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March 24, 2014

Tennis Kendama







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Kindergarten students and 1st graders playing tennis kendama.

September 30, 2013

2014 Junior Racket Paradigm Shift







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Wilson unveils the 2014 Junior Rackets line at the 2013 USPTA World Conference in Orlando, Florida. A 22" frame has been added and a reduction in head sizes for 19", 21" and 23" length frames.

September 4, 2013

Get Outdoors







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Get Outdoors and just Play!

December 27, 2012

Keiki Tennis Flashcards






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Lee Couillard, USPTA, Head Tennis Professional, Punahou School shows an iPad version of the popular "Tennis Flashcards" game.


December 14, 2012

The Keiki 65 Experiment







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Lee Couillard, USPTA, Head Tennis Professional, Punahou School shows an update on students who are using the Keiki 65 Tennis Racket.

December 7, 2012

Racket Evolution







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Lee Couillard, USPTA, Head Tennis Professional, Punahou School shows the trend of racket head sizes.

June 26, 2012

Physical Education







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Paul Zientarski, PE (LRPE) Coordinator, PE4Life Consultant.

May 18, 2012

Baseball Tennis






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Lee Couillard, USPTA, Head Tennis Professional, Punahou School shows a fun game called "Baseball Tennis" for 5, 6, 7 & 8 year olds.

May 9, 2012

Unstructured Play






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ESPN Special on the benefits of unstructured, free play.

October 22, 2011

Keiki 65 Tennis Racket







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Lee Couillard designed the Keiki 65. The 2011 Keiki 65 is the first "high performance" junior racket on the market designed specifically for Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd graders. Lee is the Head Tennis Professional at Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii. Lee has been teaching tennis to Punahou's Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades for the past 22 years. He has a "Little Tennis" certification from the United States Professional Tennis Association and is a National USTA QuickStart Trainer.

Until now, there has not been any option for younger players to experience the feel and touch of a smaller racket head size. Like adults, junior players need a personalized racket based on their athleticism, size and strength.

Choosing a racket for a junior player can be a daunting task. The numerous lengths, e.g.; 19", 21", 23' and 25" rackets can be confusing depending on the above factors. However, there can be some overlap when choosing a length of the racket and the Keiki 65 is ideal for all players age 8 and under.

The Keiki 65's desired performance characteristics; e.g., lightweight, smaller head size, high strength, durability, responsiveness, shock-absorbing, etc. and the need to tailor these properties to the skill level of a young child was the motivation behind its development. The design goal was to make a proportional racket in head, length and grip size for a young child and not max out on the legal trampoline-effect limit. The concept from the start is to train proprioception and that can only be done by using a smaller head size. The early years of child should be about forging the correct contact point, like in a baseball swing. There is no need to over-analyze anyone's particular swing. Their strength and sense of timing will take charge. Let them develop their swing by swinging; however, insist they get into the proper position at the very start.

The Keiki 65's longer shaft forces the contact point farther away from the body. As the contact point becomes more consistent, a larger personalized racket can be selected for the child. Again, the emphasis here is to start small and then go bigger, not the other way around. The answer here to a good swing is to adjust the whole body, not increase the size of the head to accommodate poor contact.

In what has now become an intense market, performance rackets are lacking at the ever-increasing younger age groups. "Sensitivity" and "feel" are juxtaposed to shock and vibration, and tennis rackets are designed according to the skill and performance level of the individual athlete; smaller head size, quick and responsive for the better player -- big head size, larger sweet spot for the slower, recreational novice player.

In the 1970's, the development of the Prince 110 sq. in. tennis racket was one of the most significant factors in the growth of tennis as a recreational sport in the United States and elsewhere. The improvement in equipment continues to be a major factor in the development of the tennis industry today and the 110 sq. in. racket is now not a popular racket with the more advanced players.

Innovation will continue to change the sport of tennis, so watch for the next new wave of junior rackets with a wide range of different head sizes.

July 13, 2011

Young Olympians






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Lee Couillard, USPTA, Head Tennis Professional, Punahou School, Honolulu, HI, demonstrates some great exercises to develop strength, endurance, balance and coordination.

May 29, 2011

Plato's Hard & Soft Nature






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Lee Couillard, USPTA, Head Tennis Professional, Punahou School, Honolulu, HI expands upon Plato's concept of the "Hard and Soft" nature.


