Youth Tennis, the increasingly popular sport for today’s youth
In our ever evolving modern society, giving our children a device and watching them have fun is easy – but what about their need for social accomplishment? Youth Tennis is a great way to get your child away from the tablet computer and involved in a fun physical experience. Programs designed for Youth Tennis provide children with an understanding for the fundamentals of the game, and help educate them on how to develop skills that will be with them the rest of their lives. There are many Youth Tennis groups throughout the nation accepting children from the ages of 6 to 18, and encouraging them to find a sense of achievement with a friendly environment and sportsmanlike competition. More than 80,000 Youth Tennis players are currently enrolled in the various Youth Tennis groups across America, and the sport continues to grow every year.
Youth Tennis equipment is smaller than its adult counterparts are – made to fit your child’s developing body – and there are different sizes of Youth Tennis courts to play on depending on age. The varying hardness of the different Youth Tennis balls allows smaller players more time to react and develop ball control skills. Combined with the varying sizes of the courts and a simplified scoring system, Youth Tennis takes all the precautions to ensure everything is as frustration free for your child as possible. Players participating in Youth Tennis learn the sport with other children close to their own age and skill and are encouraged to develop a sense of camaraderie. Many Youth Tennis groups even offer after-practice study to help with a child’s education.
Typical Youth Tennis groups have weekly practices, and once the young players have had the chance to develop their skills they have the opportunity to advance. Intermediate
Youth Tennis Divisions place your child’s team against the teams of neighboring cities and states, going as far as national Youth Tennis competitions – watching and cheering as their friends compete against new players for a common goal.
If you are the kind of parent who seeks a more active level of participation in your child’s activities, Youth Tennis has you covered there as well. Whether it be carpooling the kids to practice and matches, arranging a celebratory pizza party, or coaching the team, the opportunity is there. Many recreational coaching workshops – designed with parents of limited coaching experience – are offered by the USTA countrywide, and resources regarding Youth Tennis can be found on their website as well. If you are looking to establish a program of your own, the USTA even offers grants to get them started.
The encouraging lessons children learn playing Youth Tennis will stay with them as they move on with their lives, and provide them with positive memories. In addition, experiencing the excitement of Youth Tennis will benefit both you and your child no matter the degree to which you participate, and offer you the chance to watch your child having fun in a structured environment.