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
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 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
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
One of my favorite quotes from him about talent and hard work:
“Do not talk about giftedness, inborn talents! One can name great men of all kinds who were very little gifted. They acquired greatness, became ‘geniuses’ (as we put it), through qualities the lack of which no one who knew what they were would boast of: they all possessed that seriousness of the efficient workman which first learns to construct the parts properly before it ventures to fashion a great whole; they allowed themselves time for it, because they took more pleasure in making the little, secondary things well than in the effect of a dazzling whole”
Hard work pays off!
-DJ ROBO BISCUIT
The King sat down with Dr. Jenkins. “Thank you for meeting with me today Dr. Jenkins.”
“Oh no problem Johnny.” Dr Jenkins was relaxed today. “What did you want to ask me about?”
“I have some questions about business.”
“Oh okay. What kind of questions?”
“Well I want your advice on how to sell more of a product. Just any kind of hypothetical simple product.”
Dr. Jenkins thought for a moment. “Well, I think customer service can be very important. Customers will come back if they are happy with the service.”
“Well Dr. Jenkins how do I make sure that the product itself is the best that it can be?”
Dr. Jenkins smirked, “Have you considered having the product be something that is addictive?”
The King’s eyes lit up, “Oh no I haven’t.”
Dr. Jenkins continued, “Well it is only an idea. People know that cigarettes are bad for them but they still smoke them. It is the nicotine in the cigarettes, it is addictive and people can’t help themselves. They want it too badly. So if I had a product and my main goal was to just sell as much as possible, then I would consider to make my product addictive. If the customers have an addiction to it then they can’t help themselves and they need to buy it.”
The King had a smile on his face. “Thank you very much Dr. Jenkins.”
(END OF POST, DJ ROBO BISCUIT)
Just finished watching “AMERICAN MOVIE” and it was very good. It is about a filmmaker named Mark and his goal is to finish his movie.
“I am a failure.” is the opening line of the movie and our main guy is Mark. He has big dreams to make his films and he does not want to “be a nothing.” I think he earns his money as a newspaper delivery guy.
The film is really entertaining and as it progresses you really are cheering for Mark to finish his movie and it is kind of amazing how he has so much support from the people in town.
The dialogue is funny and you really can’t make it up. It really shows all of the difficulties involved in making a short low budget film.
It is called “American Movie” from 1999. It is definitely worth a watch if you enjoy learning about films and you like underdogs!
(His horror movie itself is not super amazing but this documentary is really good)
-DJ ROBO BISCUIT