July 28, 2010

Labyrinth, Tap-the-Bucket, Bunny Hops & Hopscotch






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Fumiya Nakano, Ashley Ohira, Fred Wong & Jeff Matsunaga use 4 stations, e.g., Labryrinth, Tap-the-Bucket, Bunny Hopscotch, to help with movement and footwork.


July 26, 2010

Smash Kid







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Tiffany Akiyama, Fumiya Nakano and Ashley Ohira use a couple of easy tips to teach the smash to first and second graders.

July 9, 2010

Rocky's Jab






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Punahou's Summer Teaching Staff perform a weekly demo. This weeks demo is on the volley. Rocky teaches the "Jab", a "Frog" shows the "Split Step", a linebacker shows the "Athletic Stance," and much more!

June 28, 2010

Catch one, Hit one






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Ashley Ohira, Punahou Tennis Professional, demonstrates a drill using a baseball glove.
In this drill, the emphasis is on getting the students to turn their shoulders.

June 22, 2010

Kick the Stick







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Fumiya Nakano, Punahou Tennis Professional demonstrates "Kick the Stick."

For this warm-up you will need crooked sticks, about 12 inches long. After each player kicks the stick to their line, they turn around, and kick it back the next player in line. Sticks must be kicked along the ground and not in the air.

This warm-up exercise trains fitness, balance and agility. In addition to footwork benefits, players are compelled to constantly reorientate themselves in their approach to the stick. Better balance can provide that extra instant that will allow you to track down that ball or get into proper defensive position. As the students become more proficient add turns and obstacles.

Good footwork and agility will allow the player to have the endurance to be able to play longer and harder than their opponent. It will allow you to react faster to any situation that might present itself. Good agility and footwork will help avoid and prevent injuries.

June 18, 2010

Streets & Alleys







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In this video, Lee Couillard, USPTA, Head Tennis Professional, Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawaii shows a fun warm up game called "Streets and Alleys."

This game can play be with 16 to 25 players. Have students stand arms length apart in rows of 4 people or more. One player is assigned a runner and another a chaser.

Call out "Streets" and "Alleys" often to make the game exciting and lively. When a runner is caught, he or she and the chaser go into the lines, and another pair are chosen to run and chase. Students cannot break through the arms of the players.

December 24, 2009

Movement, QuickStart and the Brain







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John J Ratey, MD, is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Research Synthesizer, Speaker, and Author, as well a Clinical Psychiatrist maintaining a private practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has lectured and published 60 peer reviewed articles on the topics of Aggression, Autism, ADHD, and other issues in neuropsychiatry.

Dr. Ratey has authored A UserĀ¹s Guide to the Brain(2000) and co-authored Shadow Syndromes(1997) with Catherine Johnson, PhD. From 1994 to 2005 he co-authored Driven to Distraction(1994), Answers to Distraction (1995) and Delivered from Distraction (2005) with Edward Hallowell, MD, all published by Pantheon/Random House. Additionally, he has edited several books including The Neuropsychiatry of Personality Disorders (1994), published by Blackwell Scientific.

Most recently, Dr Ratey has penned, Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain published by Little Brown. In Spark, Dr. Ratey guides the reader to an understanding of neurobiology and inspires the reader to reach for their potential, and embrace exercise that is crucial for the brain and body to operate at peak performance.

Spark is fueling a movement to re-engineer school practices and medical recommendations to establish curriculum, lifestyles and corporate practices based on scientific principles. Providing the scientific foundation and research data, Dr Ratey has been drafted into the groundswell of those whose mission it is to revitalize schools, combat the obesity crisis, stave off the encroaching epidemic of Sedentarism, by returning to evolutionary principles of physical exercise and proper diet thereby combating syndrome X, the underlying causation of much chronic disease.

"Dr. Ratey's work is going to save physical education, by reforming it. Exercise and the youth of this generation will be the vanguard that will lead the nation back to health." Phil Lawler, Architect of the Naperville PE Project.

Each year since 1995, Dr. Ratey has been selected by his peers as one of the Best Doctors in America. In his dedication to the changing the world, Dr. Ratey has founded The Ratey Institute whose mission is to broadcast life changing science and establish the best practice policies first in our school and then other organizations to reclaim human health

Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, released in 2008, is the culmination of years of experience with the brain body connection, new research data, and the synthesis of biological sciences. Spark is revolutionizing how we see the human species. A call to return to our evolutionary roots; to get in sync with our metabolic design honed through eons of survival to optimize mental and physical health. Dr. Ratey is the spark that will set your old paradigms on fire, which will clear your mind to see a new vision for mankind, and inflame a passion of commitment to create a healthy future for our posterity.

