Tennis For Children

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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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What do you think about sending your kids to summer camps this summer?

Hey there!  I am Robby Deckert, a classically trained landscape designer, horticulturalist, garden speaker, enthusiastically spent 16 years as a Master Gardener, and owner of Flowerscapes Garden Design & Landscape. I am so very fortunate to make a career doing two things that I am passionate about, both handed to me by my father –Gardening and tennis.  I also have an art degree in oil painting, black and white photography, and in English with an emphasis on writing.  I was published for ten years by Tennis West Magazine until I moved east to Atlanta.  I also have done sports medicine articles and featured editorials as it relates to tennis research and interviewed top doctors and tennis pros.  My garden articles were inspired by my great teachers and mentors, along with my love of writing and getting people interested in nature and creating beautiful and sustainable landscapes or gardens. I am…

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Advice for Children Article Series Now, offering this advice allows quite a few different ways to interact with the kids including teaching them new words like: “permission,” which many preschoolers don’t know yet. But this also is good advice for children to avoid the misunderstanding of when they offer their help to a classmate but that classmate believes that help to actually be theft. Here’s an example from our tennis classes: Little Johnny is tasked with placing as many tennis balls on his racquet as he can manage. It’s a bit of a race between him and his classmates so they are competing for available tennis balls. Assuming all goes as planned, each child will collect a similar amount of tennis balls and we will all discuss how many they now have on your racquet. Now, if all does not go well, Little Johnny will drop a tennis ball from…

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Does your tennis committee know what you want? Do you feel it takes too long to replace a light bulb at the courts or do your courts need resurfacing? Does the committee even know if you are working to build a new league team out of the neighborhood? In conversation with league players and tennis committees as well as community members, I have found that many of these conversations are rooted in frustration. Many of these interactions can be improved with better communication. Only a few personalities are willing to volunteer their time to help the community by joining the tennis committee. The committee should be respected and appreciated much more than they often are. But why is it that the tennis committee doesn’t know what you want? I believe it is because what the community wants is rarely conveyed to the committee. It should be up to the homeowners…

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