INTRODUCING CHILDREN TO THE GAME
 
The key at this age is to encourage fun engagement, with the goal of getting children to want to come back for more.
 
This stage of the program has been created so that children can explore and improve their motor skills, gain an understanding of the game in a fun and positive atmosphere whilst developing a love for the sport. At the same time, there is an emphasis on what we call ‘tennis for life’ foundations (court, ball and opponent awareness) and fundamentals (balance, contact area and the use of the non-dominant hand), which are all understructure for building a solid gameplay and sound technique.
 
At the beginning of their journey, the students play with foam balls and red balls, they learn how to use the racquet and make contact with the ball but most importantly, they come to have fun through games designed to facilitate development of general gross motor skills.
 
In the last exploring stage, children play with red and orange balls where they start to play points (half a court) and understand a tennis match (serving, returning, scoring) and slowly progress back into a full size court (from orange to green balls).
 
EXPLORE
 
  • PRESCHOOLERS – 3-4 YEAR OLD (1-2 day, 20-30min/ day)
    • GENERAL
    • SOCIAL (FUN, LEARNING, POSITIVE, BELONGING)
    • MENTAL (MOTIVATION, MINDFULNESS)
    • PHYSICAL (AGILITY, BALANCE, COORDINATION)
    • TACTICAL (DECISION MAKING, STRATEGY)
    • RESOURCES (TECHNICAL)
  • KINDER TENNIS – 5-6 YEAR OLD (1-2 days, 30-45min/day = 1-2hs/ wk)
    • GENERAL
    • SOCIAL (FUN, LEARNING, POSITIVE, BELONGING)
    • MENTAL (MOTIVATION, MINDFULNESS)
    • PHYSICAL (AGILITY, BALANCE, COORDINATION)
    • TACTICAL (DECISION MAKING, STRATEGY)
    • RESOURCES (TECHNICAL)
  • MINI TENNIS – 7-8 YEAR OLD (2-3 days, 45mins/day = 1.5-2.5hs/ wk)
    • GENERAL
    • SOCIAL (FUN, LEARNING, POSITIVE, FAIR, BELONGING)
    • MENTAL (MOTIVATION)
    • PHYSICAL (AGILITY, BALANCE, COORDINATION)
    • TACTICAL (DECISION MAKING, STRATEGY)
    • RESOURCES (TECHNICAL)
 
DEVELOP – 9-10 YEAR OLD (3-4 days, 1hs/day = 3-4hs/wk)
 
  • GENERAL
  • SOCIAL (FUN, LEARNING, POSITIVE, FAIR, BELONGING, COMPETITIVE)
  • MENTAL (MOTIVATION, CONCENTRATION, PROBLEM-SOLVING, PERSISTENCE/ RESILIENCE)
  • PHYSICAL (BALANCE, FLEXIBILITY, COORDINATION, AGILITY)
  • TACTICAL (DECISION MAKING, STRATEGY)
  • RESOURCES (TECHNICAL)
  • EMOTIONAL (JOYFUL PREPARATION, RELAXED COMPETITION, MINDFULNESS)
  • NUTRITION (HYDRATION, FOOD, SUPPLEMENTS)
  • WELLBEING (SLEEP, REST, HEALTH, RELATIONSHIPS, LIFE-BALANCE)