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Introducing your children to a new sport like tennis is a great way to get active with the little ones, and a chance for you to bond with them.

 

Taking on an almost 10-metre wide court with a heavy tennis racket can be challenging, especially for children under the age of 12. At this stage, it’s crucial for children to develop the right foundation, so they can progress in the sport.

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Here are some tennis drills that you can perform with your child to start them out in tennis:

1.    Tap Up

This is a simple movement that helps beginners practise ball strokes, to develop their ‘ball sense’. This can be carried out in small groups of 3-5 people, or can be performed between parent and child as well.

Instead of hitting the ball with force, the idea of this drill is to practice touching the ball with the racket. Tap the ball such that it bounces off the racket lightly. The adult should lead the drill by tapping the ball in the child’s direction, so he or she can reach the ball easily.

To make this a mini challenge with your child, keep count of the number of taps, and try to set a new record each time!

2.    Ball Dribbling

Get your child to dribble the tennis ball with their racket to develop better hand-eye coordination. You can even turn this drill into a mini race, by getting your children to dribble the tennis ball while walking towards a finish line. Start from the net, and the one who passes the baseline first wins!

3.    Racket Ball Pass

This drill helps children learn how to engage their core muscles in order maintain ball control. This can also be performed in small groups or carried out by two people.

Placing the ball on the racket, simply pass the ball onto the next person’s racket by rolling it over. To make the exercise more challenging, try passing the ball while balancing on one leg, or in a squat position.

4.    Catch, Move, Throw
This is a more advanced drill that incorporates hand-eye coordination and basic tennis footwork. Using cones in this drill is recommended, to mark out the three positions on the court.

Space out three cones evenly across the baseline of the tennis court, naming them Point A, B, and C, with your child standing at Point B as the starting position.

Your child catches the tennis ball from you at Point B, move towards Point A, and throws the ball back to you before returning to the Point B to receive the ball again. The drill repeats as your child makes his or her way to Point C, alternating between the two sides to practice moving across the court.

If your child is interested in picking up more skills, the ActiveSG Tennis Academy is holding try-outs at Car Free Sunday this 30 April, so head on down to the Civic and Central Business District and join in!

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Photo: SportSG

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