Did you know that Columbia Basin Racquet has a tennis program just for kids? The Junior Team Tennis Program is designed for youth ages 4 to 18 and is a great way for children to build confidence and skills on the court. Check out this post for a Q&A session with Will Taylor, CBRC Tennis Director.
Q: What is the Junior Team Tennis Program?
A: Junior Tennis is the entry way into competitive tennis. Instead of being an individual tournament, like most tennis tournaments, it is divided into teams that compete against each other for four weeks. At the end of the session, whichever team has the most total games won is the champion of that session. We encourage the kids to compete for their teams more than worrying about their individual score.
Q: What are some of the main goals and objectives that children will learn?
A: This program is about learning how to keep score, where to stand, and then actually apply what they have learned in their lessons. Winning and losing is part of it, but so is how you learn from it, mentally bounce back, and be ready to compete next time!
Q: What are some life lessons kids will learn on the court?
A: You will lose. It happens. Learn from it, get better from it, and keep trying! You will WIN! GREAT! Now refocus! Another match happens next week! In a regular tournament, not Junior Team Tennis, there are 32 juniors. 31 of them will NOT WIN. 31 must learn from it, get better from it, and recover mentally from it.
Q: What advice do you have for kids who are hesitant or nervous about joining?
A: It is always going to be scary to try something for the first time, but this is the only way to know if you will like it.
Q: Do children need their own gear?
A: Yes, at this level they need their own racquets and tennis shoes. We provide the balls, coaching, and court time.
Q: Can family members come and watch?
A: Yes, of course! It is encouraged!
Q: Who will be leading the program?
A: Luke Thompson, one of our fantastic pro’s, is running this session.
Thank you, Will, for sharing about CBRC Junior Team Tennis! This program is a wonderful opportunity to help prepare your child for tennis competitions. Not only will your child learn, but they will have fun while doing it. Check out the upcoming schedule and register online today!
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