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  • Injuries, Rest, & Fall

    By Tyler Tarnasky | In Tennis | on August 14, 2017

    INJURY GUIDE

    Injuries in tennis most often occur from 1.) overuse and 2.) technique. Playing too much, especially combined with technical issues, can lead to pain and eventually an injury. String and racquet choices can lead to injuries sometimes but usually poor string and racquet selections lead to bad technique which is the real reason for the injury. For example, if you use a racquet or string that is not powerful enough or too stiff, you will try to over hit and therefore your technique will break down which can lead to an injury. Therefore, switching to a more powerful racquet or string can help sometimes with pain — but usually the help comes from improved technique and not needing to generate as much power on your own.

    The first question with any injury is — will continuing to play tennis going to make my injury worse? If that is the case, then rest or some form of medical treatment is necessary. If the answer is no and continuing to play will not make the injury last longer, then try to find ways to endure the pain and continuing playing or training. More often than not, a few days of rest will do the trick and is far better than pushing a potential injury and making it worse which might require an extended absence. If you do rest and find little or no relief then you will need to explore some form of medical treatment.

    It is super important to remember to do all that you can to help prevent and endure through injuries. For example, you should start any form of a practice session with a proper dynamic warm up. You should finish any session or day with a proper stretch. Usually at the first sign of pain, you should make sure to spend extra time stretching, icing, and strengthening the area in pain. Also, proper hydration, nutrition, and sleep will help with preventing and enduring injuries.

    Speaking of REST…how much should you rest in general? 1-2 days/week depending on your goals. After a tournament you should take a day off IF you have a tournament the very next weekend. If you do not have a tournament the very next weekend, you should come to practice as soon as possible and work on playing fatigued/multiple weeks in a row. Then you can rest Saturday and Sunday the following weekend. If you are not in a good place with school or sleep, you need to take sometime to get caught up in those aspects. You cannot practice properly overly stressed about school or sleep deprived. Lastly, do NOT rest if you are sore! Sometimes soreness is confused with injury. When you are sore the best thing you can do is work out the soreness through exercise.

    FALL WEEKLY THEMES
    Building Cross Court
    Attacking Down the Line
    Forehand Development
    Backhand Development
    Attacking the Net
    Playing Defense
    Doubles Development
    Continental Grip Skills
    Volley & OH Development
    Quick Pressure Plays
    Match Play

  • How to Get the Most From Team Travel

    By Tyler Tarnasky | In Tennis | on July 20, 2017

    1.) Go to the tournament prepared. Preparation involves 3 aspects: on court training, proper rest (not taking days off of tennis but proper sleep), and having your equipment ready.

    2.) Go to the team warm up in the morning.

    3.) Communicate with coaches prior to going on the court, if you split, and right after you finish. If there is not a coach at your site, call or text them.

    4.) Think ahead when you will need snacks/meals and plan accordingly.

    5.) You plan out your day. Take ownership. Be very particular, yet extremely flexible.

    6.) Get plenty of rest when at the tournament. Do not be draining yourself by being too social or on your phone too much. Stay in the shade and have your water jug with you when you are off the court. Get enough sleep each night.

    7.) Know when, where, and who you play

    8.) Finish your day with a stretch and make sure you re-stock what you need for the next day

  • Clay Court Tactics

    By Tyler Tarnasky | In Tennis | on July 13, 2017

    1.) Use primarily spin serves wide and hit to the open court to move opponent

    2.) Back up on returns further than normal and one step split backwards when returning

    3.) Primary strategy: move opponent

    4.) Hit approach shots behind opponent

    5.) Volley short

    6.) Use more slices than normal

    7.) Use more drop shots than normal

    8.) Make people finish, run down every ball — it is tough to finish points on clay.

    9.) Stay calm if you get a bad bounce or unlucky break because of an uneven surface. The surface is the same for everyone. Do not let one bad break lead to a mental or emotion breakdown and loss of more points.

    10.) Do not worry if you have not practiced very much on clay. Worrying cannot help you at all. All that you can do is try to formulate a simple game plan and try to execute.

  • July 4th Holiday Hours

    By dbrunk | In News | on July 3, 2017

  • Game Plan

    By Tyler Tarnasky | In Tennis | on June 29, 2017

    What is a game plan?

    A game plan is your specific approach to a tennis match. It involves:

    1.) Where are you going to try to hit the majority of serves and returns for the match

    2.) What is your primary strategy for the match?

    3.) What are your primary tactics for the match?

    *Strategies are broad and there are only 4: build cross court, move opponent, isolate a corner, or attack the net. Tactics are the specific plays you will run to carry out your strategies. For example, my strategy is to build cross. My tactic will be to hit a heavy forehand cross court, a slice forehand cross court, and then another heavy forehand cross court — then look to attack. When carrying out strategies and tactics, please remember that this is what you are going to try to do the majority of the time. 60-70%. Not every time. We do not want to become that predictable.

    4.) What is a mental/emotional/physical goal of mine for the match? Could be to stay positive after every point. Could be to go to the towel every time I lose a point. Could be to do ready steps before I return or serve.

    What is the benefit of approaching matches in this way? You are in control of all the aspects listed above. That does not mean that you will execute perfectly but you can have a plan for each point and try to execute. This helps you focus on your performance (things you can control) rather than how you are “playing” which is some abstract non-specific feeling based on simply how you believe you are hitting the ball.

