Tennis Training and Talent

When teaching kids, you have to look for “talent”

But I think the MOST important element that can help a kid get some success with tennis at a young age is their competitiveness.    If there is a kid who is “competitive” in that they really want to win the matches, then they will be willing to fight and “grind” in order to win points and win games and ultimately win matches.  They will grunt and bend their knees and exert their force in order to try and win.

I have definitely seen kids who are in tournaments but they really don’t care at all.  Or they don’t try their best.  They could be rich kids or their parents want them to play.  But they really don’t care if they win the matches, they are not going to fight for it.  In theory, wealthy kids can eventually do well because they can get so many lessons that they learn how to hit hard and clean balls.   BUT, in the end, the advantage goes to the FIGHTER who is willing to battle and win the points.  You just have to look at someone like Nadal or somebody like DAVID FERRER and you can see.

That is just my 2 cents on the matter.

Look for kids who are very competitive because they will become really good tennis players with the right training and the right encouragement.

 

-DJ ROBO BISCUIT

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Tennis Talent, training young talent

Some thoughts on tennis development.

I have spent a good amount of time watching women’s tennis and watching girls junior tennis.  There is a severe lack of net play.  There is definitely more in the pros and I am surprised that Taylor Townsend is not able to get to the net even more because she has great hands.

In the world of junior girls, they spend most of their time behind the baseline.  I think they don’t want to get brought forward and they don’t like the net.   A young athletic girl if you can train her to play the net then she can win many matches.  I think a lot of girls will not be ready for it.

It is true on both sides, boys and girls.  Most kids just try to hit hard and hit heavy topspin.  If you have a good junior they just need training in how to slice, how to approach and how to volley.   They will get passed and lobbed sometimes but I think the resulting effect will be a victory and the opponent will be so pissed and thrown off by the aggression.

-DJ ROBO BISCUIT

On Tennis and Talent

On coaching tennis and Talent.

When teaching tennis, if you are looking for a student who can be a winner then you must seek out someone who has “talent.”  It can take different forms.  Some players have great hand-eye coordination, some players are very balanced in their movement, some players have natural strength.  There are some men and women who are more “built” to be playing Softball or baseball: they are not that fast, they are a little bit chunky or heavier, but they can hit the ball with great power.  These players can be quite good on the junior level since they can develop big serves and lots of power with their groundstrokes.

Some players are gifted with speed but they are “slight of build.”  And perhaps not only are they speedy but also “patient.”  Some players have a natural talent for patience.  So, at the junior level and in tournaments they become the “pushers.”  They get all of the balls back and they wait for a mistake to happen.  And they are willing to play all day and hit as many balls as possible to wait for the mistake to occur.

The kids who are able to succeed the most, they usually have a combination of talents.  Perhaps they are competitive with a strong desire to win the matches.  If the “competitive nature” is mixed in with a good hand-eye coordination and natural strength then you have the potential for an extremely good player.  If the player is athletic and can develop “weapons” to play with, then they will be able to surpass players who are less gifted.

 

-DJ ROBO BISCUIT

ROUGH DRAFT continuation (Descent into Madness)

April 15th

I will soon start my new project. I have decided to keep a journal to track developments on this. My boss has tasked me with doing a piece on a nearby cult. We really know very little about them. There are rumors that previous journalists have failed to learn anything. I find it very odd.

April 18th

I have tracked down what I think is their headquarters. I have been asking around town about where to find these cultists. The people are very cagey about telling me details. An old man tipped me off to their location but he told me to “Go at my own peril.”

I have talked to Cassandra some. She is worried about the project. I told her not to worry, these cult people might be kind of misguided but they are not dangerous. I will still be careful.

April 19th

People in the area have heard rumors. They say people disappear at this place. And sometimes people don’t leave the compound for days on end. A local told me the cultists were called “The Bleeding Hearts.” He said it was just a name he had heard from a different guy.

April 22nd 

Today I made contact with The Bleeding Hearts.  I simply knocked on their front door.  He was a big guy named Rocco.  He did not want to talk there, we went to a local coffee shop to chat.  I told him I was doing a piece on their organization and he seemed to not mind.  I let him know they had a reputation for being a cult.  He told me that “People on the outside never really understand us.”   He said people were not being brainwashed or held against their will.  I asked him who or what they worshipped.  He told me they paid respects to the “Old Gods.”  He said they were ancient cosmic beings with vast powers.  He had this really intense look in his eye.  Rocco invited me to come by and visit the compound in a few days so I could meet others who were there.

April 24th

Reported back to boss today.  I told him I was getting a good vibe from this Rocco guy.  My boss said I need to “watch my back” and that the cult was dangerous.  He said people had disappeared before.   I will have to heed his warning.  I am going to the compound tomorrow.

