open. What? How?

After the first couple of shifts coaching alongside Rebecca, the intimidation factor disappeared. I realized how down-to-earth she was and how passionate she is for giving back to the community.

Fast forward to summer of 2017, one of the last few days at our summer camps here at the UBC Tennis Centre there was rumblings going around that Rebecca was returning to the game. It was a rumor through the grapevine in the staff room that no one was sure about. This went on for a few days until finally I saw it for my own eyes. I was walking into the lobby from our staff room when I saw our Tennis Director, JJ Mahony, pushing a basket of balls beside Rebecca as they walked on to court in tennis attire. I stopped in my tracks and looked around to see if anyone else noticed. It was one of those scenes in an underdog movie with epic music in the background as the protagonist makes a comeback. Like Rocky Balboa in his famous training montage to Bill Conti’s song “Gonna Fly Now”. I was witnessing a movie in the making. Where is the popcorn?

After a four-year hiatus from the sport, it is no longer a rumor through the grapevine, it is official; Rebecca Marino is making a comeback. Cue the music.

Josh’s Fresh Take, signing off.

Josh’s Fresh Take: October Edition

Finding That Passion

Coach and Communications Lead, Josh Martin, weighs in on topics in the world of tennis and shares his two cents.

If there is one thing I’ve learned coaching tennis for the past three years, it is that coaching kids and coaching adults are completely different animals. For one, adults are less likely to misbehave during a lesson. Rather than hounding students to listen or stay on task, you can simply coach the actual skill and technique that you are trying to get across. Most of the time, in my experience, adults with some level of hand-eye coordination can apply that skill and leap frog ahead in their development in a single hour. It is amazing how fast I’ve seen adults start as a beginner and one or two months later are hitting 10-ball rallies from the baseline. Perhaps this is possible for the few outlier kids that grow up playing tennis, however it is not nearly as common. After all, kids are still growing mentally and physically and perhaps still figuring out if tennis is for them – which can be a major factor in development.

When coaching kids, one of the key learnings is building hand-eye coordination and reception skills, but most importantly the love and desire for the game. Without the latter, kids will not stay interested long enough to care about how to get better. They have to like the sport and have a passion for the game and then, and only then, can they buy into developing at a successful rate. They will not work hard or take it seriously if they do not care about the sport. As much as this sounds like a burdening task, it is where the coaches at the Centre come alive; where they inspire a culture that becomes a part of an individual’s life.

Greg Macken and Aneesa Heatherington are two coaches at the Centre that I’ve personally had the privilege to coach beside and learn from. I cannot think of a better example of coaches that grab your attention from the beginning of a lesson and hold it right to the end. Time and time again I’ve seen students that have never played tennis before walk into their class and completely buy in on day one; they are hooked. It is an are to help kids and adults alike find a love and passion for the game of tennis. This is something that I’ve taken in stride and tried to adopt in my coaching as well. It is a great feeling to see an individual find the passion and make a breakthrough on their development. Finally making that perfect set-up, snapping a serve 100 miles an hour, or getting the hang of the famous “loop”, which fellow coach Bob Exell has taught so many individuals. Oh yes, it is a wonderful sport. One that is on the rise in Canada, thanks to some great coaches across the nation and especially here at the UBC Tennis Centre.

Josh’s Fresh Take, signing off.

Learn to Play Tennis!

Learn the foundations of tennis at the UBC Tennis Centre. You'll learn the rules, scoring, positioning, serving and all strokes of the game. You'll walk away knowing how to start and play matches!

Josh’s Fresh Take: September Edition

How’s It Going, How’s It Going?

Coach and Communications Lead, Josh Martin, weighs in on topics in the world of tennis and shares his two cents.

Summer camps wrapped up last week here at the UBC Tennis Centre. We experienced a jam-packed July and August that went by incredibly fast. As a tennis coach, it is our duty to keep energy levels high so that campers can get the best possible experience. Exerting high levels of energy full-time for nine consecutive weeks can prove to be a difficult task. However, what makes this so much easier is working beside some of the most supportive individuals I have had the privilege of meeting. One of those individuals goes by the name of Coach Kenny. He was always there to answer questions, give you a supportive nudge on and off the court, and rock a Hawaiian shirt on “Hawaiian Fridays”. Kenny was the kind of coach that led by example, which in my mind is the best way to lead.

After a few years here at the UBC Tennis Centre, Kenny has moved on to pursue other endeavors. We wish Kenny all the best and his time here will not be forgotten. “Hawaiian Fridays” during summer camps will continue to live on for years to come.

On behalf of everyone at the UBC Tennis Centre, I would like to thank Kenny for not only being a great coach on court, but also a great coach off the court for individuals like myself that want to continue to learn how to be a strong leader.

Until next time, my friend.

Josh’s Fresh Take, signing off.

Tennis Centre Open House | Friday Sep 15, 2017

Tennis | UBC Recreation

Friday September 15, 2017 from 12:00-2:00PM

Have a look at our facility, learn more about our programs, try some fun activities, and meet our world-class coaches (if you’re feeling up to it, rally against them!). There will be free lunch (Subway!) provided for the first 50 people and prizes to be won!

Activities

  • Court 1:Tennis Carnival Activities! Can you move around the obstacles while balancing a ball on a racquet? How about while dribbling the ball on the floor with a racquet? There are lots of fun activities that anyone can try their hand at.
  • Court 2 & 3: Try your hand at some tennis drills! We’ve got activities for players of all levels.
  • Court 4: Do you have what it takes to rally against our coaches?

 

Please bring non-marking shoes if you want to take part in the activities on Courts 2, 3 and 4. We encourage everyone to bring their own racquets if they have them, however there will be a limited number of sharable racquets available.

Contest Details

Complete any activity on the courts for a ballot!
UBC Students are entered to win: a Student Drills Program (drawn at 12:45PM)
UBC Staff & Faculty are entered to win: a Staff & Faculty Drills Program (drawn at 1:00PM)
Community members are entered to win: a 2-hour court booking for up to 4 people (drawn at 1:30PM)