September Newsletter 2017
We added a day to our Jr. Tennis Program!
Jr. Tennis Program
Tuesdays and Thursdays
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Fitness Corner with Dr. Andre Acebo
Chiropractor and Strength Coach
PRSC Fitness Director
In the past I have written about youth sports and the need for general physical preparation (GPP). What often sticks in my head is the statistic that 75% of kids drop out of sports by 13 years of age! Injuries, burnout, and lack of GPP are among the top reasons for this sad occurrence. I have coached or assisted with several high school teams in the past 20 years and have spoken to many parents and coaches about the lack of facilities and well trained coaches at the youth level. And although we have large numbers of participants in youth sports and fitness activities, there are few kids who excel beyond high school.
At PRSC, we are committed to bringing well trained, enthusiastic coaches and college athletes to our Youth Athletic Development Program. Our nearly completed "Factory" training facility, will have first class strength and functional training equipment and ample space to accommodate young children and beginner athletes, all the way up to the elite level. Exciting times are ahead!
Here's what’s on the Paso Robles Sports Club Fitness current menu...
Youth Athletic Development at PRSCFit Kids (included with club membership)...kids 5-9, developing basic coordination & fitness, while learning and practicing many new skills. Play and game based activities as well as body weight challenges.
Speed, Agility, Quickness & Strength...learn proper sprinting, acceleration, deceleration, and change of direction mechanics. Reactive and competitive drills, integrated with core and postural strength training. Great for athletes of all levels. These are one-on-one personal training sessions.
MaxFit... primarily a strength and conditioning class for older youth. Focus is on all around fitness, workouts can be intense!
Olympic Weightlifting...ideal for explosive athletes. The goal is to develop power throughout the entire body, especially the hips and legs. Vital for athletic success. Developed for ages 12 and up.
Karate...traditional martial arts also develops confidence, character and self discipline. Offered to children ages 10 and up.
These programs are happening now! Come check them out for your son or daughter. Some class times will have changed to accommodate for the return of school. Call, text, or email me with any questions or concerns you may have, including pricing. 805-712-7769 or [email protected]
Raising the Bar,
Dr. Andre Acebo D.C
Fitness Director PRSC
USA Weightlifting - Senior Coach
NASM - Corrective Exercise Specialist
CrossFit - Level 1 Trainer
[email protected] or (805) 712-7769
66 summer league and NCA lesson swimmers competed in a swim meet at PRSC on Wednesday, August 9th. So many amazing races and so much fun for everyone!
2017 Swim Team Information:
NCA offers your children & you master swimmers an opportunity to join the Swim Team! We practice weekdays 4:15 -6:30pm and have swim meets on a few weekends a month. NCA also attends novice and championship meets during the season. NCA has experienced coaches, Head Coach Heather Moffitt, Asst. Coaches Stephanie Lee, Jackie Hancock for this winter season. There are lots of fun activities planned for this short course season like our annual Swim-A-Thon swim meet in October! If you have any questions, please contact: Heather Moffitt ([email protected]). Swim Team is open to all members and non-members 4 & up through age 18. Come try our team out for a free week trial. Master's Swimmers are free for all our club members and practice T/Th 5:15-6:45am and two Saturdays a month 8-10am.
Monday through Friday 4:15PM-6:30PM- Swim Team
Tuesday & Thursday 5:15AM-6:45AM- Swim Team with Masters invited
2 Saturdays a month 8-10AM September. 16 & 30 October 14 & 21 November 11
Monday-Friday 10:30AM-11:30AM- AquaFit
Saturday 10AM-11:30am- AquaFit
Tuesday & Thursday 6:15PM-7:15PM- AquaFit
Don’t Forget About the Forgotten Shot
When it comes to practice, the return of serve is one of the most forgotten shots in the game.
It has always confused me when I see players spend so much time working on their serve and little to no time practicing the equally important return of serve. After all, no matter how good your serve is, if you cannot break serve, you are going to be in for a long day.
Think about the following statement for a second. One way to improve your serve is to improve your return of serve. Being able to break serve consistently allows you to relax on your serve and play your service games with less pressure and less sense of urgency which leads to less stress and much better serving and a higher percentage of “held” games.
When returning serve, especially against big servers, the first move is critical. Once you see the server lifting the ball for his toss, I “step up” – meaning I take one step forward into the court and upon contact “split step”. This simple two movements get you moving forward into the court to go after the return and engages your legs and your mind simultaneously to prepare for perhaps the hardest hit ball of the point. When coming out of your split step and you have determined whether it is going to be a forehand or backhand return, your next move is to land while pivoting your feet and turning your hips and shoulders in that direction. If you’re already moving with those prior initial moves this move becomes much simpler. (A body at rest tends to stay at rest, a body in motion tends to stay in motion - for those you who remember your science classes).
While making this movement you should be preparing the racket to hit at the same time. Especially when returning a solid, fast incoming first serve, there should be very little backswing. From this prepared position, you want to drive forward to the ball making contact out in front of your body. Follow through with the swing much the same as you would on a normal forehand or backhand groundstroke for the depth you’re looking for.
This "keep it simple" approach will help you minimize your errors on the return and force the server to work in order to hold serve.
When returning serve, especially against a big server, it's important to force them to play with as little advantage as possible. Think of the term "neutralize" on the first serve return. Simple term to remember: first serve – get it back.
That means not being defensive with the shot but also not going for too much. You can think of it as trying to start even. Pick a big target, either deep crosscourt, or if the server is really bringing the heat, deep and right down the middle.
This will limit your errors and force the server to play. Remember, a big server relies on "free points" (aces, service winners and missed returns) in order to make their games easy.
If you try to be too offensive with returns you play right into their hands. A solid return deep down the middle will start you off in a neutral position, not on offense but not on defense either, which is the goal. Another way to neutralize a big serve is to make them pay every time they miss a first serve. So when you get a look at a second serve, be more offensive and send a message. Another simple term to remember: second serve - attack
If you can do this effectively, one of two things will happen:
1. The server will have to take some pace off the first serve in order to keep from being beaten on the second serve, which helps you.
2. They will have to hit their second serve bigger to keep you from attacking, which leads to more double faults and will give you more opportunities to break.
So, don’t forget about this all important shot in our game. Spend more time working on your returns, it will surely pay handsome dividends at the end of the match. Work on that return and send a message to the big servers that you will not be pushed around!
See Ya’ on the Courts, Gary
As an added feature, when my article warrants it, I’ll provide a link to a video which will visually enhance my article. Watch world # 1, Andy Murray, one of tennis’ best return of serve players, utilize the “step up split technique, I’ve been writing about.
Team Never Quit
Join Team Never Quit through the American Heart Association- Central Coast Division! Our awesome Tennis Pro, Amy Barber, started the team to raise money and awareness for Stroke and Heart Attack Survivors. For more information on this please contact Amy Barber at [email protected]
Kid’s Night Out
Friday, September 15th, 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Sign up the kiddos to join us from 5:30 to 8:00pm. We will be crafting, eating pizza, watching a movie.
Sign up @ Kids’ Club, @ front desk, or @ [email protected]
$20.00 for first child
$30.00 for two children (same family)
$10.00 additional per each child (same family)
Advance (24 hours or more) reservation is required to hold your spot, non-refundable charge will be charged on Thursday.
Children ages 2 and under will be charged an additional $10.00 per child