Paul Salitsky - Bio

Research Interests:

Sport & Exercise Psychology, momentum in sport, emerging leadership, coaching education, exercise and cancer patients/survivors, coaching youth sport


Awards:
Certified Consultant - Association for Applied Sport Psychology
Professional Societies:
US Olympic Committee Sport Psychology Registry
American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, & Dance
American Psychological Association (Div. 47)
American College of Sports Medicine
Association of Applied Sport Psychology
International Society of Sport Psychology
International Society of Sports Vision
North American Society for the Psychology of Sport & Physical Activity
North American Society for the Sociology of Sport
USA Volleyball Resource Advisory Committee for Sports Medicine & Performance
USA Track & Field Sport Psychology Committee
Publications:

* Sachs, M.L., Burke, K.L., & Salitsky, P.B. (Eds.) 1992. Directory of graduate programs in applied sport psychology. Assoc. for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology.

Teaching Interests:
Sport & Exercise Psychology, Motor Learning, Sport Sociology, Motor Development, Coaching Education


Michael Thompson, Ph.D. is a consultant, author and psychologist specializing in children and families. He is the clinical consultant to The Belmont Hill School and has worked in more than five hundred schools across the United States, as well as in international schools in Central America, Europe and Asia.

He and his co-author, Dan Kindlon, wrote the New York Times best-selling book, Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys (Ballantine Books, 1999). He is the author of Speaking of Boys: Answers to the Most-Asked Questions About Raising Sons Ballantine, 2000), and co-author (with Catherine O'Neill Grace and Larry Cohen, Ph.D.) of Best Friends/Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Worlds of Children (Ballantine, 2001) and Mom, They're Teasing Me: Helping Your Child Solve Social Problems (Ballantine, 2002.) About Best Friends, Worst Enemies the Publishers Weekly review declared, "Not since Dr. Spock and Penelope Leach has there been such a sensitive and practical guide to raising healthy children." The Pressured Child: Helping Your Child Achieve Success in School and in Life (with Teresa Barker, Ballantine, 2004) was written to help parents understand the complex journey of children through school, from Kindergarten through senior year. His latest book, It's a Boy!, is a comprehensive guide for the parents of boys.

A dedicated speaker and traveler, Michael Thompson has appeared on The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, ABC 20/20, CBS 60 Minutes, The Early Show and Good Morning America. He has been quoted in the New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Time and U.S. News and World Report and has been a guest on NPR's "Morning Edition" with Susan Stamberg, "Talk of the Nation" with Ray Suarez and the Diane Rhem Show. He has written, narrated and hosts a two-hour PBS documentary entitled "Raising Cain" to be broadcast in January of 2006. Dr. Thompson is married to Dr. Theresa McNally, a psychotherapist specializing in adoption, and is the father of Joanna, 23, and Will, 18.

December 17, 2009

Just let them play







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Michael Thompson, Ph.D. is a consultant, author and psychologist specializing in children and families. He is the clinical consultant to The Belmont Hill School and has worked in more than five hundred schools across the United States, as well as in international schools in Central America, Europe and Asia.

He and his co-author, Dan Kindlon, wrote the New York Times best-selling book, Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys (Ballantine Books, 1999). He is the author of Speaking of Boys: Answers to the Most-Asked Questions About Raising Sons Ballantine, 2000), and co-author (with Catherine O'Neill Grace and Larry Cohen, Ph.D.) of Best Friends/Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Worlds of Children (Ballantine, 2001) and Mom, They're Teasing Me: Helping Your Child Solve Social Problems (Ballantine, 2002.) About Best Friends, Worst Enemies the Publishers Weekly review declared, "Not since Dr. Spock and Penelope Leach has there been such a sensitive and practical guide to raising healthy children." The Pressured Child: Helping Your Child Achieve Success in School and in Life (with Teresa Barker, Ballantine, 2004) was written to help parents understand the complex journey of children through school, from Kindergarten through senior year. His latest book, It's a Boy!, is a comprehensive guide for the parents of boys.

