are a novice coach who has never run a youth tennis
program, or a seasoned veteran who has conducted camps,
clinics and classes, there are a variety of pre-packaged
tennis programs that make running a youth tennis program
easy, affordable, fun and often, lucrative.
Below are a number of programs that not only
include everything from t-shirts to posters to prizes,
but which have easy-to-follow curricula for coaches.
Consider running a youth tennis program
this summer for any age, to supplement your income,
increase tennis play in your community and to improve
your high school teams by providing continuing lessons,
practices and competition for youths (from tots to teens)
in your area.
OK, almost free money...you have to
fill out some forms! The Tennis Industry Association
would like to help you market your programs that bring
new players into the game. So much so, that they will pay
half of your marketing costs up to $5,000! To find out
more, click here.
Cartoon Network Tennis Club
Let Scooby Doo and other TV favorites help you promote
your programs for 6-11 year olds. Affordable packages
include marketing materials, racquets, t-shirts and
prizes. Visit http://www.cartoonnetworktennisclub.com/kit.html for more details.
Billie Jean King started one of the most easy-to-run, fun
tennis leagues decades ago, and it's still going strong.
If you are not an experienced coach, there is no
instruction component in this ready-to-play league. For
those who want an instructional program simply add your
own lessons/drills to a TeamTennis program.
The program features co-ed teams
(although it can be run as a gender-specific league, if
you wish), singles, doubles and mixed matches, and a
dual-match format in which every game counts toward the
For an overview of TeamTennis, check
out this article. For more
information, visit the TeamTennis Web site.
The United States Tennis Association offers a wide
variety of programs for all ages, including USA School
Tennis and USA Team Tennis for your high school players.
For more information, visit the USTA's Community Tennis page.
American Youth Tennis
Since 1977, the Tennis Buddies concept has introduced
more than 300,000 children to tennis by putting them on
teams and straight into a league, similar to Little
League, youth soccer and other traditional sports. Using
a hitting game, prizes team uniform shirts and weekly
standings, this program is a huge hit with children and
parents alike. Children
5-13 learn how to hit into targets, keep
score and play a match through this unique tennis
league. Call 800-622-2983 ext.14 for details.
Instant Tennis and Speed Ball
Probably the most pedagogically
sound and most fun way to introduce youngsters or adults
to tennis is via an Instant Tennis lesson. Instant Tennis
is an adaptation of European mini-tennis techniques and
introduces all of the strokes in a 30-minute lesson using
mini-tennis and live-ball rallying to introduce players
to the game.
The Professional Tennis Registry has
adapted Instant Tennis to its Speed Ball program, using
foam balls for juniors, and has developed tapes for
beginner, intermediate and advance lessons. Though not a
complete curriculum, Instant Tennis and Speed Ball do
offer both novice and experienced coaches a fantastic way
to accelerate the learning curve for tennis players.
For more information on Instant Tennis and Speed Ball, click on the appropriate link.
Little Tennis is the USPTA's
contribution to youth tennis. The program is aimed at
beginners, ages 3-10 and comes complete with curriculum
and marketing materials. When children graduate from the
program, they are ready to play tennis and move into
For more information on Little Tennis,