Fall Kids Tennis Camp- Teaching Tennis Fundamentals
Tracy Doubey, an MTVAC Tennis member, wanted to invite her daughter Greta Lee’s friends to a personal 2-day camp experience the week of 11/7/16. Coach Kelly Sykes specially designed a kids tennis camp for the kids, all of whom were 10 and under. While most of the kids were beginners, the kids were able to learn the fundamentals from a different perspective — they learned to work together in a team environment facilitated by Coach Kelly.
The kids tennis camp was designed to foster team-building and empower students, as well as inspire kids to learn the fundamentals of tennis. – Coach Kelly
Building Skills through Everyday Situations
With a background and experience in recreational tennis, Coach Kelly, says that “the kids tennis camp works really well at building their skills because we have them do activities that relate to everyday situations.” The class also helps foster individual leadership skills and problem solving.
One of the key differences is that I don’t tell the kids how to do everything. Instead, the kids ask a series of questions and then they are allowed to test their theories. Many of the kids come away with an increased sense of self-confidence. – Coach Kelly
They also come away with a set of skills that can be applied to a variety of situations. Activities designed to help motor skills, such as ball tossing and rotational turning, are great for tennis. But they are also great for helping to develop any type of throwing or tossing skills that might be utilized in a variety of sports.
Stepping Stones Establish Tennis Foundation
The stepping stone approach is a concept developed by Coach Kelly designed to have them break down movements into parts, work on those parts, and then build on that foundation until they are able to figure out each aspect of a movement, and overcome the challenge they were having with it. For example:
If a ball isn’t going over the net, then they are encouraged to think through the movements within their forehand.
This approach allows for moments of individual discovery, helps develop cognitive thinking, and creates a foundational skill set. – Coach Kelly
With the stepping stone approach, the kids build off of what they do right, by doing it that way, they learn the skills in a way that helps them to remember them and to access them when they are outside of MTVAC.
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