There are times when you will hear about a coaching violation on the tennis court. If you are a coach, one of your most important duties is to ensure that the rules and regulations are adhered to at all times. Any violation of the rules could result in a suspension or worse, a fine. For this reason, it is your duty to know how to handle any situation that comes your way.
There are several ways a coach can violate the rules. In one instance, you might notice your player charging down the court while he is moving toward the baseline. While this may seem harmless, it is a coach’s responsibility to stop the player. Otherwise, it is a coaching violation and you will have to explain yourself to the officials. You will be assessed a technical foul and, in some cases, a suspension for your actions.
Steps Into The Net
In another situation, your player may be approaching the net for a forehand shot but instead of blocking the ball as he should, he steps into the net. This is a coaching violation that is commonly called an “IP.” In addition to being in violation of the rules, this also results in a loss of points. In order to avoid a loss of a point, the player must return to the court immediately. Failure to do so is a losing situation.
Not all IP violations result in a penalty. Some will just be a warning to the coach not to do something again. Other times, the offender is simply sent to the training room so he can understand what he is doing wrong. Other times, the player is banned from the court and from coming back anytime in the future.
Always Aware Of The Rules
As a coach, it is your duty to make sure you are always aware of the rules. You should be familiar with the rules so you can effectively coach your team. The rules change year after year and it is important to keep abreast of the rules. If you have trouble understanding the rules, ask your teammates how they think they should play. This will help you understand the rules and be able to adjust your teaching accordingly.
It’s your responsibility to call a foul when you see one of your players doing something improper. Don’t wait until it’s too late. A small rule like holding up the floor for a foul can prevent a lot of problems if you catch it in time. Don’t wait until the situation becomes dire either. Time is of the essence when it comes to calling a foul.
The Lock Up Line
Some coaching violations can be very frustrating. For example, if a player deliberately goes out of position on the court. You call his number and he doesn’t show up. This is a coaching violation and you have to send him to the lock up line. If he doesn’t go, he can continue to deliberate and you run the risk of him playing again and getting a technical foul.
Don’t make your player’s guess what they are allowed and what they aren’t. Be consistent and keep calling the right plays at the right time. This will go a long way in making your players understand the rules and enjoy playing through the games.
Applied In Every Situation
Every situation is unique and there are no hard and fast rules that can be applied in every situation. In order to apply a rule correctly, you have to know the meaning of each word as well as the concept behind it. For example, you might call a ball motion rule and explain it to your team. But if you explain it to them in layman’s terms, they may interpret it differently and think that it means something completely different. So, keep communication open between players and coaches to ensure that everyone knows what a rule means.
Many people have great sportsmanship skills but don’t realize that communication is key to successful coaching. If you are calling a timeout violation, explain to your players what it means before they make the decision to quit the game. Everyone likes to win, so there is no need to punish winners. Have them prepare the next foul they will commit so they are not so frustrated when it happens. Sometimes a simple rule can make a team lose focus and play even worse than they are already playing.
Coaching is a profession that requires patience and determination. You have to be willing to wait on principle to see if it will pay off. One coaching violation can ruin a game for both teams and the head coach. If it does teach the proper way to handle it rather than fall into the temptation of rewarding a win. The best coaches teach their team the right way to play and they rarely call a timeout violation.