13th July 2024


Thank you for continuing to investigate The Toolkit.

What you are about to discover is;

  • that the Toolkit is a huge and comprehensive journey into mental skills development.

  • the hard work of linking the understanding and teaching of vital mental skills has been done for you by us.

  • and that is because we have put in hundreds of coaching interventions and ‘How to do it’ activities and ideas to help you along the pathway to super coaching.

We believe the quality of your coaching can now be lifted to previously undreamed of heights.

This is done by;

Coaching Stories

  • Learn through reading eight, instantly recognisable, Coaching Stories. These are unravelled and reviewed by ourselves and lead to the coaching tools, both on and off court, which unlock The Coaching Story needs.  

  • If you are interested in The Story section you will find more information in the pages below. Just scroll down until you see the heading Stories – At a Glance.

  • You may also find that a relevant Story may be found, containing the information you want, by using the search engine on the homepage

Resource library

  • All The Stories are cross referenced to the Resource Library. So by reading The Story and Our Review you may naturally become interested in exploring the Resource Library.The Resource Library is also a stand alone section. The huge amount of coaching information and coaching tools it contains represent a treasure trove of great coaching. 

  • There are hundreds of great coaching ‘How to do it’ examples in this section. These are set against realistic tennis backgrounds and laced with mental skill development principles which are universally applicable. 

  • If you are interested in the Resource Library section you will find more information about its contents in the pages below. Just scroll down until you see the heading Resource Library Index.

  • You may also find that a relevant topic may be found, containing the information you want, by using the search engine on the homepage.

Mental Skill Lesson Plans


After the sections on The Stories and the Resource Library you will find the 3T’s Mental Skills Lesson Plans.

The 3T’s stands for;

  • Teach it

  • Train It

  • Test it

To help get you started on your journey of becoming an expert at teaching mental skills we have included 50 Mental Skills Lesson Plans, all on separate, easy to carry A4 sheets, complete with the coaching tools and coaching interventions you need.

  • These have been grouped under important topic headings and if you were to do nothing else but buy and teach these great lesson plans, you would be the following the strapline of ‘leave the pack and lead the pack’, as advertised on our home page.

  • If you are interested in The 3T’s section you will find more information about it’s contents in the pages below. Just scroll down until you see the heading The 3T’s Mental Skill Lesson Plans

  • You may also find that a relevant topic may be found, containing the information you want, by using the search engine on the homepage.

Your task is now to choose where you want to start, down load it and begin building your own complete The Tennis Coach’s Toolkit.

PS. Remember to look through the DVD section and even think about coming on to the Live Education programme 


The Toolkit Stories

8 true to life case studies are explored, concluding with effective on and off court drills and ideas as well as Super Coaching tools

Story 1


A teenage girl relates her negative experiences at a club recreational group coaching evening where the coach has lost control of quality.

The coach resorts to command style coaching with no room for compromise possibly as a result of repeated inability on their part to create interesting and challenging practices.


  • Motivating through goal setting.

  • Improvement through self analysis.

  • Working efficiently through cooperation.

Story 2


A teenage player comes off court having just lost a match they thought they would win and they know their coach had watched the match.

The tension the player felt was dissipated by the coach’s communication skills and the player to their surprise was involved with a positive experience.


  • To help communication skills. 

  • To see the power of effective relationships.

Story 3


A teenage boy who has been disappointed with his match play performances was concerned about the forthcoming tennis lessons. Because of the coaches sophisticated coaching methodology the boys fears was dispelled and the lesson was a positive experience.


  • To help understand goal setting and decision making.

  • Applying process and performance goals.

  • Development of individual game style.

Story 4


A mature teenage girl wishes to resume her tennis after suffering a serious injury.  She is approaching the lesson with a high degree of nervousness but the coach displays an empathetic attitude which helps nurse her through her first on court appearance.


  • The difference between empathy and sympathy.

  • Common sense approach to goal setting and challenge.

  • Building confidence.

Story 5


An 11 year old boy is having individual lessons with a relatively inexperienced coach and is accompanied by an aggressive father who has no embarrassment about interfering. 

For the boy it is a very difficult time in his tennis life.


  • Employing listening skills to disarm aggression and arrive at understanding. 

  • Using analogies for clarification.

Story 6


A young teenager from a large club recreational group describes how the coaching improves after the coach had attended an in-service training seminar.  Until then it had been relatively enjoyable but slightly unfocused coaching programme.


