The Practice Environment

and its components according to your child's age and ability.

Depending on your child’s age and tennis ability there are several approaches to their tennis development that you can take.

A most important aspect of your child’s tennis development is the practice environment they are part of. Such an environment is made up of the following components listed in order of importance:

  1. Group practice
  2. Tournaments
  3. Individual practice

Group practice is essential in your child’s development as it allows them to compete against their peers in a controlled environment. It can also be the most fun part of their training because of the interaction with other kids, the games being played and the fun of competition. Group practices do not however allow for much individual attention which could cause your child to easily pick up bad habits.

Tournaments give your child a chance to compare their level of play against other kids and often have the effect of motivating them to practice harder.

Individual practice is great for addressing issues that cannot be corrected in group practice or tournament play such as correcting strokes technique and providing the necessary reps for building confidence, endurance, power and control in one’s game.

It is in the context of individualized practice that parents can make a tremendous difference in their child’s game. A parent armed with established teaching techniques, following a proven curriculum can become a trusted ally and the architect of their child’s successful high performance tennis career.

One of the biggest traps that hands-on parents run into when trying to help their own kids is pulling them out of organized drills. Read more on how going solo is a very dangerous and treacherous path to take.