Bringing Up Children Playing in Tennis Tournaments
If you child is good at tennis, do not be overly anxious over his performance. Let time and his own physical and mental development take care and form his tennis playing career. If he is good, some how things will fall into place.
Tip No 1: Try out your child by playing light balls or balloons with him or her. If he displays an ability to hit the balloons at a very young age, he shows the potential to have good hands for tennis. The ability to have good coordination is key as well.
Tip#2: Your child has a natural athletic ability i.e. he is able to move with good agility, without tripping over himself. Swiftness in feet is a plus when it comes to tennis as the game is played with much more power and speed these days. In tennis, it is the quickness over short distances which is crucial as opposed to long distance running.
Tip #3: Combining hands and eye will ensure your develops in his co-ordination. The eyes will always be key as its the first to see the ball. Thereafter, the brain has to process the sight and co-ordinate with the hands and legs. At a young age if the kid has better developed senses, he may go far in the future.
Tip#4: Teaching your child mental strength is not easy but it has to be done if your kid wants to excel in tennis. This is because tennis is very much won in the mind. Physical prowess is a given but someone with similar physical attributes will perform better if he is mentally calm and strong.
Tip#5: A tennis player must also work on his strength, speed and stamina. Strength can be done through light weights in the gym. Speed should be done one the court itself where short sprints are done. Stamina and endurance should be built up through running.
Tip#6: A sound tennis coach acts as a good mentor to the child. The coach must be technically sound as well as emotionally capable to support the tennis kid.
Tip#7: A general rule, is to let your child develop his tennis on his own abilities. You can provide the right environment but you should not push and punish the kid. The parent is there to provide support and not criticise.
I hope this article will provide some guidance for all would-be tennis players! If you find this article useful and would really wish to learn tennis, please visit: Singapore tennis lesson for our private and group lessons.