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We start kids Futures!
Our Hot Shot Methodology
The International Tennis Federation have conducted exhaustive research into what and how is the best and fastest approach for kids from ages 3-12 to learn to play tennis and have recommended "play based approach" as world best practice. Futures Tennis Academy is one of only fifteen nation wide Hot Shots Ambassadors trained and endorsed by Tennis Australia to teach kids to serve, rally and score from virtually their first class.
Teaching tennis for children of all ages, at last, has a clear pathway and a holistic approach for developing players as the balls and court sizes change as pupils become older/better. World wide millions of kids are using modified equipment scaled to their age and needs to learn to play tennis. Scaled equipment modified to the physiology of kids includes: three different levels of low compression balls [red, orange and green balls], smaller nets, appropriate racquets sizes and three modified courts dimensions [1/4, 1/2 and full court] which make the game easier and more fun to play.
Why use the color balls?
Red Ball | Orange Ball | Green Ball | Yellow Ball. Court, balls and skills being taught become more challenging through-out each stage of the program. The diagram describes the different court sizes we use for each color ball.
What is the correct racquet size?
Even the best in the world would struggle with the incorrect equipment.
You can purchase your next racquet direct from our Professional HEAD-PRO SHOP at East Malvern Tennis Club tailored to your unique weight, length and grip size.
Learning the Game
Tennis is an open skill game as each shot is performed in an unpredictable and changing environment, which then dictates how and when a skill is to be performed.
Tennis is a game played in pairs who rally the ball back and forward – first you receive the ball [reception] and then you send it back [projection]. The serve is the only closed skill shot in the game as you are totally responsible for the outcome of the shot. Therefore at a young age receiving skills [anticipation, perception, movement, decision making and foot work] are equally, if not more important, than sending skills [i.e. technique].
We sequentially teach tennis skills sets of which technique is just one of many skills sets to be learnt. Some of our coaching may look different to traditional coaching.
Gone are the days where a coach artificially feeds, throws or drops balls from a stand still start to a pupils out stretched racquet. Our goal is to teach “real” skills that stay with pupils for life. We challenge kids to understand the movement cycle: ready, run, recover on every shot. We encourage activities so pupils learn to work together in pairs correctly reading the flight of the ball [the speed, height, direction, spin] and how to move into a balanced hitting position, execute the shot and finally to recover ready for the next cycle to begin. These things form the fundamental building blocks to a rally and “real” tennis.
Playing the Game
Futures Tennis strongly recommends playing matches in competition from red ball. We offer a variety of comps including our Holiday Grand Slam Hot Shots Tournaments and our weekly Friday Night In House “World Tour” Hot Shot Leagues.
It is important to play comp in conjunction with coaching, as each program justifies and extends the other. To participate in just one program is to do only half the job and, of course, by playing at least twice per week there is also more likelihood of improvement. Importantly, at Futures Tennis, we place more emphasis on fun and belonging, than simply winning. Our qualified coaches supervise matches and offer encouragement and support. If you are going to learn the skills, you may as well put them into practice.