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USTA Junior Team Tennis
What is QuickStart Tennis?
Advice for Players
USTA Junior Team Tennis WHAT IS USTA JR. TEAM TENNIS? USTA Jr. Team Tennis is the largest youth tennis league in the country, helping girls and boys ages 6 to 18 get in the game, get on the court, and have a good time. Teams are coed and made up of at least six players, three boys and three girls, based on similar ages and skill levels.
What is QuickStart Tennis? QuickStart tennis is currently being used for Clinics, Lessons, Junior Teams and Tournaments. Q uickStart tennis has recently been launched by the United States Tennis Association (USTA). It is an innovative approach to teaching tennis to children who are under ten years of age.
Advice for Players Hold yourself accountable Play as hard as you can at all times
Be true to yourself in terms of work ethic vs goals
Enjoy the trip including all the bumps
Trust your parents and coaches
Have fun
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Parenting Do's:

  • Hold emotionally intelligent tennis discussions with you child
  • Provide love and support for you child
  • Act calm during discussions and while your child is on the court
  • Make your child responsible for preparation of a match (ie. equipment)
  • Hold realistic expectations
  • Emphasize player development and fun over winning and rankings
  • Have a stable home life
  • Expose them to many different sports
  • Keep success in perspective
  • Hold child accountable for poor behavior on the court
  • Push your child to practice when they are feeling lazy
  • Model an active lifestyle and healthy eating habits
  • Emphasize core values - "if you are going to do it, do it right"
  • Emphasize the importance of hard work
  • Provide transportation, financial support and logistical support
  • Keep tennis fun

Parenting Don'ts

  • Allow tennis to dominate your life
  • Exert pressure to win
  • Treat your child differently depending on a win or loss
  • Put your interests ahead of your child
  • Coach your child when it hurts the parent/child relationship
  • Expect results based on the amount of money spent
  • Disregard player development plans and goals
  • Scream for any reason at an event, practice or hitting session
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 June 2009 20:40
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