    Within your game plan…you might have to consider the following questions:

    1.) Is it better to play aggressive or high %? That depends on you and the momentum of the match. Are you someone who values playing to win or playing the odds? Neither is right or wrong. Be true to yourself.

    2.) Should I do what I do best or what my opponent does not like? Majority of the time, you should do what your opponent does not like. However, on big points (5-5 deuce for example) do what you do best. You do not want to try to execute a plan that you are not as comfortable with when you need to win one or two points. You want to go with your best stuff.

    3.) Should I change it up or go with what is working? Follow the momentum rules.

  • Momentum Guidelines

    By Tyler Tarnasky | In Tennis | on June 22, 2017

    1.) It takes two points to have momentum. If you simply win one point and then lose the next point, you have no momentum. Focus on winning two points in a row. The game of tennis is designed around 2 point swings. Win the first two points of the game, up 30-0, now you need another two points to finish the game. Deuce…win two points, win the game.

    2.) If you have just won a point; play high % the following point.

    3.) If you have just lost a point; play more aggressive, attack, or run a quick pressure play.

    4.) If you have the momentum, it is better to play a little faster. If you do not have the momentum, it is better to slow things down and take your time (within the rules!).

    5.) If something is working — keep doing it. If something is not working — mix it up.

    6.) Momentum serving : (1) If you have just broken serve, under no circumstances, should you double fault to start your service game. It is best to use a high % spin first serve to ensure you do not. (2) If you have just hit an ace, under no circumstances, should you double fault the next point. It is best to use a high % spin first serve to ensure you do not.

    7.) If you are up 40-0, even if you opponent has just made 3 unforced errors, play aggressive, attack, or run a quick pressure play. Your opponent will likely play their best at 0-40. If they don’t — you win the game anyways. However, if they do, it will take a winning shot to close out the game. Also, this creates a relaxed offensive mentality rather than a tight defensive mentality which is usually behind 40-0 leads lost.

    8.) Be flexible. These are guidelines. Sometimes though you need to rely on instincts and the flow of the match rather than rigid rules

  • Summer Basketball League Schedule

    By dbrunk | In The Sports Page | on June 21, 2017

    2017 Summer Basketball League Schedule

    For a pdf of this schedule, please click here

     

     

  • Mental Training & Summer

    By Tyler Tarnasky | In Tennis | on June 6, 2017

    Monthly Mental Training

    • Read the blog posts — print them off or ideally hand write them and put them in your tennis notebook.
    • Tournament log: who you played; score; thoughts on the match; 2 things you did well with the whole tournament in mind; 2 things you want to work on with the whole tournament in mind

    Weekly Mental Training

    • Write down your schedule
    • Write down your goals for the week (3)

    Daily Mental Training

    • Write down what you did at practice
    • Write down anything you learned or something that you found was beneficial
    • Write down how you are feeling physically and take necessary steps if not feeling 100%

    Summer Goals

    1.) Improve knowledge of 4 Strategies — Build Cross Court, Move Opponent, Attack the Net, Isolate a Corner

    2.) Improve level of professionalism with daily, weekly, and monthly mental training

    3.) Improve ability to play doubles with a whole day dedicated to doubles each week

    4.) Improve conditioning level by doing fitness at every practice and stretching at the end of practices

    5.) Improve ability to execute in matches by playing matches everyday

    Daily Themes

    Monday: Consistency

    Tuesday: Movement

    Wednesday: Transition

    Friday: Doubles

    Be charismatic all summer long and improve the atmosphere at practice with your presence. Continue to improve the culture.

     

     

  • MEMORIAL DAY – FAC HOLIDAY HOURS

    By dbrunk | In News | on May 24, 2017

    Monday May 29, 2017

    Memorial Day – Holiday Hours

     Main Facility  Open   8:00 AM  Close 5:00 PM

      Poolside Café  Open 11:00 AM  Close 3:00 PM

      Tennis Center  Open   9:00 AM  Close 3:00 PM       No Cardio Tennis

      WAYMO Sessions offered    9:00 AM and 11:00 AM

      Aqua Fitness class offered   9:00 AM

       Group Fitness  – No classes

      FACtory Childcare   – Closed 

      Jumpstart/Afterschool –  Closed 

      Youth Fitness Center  – Closed                                                                    

      Cadence Café  – Closed 

      Retreat Spa –  Closed 

  • 2017 FAC All Star Summer Camp – Now Registering

    By Dana Rainbolt Brunk | In FACtory Flyer | on April 5, 2017
    We are excited to announce registration for or 2017 FAC All Star Summer Camp.
    Questions?  We’re happy to help!  email:  KIDS@nullfayac.com or call 479-587-0500 ext. 7
    If you would like to see some action shots from summer camp – click here

     

     

     
     

     

     

      

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ALL CAMPERS – WE HAVE 2  SETS OF FORMS PER AGE GROUP

    1.   2017 All Star Camp for School Age – Kindergarten – 6th grade  Registration forms 1 of 2 click here

    2.   School Age Kindergarten – 6th grade Enrollment form 2 of 2 (choose your weeks) click here.

     

    1.   For 2017 Preschool 3-4 year old campers All Star Camp registration forms 1 of 2  click here

    2.   Preschool 3-4 year old campers All Star Camp Enrollment form 2 of 2 (choose your weeks) click here.

     

     

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