Dear Dads and Mums, how old was your daughter/son when...

jga111

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...you first introduced her/him to the world of tennis?

What was your method for teaching/coaching?

Did you do it yourself? Or did you delegate that to a more professional coach?

What were the challenges?

Thanks and happy Valentines!
 
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...you first introduced her/him to the world of tennis?

What was your method for teaching/coaching?

Did you do it yourself? Or did you delegate that to a more professional coach?

What were the challenges?

Thanks and happy Valentines!
i'lll share my mistakes anyway:
* 5-6y old
* method: keep it fun... general coordination, hitting, etc...
* diy'd it...
* challenge: keeping them entertained, separating "daddy" from "coach"

got them to a level where they could hit 2hbh and 2hfh with red balls decently... but by 10y they lost interest, and insisted on doing something else.

what i should have done: delegated to a fun coach, where there were other kids.... at a young age it's about socializing, fun, and very basic coordination... very basic technical instruction (grip approximately right. swing low to hit to lift. follow through.)
 

StasTs

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son - soon to be 7years old
started at 5. First summer 1-1.5h group training with 2-3 other kids in our club once a week. No really technical aspects training there.
Winter is not played, next summer (6years) almost same group at our club for fun + ~1-2 times a week we've played together.
This winter: 1/week 1 hour training with me + playing once a month kids tournament (red balls) on small court:

Plans for next summer are switch to orange balls + getting to more pro coach in one of the bigger clubs near by. As stated above, it's really hard for kid to split "papa" and "coach/teacher". It has to be always something new every training.

Mandatory video ;) of first tournament (my son is in yellow t-shirt)
 

BallBag

Professional
son - soon to be 7years old
started at 5. First summer 1-1.5h group training with 2-3 other kids in our club once a week. No really technical aspects training there.
Winter is not played, next summer (6years) almost same group at our club for fun + ~1-2 times a week we've played together.
This winter: 1/week 1 hour training with me + playing once a month kids tournament (red balls) on small court:

Plans for next summer are switch to orange balls + getting to more pro coach in one of the bigger clubs near by. As stated above, it's really hard for kid to split "papa" and "coach/teacher". It has to be always something new every training.

Mandatory video ;) of first tournament (my son is in yellow t-shirt)
Kid is 3.0 at best, needs more windshield wiper on FH.
 

thehustler

Semi-Pro
Son...

2. Just threw a ball with him, bought him a little racket and just let him do whatever with it. Probably started going on the courts around 4, we just hit around, no structure at all. Mainly at the net, but will back up a bit. He's very good at lobbing them over my head with like a foot or two to spare inside the baseline. Still no structure, he just loves to go out and hit with daddy. Told him when he wants to learn how to play I'll help him, but knowing his personality he'd rather learn from a coach or with a group of kids and save the fun stuff for daddy.
 

BallBag

Professional
I just started my kid at 3.5 yo. Pawned him off to a local academy for a 45 min lesson once a week. I tried to DIY but neither of us had the patience for that.
 

TheIntrovert

Hall of Fame
Not a parent. But I was first I introduced to a game as a 7 year old when a coach that was starting off came to my primary school. Took home the leaflet to my mum and she forced me the first week to go that weekend. Been hooked since.
I say you can initially try and force your child, but up to a point, if they don’t like it, they don’t like it.
 

jga111

Hall of Fame
i'lll share my mistakes anyway:
* 5-6y old
* method: keep it fun... general coordination, hitting, etc...
* diy'd it...
* challenge: keeping them entertained, separating "daddy" from "coach"

got them to a level where they could hit 2hbh and 2hfh with red balls decently... but by 10y they lost interest, and insisted on doing something else.

what i should have done: delegated to a fun coach, where there were other kids.... at a young age it's about socializing, fun, and very basic coordination... very basic technical instruction (grip approximately right. swing low to hit to lift. follow through.)
Yeah I'm going to need to find the right balance, and I'm reluctant to teach anything, will probably go with the "fun coach" approach. Thanks! (y)
 

jga111

Hall of Fame
Not a parent. But I was first I introduced to a game as a 7 year old when a coach that was starting off came to my primary school. Took home the leaflet to my mum and she forced me the first week to go that weekend. Been hooked since.
I say you can initially try and force your child, but up to a point, if they don’t like it, they don’t like it.
Agreed, last thing I want is to keep persisting if my daughter doesn't like it
 

jga111

Hall of Fame
son - soon to be 7years old
started at 5. First summer 1-1.5h group training with 2-3 other kids in our club once a week. No really technical aspects training there.
Winter is not played, next summer (6years) almost same group at our club for fun + ~1-2 times a week we've played together.
This winter: 1/week 1 hour training with me + playing once a month kids tournament (red balls) on small court:

Plans for next summer are switch to orange balls + getting to more pro coach in one of the bigger clubs near by. As stated above, it's really hard for kid to split "papa" and "coach/teacher". It has to be always something new every training.

Mandatory video ;) of first tournament (my son is in yellow t-shirt)
He already has good spacing... and an excellent hip shuffle! haha
 

ChaelAZ

G.O.A.T.
Started both of my boys myself just going to a court and hitting balls. They were 5 & 7. Byt the next year I had them in some city programs, still took them out often, and would run them on ball machines. both ended up in other sport, but my older started back in tennis after baseball around 12/13 and has been going since. I started him back, but he developed much faster so I got him in good programs where he (and I) could learn. Still worked with him and added in some academy times as well. I work with them and the high school kids still.

Biggest challenge for me has been time since work days didn't end until 5p or later some days and the boys were out of school by 3p. Other challenge is, by oldest just sin't as motivated as I would hope he is, so I had to find a good balance between time on and off tennis. And then, just moderating my own expectations to match his desires. I always swore I would not be "that" tennis parent, and it wasn't easy.

Son graduates this year and we are looking at the college prospects now and how that woudl fit with other goals.

I still work with two nieces now, 5 and 6, and I really love it.
 
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