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Hilliard Lesson Logs

Every week, we will post a brief summary of that days lesson

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2/4/21: Today's clinic was really energetic! We started off with the usual Jumping Jakes, then went straight into volleys (both forehand and backhand), then we did burpees and had a nice long water break with joke telling! As per the kids' requests, we did crab walks next and arm circles after that before playing simon says and going over the serve. Next, we exercised with some lunges and stretched those same muscle groups out with knee pulls. After that we did Bear Crawls and played Would You Rather where the kids asked the questions this time! Finally, we ended with Learn the Tennis Court for a great clinic! 

1/28/21: Yesterday's clinic was dynamic and awesome! We did our usual Jumping Jakes, then practiced our forehands to warm up. After Star Jumps, we practiced a new stroke called forehand volleys! We had a lot of fun with Bear Crawls and Crab Walks, and after telling each other some jokes during after break, we worked out our thighs with Wall Sits. We then shadowed some backhands, and incorporated everything into the fun game Would you Rather. To really ingrain the form of the forehand volley, we practiced some more and stretched our arms with some Arm Circles. To continue this theme of stretching, we had a ton of fun with Sky Reaches and even played the Coin Toss Game! We reviewed our tennis court basics with the Learn the Tennis Court game, and then it was, unfortunately, time to say goodbye. Thank you to everyone who attended! 

1/21/21: Yesterday's clinic was energetic and fun! We did our usual Jumping Jakes, then did Arm Circles to warm up. After lunges, forehand and backhands, stretching out, and Frankensteins (high kicks), the kids got a water break and we told jokes to each other. Then, we incorporated the forehand and backhand into a running drill, did some Worm Jakes and Squat Jumps before going over the overhand serve. After Crab Walks and Bear Crawls, we played Would You Rather, and then let the kids run the clinic (they chose to do bear crawls and crab walks in a circle until we fell over from dizziness)! Another shoutout to the kids for once again breaking the HTOP Squat Jump record - 24 squat jumps in a row. 


1/14/21: This week we had an energetic clinic, doing Jumping Jakes, Spider Jumps, teaching the Forehand Volley, going over Forehands, and then stretching with Sky Reaches. Then, we did Frankensteins, took a well-deserved water break, and then combined running in between forehands and volleys. After that, we did Wormjakes, Squat Jumps, retaught the serve, and got another good leg workout before ending with Simon Says and letting the kids run the clinic. We also broke the clinic record for the most consecutive Squat Jumps, so shout out to the kids for that!

1/7/21: Today we started off with Jumping jakes, then further warmed up with Worm jakes for a full body workout, then drilled serves, worked on cardio with butt kicks and high knees, and cooled down with sky reaches. Next, we did forehands, and got a solid leg workout with Star Jumps (double the reps today!). This was followed by a much needed water break, backhands, and another stretching exercise. Then, we played Would You Rather and practiced learning the tennis court lines. We finished off with the kids running the clinic, to which they introduced a new drill called Snowflake! 

12/17/20: We had a holiday-themed clinic this week, starting off with Jumping Jakes as usual, then doing some Elf jumps, and trained the forehand. Then we played Santa Says, did the candy cane stretch, and bear crawled and crab-walked as fast as possible! Next, we drilled serves, exercised with mountain climbers and wormjakes, and played the Coin Flip Game. Finally, we played Would You Rather - Christmas Edition - and talked about our plans for winter break.

12/10/20: This week's clinic was another great one, starting off with Jumping Jakes and jumping lunges called Split Jakes. Then, we did butt kicks and high knees for cardio, which was followed by the forehand. Next, we did burpees (these are hard!) and Serves before going a step further to combine serves with a Forehand combo. After that, we did Mountain climbers, moving onto Squat Jumps/Backhand combo. We played the Coin flip game, Simon Says, reviewed the tennis court, and then asked the kids for a drill to end the clinic.

11/12/20: We had a great clinic today! First, we warmed up with the classic Jumping Jakes and exercised with some Lunges. After doing an amazing job on the forehands, we did High knees and Butt kicks to work on cardio. Not yet done with the hard drills, we went straight into Star Jumps! Next, we taught backhands and emphasized more fine details like the chest turn. After a water break, we did Squat Jumps, and put everything together with the big drill where we shuffle, hit a forehand, shuffle, and then hit a backhand. After the big drill, we had fun with Worm Jakes and Simon Says. We played Would You Rather, and then learned more of the parts of the tennis court. After doing a good job on that, we let the kids run the clinic for the last few minutes and learned a new drill called ‘steps’! All in all, it was a fun clinic!

11/5/20: Today we had our first ever clinic! We started out with Jumping Jakes where we practice the Split step and Ready Position. After stretching out with the Knee Pulls exercise, we learned the forehand which is a very important stroke in tennis, and practiced them for some time. We then had some fun with the Frankensteins to go with the Halloween theme and warmed up even more with the Spider Jumps. After a quick water break, we learned the backhand which is another important stroke in tennis, and practice a lot on it. Following a fun exercise called Wormjakes, we put everything we learned together with a drill where we shuffle to the side, hit a forehand, split step, shuffle to the other side, and hit a backhand. The kids were tired after this, so we cooled down with arm circles, and played games such as Would you rather and Simon Says. Then we looked at a tennis court and learned the basic layout of it and ended things off with Count to 10!

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