New Approach to Tennis lessons for children
Group lessons with children under 10 years old in our Academy are held according to the USTA’s 10 & Under Tennis initiative”, implemented by the United States Tennis Association (USTA)
This system has its own peculiarities:
- Classes with children are held in small groups of 6-7 people. This allows coaches to pay attention to each child.
- For training with children, soft balls with a slow rebound and small sized racquets are used.
- During the training, devices that help to develop understanding of the flight of objects of different mass and size are actively used: cones, overhead plastic lines, crossbars for jumping, etc. Exercises with these devices are also aimed at the formation of the motor apparatus, the development of flexibility and coordination. Look? HERE ?, how it works
- From the earliest age, competitions corresponding to age are held using a simple system of scoring points and shortened matches. This allows children to feel interest to the game and play it fully from the age of 6. The children develop tactical thinking, practical skill and accumulated tournament experience.
Rules for parents
At what age should we start tennis?
If your goal is to grow a future champion, then from the age of 3 the baby should develop coordination, agility, ability to move quickly, to follow the ball with his eyes. If you have chosen tennis lessons for the general development of the child – the age is absolutely not important, the main thing is to choose the group in which your child’s peers are engaged, so that the lessons bring not only physical stress, but also the joy of communication.
How many times a week should I study?
The frequency of classes depends largely on the age of the child and on the goals that are put before the child. On average, we recommend practicing at least 2 times a week. The duration of training can vary from 45 minutes to one and a half hours. At an early age, it is difficult for a child to endure long periods of stress, but I can spend the prepared children with pleasure on the court all day and “do not drag the ears”. Therefore, you need to pay attention to how the child behaves after training, the child should not be too tired and sluggish.
Does a child need a special racket, and what should it be?
Yes, we need a racket with an ordinary big head and a shortened handle. For the first classes we give the kids a racket. However, if you plan that your kid will regularly engage in tennis – it is better to buy your child a racket, having consulted the coach about the parameters of the racket.