Now that school is back in session I thought it would be a good idea to mention how well kids who play tennis (and most sports, for that matter) are doing in school and life in general. One of tennis’ greatest assets is that of gaining self-confidence.

Whether kids are in the classroom or on the court, self-confidence helps them excel, and learning how to play tennis helps youths build self-confidence.

Additionally, parents want to instill the values of pride, respect and responsibility in their children, and for grades K-3, learning how to play tennis will do just that.

Here are some values that children pick up when learning to play tennis:

  • Practice and get better. They learn the fundamentals, practice, get better and increase self-esteem.
  • Serious fun. They develop techniques and skills to keep the ball in play and have fun doing something that they are good at.
  • Value of hard work. On and off the court, children come to realize the importance of hard work, responsibility and success as well as failure in things they do and how to learn from their mistakes.
  • Preparing to succeed. By preparing and practicing they excel at hitting the ball, crunching the numbers and expressing themselves verbally and in writing.

It’s important that the child’s tennis instructor takes tennis seriously. It’s more important that the instructor works with the children to develop their values both on the court and in the classroom. A good instructor can inspire most any child.

I still remember today the instructors from my school days that caused me to be inspired to learn, and looked forward to being in their classes.

Unlike many other sports, tennis has some tangible takeaways. Physically, students gain endurance and coordination. Mentally, they learn about self-discipline and how to succeed on the court and in the classroom as well.

Now that school is underway, it’s a good time to help your child get excited about learning a new sport after school and mastering the challenges of academics during school.

Lou Marino is a USPTA Cardio and Youth Tennis Coach who lives and teaches and provides racquet service in the greater Bluffton/Hilton Head Island area.