Has your child shown an interest in playing tennis? Do they seem to naturally enjoy having a racquet in their hand and hitting tennis balls? If so, you might want to consider signing them up for tennis lessons. One of the most common questions parents have about getting their children involved in tennis lessons is the classic issue of "when." How early is too early? Below are some key points to consider to help you determine when to sign your child up for tennis lessons.
1. The Age Factor
So what would be the most suitable age for a child to begin playing tennis? This is a loaded question, because each child is different, and athletic abilities can develop within vastly different time frames from one child to the next. Generally speaking, most tennis coaching experts recommend a starting age of between 7 to 9 years old for taking formal tennis lessons, as this is the age when children can typically begin to understand and follow instructions in a structured lesson environment. This is not to say that children cannot participate in informal group lessons at an earlier age (e.g., 4 to 6 years old), but the emphasis should always be on fun first when they're starting that young.
2. The Athleticism Factor
There's a lot to be said for developing a solid foundation of general athleticism before transitioning your child into a specific sport, and this definitely holds true for tennis. For children within the age range of 4 to 6 years old, the primary emphasis should be on teaching the ABCs of movement – agility, balance, and coordination. It is important not to put the cart before the horse in this
3. The Fun Factor
Without a doubt, the most important thing to remember is that all attempts to involve your son or daughter in tennis will fall flat if your child doesn't truly enjoy the game. The first step you should take is to make playing and learning tennis as much fun as possible for your child. We've all seen the overbearing, tightly-wound "tennis parents" who seem to take all of the fun out of the game, and it's not uncommon for this type of rigid, joyless approach to be the very reason why some kids eventually walk away from tennis entirely. If you emphasize the fun and joy of playing the game, your child will come back for more without any prompting or prodding from your end.
If you're looking to get your child involved in tennis lessons, Five Seasons Family Sports Club is the perfect place for them to begin their tennis journey. We offer a full range of tennis classes and lessons for children of all ages, and our acclaimed Junior Program currently provides instruction and coaching for more than 200 nationally-ranked junior players. Contact us or fill out our online contact form for more information on how to get started. Who knows – you may start your child down the road to becoming the next Roger Federer or Serena Williams!