A Guide for Parents
With ANZ Tennis Hot Shots still being relatively new for the Generation Y parents, the information below is a guide for parents to help them better understand the ANZ Tennis Hot Shots program and how they can help ensure that their children have a positive and meaningful experience playing tennis with High Performance Tennis.
So what should parents expect from ANZ Tennis Hot Shots?
In kids tennis lessons, parents should expect to see…
- The use of Red, Orange or Green balls, smaller racquets and modified courts
- Activities which help the child to serve, rally and score
- The child rallying and playing points with other children or with the coach, so that they learn tactics and how to play the game better
- The child actively involved through maximum participation and never waiting in lines to play
- A coach who effectively organises the children to play and creates a nurturing, fun and friendly environment at all times
Progressing From Red, To Orange, To Green…
It is important that players only progress to the next stage when they are able to control the ball and effectively implement tactics at their current ANZ Tennis Hot Shots stage. If the player moves up too soon then they could develop poor technique and lose confidence and interest in playing tennis.
Parents should understand that learning to play the game of tennis is a gradual process and as children progress through the three stages of ANZ Tennis Hot Shots, parents should encourage their child to become more independent. Parents should also try to focus on how their child is developing and most importantly on their enjoyment, rather than on results in matches.
Tips for parents
The following are some useful tips for parents on how to support, encourage and act respectively during your child’s ANZ Tennis Hot Shots development
- Allow your children to play in the appropriate ANZ Tennis Hot Shots stage so that they can gain confidence and enjoy playing the game
- Let the coach “coach” and play your role as the parent and do not try to become the coach
- Playing matches is an important part of your children’s development and should be encouraged to compete as well as have lessons
- Encourage good behaviour in all lessons and matches
- Encourage the child to learn independence and avoid making them depend too much on you
- Focus on effort instead of results
- Help your children to understand that showing respect for the rules and opponents is all part of tennis
- Respect the opponents, their parents and coaches, and of course the competition officials
- Always applaud both players
- The coach has the expertise and they should be respected and appreciated by you
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