Tennis For Children

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Kids absolutely love being right. They definitely prefer being right over not knowing the answer; especially in front of their friends. We have many ways to help kids feel comfortable when attempting to answer questions in a group of their peers. First of all, I often remind them that “I don’t know.” is an acceptable answer. Since they are so young and inexperienced, they are not going to know the answer to most of the questions in life and feeling comfortable admitting that they don’t know something allows them to not feel pressure to guess or simply make something up. My favorite way to ask questions to children is to offer the answer to the question within the question itself. Here is a great example: “What do we call the backswing?” is the first question I ask (while physically showing them a FH or BH backswing) Ok – you smartypants……

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Can we picture telling the truth as a flow chart or somehow imagisticly? I’m uncertain but let me have a go at it. For the sake of this thought experiment let’s define Truth as colorless. Because if Truth is colorless then anything that is considered as non-truth will have some color associated with it.  I appreciate picturing Truth as transparent since clarity is the goal when discussing or even considering Truth. Christians believe the Truth to be God Himself. In the beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth.. with true words. “And he decided it was good…” since the spoken word is how we manifest the world around us. Truth is good. The wages of sin, where sin is considered missing the mark of Truth, is death. In my experiences I have found ones ability to speak Truth (and I don’t mean this in a Fake News kind of way)…

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The right answer is often at the intersection when altruism and selfishness meet. Let’s start with something simple. You like to be touched. There is a pleasant feeling when someone rubs your shoulders. You feel loved. You feel appreciated. It feels good. That’s an incoming action which takes energy from someone else to do that to you. Someone else must rub your back. For this to happen, that person must either be well compensated or enjoy the act of rubbing your back. You can pay someone for a massage and that will get your back rubbed. You can ask a parent or a child to do this for you however in that case you are likely asking for a favor which in turn must be added to the ledger of quid pro quo kept between you. Another option would be to find someone who ‘wants’ to rub your back. What…

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Here is my theory: The longer a developing player works on technique before actively entering into a competitive atmosphere, the quicker that player will develop. A good example of this happens to be two of the greatest professional competitors of all time: Serena and Venus Williams. Their father believed that practice, and perfecting their technique, was better for their development than playing competitive junior tournaments. He kept them from playing many competitive matches until they were ready for the tour. Serena even beat the #1 ranked female junior player in the world 6-1,6-1 and accredited it to practicing more than that competing as a junior player. Let’s picture a developing 10 year old player and what they have to go through. Maybe they have played a time or two with their parents or with a coach at their local school. It’s likely they don’t know how to keep score and…

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I recently visited a friend in Puerto Rico who I had only seen once in the past 15 years. We became friends after working together at a small tennis club in north metro Atlanta and after he got married, had a couple of children, and left the Atlanta area, we didn’t see each other as often. In any case, it was wonderful to reconnect, catch up on the past decade and a half, and reminisce about old times. Justin was always a ‘doer.’ He could easily jump right in with both feet to whatever opportunities were afforded him. He appeared to have no fear of anything. He certainly didn’t fear failure like I did. His confidence came across as being the opposite of fear. But this isn’t necessarily exactly how it works. In the archetypal hero stories, we often revere the protagonists as extremely brave and impossibly strong warriors battling…

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The way I put it is: “They did studies. On rats.” And I like to think that is enough to make my point. But if you want a longer explanation: “The best player is.. not the winner of any given game but, among many other things, he or she who is invited by the largest number of others to play the most extensive series of games. It is for this reason, which you may not understand explicitly at the time, that you tell your children: “”It’s not whether you win or loss. It’s how you play the game!”” – JB Peterson Beyond Order Working with children is a surprisingly specific niche. Being ‘good with kids’ is one thing, but in our world one must be ‘great with kids.’ Our coaches understand that we are not just working on some sports specific technique but we have opportunity to help build better…

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2016 interview with Shaun

Interview with Shaun

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The harder I hit the ball, the harder it came back. When I displayed some ‘touch,’ the wall would respond in kind. The wall was patient enough to play with me when I was only 4 years old, and is still good enough (barely) to handle me now.

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