  • The importance of differentiation in coaching.

  • Co-operation and choice as a coaching tool.

  • Dealing with disruptive behaviour.

Story 7


A young girl who is both conscientious and attentive at her club coaching sessions does not want to take her tennis playing into tournaments or  external match play.  Her parents have no previous experience with sport although both of their children are interested in tennis now.


  • The importance of influencing the playing environment.

  • The power of the peer group.

  • How to influence the agenda of tennis players. 

Story 8


A large commercial centre is driven more by profit than customer care and a new coach from a club background has inherited a problem youngster in the group he is running. The youngster’s parents do not take responsibility for his behavior.


  • Creating a working environment which is conducive to learning.

  • Building of the coach’s philosophy.

  • Communication with customers.

Resource Library Index

The Tennis Coach’s Toolkit Resource Library. All the contents listed below are full of practical and imaginative ideas which will add immense value to your coaching.


  • The Three Pillars
  • Create Environment
  • Effective Working Relationships
  • Steepening The Learning Curve

  • Analogies

  • Developing Awareness 

  • Beware the Idle Match Play

  • Concentration
  • Come on! Concentrate!
  • Coaching Concentration Checklist

  • Confidence
  • Best Ways to Build Confidence
  • Coaching Confidence Checklist

  • Dealing with Defeat

  • Did You Win?

  • Effective Questioning  

  • Emotional Control
  • Best Ways to Gain Emotional Control
  • Coaching Control Checklist

  • Exploring Effort

  • Feeding Back On Feedback

  • Goal-Setting
  • Goal setting - Take Aim and Fire!
  • Get Ready, Take Aim and Fire!
  • S.M.A.R.T. Goals
  • Me and My Game

  • Motivation 
  • Best Ways to Motivate
  • Coaching Motivation Checklist (1)
  • Coaching Motivation Checklist (2)
  • Coaching Commitment Checklist

  • Oh help! What do I say now?

  • Parent Support 
  • Behind the Results (1)
  • Behind the Results (2)
  • Behind the Results (3)
  • Sporting Parents – Match Support & Reflection Log

  • Self-Reflection

  • Sticky Coaching

3T’s Mental Skill Lesson Plans

These quick and simple lesson plans provide a powerful start to your additional role as the mental skills coach.

  • Match Management - 10 lesson plans                    

  • Starting the Point Serving (1)            
  • Starting the Point Returning (1)           
  • Building the point (1)                            
  • Staying in the point (1)                         
  • Turning the point around                       
  • Finishing the point                                
  • Playing from In Front                            
  • Developing a Pre-Point Routine          
  • Developing a Bomb-Proof routine       
  • Two Ways to Win a Tennis Match

  • Coaching Motivation - 11 lesson plans

  • Coaching Motivation – C.A.R.                
  • Engagement                                          
  • Taking Responsibility (1)                     
  • Taking Responsibility (2)                      
  • The Choice is Yours
  • Effort Vs Ability                                    
  • Did You Win?                                        
  • Limiting Beliefs
  • Building Confidence                            
  • Coaching Confidence (1)                     
  • Coaching Confidence (2)

  • Effective Practice - 7 lesson plans

  • Effective Practice                                
  • Cross or Line?                                     
  • Practice with Match Purpose
  • Sticky Lessons! (1)                       
  • Sticky Lessons! (2)
  • Learning To Learn (1)                    
  • Learning To Learn (2)

  • Managing Mistakes - 10 lesson plans

  • Accepting Mistakes                                                  
  • Accepting the Nature of Competitive Tennis    
  • The Little Voice… It’s Your Choice
  • Helpful mistakes
  • Managing mistakes
  • Self Talk
  • Body Language
  • All or Nothing Thinking               
  • Striving For Less Imperfection   
  • Correct Our Thinking Errors - There’s No Good in ‘Should’

  • Emotional Control Pressure Play - 12 lesson plans

  • Control the Controllables               
  • Performance Vs Outcome?            
  • Ratings
  • Breathe! (1)
  • Learning to Focus                                
  • Focus on the Process                          
  • Focus on What You Can Control         
  • Concentration
  • Time - Friend or Foe? (1)               
  • Time - Friend or Foe? (2)
  • Tennis is Best Played One Point at a Time (1) 
  • Tennis is Best Played One Point at a Time (2)