A dedicated speaker and traveler, Michael Thompson has appeared on The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, ABC 20/20, CBS 60 Minutes, The Early Show and Good Morning America. He has been quoted in the New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Time and U.S. News and World Report and has been a guest on NPR's "Morning Edition" with Susan Stamberg, "Talk of the Nation" with Ray Suarez and the Diane Rhem Show. He has written, narrated and hosts a two-hour PBS documentary entitled "Raising Cain" to be broadcast in January of 2006. Dr. Thompson is married to Dr. Theresa McNally, a psychotherapist specializing in adoption, and is the father of Joanna, 23, and Will, 18.

December 10, 2009

Street Play vs Screen Play







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Michael Thompson, Ph.D. is a consultant, author and psychologist specializing in children and families. He is the clinical consultant to The Belmont Hill School and has worked in more than five hundred schools across the United States, as well as in international schools in Central America, Europe and Asia.

He and his co-author, Dan Kindlon, wrote the New York Times best-selling book, Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys (Ballantine Books, 1999). He is the author of Speaking of Boys: Answers to the Most-Asked Questions About Raising Sons Ballantine, 2000), and co-author (with Catherine O'Neill Grace and Larry Cohen, Ph.D.) of Best Friends/Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Worlds of Children (Ballantine, 2001) and Mom, They're Teasing Me: Helping Your Child Solve Social Problems (Ballantine, 2002.) About Best Friends, Worst Enemies the Publishers Weekly review declared, "Not since Dr. Spock and Penelope Leach has there been such a sensitive and practical guide to raising healthy children." The Pressured Child: Helping Your Child Achieve Success in School and in Life (with Teresa Barker, Ballantine, 2004) was written to help parents understand the complex journey of children through school, from Kindergarten through senior year. His latest book, It's a Boy!, is a comprehensive guide for the parents of boys.

A dedicated speaker and traveler, Michael Thompson has appeared on The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, ABC 20/20, CBS 60 Minutes, The Early Show and Good Morning America. He has been quoted in the New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Time and U.S. News and World Report and has been a guest on NPR's "Morning Edition" with Susan Stamberg, "Talk of the Nation" with Ray Suarez and the Diane Rhem Show. He has written, narrated and hosts a two-hour PBS documentary entitled "Raising Cain" to be broadcast in January of 2006. Dr. Thompson is married to Dr. Theresa McNally, a psychotherapist specializing in adoption, and is the father of Joanna, 23, and Will, 18.

December 4, 2009

Are kids safe to play?







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Michael Thompson, Ph.D. is a consultant, author and psychologist specializing in children and families. He is the clinical consultant to The Belmont Hill School and has worked in more than five hundred schools across the United States, as well as in international schools in Central America, Europe and Asia.

He and his co-author, Dan Kindlon, wrote the New York Times best-selling book, Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys (Ballantine Books, 1999). He is the author of Speaking of Boys: Answers to the Most-Asked Questions About Raising Sons Ballantine, 2000), and co-author (with Catherine O'Neill Grace and Larry Cohen, Ph.D.) of Best Friends/Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Worlds of Children (Ballantine, 2001) and Mom, They're Teasing Me: Helping Your Child Solve Social Problems (Ballantine, 2002.) About Best Friends, Worst Enemies the Publishers Weekly review declared, "Not since Dr. Spock and Penelope Leach has there been such a sensitive and practical guide to raising healthy children." The Pressured Child: Helping Your Child Achieve Success in School and in Life (with Teresa Barker, Ballantine, 2004) was written to help parents understand the complex journey of children through school, from Kindergarten through senior year. His latest book, It's a Boy!, is a comprehensive guide for the parents of boys.

A dedicated speaker and traveler, Michael Thompson has appeared on The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, ABC 20/20, CBS 60 Minutes, The Early Show and Good Morning America. He has been quoted in the New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Time and U.S. News and World Report and has been a guest on NPR's "Morning Edition" with Susan Stamberg, "Talk of the Nation" with Ray Suarez and the Diane Rhem Show. He has written, narrated and hosts a two-hour PBS documentary entitled "Raising Cain" to be broadcast in January of 2006. Dr. Thompson is married to Dr. Theresa McNally, a psychotherapist specializing in adoption, and is the father of Joanna, 23, and Will, 18.

