Quick Off The Ball

Quick Off the Ball

November 1, 2010

In tennis, the players at the net, like the in-fielders in baseball have to be quick off the ball because they are close to the persons striking the ball and neither have much time. Players at the baseline, like outfielders in baseball have to be quick off the ball so as to move laterally, up or back to cover the greater distances involved from those positions. It makes one wonder if the preparation and timing of these initial movements should be different for either position in either sport? And, to get the maximum advantage would it be smart to start all movements at the earliest possible moment after the player determines the direction of the ball?

Victor Borgogno

Our passion at Sports Split Step started with the sport of tennis and tennis still provides the platform for much of the engineering and development of our teaching tools and concepts. Fundamentals are essential to teaching or learning any sport and the expertise developed in various sports seems to gravitate to things like physical conditioning, stroke production, mental (strategies) and emotional conditioning. We have become obsessed with something in the physical conditioning arena, something that tennis players call the Split Step. This Split Step occurs in many sports such as baseball, soccer, pickle ball, volleyball, squash, badminton, basketball, racquetball. The tools we have developed are geared to help coaches teach this Split Step movement in many different sports.

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