Junior Tournaments are a wonderful tool to help any child build their USTA ranking and gain experience in playing the game. Too many times, parents fall in the “lesson trap” and are convinced that their child needs hundreds of lessons which cost thousands of dollars. Once your child has the basics, knows how to keep score and has practiced how to actually play the game, then he or she is ready to enter the tournament circuit.
So you’ve been taking lessons and you’re ready to try your hand at tournaments. Great !! Whether you’re a junior player or an adult tournaments are a wonderful experience.
For junior players there is no better way to teach a child about fair play, being honest and having integrity. As a junior player you must learn from a young age how to hold your composure. If you don’t learn this early on and you have an uncontrollable temper on the court, you will not be a successful player and competitor. You can still play tournaments, but tennis can be an extremely mental game and if you are not focused, then your doomed right from the start.
If you’ve been taking lessons, hopefully your coach has been working on your “mental game“. If he or she hasn’t, then go to your next lesson and ask your coach how you can begin to work on your mental game. Once you’ve learned composure and you do not frustrate easily, then we can take it to the next step. Read more…