Tips for choosing a tennis coach
Finding the right coach for your child to play ANZ Tennis Hot Shots can seem like a daunting task. Sure, there are many different factors to consider – but following these tips will help make the process, and selecting the best option, easier…
Find a professional coach
If you sign your child up to ANZ Tennis Hot Shots lessons, you want to make sure they are going to learn the right techniques. That is why it is important to find a Tennis Australia coach member to help them. These are expert and accredited tennis coaches who have completed a Tennis Australia coaching qualification and are equipped with the best knowledge of the game and up-to-date coaching methods and equipment. A Tennis Australia coach member also holds first aid qualifications and has passed police and working with children checks, so you can be assured your child is in safe hands.
Make sure the coach is a registered ANZ Tennis Hot Shots deliverer
If you want your child to get all the benefits from the ANZ Tennis Hot Shots program, it is important to check that your coach of choice is registered to deliver it and is operating at a Tennis Australia affiliated venue.
How do you know if they are or not? All registered deliverers are listed in our Find a Venue section.
We make it easy for you! By using the Find a Venue section of our website, we’ll make sure the first two tips are covered for you. Our directory lists professional coaches who are registered program deliverers at affiliated venues, and makes them searchable via postcodes. This makes it possible to find a qualified and accredited coach near you within a matter of seconds!
After you have searched for your local providers, it is up to you to contact the listed coaches and sign your child up.
Communication is key
Every child is different, and so is every coach – which means it varies how they can learn and respond to different personalities. You know your child, so when selecting a tennis coach choose one you can see them positively engaging with. It is important to find one that is going to bring the best out of your child. It’s a good idea to watch a lesson before signing your child up, this will give you an idea on how the coach communicates and provide an insight into the structure and tempo of their lessons. Do the kids in the lesson look like they are having fun? That is a good indicator of a great coach.
Work with the coach
This doesn’t mean getting out on court with them, but rather being clear about what you and your child want from lessons. It is important to all be working towards the same goal and having realistic expectations. Discuss this before signing up for lessons, it will help ensure your child is in the right class and with the best deliverer for them.
Finally, don’t forget to encourage your child to give it their best shot! It takes time to develop tennis skills, so as a parent it is important to be as encouraging as possible with your child’s efforts to help build their confidence and trust in their new coach.