How young you started (paying) for your child's lesson?

Discussion in 'Junior League & Tournament Talk' started by 10ismom, Aug 26, 2012.

  1. 10ismom

    10ismom Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2011
    Messages:
    450
    I came across this video of a 16 month old taking a "tennis lesson".
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqZt0J8HKMU&feature=youtube_gdata_player

    After a google search, I found a couple of places offer "toddler's class"

    Cost is $26-36/ lesson........Wow!!
    http://www.tennisbydennis.com/ - their toddler video even showed speed/reaction, cone and target drill..!!!
    http://www.bumblebeetennis.com/

    No wonder many parents complained on this board how much tennis cost these days.
    10andUnder tennis seems to add more cost to parents!

    USTA said...trying to make tennis affordable by decreasing National play schedule.
    I'd say... 10andUnder....grows the sport, increases business for coaches and industries..........but increasing cost for parents.
    Fortunately my kids did not start that young....so we're not broke yet!

    What do you guys think?
     
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2012
    #1
  2. Jack the Hack

    Jack the Hack Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2005
    Messages:
    1,803
    Paying for a tennis lesson seems ridiculous to me unless your child has outgrown what you can already teach them, or it's a group thing with their friends.

    The parents of the 16 month old could do the same things with their child for free. No need to pay a teaching pro $26-$36 for 30 minutes to have the kid dink some ballons around.

    I have an accomplished tennis background and have previously taught lessons. Therefore, I feel I can teach my kids as well as any local pro. However, I did pay for my son to join some group lessons when he was 7 or 8 because he wanted to hit with his friends. It cost about $75 for 8 one hour sessions, which I didn't think was too bad. Unfortunately, there wasn't much instruction going on, and the kids spent most of the time running from court to court, picking up balls. He got bored with this, so we stopped going.

    Even a 3.0 or 3.5 parent should be able to teach some of the basics and hit with their child for the first few years. However, if the kid becomes more serious and is willing to practice 3 to 5 days per week (or more) and wants to play tournaments, then the lessons start to make sense.
     
    #2
  3. barringer97

    barringer97 Rookie

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2012
    Messages:
    377
    The tennis pro should be fired.

    So stupid.
     
    #3
  4. 10ismom

    10ismom Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2011
    Messages:
    450
    #4
  5. 10ismom

    10ismom Semi-Pro

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2011
    Messages:
    450
    Hey Barringer97... Would you start teaching a 16 mo old in the above home video at that age?
    He does not seem ready for even a foam or balloon yet.
     
    #5
  6. barringer97

    barringer97 Rookie

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2012
    Messages:
    377
    I think that last video is cute. I have a three year old and he is crazy, he can only take one minute on the court. :)
     
    #6
  7. TCF

    TCF Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2012
    Messages:
    1,908
    ====================================================
     
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2012
    #7
  8. diamondie1

    diamondie1 New User

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2012
    Messages:
    11
    Location:
    Sunny Surrey in U.K.
    5 years

    My eldest 6
    middle one 5
    baby 5
    Before that they ran round the courts, played co ordination games with me whilst the older ones had lessons. Hit a few balls when they felt like it & started in group lessons at 5. (1 per week till 7 then increased gradually). Eldest 6 because red balls were a very new concept and a lot of coaches still hadnt got them.
    Hasn't hurt any of them. All regional players and the middle one a national.
    Unless youre really rich a complete waste of money imho. Save it tlll they are older.
     
    #8
  9. Moz

    Moz Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2007
    Messages:
    2,764
    Location:
    Mallorca.
    #9
  10. Bowtiesarecool

    Bowtiesarecool Rookie

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2012
    Messages:
    257
    Location:
    New Smyrna Beach, FL
    I don't get it. If a parent wants to teach their child tennis as a way to get them out of the house, fine. It's a great way to bond with your kids. Paying some jerk to do it for you just screams, "I wanna capitalize on my child's potential for being the next superstar and live off of their wealth.", which seems wrong and I kinda hope this kid in the video grows up and decides he wants to bake cakes for a living.
     
    #10
  11. goober

    goober Legend

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2004
    Messages:
    8,491
    Why should he be fired? If someone is willing to pay him money for a toddler for lessons, then why shouldn't he be allowed to teach them? If some parent wanted to pay me $30 to teach their kids to tie their shoes, well heck I will take the money and teach them. All that matters is the perceived value the person putting the money is getting, not what you or I think.
     
    #11
  12. barringer97

    barringer97 Rookie

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2012
    Messages:
    377
    I think it's worse than being paid to teach kids to tie their shoes.

    There is no value, if it's perceived, than the "pro" is a snake oil salesman.
     
    #12
  13. widmerpool

    widmerpool Rookie

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2006
    Messages:
    326
    Location:
    Atlanta
    I don't see much value in actually hitting a ball over a net until 5.

    A 4y/o could do it but I've watched a lot of pee-wee lessons and it just seems like a 5y/o just starting would take all of 1 month to catch up to a 5y/o who started at 4.
     
    #13
  14. TCF

    TCF Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2012
    Messages:
    1,908

    Ahh, the dirty little secret of kid's tennis. You can be Jan Silvaish and look amazing at age 4-5. Tons of privates, the kid can hit a ball better than any other 5 year old. Even at age 9 still looks great.

    Then a very athletic boy comes along who has played all sorts of sports for fun from age 5-10. And within a few months, maybe a year, of tennis lessons catches or even blows right past the former 5 year old prodigies.

    Same with many things. Teach your 4 year old to read. I wait until my kid is 7 and we catch up with your kid very fast. By age 8-9 they are pretty much reading at the same levels.
     
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2012
    #14
  15. Jonny S&V

    Jonny S&V Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2006
    Messages:
    4,892
    Location:
    Northern MO
    Did anyone else notice the child in the first YT vid was hitting righty, but was throwing lefty?
     
    #15

Share This Page