Race to the baseline – a serving game for 4 year olds upwards

Here is a very simple but effective serving game which I use a lot! It works for groups of 4 year olds upwards, but as with many drills and games, it can be adapted for players right up to most levels & ages – just by changing some of the conditions.

You can see me show the game in the video below, but here are the basics:

  • The children are all spaced out along the net with a cone – only a couple of feet back from the net.
    They serve – could be overarm or even a simple underarm serve.
  • Every time they get their serve in, they move their cone back by one racket length.
    It’s a race to get back as far as they can.

How to adapt the game for older / better players

  • Play on a bigger court.
  • Set target areas where their ball has to land.
  • For really advanced players you could even have targets which they must hit in order to move back.

Do this drill in individual lessons

I’ve even done this drill in a private lesson with a 4/5 year old and had quite a competitive game (which is worrying;-). I had to hit a small cone with my serve, the boy just had to get his serve over the net – I can’t remember who won but it was close!

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