WHY MINI-TENNIS? WHY IS MY CHILD NOT PLAYING ON THE FULL COURT?
The demands of full size court, racket and ball are very challenging for developing children who have yet to gain the required physical strength. By reducing court size and giving children the appropriate tools this will help skill acquisition, and speed learning. The scaled down version of the game will improve player's technical ability, and understanding how to play the game.
DOES A PARENT/GUARDIAN HAVE TO BE PRESENT THROUGHOUT THE SESSION?
No, it is not necessary for parents to be present throughout the coaching lessons. Supervision is available until pick-up.
ARE THERE STRICT AGE GUIDELINES IN SESSIONS?
Ages serve as guidelines only, and we do recognise player's ability in choosing sessions. If your child is progressing rapidly, we will look at appropriate sessions that would prove best for his/her development. Please understand also that children develop at vastly differing rates, so equally your child may need to spend more time developing skills in their appropriate age and skill group. Quite often late developers will prove to be better players!
WHAT SHOULD MY CHILD WEAR?
Comfortable clothing – any sports clothing and/or school sports uniform that is loose and comfortable for your child.
WHAT ABOUT SHOES?
Comfortable tennis shoes/trainers should be worn. No black soled shoes please!
DOES MY CHILD NEED A RACQUET?
Your child does not need a racket as we have spare ones at the club. Initially, it is advisable to make use of a spare racket in the beginning stages of your child's tennis journey. However, once your child is playing on a regular basis, we are more than happy to advise on a suitable racket for your child.
WHAT SIZE RACKET IS BEST FOR MY CHILD?
Choosing the right size of racket is vital. If a 6 year old used an adult racket there would be great difficulty controlling shots, and using the correct technique.
Ages 4-6: 21 inch racket
Ages 7-8: 23 inch racket
Ages 9-10: 25 inch racket
Ages 11-13: 26 inch racket
This will however be dependent upon the size and growth of your child.
*Adult rackets begin upwards from 27 inches.
SHOULD I GET MY CHILD INTO COMPETITION EARLY, AND HOW YOUNG?
This will greatly depend on how your child will respond to competition. Some children are competing regularly as young as 6, others will take time to get used to the pressures of competition. As tennis is a game, there will be competitive aspects in all sessions which will give your child a chance to explore success and failure. We will always be very positive and progressive with introducing games to your child. You should always bear in mind that firstly did your child enjoy competing? Did they try their best? Would they do it again? We as a team of coaches always empathise with young children the importance of trying hard-win or lose. We also empathise players developing their game first and foremost to results. We do host internal competitions so that young children can get used to higher levels of competition.