The Mini tennis is the new frontier of sports for children: not only does the playful aspect prevail over the didactic one, but also fields and equipment are suitable for children, to ensure maximum comfort during play.
Here, therefore, that the rackets are smaller to simplify the grip and be more manageable, the balls depressurized to have a lower rebound, the court slightly resized to facilitate the movement from one side to the other.
What really makes the difference, however, is the approach envisaged during the lessons.
If, in fact, traditional tennis courses are mostly based on teaching technique, minitennis lessons start from the assumption that a child’s first need, especially in pre-school age, is play. The playful dimension, therefore, is not only an integral part of the lesson, but it is the educational method used to arrive later, at a later stage, in the actual teaching of the discipline.
This assumes that the child is involved throughout the course without leaving him the chance to get bored or repeat the same movements over and over again.
THE ACTIVATION PHASE
In mini tennis courses great importance is given to activation phase, or warm-up, during which the teacher is asked to create the right climate among the participants by proposing warm-up exercises that involve everyone and, at the same time, give the child the opportunity to use all the muscles by developing motor activity, coordination and balance.
This phase, normally absent in adult lessons, is useful for starting to set up the lesson and is the moment in which games and exercises are proposed aimed at developing all the muscles (even that of the less involved limbs): activities that enhance resistance, balance, coordination, concentration …
The child therefore feels that he is participating in the lesson and is stimulated to continue, without the more technical aspect being really penalized.
THE OBJECTIVES OF THE COURSES
The objective of the mini tennis courses, therefore, is not to churn out a perfect tennis player, but to provide the child with the basic tools to then be able to access traditional courses and the first real matches.
- become familiar with the racket
- become familiar with the ball
- learn basic techniques
- test your coordination skills
- know the rules of the game
- familiarize yourself with the play space
Proposed in this way, with a more bland approach to technical teachings (which, however, are provided) and more focused on playful aspects, tennis can be practiced even from 4-year-olds, generally excluded from traditional courses.