Parents Being Waaaay too cheap.
I'm an assistant coach for the local park district lessons for the 5-8 year old group. I teach the lefties; we have a lot and the main pro has no clue how to teach them. There's a really talented kid in my group, he has a nasty forehand and he has massive topspin.
But I noticed he's playing with jean shorts, a ratty old sleeveless that's got holes in it and old sneakers. He also has a Spongebob racket, which deeply concerns me. And this kid isn't coming from a poor family, his dad is a highly rated chef and his mom a banker. I think that if this kid gets some new threads and a good stick, he could be unstoppable in USTA tourneys. I don't want to sound like a jerk, but how should I tell his dad to buy the kid some new stuff?
"At Eton, they teach us to wash our hands after using the bathroom."
"At Harrow, they teach us not to **** on our hands." - Winston Churchill