Basic Consistency Tennis Drill for Kids Ages 5-9

Here’s a simple tennis drill you can do with your child to help them understand the basics of consistency and that “the ball will always come back.” This basic consistency tennis drill works through three exercises that progress as your child masters the fundamental concepts. Continue reading Basic Consistency Tennis Drill for Kids Ages 5-9

Contact Point Tennis Drill | Kids Ages 3 to 7 Years

Here’s a simple contact point tennis drill you can do with your child. The drill consists of 3 steps that progress as your child masters the fundamental movements.

There are two key things you and your child need to understand when it comes to the contact point. First is the body position; you want your child to be sideways. So, often you will find that tennis pros and coaches will use a target positioned perpendicular to the net to help the kids understand that they should be facing sideways the whole time. The second thing to remember is that the contact point should be on the side of your body. Continue reading Contact Point Tennis Drill | Kids Ages 3 to 7 Years

Elite Sports Clubs Adds Two International Tennis Pros to Staff

Elite Sports Club – Brookfield announced that it has hired two new tennis pros – Saulo Gonzales, who was born in Venezuela and Guy David, born in Australia. Both pros are under the direction of Elite Sports Club – Brookfield Tennis Director, Aniela Neuberger, who, also, has an international background. She is from South Africa and was a three-time All-American, singles and doubles player for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Neuberger also is a multi-national champion in all age groups and was the Assistant Coach for Marquette University’s Women’s Tennis team. Continue reading Elite Sports Clubs Adds Two International Tennis Pros to Staff

6 Reasons Your Child Should Play Tennis

Boy with tennis racketTennis benefits not just the physical but also the psyche. In an article titled, “Why Play Tennis?” by Jack Groppel, Ph.D., USPTA Master Professional, Dr. Groppel discusses 34 reasons to play tennis. Elite Sports Clubs has highlighted 6 reasons for your children to play tennis. Read the entire article [pdf].

 

  1. General body coordination.
    Players have to move into position and then adjust the upper body to hit the ball successfully.
  2. Develop social skills.
    Interaction and communication before a match, while changing sides on the court and after play.
  3. Cross-training.
    Tennis is a physically demanding sport that’s fun for athletes who specialize in other sports.
  4. Plan and implement strategies.
    Players naturally learn how to anticipate the opponent’s moves and plan counter moves.
  5. Gross motor control.
    Movement and ball-striking skills that require control of the body’s large muscle groups.
  6. Bone strength and density.
    Tennis strengthens bones of young players and helps prevent osteoporosis in older ones.

Learn more about tennis at Elite Sports Clubs for you or your child. Elite offers lessons for youth players of all ages and skill levels. Register for youth tennis lessons at Elite Sports Clubs.

What do you think has been the best benefit of your child playing tennis? What does your child think is the best part of playing tennis? Tell us in the comments!

Youth Tennis Progression: How to Become a Top Junior Tennis Player

Varying Levels of Youth Tennis Players Progressing your child’s tennis game can be a daunting task. Elite Sports Clubs, through its 26 years leading Wisconsin junior players to the top, has a suggested progression for your child. We provide two paths, one for the 10 and under tennis player and another for the 11 and over tennis player. Each path offers 9-10 steps with the ultimate goal of collegiate tennis. Most junior tennis players do not exceed step 4. These steps should be guidelines as each child is unique and you should consult their tennis professional for more personalized advice.

Ages 3-10: The path to becoming a top junior tennis player

Step 1 Attend a group tennis lesson once per week.
Step 2 Add an occasional Elite QuickStart Tournament or play with your child. For ages 7 and older, your child may attend a Junior Tennis Party.
Step 3 Attend two tennis lessons per week. Add either a group, private or semi-private lesson.
Step 4 Increase frequency of your Elite QuickStart Tournaments or playing with your child.
Suggestion: QuickStart Tournament at another Elite Sports Club, or challenge ladder.
Step 5 Attend three tennis lessons per week. Add either a group, private or semi-private lesson.
Note: You may want to consult your tennis professional about an invitational tennis class at step 5.
Step 6 Attend more advanced Elite tennis events.
Suggestion: Non-Ranked Rookie Tournaments.
Step 7 Get your child a 10 and Under USTA (United States Tennis Association) membership. Ask an Elite Tennis Professional for details.
Step 8 Start playing 10 and Under USTA Tournaments. This may be an overwhelming experience. Use Elite’s Tennis Professionals to assist you.
Step 9 Receive an invitation from the USTA Competitive Training Center when your child receives a top Wisconsin state ranking.
Note: The next progression is post QuickStart level.

Ages 9-18: The path to becoming a top junior tennis player

Step 1 Attend a group tennis lesson once per week.
Step 2 Add an occasional special Elite junior tennis event or play with your child. Elite recommends your child participate in a Junior Tennis Party.
Step 3 Attend two tennis lessons per week. Add either a group, private or semi-private lesson.
Step 4 Increase frequency of your special Elite junior tennis events and/or playing with your child.
Suggestions: Doubles Tournament at ME or NS, Challenge Ladder at ME or WB, or Non-Ranked Rookie Tournament.
Step 5 Attend three tennis lessons per week. (Add either a group, private or semi-private lesson.)
Note: You may want to consult your tennis professional about an invitational class at this point.
Step 6 Get an USTA (United States Tennis Association) membership. Ask an Elite Tennis Professional for details.
Step 7 Start playing in USTA Tournaments. Discuss with a tennis pro which tournaments your child should play.
Step 8 Tennis specific conditioning to increase strength, on court quickness, and injury prevention. Step 8 can be introduced at any level of tennis player.
Step 9 Play tennis four times per week.
Step 10 Receive an invitation from the USTA Competitive Training Center when your child receives a top Wisconsin state ranking.
NOTE: The next progression is Midwest, National USTA tournaments, playing 5 days a week.

Ready to get your child started in youth tennis or would like more advice on the steps to take? Please out this form and you will be contacted by one of Elite Sports Clubs experienced tennis professionals.

Elite Sports Clubs also offers year-round youth tennis lessons. We have the largest junior tennis program in the state of Wisconsin. Register for youth tennis lessons at Elite Sports Clubs.

You can also check out our racquet sports calendar to view all tennis-related programs and events.

Did you play tennis as a child? What do you think most benefited you then (and now) in improving your game?