 

(To be continued)

Descent into Madness (Rough Draft)

April 15th 

I will soon start my new project.  I have decided to keep a journal to track developments on this.  My boss has tasked me with doing a piece on a nearby cult.  We really know very little about them.  There are rumors that previous journalists have failed to learn anything.  I find it very odd.

April 18th

I have tracked down what I think is their headquarters.  I have been asking around town about where to find these cultists.  The people are very cagey about telling me details.  An old man tipped me off to their location but he told me to “Go at my own peril.”

I have talked to Cassandra some.  She is worried about the project. I told her not to worry, these cult people might be kind of misguided but they are not dangerous.  I will still be careful.

April 19th

People in the area have heard rumors.  They say people disappear at this place.  And sometimes people don’t leave the compound for days on end. A local told me the cultists were called “The Bleeding Hearts.”  He said it was just a name he had heard from a different guy.

 

(To be continued)

 

Tale: Fruit Center Support

( Imagine a Call center)

A man picks up the phone.

Service Desk Man:  Good Morning!  Thank you for calling fruit center support!  This is Phillip.  How May I help you today?

Customer: Hey Phillip!  I am using my banana here and my friend is telling me I need to get this converted over to an apple.  Can you guys do that for me?

Service Desk Man:  I’m sorry ma’am.  I am afraid that is not a feature.  We are not able to convert your banana into an apple.

Customer: Well why not?!  I want it to do this!  This is time sensitive too.  It is really important that I get this banana turned into an apple as quickly as possible!

Service Desk Man:  Are you sure that your friend was not talking about apple slices or maybe apple sauce?

Customer: Yes!  I am 100% sure!  I need this banana converted into an apple!

Service Desk Man: I’m sorry ma’am. But it is not designed to do that.  We can’t convert the banana into an apple for you.

Customer: Okay! Well then I need to speak to your manager.

(The customer gets sent over to the manager and the customer complains)

Service Desk Manager:  We are so sorry for all of the trouble ma’am.  We are going to create an escalation request for your need to convert this banana to an apple.   Someone from our team will reach out to you with the next steps.

( 4 days pass by )

ring ring ring!

Service Desk Man:  Fruit center support!  This is Phillip!

Customer:  It has been 4 days and I have not heard from anybody!  I really need your team to get this banana turned into an apple.

(The Service Desk Man reads over the notes of the Escalation ticket on his screen)

Service Desk Man: I am very sorry ma’am but based on the notes here on your escalation ticket I only have bad news.  Our team has come to the conclusion that there is no way to convert your banana into an apple.  The only workaround is to purchase an apple.

Customer (yelling):  This is crazy!  What do I even pay you guys for?!?!    (customer slams the phone down)

( Customer then sends an angry email to their fruit sales rep and the fruit sales rep apologized profusely and waved the cost of their fruit.)

END OF STORY

 

(This story is based on true events)

Feel free to share with your friends, especially any of the ones who work in call centers!

Pokemon Red Weak Team Challenge (UPDATE MARCH)

Hello All,

My Pokemon Red challenge continues.  I have faced some difficulty as the game progresses.  My team is: Gyrados, PIGEOT, Poliwhirl, Haunter, BEEDRILL, and CHANSEY.

My team is being carried by Gyrados and PIGEOT.  they are both near Level 40. My BEE DRILL is incredibly weak and Chansey is also pretty low level.  Both near level 20.    It will take forever to level them up but I can’t beat the game only using Gyrados and PIGEOT.

Keep in mind I can’t use really good moves like: Ice beam, Thunderbolt, Psychic, Earthquake, etc etc.    Especially Ice Beam and Thunderbolt.   You can beat this game quite easily if you have like a Zapdos with Thunderbolt and a Vaporeon or Lapras or Blastoise with Ice beam.                    At the moment my team lacks any kind of power in regards to electricity or fire or grass.           G Y R A DOS has water moves like surf and bubble beam and it has Bite and Dragon Rage.   Pigeot just has normal and flying moves. Anyway, my team is quite fragile right now If I lose the two main ones then I go down pretty fast.      with Chansey, Chansey is like a “tank” so I am going to let Chansey have TOXIC and REST and seismic toss.  I’m hoping that Chansey will help give me an edge.   And I think BEE DRILL will be kind of useless.       This team was just recommended to me by a guy online when I asked for a weak team to try to beat the game with.

I recently got the EXP ALL.  That was difficult as I needed to get some more pokemon, needed 50 to get the item.  It will still take forever to level up at this speed.

So right now, I have the badge from Koga.  Need 3 more badges.   But I worry that my team will definitely be TOO WEAK by the time I get to the Elite Four.

But you know, I guess I must try!

The original recommendation was to have a Persian.  But there is no MEOWTH in Pokemon Red so I decided to go with Haunter which would help me to capture pokemon.

But of course, if people online think Haunter is too powerful I can always get a weaker pokemon.

-DJ ROBO BISCUIT