Clive Carrigan is a career coach with 40 years of experience in player development, coach education, and has worked with players from beginners to ITF world ranked juniors and seniors. Clive is a PTR Master Professional.
"Onemoreball was originally founded by brothers Clive and John Carrigan in 2010. It was designed to assist junior players develop and maximize their potential. Since then it has grown into the community tennis club you see today."
THE ONEMOREBALL WAY
By Clive Carrigan
Onemoreball is essentially a philosophy. Its core is simple - make one more ball than your opponent and you will win the point. Make one more ball more often than your opponent and you win the match. That’s it.
This is a philosophy I learned many years ago on a trip to Argentina, where the majority of tennis is played on red clay. Out rallying your opponent is regarded as a skill and a legitimate tactic.
During the Covid-19 lockdown(s) here in the UK, our previous career work as coach educators was called upon. People reached out to us via e-mails and phone calls. They wanted advice, and they wanted to connect. Above all, they wanted to learn. So, we looked at what we could offer, considering that people were all over the world in different situations regarding facilities, opportunities and finances. How could we get the onemoreball philosophy and message out to coaches, anywhere? So we created onemoreball.com.
The common thread among tennis players and coaches worldwide is the on-court work. When viewed practically, this work crosses all borders and languages. It can be done on any court, anywhere. You don’t need million-dollar facilities to improve. The court is the same size and the net is in the same place. You need aptitude, application, good instruction, and the willingness to learn.
Off the top of my head, I probably know more than 200 drills. I also know there are thousands more. So, we set about narrowing it down to drills that are tried-and-true, and more importantly, that have generated student success. We consulted international colleagues who have taught and coached up to the very pinnacle of the game, but retain their enthusiasm for grassroots. After all, that’s where the game begins!
Most tennis coaches never get to work on the professional circuits or with world ranked players of any age. They ply their trade in the clubs, public parks and schools. This is precisely where I work now, so I understand exactly the problems many coaches face. These coaches impact what we call the ‘real world of tennis’. The reality is that they have to teach across all levels and ages, and have a limited number of on-court hours each week to help their players improve. Time really is of the essence. With this in mind, we produced a product of videos entitled 20 Essential Drills. If your players learn and repeat these drills and gain mastery over time, they will indeed become good players.
The essence of the 20 drills is ball control. Without this, you cannot make one more ball, and therefore you cannot win. Our videos cover serving routines, hand-fed drills, basket drills, and live ball control drills. It really is a one-stop-shop for your tennis success. All the drills are short - about one minute each - and can be viewed easily on a smartphone. Coaches can take us to the court with them, and can even show their students what they want them to do.
Onemoreball even has a members-only Facebook page.
We also offer a 10-step KidSkills program for beginning children and provide certificates to award them for each level they achieve.
If you run a club or facility or employ coaches to deliver on your behalf, your business success depends on their on-court work. By using these drills, you can be sure they are producing good quality players who are working hard and having fun. These days, nearly all coaches are certified by one professional body or another, so they have a good idea how to teach techniques. Onemoreball gives them one more tool and the luxury of knowing how their players should practice.
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