We are beyond excited to announce a new monthly blog series that is intended to cover the essential topics that our program uses to influence the development of junior tennis players. As many of you are aware, tennis is a unique sport with many intricate details that make it a fun yet challenging activity! We are privileged to benefit from a staff with such diverse experience. Much of what we will share will be a culmination of our own experiences and the well established systems set in motion by the USTA guidelines and philosophies from esteemed coaches such as Nick Bollettieri and PA Nilhagen.
To begin, one of the most common questions that parents ask is, "Why are the balls different colors?" The answer is quite simple. A tennis court, racquet, and ball are all designed with adults in mind. Just as it wouldn't make sense for a child to play basketball on a ten-foot rim, tennis professionals around the world have realized that something had to change. Thus, courts sizes were adjusted, racquets were modified, and last but not least, the balls were designed to not bounce as high.
Here is a brief video from the USTA (Note: USTA 10u Tournaments have followed this guidelines since 2012.)
Over the next few posts we plan to cover the following topics:
- Tennis (The basics)
- Stroke Fundamentals
- Stroke Development
- Proper Equipment
- The Healthy Balance (Fun Vs. Too Serious)
- High Performance Instruction
Overall, we hope these entries will encourage an open dialogue between coaches, parents, and players. Do not hesitate to approach us with any questions or if you'd like us to highlight a specific topic in future articles.
Thanks for your time and see you on the court!
Sam and Steven