Are your kids eager to swing a racquet? Are they inspired by friends who play tennis, or by some of Canada’s top talent? Are you keen to introduce them to the game you know and love? Perhaps it’s time!
Today’s post is a series of tips from myself, other parents, and Tennis Canada head coach, Mr. André Labelle. André leads Tennis Canada’s Montreal and Toronto programs and works with the top identified youth players (under 14) in Canada. Needless to say, André knows a thing or two about tennis!
So let’s get your kids (and everyone else in the family too) onto the courts for some active fun!
1. Don’t wait for spring to introduce young children to tennis! Blow up a few balloons and let them swat them in the basement, backyard, or playground. They’ll get an initial feel for the racquet, get some exercise, and have some fun.
2. Be patient and encouraging.
3. Be a positive role model – smile, laugh, have fun, and remember that tennis should be a game before it becomes a sport.
4. Choose a time your child is happy and has lots of energy.
5. Be sure to pack a water bottle, that the kids are dressed comfortably, and that if playing outdoors, everyone’s wearing sunscreen.
2.Make sure your child is placed in an age-appropriate group.
We love when our readers engage and interact with us. We asked parents to share their best tips for introducing children to tennis with us @Tennis_Canada and @Cate_Cameron — and here are a couple they offered:
Shawna (@s_scale) shared: Be patient and make games up to encourage practice! Most of all let them have fun.
Judy Tyson (@talkopolis) suggests: Make it a fun social connection, with group lessons & family matches!