If you’re looking into kids-oriented summer tennis camps, there are several factors you’ll need to take into account. For starters, a camp with small class sizes will best benefit your child; if there’s a low student-to-instructor ratio, then they will receive the attention they need to excel. And don’t just make the decision for them! Ask your kids which summer tennis camps they like, keeping the cost in mind, and let them decide for themselves.
Also, if any of their friends are attending a summer tennis camp, send your child to the same one. Camp is an excellent way to make new friends, but having a familiar face or two around can help to ease them into the new environment.
Find the Right Coach
Regardless of the group size, you should look at the resume of the coaches. Pay attention to their education and certifications; one with a college or university education should be better qualified. Also look to the Internet and social media to find out about the coach’s history, what people are saying about them, their accomplishments, and more.
Watch a Sample Lesson
Essentially, try before you buy; watch the coach to determine if they’re prompt, have a lesson plan, and make an effort to engage the students. If it seems like they are just going through the motions and coaching is just a paycheque for them, look elsewhere. And even if their resume shows that they played professionally, this may not translate into being a good coach.
Full-Day vs. Half-Day Tennis Camp
Kids’ summer tennis camps come in two varieties: full-day and half-day. For full-day camps, events start in the morning and run until the late afternoon, with a lunch break and usually a combination of on-court instruction and off-court sports. The half-day option, meanwhile, tends to run for three hours with two breaks. You and your child will need to decide together which is best for them.
Longevity of the Camp and its Director’s Experience
Another of the key factors to look at when selecting a tennis camp for your kids is how long it has been in business for. Generally, a camp that has been open for a few years is your best option. However, if a camp has been open a short time, don’t rule it out; the instructors may have the necessary experience and passion for the sport to make it worth attending. A good, experienced director will know the importance of training staff properly, as well as providing a balance of fun and learning for the students. You should also note how long the director has been running the camp for, their vision for students, and their involvement with the day-to-day operations. It is recommended that you look into how involved they are with the students and their experience working with young kids. Also read what people are saying about them on social media.
How is the Staff?
Look closely at the staff to determine if they have the energy level to keep up with young students and if they play regularly; their physical appearance can tell a lot as well. And do they “practice what they preach” and show the same amount of drive they expect from their students?
Camp Policy and Mission
Look at what the camp emphasizes: is the main focus on learning, do they just want the students to have fun, or is it a mix of both? You should research how much of an emphasis is put on developing skills and how students are supervised. Most importantly, what kind of security measures do they have in place to ensure students’ safety?
To learn more about Bayview Village Tennis Camp’s summer tennis camp for kids, contact us today or visit our web site. We provide our students with the best tennis education and skilled staff who will teach your child the skills necessary to excel as a tennis player.
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