December 3, 2009

Loss of free play







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Michael Thompson, Ph.D. is a consultant, author and psychologist specializing in children and families. He is the clinical consultant to The Belmont Hill School and has worked in more than five hundred schools across the United States, as well as in international schools in Central America, Europe and Asia.

He and his co-author, Dan Kindlon, wrote the New York Times best-selling book, Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys (Ballantine Books, 1999). He is the author of Speaking of Boys: Answers to the Most-Asked Questions About Raising Sons Ballantine, 2000), and co-author (with Catherine O'Neill Grace and Larry Cohen, Ph.D.) of Best Friends/Worst Enemies: Understanding the Social Worlds of Children (Ballantine, 2001) and Mom, They're Teasing Me: Helping Your Child Solve Social Problems (Ballantine, 2002.) About Best Friends, Worst Enemies the Publishers Weekly review declared, "Not since Dr. Spock and Penelope Leach has there been such a sensitive and practical guide to raising healthy children." The Pressured Child: Helping Your Child Achieve Success in School and in Life (with Teresa Barker, Ballantine, 2004) was written to help parents understand the complex journey of children through school, from Kindergarten through senior year. His latest book, It's a Boy!, is a comprehensive guide for the parents of boys.

A dedicated speaker and traveler, Michael Thompson has appeared on The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, ABC 20/20, CBS 60 Minutes, The Early Show and Good Morning America. He has been quoted in the New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Time and U.S. News and World Report and has been a guest on NPR's "Morning Edition" with Susan Stamberg, "Talk of the Nation" with Ray Suarez and the Diane Rhem Show. He has written, narrated and hosts a two-hour PBS documentary entitled "Raising Cain" to be broadcast in January of 2006. Dr. Thompson is married to Dr. Theresa McNally, a psychotherapist specializing in adoption, and is the father of Joanna, 23, and Will, 18.

June 17, 2009

"Ball, Bounce, Hit"







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Lee Couillard, USPTA, Head Tennis Professional, Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawaii shows an instant rally progression called, "Ball, Bounce, Hit." It is important to have the students perform a "Split Step" at the moment the opponent makes contact on the ball.

June 4, 2009

Unstructured Play






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Lee Couillard, USPTA, Head Tennis Professional, Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawaii shows a station used in the Kindergarten tennis program at Punahou where students get time for "Unstructured" play. Small children are designed to have many brief periods of moderate and intense activity, however, they should not be expected to perform endurance exercises.

This station is ideal for young 5 & 6 years olds as they can get hundreds of repetitions without having to scramble long distances to retrieve balls. This station encourages children to develop flexibility, coordination and balance. It also maximizes active participation.


May 12, 2009

Bubbles warm-up






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Lee Couillard, USPTA, Head Tennis Professional, Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawaii shows a fun warm-up exercise using bubbles. First have the students use their hands and then progress to the rackets. Students should jump in the air before making contact. This exercise will improve their dynamic balance.


March 13, 2009

Kids warm-up






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Lee Couillard, USPTA, Head Pro, Punahou School shows a couple of warm-up exercises using dynamic and static stretching.

Performance may be improved, as an appropriate warm up will result in an:

* Increased speed of contraction and relaxation of warmed muscles
* Dynamic exercises reduce muscle stiffness
* Greater economy of movement because of lowered viscous resistance within warmed muscles
* Facilitated oxygen utilization by warmed muscles because hemoglobin releases oxygen more readily at higher muscle temperatures
* Facilitated nerve transmission and muscle metabolism at higher temperatures; a specific warm up can facilitate motor unit recruitment required in subsequent all out activity
* Increased blood flow through active tissues as local vascular beds dilate, increasing metabolism and muscle temperatures
* Allows the heart rate get to a workable rate for beginning exercise
* Mentally focused on the training or competition

References:

