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Old 01-16-2012, 04:26 PM   #46
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Originally Posted by TennisCoachFLA View Post
I am with you until you mention not running around on a full court. By age 8 you can tell a ton about a kid whether they will run around in the sun and chase balls. You said "pushing her to run". All I can say is many coaches will tell you they would rather have the kid who will bust it at age 8 than the kid with the pretty strokes. So please do not let her feel tennis is about is about running, hustling and anticipation. I think you are better off getting them busting it because they can learn slices and angles over the years. Its not that big a deal to teach them all the different shots and strategies at age 8.

The dynamic I have seen over and over is parents who put lots of time and effort and the kids look amazing with orange balls. But the second they find out real tennis is running and sweating they wilt. Might as well find out early if a kid is a hustler. If not, make tennis just a hobby and do not spend too much money.
^^^^^^^^^ correct
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