11 year old lacking motivation?

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by austintennis2005, Jun 18, 2013.

  1. Pro_Tour_630

    Pro_Tour_630 Legend

    Feb 11, 2004

    TCF do you charge kids to play in your group?

    I have succeeded in forming two groups (of 4) for my two kids a mini tennis academy. I would like to charge $100 each for the six other kids per day (at least three hours of tennis) but many times they are freebies. Some of the cost goes to new cases of balls, paying top HS kids and college players to hit with them. I have noticed when money is involved it takes the fun and motivation away. When there is no money involved it is just pickup whoever shows up but I still have to pay for expenses, how are you doing it?
  2. TCF

    TCF Guest

    I agree with you that introducing money seems to mess things up. We work ours like this.....I provide the courts as our neighborhood has courts hardly anyone uses, and I provide the ball machine. Another dad and I usually bring the ball hoppers. 2 other dads are USTPA pros so they help me provide the instructions. Two moms usually bring pizza for the kids. I also try to find local HS/college kids to stop by and hit with them.

    Its not exactly evenly split of course, but everyone makes an effort to contribute something.
  3. 5263

    5263 G.O.A.T.

    Mar 31, 2008
    I pretty much used this with 2 of my 3 kids, to good results! :)
    The other one just always begged to play with no effort from me.

    I told them learning at school and working at a sport was developing mind &
    body .... something our family will always do.
    I told them tennis is what they would do unless they picked another sport out
    of a love for it and if they did that would be great...because it helps greatly if
    they take ownership, along with learning with a personal interest.
    I picked tennis was our default sport since we had the equipment & the knowledge
    in house, but we could branch out if they had a sincere interest in another sport!

    For my part, I kept the focus on fun and learning, with very little concern for
    winning or even competition. Imo learning would lead to being pretty good and
    being good tends to lead to fun. Fun tends to lead to learning and it becomes
    a cycle that has worked well for us, but did take patience on my part.
    You do have to be willing to prime the pump!
    None of them have beat Federer yet though, lol.
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2013
  4. 5263

    5263 G.O.A.T.

    Mar 31, 2008
    Very important point imo, since ownership is critical to outstanding performance.
    Also fun is critical to stay at it consistently with the heart and mind engaged.
    No reason sports should not be quite fun and even work/school can be some
    fun too. Nothing is fun all the time, but folks should look to enjoy what they do;
    especially if they expect to improve.
  5. newpball

    newpball Legend

    May 28, 2013
    Amen to that!

    I agree, I like my kids to master at least one sport, competition is secondary to me.

    I see already enough kids growing up making a fuss about a silly point in some silly tennis game as if their life is at stake, I certainly tell my kids about keeping perspective.
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2013

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