Parents will always want to see their kids succeed. Whether it’s academically or in sports, parents want to give their children every opportunity to excel.
Engaging the vivacious spirit of children in the world of sports, particularly tennis, can be a difficult challenge. But for parents who wish to see their children achieve their best in tennis, below are key pieces of advice that can aid them in their journey.
1. Go with the flow
Tennis should be fun for children, and it will be when valued properly. Winning is important, but being overly ambitious can produce a fear of failure, which can lead to negative results. While parents of a junior tennis player should encourage a winning attitude, they must also follow the lead of the child.
Avoid intervening too much in the development and growth of a young athlete. The progress of a child should be emphasized more than winning. Children should focus on being better teammates and having respect for the sport before performance goals.
As young athletes get older, this will help them accept responsibility for their development, enabling them to focus on the outcome goal of winning.
2. Find the right tennis coach
If you’re a parent who desires great things to happen for your child in tennis, one of the first things you should do is to find the right coach. Behind every accomplished tennis champion is a great coach. A good coach will not only help your child develop their tennis skills but also encourage their growth as an individual.
Parents are advised not to take on the mantle of responsibility of coaching their own children. It can become very difficult for parents to separate coaching from parenting. The right tennis training program and professional-level tennis coaches will enable your child to reach their full potential.
This will instill confidence, helping them overcome any hurdles on and off the tennis court.
3. Offer plenty of encouragement
Tennis is a sport for life, and when kids get the opportunity to play the sport at a young age, it can be a healthy and safe active pursuit that will provide plenty of fun. Nonetheless, as children develop their skills and pursue the dream of becoming a champion, tennis may require a lot of sacrifices.
Parents must be ready to offer emotional support to their young athlete(s). Offering plenty of encouragement can influence their motivation. Giving plenty of emotional support will provide positive scaffolding for their children to continue pursuing their dreams.
4. Understand the importance of diversity
There is strength in diversity.
While the goal may be to develop a tennis champion, the opportunity to play multiple sports at a young age encourages the physical and mental health and wellness of young children. Children who get to participate in multiple sports develop sound fundamental skills and can truly enjoy the sports they play.
Remember, there is a world outside of tennis. After all, tennis is just a game. Allowing children to participate in these other activities prevents burnout, loss of interest in participation, and potential injuries due to overuse.
5. Be a good model
Children are good imitators. They imitate authoritative figures around them. Whether that’s their coach or you as a parent, they become what they see and hear.
Good sportsmanship starts with the parents. Parents, more than anyone else, should speak and act in a manner that encourages good sportsmanship. By being a positive role model, parents can ensure their children develop a positive attitude towards the sport.
By being a good model, you encourage children to build relationships that will add to a positive tennis experience and last them a lifetime.
Introducing your child to the world of tennis
Children can pick up a tennis racket and start playing from the age of three or four. At such a young and impressionable age, parents play an important role in the success of a young athlete. The support and guidance of a parent are important in helping children achieve their goals.
The path to a becoming a tennis champion is a long voyage. It’s important that kids keep having fun. Offering unconditional support will allow kids succeed in the pursuit of their goals, no matter what level they reach.
Possessing more than two decades of experience in the leisure and hospitality industry, Tony Kouris joined Zayed Sports City as General Manager in January 2018. With extensive career experience, a value on interpersonal relationships, and strong negotiating experience, he is positioned to support Zayed Sports City’s strategic growth and continue to innovate the site as an internationally recognised sport and entertainment destination.