Seth Korey Tennis

20th Annual Summer Camp: 5 Questions for Seth Korey

Hi Everyone! 

To celebrate the 20th annual SKTA summer camp, I thought that I'd ask a few questions of the guy that started it all. Enjoy! 

Q: What was the camp like in the first few years compared to today? 

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A: "I was in my mid-20s and we worked out of the Scottsdale Plaza Resort. I remember jumping from pool to pool because security didn't like us swimming in the pools.  The first year was memorable because I bought squirt guns for every student, had 30-40 students, and even though I didn't make any money, I was happy. 

Now, times have changed and I have to oversee so many different components and all facets of the business. So much is required minute of the camp everyday. "

Q: What gave you the idea to start a tennis camp? 

A: "I didn't know what I wanted to. I had so many jobs. I knew that I needed to tie in tennis with psychology and business degree. Back in the beginning, I never thought it would be something I'd do for the rest of my life and even considered going go to grad school at some point. However, it is gratifying working with 1000s of kids over the years. Over time, I learned what to do and not to do growing up playing in many camps." 

Q: How has tennis in Arizona changed since you began your program? 

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A: "Overall, there are so many different tennis camps and multi-sport camps. I've noticed pickleball grow in popularity.  Across the state, tennis is not as popular but by looking at the attendance of our camp, you wouldn't know. Also, with the introduction of red, orange, green dot ball tennis, you see success from players as young as 4."

Q: What are some of your favorite memories running a tennis camp over the last 20 years? 

A: "Some of the best memories don't involve tennis but include water balloon fights that went on for 30 min, kids enjoying the pool, and movies each week. Also, some former students are now sending their kids."

Q: What makes you excited for this year? 

A: "The most gratifying is seeing students happy and improving. Knowing that we have introduced tennis to 1000s of students and that we are able to help players grow from early age to elite level."

 

 

 

 

By Steven Gilliam

FAQs from Parents Answered!

Hi Everyone,

Over the past few months we have received a ton of great questions from parents regarding their child’s development as a tennis player and what are the best practices. With this post, we aim to shine more light on what we have learned from our own experience as well as from various sources.

1.     How many times should a child practice each week?
a.     Below is advice as provided by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) for Junior Tennis players (Tennisconsult.com).

6-8 years olds:  3-4 sessions a week, each session no longer than 45 minutes. Group lessons, practice on mini court. 50% tennis – 50% other sports. Soccer, handball, basketball, swimming, etc.
9-11 years olds: 1 hour, 3-4 times a week. 70% tennis – 30% other sport.
12-14 years olds: 2-3 hours a day, 4-5 times a week of group lessons. 85% tennis – 15% other sport.
15-16 year old (intermediate level): 3-4 hours of training a day, 4-5 times a week.
16-18 year old (advanced level): 3-4 hours a day, 5-6 times a week.
 

2.     When should my child specialize in tennis (or any other sport)?
a.     There are several studies regarding when the appropriate time to specialize in a sport is. It’s easy to look at certain stars of their respective sport such as LeBron James and Tiger Woods and assume that early specialization in a sport is the only way to reach one’s potential. Furthermore, it has been proven to not only lead to one-dimensional athletes but also cause a player to become more injury prone. While many studies vary slightly on the optimal time to specialize on a sport, most agree that late adolescence (Around age 16) is the time when most athletes have developed the physical, social, Emotional, and motor skills needed to effectively specialize in a sport (Long-Term Athlete Development, Balyi, Way, Higgs)

3.     What should the parent’s role be in their child’s practice?
a.     No matter which sport you think about, parents play a substantial role in the development of their child’s athletic ability, but not in the way that most assume. One success story that highlights this fact in tennis is that of Canadian Milos Raonic (#3 in the world). He is known for continually crediting his success to his parents for not knowing anything about tennis (National Post).

According to tennisconsult.com, it’s important for tennis parents to realize that the emphasis for a young child playing sports should be on developing their social skills rather than their athletic skills. Furthermore, as cliché as it sounds, they should be excited to go to practice.

Furthermore, sports psychologists agree that the car ride home is not the time to coach your child on how they can improve on the court, especially if they lose a match. Children respond differently to these situations but the general conclusion is that it is more discouraging than helpful (More information). 

4.     When can my child start playing tournaments?
a.     Many of you may have noticed that we use different colored balls and various sizes of racquets. This trend follows the USTA 10u rules and to learn more about where to sign up click the link below. 

 

We hope that this information is helpful and if you have any questions about what we covered today or would like us to address another subject, do not hesitate letting us know!

Until next time,
Steven and Sam