*Todd Ellenbecker, DPT, MS, SCS, OCS, CSCS, USPTA
* Medicine & Science in Sport and Exercise 33(3), pp354-358 (Dynamic v Passive stretching)
* Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, vol 15 (1): 98-101 (Dynamic v Passive stretching)
* Burkett LN, Phillips WT, ZiuratisJ. The best warm-up for the vertical jump in college-age athletic men'. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 2005; 19:673-676
* Fletcher IM, Jones B. 'The effect of different warm-up stretch protocols on 20m sprint performance in trained rugby union players'. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 2004; 18: 885-888
* Little T, Williams A.'Effects of differential stretching protocols during warm-ups on high speed motor capacities in professional soccer players'. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 2006;20(1)203-207. Atler MJ. 'Science of Flexibility'. Human Kinetics 2004
* McMillian DJ, Moore, et al. 'Dynamic vs. Static stretching warm-up: the effect on power and agility performance'. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 2006; 20 (3):492-499
* Stewart D, Macalus A and De Vito G. The effect of an active warm-up on surface EMG and muscle performance in healthy humans'. European Journal of Applied Physiology. 2003; 89:509-513
* Winchester JB, Nelson AG et al. 'Static stretching impairs sprint performance in collegiate track and field athletes'. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 2008; 22(1): 13-18
* Young WB, Behm DG. 'Effects of running, static stretching and practice jumps on explosive force production and jumping performance'. Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness. 2003; 43: 21-27
* Yamaguchi T, Ishi, K et al. 'Acute effects of dynamic stretching exercise on power output during concentric dynamic constant external resistance leg extension'. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 2007; 21(4): 1238-1244
* Yamaguchi T, Ishi K. 'Effects of static stretching for 30 seconds and dynamic stretching on leg extension power'. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 2005 ,19(3): 677-683. Lange



December 1, 2008

Crouching kids volley drill







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Lee Couillard, USPTA, Head Tennis Professional, Punahou School shows a tip on the volley for young children. Young children need to get low on the volleys just as adults. Here in this video old volleyballs and water polo balls are used to have the students sit on to teach the first progression on the volley.

October 20, 2008

Largest QuickStart Tournament






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Punahou School hosted the largest QuickStart Tennis Tournament in Hawaii on Oct 12, 2008. View the highlight video.

June 21, 2008

Beach Ball Warm Up






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Lee Couillard, USPTA, Head Tennis Professional, Punahou School, conducts a workshop with the 2008 Punahou summer school tennis coaching staff. In this episode, the staff use beach balls as a warm up exercise. This exercise is great for young children.

March 13, 2008

Castles & Dungeons







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Lori LaFevre, USPTA, Punahou School plays a game of "Castles and Dungeons" with the Kindergarten Class at Punahou School. Also, examples of Castles and Dungeons for 1st and 2nd graders are played over regular sized tennis nets and by using the Quickstart method.

February 11, 2008

Quickstart







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Lee Couillard, USPTA, Head Tennis Professional, Punahou School uses ElastikNet to quickly transform 2 tennis courts into 12 tennis courts using the USTA's Quickstart program.

January 10, 2008

4 Square






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Lee Couillard, USPTA, Head Tennis Professional, Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawaii shows a simple game of 4-square using transition foam balls.

December 3, 2007

"Hop Step"






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Pam Kim, USPTA shows the importance of using a "Hop" step before the start of every point in tennis.. This is Newton's First Law. Under these conditions the first law says that if an object is not pushed or pulled upon, its velocity will naturally remain constant. This means that if an object is moving along, untouched by a force of any kind, it will continue to move along in a perfectly straight line at a constant speed. In other words, there is a natural tendency of objects to keep on doing what they're doing. Once moving at a steady speed, in a straight line, it will continue moving at a steady speed in a straight line. Once standing still it will stay still, therefore you should never be flat footed during a rally in tennis. By beginning every point with a "HOP" you will get your body "in motion".

October 31, 2007

Dodgeball!







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Mary Shoji, Physical Education Teacher, Punahou School, Honolulu, HI, demonstrates a game of "Dodgeball". Dodgeball is a fun warm up game to recalibrate vision. This game should be played with adult supervision.

October 16, 2007

Re-calibrate






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Dr. Michael Luan is a Biomechanist. He has a Bachelor's of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Southern California, a Master's
degree in Oriental Medicine from the Santa Barbara College of Oriental
Medicine, and a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the Los Angeles of
Chiropractic. He lives in Santa Barbara, California. In this video he discusses the dilemma of sports and vision in today's most common ball sports.

September 14, 2007

Flashcards







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Here is a fun game of "Flashcards" played in the after school tennis program at Punahou School. Large cards are printed with Forehands, Backhands, Serves and Volleys. Each card has a different value of either 1, 2 or 3. There are also "Wildcards" and "Snoopy Cards" in the stack. Watch and learn this fun game...

