PLAY TENNIS IN
July 14, 2017
Whether your child is picking up a tennis racquet in elementary school for the first time or looking to continue their passion for the sport while earning college credits, there are plenty of play opportunities.
From elementary to high school, tennis can be played at any age and is open to all levels of play. Youngsters can ask their teachers about how they can start playing in their PE class, or whether there are after-school programs they can join.
PE classes offer the perfect setup for introducing tennis in schools – through supported curriculum and enthusiastic coaches, all played in a familiar setting where children are surrounded by friends and peers of a similar age. This can then be extended further through after-school tennis clubs and creating an extracurricular program that is open to all students. ADVERTISEMENT
Outside of the classroom, there are various other opportunities for elementary- and high school-aged children, including Junior Team Tennis, which offers both a competitive and non-competitive track depending on the ability and needs of the individual player.
You can also encourage schools to develop relationships with local community partners such as Community Tennis Assocaitions (CTAs) and National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) networks to grow exposure and opportunities to play tennis outside of the school day.
Want to get involved with coaching tennis in schools and help shape the next generation of student-athletes? Learn more here. And remember, tennis players are good students and community citizens. More than 80 percent of tennis players attend college as well as volunteer in their local communities.