Research has shown that tennis is one of the healthiest, least injurious sports youngsters can play. Tennis is a lifetime sport. It builds self-confidence and self-esteem. It teaches self-discipline, self-reliance and respect for others. But, above all, it provides a good way of performing physical exercise whilst having fun. Today, more children than ever before are taking part in tennis.
You, as a parent, want to help your child to manage this new situation, as you do in other aspects of your child’s life: school, friends, family, etc. You want your child to be happy, to have fun and to learn to play tennis to a reasonable level. No doubt that’s why you encouraged them to be involved in the sport in the first place.
You know that it is not easy to be a good parent and, it is even harder to be a good parent of a tennis player. To know what is best to do to help your child and also when and where to do it, is not easy.
The reality is that parents have a very important role to play in their child’s tennis activity, whatever the level of participation. Parents need, however, to be trained and prepared for the role they have to play in this team.
Tennis Training = Training For Life
Tennis teaches VALUES:
Tennis teaches ATTITUDES:
• Focus on performance not outcome. Process over results
– ”What you do and who you are after a mistake shapes your life.”
– “Who you become because of competition is far more valuable than winning or losing.”
Tennis Parents over Involvement:
• Encroaching on ‘coaching’ decisions during training
– Which groups the players are in
– If/when they should advance to higher groups
– Who they are within training
– The drills they do and order of skills developed
– Technical development
The long term GOAL:
• Emotionally and physically healthy human being with solid values, work ethic and problem-solving abilities
Your role as a sport parent is incredibly important to your child’s development. Recent research has shown that sport parent behaviors are linked to children’s self-esteem and self-efficacy, and as the quality of parent-child sport interactions improves, children’s self-views improve as well. We are excited to offer all VIDA families the opportunity to participate in a convenient web based parent education service, developed by former professional tennis player and sport psychologist Anthony Ross, at the reduced rate. This service has been empirically shown as effective in assisting parents and 94% of parents report SportParentSupport.com to be a valuable learning experience.
You will learn:
- Why you are important
- What to do
- Why it’s Challenging
- How to do it
In line with our mission to use your child’s tennis experiences as a way to develop skills that ‘create life opportunities’, we at VIDA Tennis strongly encourage all parents to partake in this activity as part of your child’s tennis participation.
To do so take these 3 steps:
- Contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to register, and confirm the email account you will be using to access the service
- We will provide you with your access code
- Go to www.sportparentsupport.com watch the introduction video, then follow the Pre-paid registration links to the Pre-paid Registration page. To access the main Video chapters and Support Booklet, create your account by using your access code and email (please use the email account you have registered with Vida Tennis)
“Like you, I hope to help my kids experience the potential benefits of sport by doing the best I can as a sport parent. SportParentSupport.com has helped prepare me for this and I am sure you will find it helpful too”
Scott Draper, former Australian Davis Cup tennis player and NSW PGA golf champion