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Parenting My Champion: Getting Started

A Guide for Successful Tennis Parenting


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To Identify What You and Your Player Wantfrom Junior Tennis

To Examine Your Tennis Parenting Behaviors

To Identify Effective Junior Tennis Parenting Practices

Session Purposes


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What Do You and Your Player Want from Junior Tennis?


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What Do You As a “Parent” Want from Your Child’s Junior Tennis Experience?


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What Do You Think Your “Child” Wants from His or Her Junior Tennis Experience?


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General Objectives for Junior Tennis Participation

  • Development- physical - social - psychological

  • Fun

  • Winning/Rankings


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Key Points About Junior Tennis Objectives

  • Everyone wants to (or should want to win), but only a relatively few will achieve scholarships and go pro.

  • However, all participants can and should have a great “developmental” experience in junior tennis learning a life long sport, achieving fitness, and developing numerous social-emotional skills. It can also be a heck of a lot of fun!

  • So make sure you stress fun and development objectives, as well as winning and rankings.


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Being an Effective Tennis Parent: Examining Your Behaviors

  • USTA Sport Science Has Been Studying the Practices of the Parents of Some of Our Most Successful Players and Based on that Research Developed a Self-Assessment Tool:

    THE USTA PARENTING BEHAVIOR CHECKLIST

  • Complete this checklist as you think your child and your child’s coach would from observing you in the tennis arena.


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Examine Your Tennis Parenting Behaviors

  • How Did You Do?

  • Scoring Categories

    • 135-150: Great job! Model parent.

    • 120-134: Excellent, effective parenting behaviors

    • 105-119: Somewhat effective parenting

    • 90-104:Ineffective parenting at times

    • 89 and below: Negative parenting behaviors


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Parenting Do’s

Hold emotionally intelligent tennis discussions

Provide love and support regardless of the match outcome

Parenting Don’ts

Focus the majority of conversations at home on tennis

Criticize my child for his or her tennis

Effective Junior Tennis Parenting Practices


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Parenting Do’s

Act calm & confident during matches

Provide ample opportunity & resources for your child to be successful

Parenting Don’ts

Critique your child immediately following the match or during the car ride home

Discourage your child from tennis if he/she does not have immediate success

Effective Junior Tennis Parenting Practices


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Parenting Do’s

Make my child responsible for tennis preparation (e.g., equipment ready, calling partner to hit with)

Parenting Don’ts

Allow tennis to dominate your child’s life

Exerting pressure to win

Effective Junior Tennis Parenting Practices


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Parenting Do’s

Hold realistic expectations

Emphasize player development and fun over winning and rankings

Have a stable home life

Parenting Don’ts

Treating your child differently dependent upon whether he or she won or lost

Focus on short term results/rankings instead of long term development of your child

Effective Junior Tennis Parenting Practices


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Parenting Do’s

Expose your child to many different sports and activities

Keep success in perspective

Display a positive & optimistic parenting style

Parenting Don’ts

Consider your child’s tennis as an investment for which you should receive something in return

Put your interests ahead of your child’s in tennis

Effective Junior Tennis Parenting Practices


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Parenting Do’s

Hold your child accountable for poor behaviors on court

Push your child to practice when lazy

Encourage your child to seek out opportunities & challenges

Parenting Don’ts

Never allow your child some “say” in tennis decisions

Coaching your child when it is hurting your parent-child relationship

Effective Junior Tennis Parenting Practices


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Parenting Do’s

Model an active lifestyle and healthy eating habits

Emphasize core values such as “if you are going to do it, do it right”

Emphasize the importance of hard work

Parenting Don’ts

Getting too “caught up” in tennis and making it over-important

Telling your child their opponent is not good and he/she should beat them

Effective Junior Tennis Parenting Practices


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Parenting Do’s

Provide transportation, financial, & logistical support

Recognize and encourage your child when he or she does something right

Help make tennis fun

Parenting Don’ts

Consider your child a tennis player first, and your son or daughter second

Show no interest in your child’s tennis

Effective Junior Tennis Parenting Practices


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The Role of Parents in Junior Tennis SuccessSummary/Question & Answer

“Behind every great player is a supportive parent.”


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