Teaching Tennis to Your Young Kids

Parent instruction: tennis for kids

In tennis, as in many sports, it is important to teach your child the basics from childhood. The base that the kid will remember at a young age will provide him with a good professional future. Today we will tell you about children's tennis and what is important for parents whose children love this sport.

Parent instruction: tennis for kids

Photo: Anastasia Tsymbarevich, Championship

Together with the famous Russian tennis player and winner of 15 ITF tournaments Ekaterina Bychkova , we have compiled instructions that will help parents of young tennis players understand all the training nuances: age to send the child to the section, how to support the kid before the competition and choose the right equipment for classes.

At what age to start playing?

It is important to remember that all children develop in tennis according to - differently. Some grow up earlier, some learn faster than others. It all depends on whether the child can quickly adapt and how long it takes him to memorize. There are different children: someone is more focused, then he can be signed up for tennis at the age of four, but for someone it will be very early.

It is important to know: if you are late and your child only started playing sports at the age of eight, this does not mean that he will not achieve anything. Of course, for the first two years he can lag behind the rest in the group, but it depends on the child's desire and motivation.

I commented on the Australian Open final among juniors. The son of Peter Korda, Sebastian, performed there. As a child, he played hockey. But when he was 11 years old, Sebastian came to a tennis tournament with his father. He liked it so much that he started playing, and at the age of 17 he won the junior Australian Open. It is clear that genetics and the support of the coach father played a role here. But it proves that everything is very individual. Including age. Optimally, of course, it should be an interval of 4 to 7 years.

Parent instruction: tennis for kids

Photo: Anastasia Tsymbarevich, Championship

The price of the question: what equipment should you buy and how to choose it?

At the beginning of training, your child needs to buy two things: a racket and sneakers. These are the most important things for a tennis player. It is not necessary to spend money on expensive equipment right away, but it is better not to save on a racket. It will serve your child for an average of 1.5-2 years.

  • Racket: how to choose the right one? (the issue price - from 2 thousand rubles)

It is quite simple to choose a racket for a child in a store, based on his age. A huge number of companies are represented on the market now. First, choose the one that is most suitable for age, weight and size. Initially, you should not pay attention to the rest of the parameters.

When a child is 5-6 years old, the most important thing is to choose the right weight so that it is comfortable for him to hold the racket in his hand. It is important that the brush does not sag. As for the length, it is important here that the child can pillboxdrop the racket to the floor from your height. That's enough for a start. The handle is selected so that it is held in the hand in full girth and the fingers do not dangle.

Parent instruction: tennis for kids

Photo: Anastasia Tsymbarevich, Championship

  • Sneakers: how to choose the right one? (question price - from 3 thousand rubles)

Racket and sneakers are the two most important things for any tennis player. Your child should feel as comfortable as possible on the court, so it is important to choose good running shoes. It should be noted that the brand is not important here, everyone should choose sneakers for their parameters.

Parent instruction: tennis for kids

Which sneakers to choose for fitness, running and crossfit

How to choose the right shoes for your workout, what should you pay attention to and what should you ask the seller about?

You can start playing in special insoles from the very childhood, so that in the future there will be no problems with legs and flat feet.

Many professional players take sponsor's clothes, but leave their sneakers. When you move on the court, then nothing should disturb you, it should be comfortable. On the court, sneakers are an extension of you.

Important: after buying sneakers, parents need to regularly check that the child has no blisters and is comfortable.

Feet and legs are a tennis player's working tool that must be carefully monitored in first of all. If you play in bad shoes, you may have problems with your feet in the future.

Parents are a support for future champions

The relationship between parents and children is the most important aspect, as parents should be support for the child in sports and in life. It is important to support and motivate your baby, and of course, you shouldn't put too much pressure on him. Although it is worth noting that half of the tennis players went through different stages of the relationship with their parents, this is how the champion character was tempered.

To understand how to help your child in the future, you should also know more about tennis. Various master classes from famous athletes and coaches are currently being held. At such master classes, experience is always shared, and this is important for parents. It is at the master classes that you can learn how to help your child develop correctly.

Parent instruction: tennis for kids

Photo: Anastasia Tsymbarevich, Championship

Don't pressure your children

There are some children who don't want to take breaks between workouts, but some need them. Some toddlers need to take a break to help them continue their activities later. Therefore, parents should understand this and allow them sometimes to take a short break from the training process, in order to return later and continue with renewed vigor.

It is important for parents to talk with their children, listen to them, and not impose their opinion on them. You don't have to pressurel per child, especially during competitions. It is important to think about the future.

Do you need individual training?

In addition to group sessions, it is important for your child to train individually. If you are planning to see him in professional sports, then this is very important. It should also be borne in mind that when a child is talented since childhood, this makes it easier for him, but in addition to this, he must remain hardworking, technically prepared and resilient. Sometimes talented children are very lazy, so you need to convey to the child that he needs to train his talent in order to become a pro in the future.

I train with my student 4-5 times a week for an hour and a half. And this is not the busiest kid in tennis. Individual training is very important. Those who are more attentive can train less, those who are absentminded need more time.

5 tips for parents who want to send their child to tennis from Ekaterina Bychkova

  • If your child under 12 has not shown great results, then you should not scold him. Everyone has a different age, all children develop differently. Parents need to be more attentive to their children, pay more attention to them, rather than label them.
  • You should never compare your child with another - this is the worst thing. He will just start to feel unnecessary. It is important to be able to speak correctly with a small person.
  • Now there is a lot of information about tennis, know how to look for important and necessary information. The main thing is to develop and learn something new in order to teach your child this later.
  • You shouldn't shift your ambitions onto a child. He has his own thoughts and desires. If a child wants to play, then he will do it. Your task is to help him.
  • Listen to your children! Talk, help them, and most importantly, ask for their opinion.

You can find more answers to the most popular questions about children's tennis in the recording of a free webinar with Ekaterina Bychkova, and very soon we will tell you how to choose the right coach for your child.

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