Reasons Why Your Child Should Be Encouraged to Play Tennis

kids tennis summer campOne great thing you can do for your kids this summer is to sign them up for junior tennis lessons. Tennis is a great sport, particularly for children. Kids throughout Toronto are learning how to play on the court, and the game is more popular than ever. While tennis still doesn’t have the same following that hockey and soccer does, it’s quickly gaining popularity for its many benefits.

Why is Tennis a Good Sport?

There’s a reason why tennis is loved by many kids and youth. In the past, the game had a high barrier of entry, which is why only a small amount of children had the opportunity to learn the game. Now, there are more chances to learn tennis in Toronto than ever before. School gym classes often feature tennis lessons, and there are tennis camps in Toronto that can teach kids the game in a fun and informative way.

Whether or not your kid plays tennis, here are seven reasons why a child/teen membership at a tennis club is a smart investment:

Fitness & Health

Tennis is a “full body workout” that few other sports can compare to. If you want to stay healthy and active, there is no better way than tennis. Tennis involves a lot of cardio, with sudden movements, changes in direction, and lots of quick bursts of speed. Tennis also works out your arms, legs, and back muscles extensively. The best part? Tennis is a lot of fun too. It’s one of the best ways to stay healthy while also having a great time.

Constant Improvement

Tennis is a sport that requires constant learning, improvement, and growth. As you are competing against your peers, playing tennis needs a constant finessing of your skills and abilities. Sports are more fun when there’s a bit of a challenge. When kids play tennis with their peers, they have a great opportunity to learn and work towards improving their skills.

Personal Responsibility

There are some sports where kids can sink into the background. For instance, one kid playing soccer may never touch the ball. With tennis, there is the right mix of individual and team participation. Each kid is always involved in the game, but they also have to work with teammates too. Tennis can teach personal responsibility and teamwork skills better than many other games.

Self-Discipline

Tennis is a sport that involves competition, and it requires self-discipline to get ahead. Learning tennis is a great way to teach children how to set goals and use self-discipline to achieve what they set out to do. With tennis, you cannot succeed if you do not put in effort. Children thrive when they are given goals to work towards, and tennis allows them to do so.

Development of Social Skills

An important part of sports is the social aspect. With tennis, you are always playing amongst peers. Particularly with a kid’s tennis summer camp, children get the opportunity to interact with other kids their own age. Tennis is a great way to learn how to work with people on a team, as well work with people you are competing against.

Volunteer Opportunities

With tennis’s growing popularity, there are also more volunteer opportunities for youth interested in tennis. There has been a major push by governments and public figures to promote tennis for the health of children. Many tennis groups try to teach the game to kids who have never gotten a chance to learn. For teenagers who want to provide community service, getting involved in the tennis community is a great way.

Independence

Tennis ultimately teaches kids how to be confident and rely on themselves. In tennis, there is no one that can control your kid or win the game for them—they have to learn how to use their own skills, learning, and knowledge to play the game, with guidance along the way of course. By playing tennis, kids can learn the confidence and skills that they need for life.

Dealing with Defeat

Losing a match can be discouraging for young players, yet it offers an opportunity for them to deal with it in a constructive way. Tennis teaches kids how to bounce back from difficult circumstances, and prepares them for success. After a defeat, players can think about how they were defeated, the strengths and weaknesses of their opponent, and how they can improve for next time.

Mental Fortitude

During a match, there are many things a player must deal with aside from their opponent’s skill level. Wind, sun, summer heat, a mean opponent, the crowd, expectations, and exhaustion are some of the challenges one may face during a game. To win matches, young players are encouraged to be strong and push through these obstacles. Instead of worrying about the things they cannot control, they will take command of the things they can, such as their strategy, performance, and attitude. Tennis is a great way to develop mental strength.

Improves Hand-Eye Coordination

Tennis drills help kids learn strong hand-eye coordination. Throwing, catching, running back and forth—these movements and more teach children how to master basic movements that are vital to their success during tennis matches. Even if they have a rough start, practicing the drills and playing tennis will develop these skills until they become more coordinated.

Encourages Patience and Self-Control

Part of becoming an excellent tennis player is knowing when to make the right moves, and where the ball should be directed to. Therefore, patience and self-control are two very important skills that are essential to success as a tennis player. These two qualities keep you cool and focused, and helps you have a clear head.

Tennis Is a Lifetime Sport

If you are considering a sport that will help your child grow, tennis is the perfect sport. Tennis is a sport you can play from childhood to late adulthood. There are tournaments for men and women ages 70 and above! The sport conditions the body in such a way that it maintains their muscle and bone strength and health. If you want a way to invest in your child’s future, tennis is a great option.

Support Your Child’s Development at Our Summer Tennis Camp

There are many reasons to play tennis with your child, or, you can send them to our kids’ summer tennis camp in Toronto! Tennis can help kids learn how to work as a team, how to focus and be disciplined, how to respect others and play fair, and so much more. The physical benefits of tennis are also something to consider!

At our tennis camps in North York and Toronto, your child can make new friends and learn from trained instructors while developing into talented and skilled tennis players. Bayview Village Tennis Camp is the top tennis camp in the GTA. Our Tennis Canada-certified instructors work to teach kids not only how to have fun with tennis, but also how to play smart and safe. More information about the junior, intermediate, and advanced summer tennis programs can be found by calling us at (905) 889-7293 or e-mailing pnielsen889@rogers.com.

 

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Peter Nielsen

Peter Nielsen, a certified O.T.A Level III coach, has successfully worked with juniors at all levels of the game, from grass roots to the international level. A National Senior Champion himself, Peter was employed as a National Coach by Tennis Canada, as the Head Coach of the Central Region High Performance Program. Peter currently ranks 321st in the world for Men 50 and over.