Tennis, Anyone?... Tennis, Everyone!


May / June 2016

By Eric M. Striesfeld

As parents raising two elementary aged children in the Bay Area, my wife and I are always looking to engage our kids in activities where they can be motivated mentally and physically in a positive environment. For us, teaching our children tennis is the answer.


Did you know that tennis is one of the best sports for both you and your child to play? According to the USTA website, “People who participate in tennis 3 hours per week (at moderately vigorous intensity) cut their risk of death in half from any cause,” according to physician Ralph Paffenbarger, who studied over 10,000 people over a period of 20 years. Since tennis requires alertness and tactical thinking, it may generate new connections between nerves in the brain and thus promote a lifetime of continuing development of the brain, reported scientists at the University of Illinois. Competitive tennis burns more calories than aerobics, inline skating, or cycling, according to studies on caloric expenditures.

Tennis is a lifetime sport that can be played from the ages of 3 to 103 and every age in between. It is a positive way for both youth and adults to compete, network and stay physically fit. Because tennis is both an aerobic and anaerobic activity, playing is a fantastic way to burn fat and improve your overall cardio fitness. When playing tennis, you develop coordination while using both our large and small muscle groups. In children, this is especially important as they develop their gross and fine motor skills.

So how do you introduce tennis to your child? Bay Area Racquet Club is the place to experience fitness year round, especially in the summer with the summer tennis camps that are offered! Participating in our summer tennis camp is the ideal time to create the connection and positive impact for your child(ren). Tennis is a sport that teaches Tennis, Anyone?... Tennis, EVERYONE! By Eric M. Striesfeld lifelong values, such as sportsmanship, etiquette, competition, nutritional habits, hand eye coordination, flexibility, team building skills and so much more.

Since there are many aspects to learning how to play tennis, it is suggested that learning from experienced, certified tennis teaching professionals who teach tennis as a career, rather than a part time instructor (who might not have as much experience) is preferred. By enrolling with an organization that represents these values and provides career teaching professionals, you ensure that the adult in charge of teaching your child is committed and vested in their engagement and long term development.

Parents should be fully educated, as there is a distinct difference between teaching professionals and an organization that develops student’s skills rather than a pro, instructor, or club that simply provides lessons or a service. It is imperative that parents take a few minutes to review the staff credentials and background, as well as understand the teaching philosophy of a professional.

Bay Area Racquet Club has a dedicated team of professionals who truly care for student’s development and who have also trained players to earn varsity high school team status; top 10 Texas rankings; earn NCAA College scholarships and top 100 world rankings; and can help your child reach their full tennis potential!