August 18, 2007

Balance & Counter Balance

Barney Caddick, Victoria, Australia - MT Buller Ski Instructor gives important pointers on balance and counter balance and how it relates to the sport of tennis. Every shot in tennis requires balance and counter balance movements. Please be patient while the movie downloads...


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July 25, 2007

Basic Training - Serve

Lee Couillard - USPTA, Wilson and Balle de Match TEAM Member, along with other Punahou Tennis Coaches show a serve progression for 1st and 2nd graders. Please be patient while the movie downloads...

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July 10, 2007

Vision

Paul Roetert is the Managing Director of the United States Tennis Association's Player Development Program. In addition, he serves as Tournament Director of the U.S. Open Junior Tennis Championships. Before re-joining the USTA in November, 2001, Paul spent two years as the Executive Director of the American Sport Education Program. Prior to that position he spent eleven years as the Administrator of Sport Science for the USTA where he developed the sport science program. He also served as Vice Chairman of the sport science committee.

Paul has published extensively in the field of tennis, including two books, 16 book chapters and over 100 articles. He is a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), a member of the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) and the Professional Registry (PTR). In 1998 he received the PTR's Plagenhoef Award for sport science; in 1999 the Editorial Excellence Award from the National Strength and Conditioning Association for his work on the Journal of Strength and Conditioning and Research; in 2000 the Outstanding Alumni award from the University of Connecticut. He is also the 2002 Educational Merit Award recipient from the International Tennis Hall of Fame for outstanding service to the game of tennis.

Paul holds a Ph.D. in biomechanics from the University of Connecticut. Originally from the Netherlands, he and his wife Barbara reside in Miami, Florida. Please wait while the movie downloads...

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July 8, 2007

6 Eye Muscles

Eryle Okamura, OD, Optometrist explains the importance of warming up the eye muscles. Exercises like juggling and toss and catching are helpful to train hand-eye coordination. Many children and adults may have vision problems that are causing their clumsiness and balance problems. Please wait for video to download...

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March 26, 2007

Gripcoach







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Here is a "stick on" guide to finding the grips on the tennis racket. Great for beginners or anyone who is learning the different grips.

February 14, 2007

Freeze Tag

Chris Iwamura, Nick Leong and Jon Wong play a game of "Freeze Tag" with the 1st and 2nd grade class at Punahou.

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February 6, 2007

Shadow Drill

Lee Couillard, USPTA, Wilson and "YIP" Team Member demonstrates a shadow drill for large groups. Two lines allows more activity for all players.

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December 19, 2006

At This Age

Lee Couillard, USPTA. Kai, age 5 experiments with using wood as a starter racket. Wood allows young children to concentrate on their swing development and is also good for control and the introduction of spin.

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November 19, 2006

Water Balloons

Jerry Hubbard, USPTA, HEAD Team uses water balloons as serve targets for a fun and entertaining exercise.


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August 11, 2006

Beginner side to side drill

Jon Wong, Assistant Coach, Punahou School demonstrates a side to side drill with 5 & 6 years olds from the 2006 Punahou summer tennis program.


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July 30, 2006

Kids Caterpillar

Nick Leong, Punahou Graduate, Hawaii State High School Doubles Champion helps 5 & 6 year olds with a team building exercise. In this "Caterpillar" drill the students try to make the ball go around to the other end without dropping.

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July 15, 2006

Mini Tennis for Little Kids

Chris Iwamura, Punahou School Graduate, High School State Doubles Champion, shows a mini-tennis drill using singles sticks across buckets. Students use a foam ball for safety.

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June 21, 2006

"Ring the Bell"

Jerry Hubbard, USPTA. Jerry has 1st and 2nd graders warm up with running around a cone and then progresses to a game of "Ring the Bell."


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April 11, 2006

Tennis Twist

Beginner/Intermediate Tennis Twist Ball Machine Drill by Lee Couillard, USPTA, Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawaii.


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April 8, 2006

Little Kids warm-up

Warm up exercise for 5 & 6 year olds, hand-eye coordination by Lee Couillard, Head Tennis Professional, Punahou School - Honolulu, Hawaii.


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March 30, 2006

"Hula Hoops"

3 overhead smash drills for Beginner 6 & 7 year olds by Lee Couillard, Wilson TEAM Member, USPTA


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