Ep. 82 - Thoughts on Parenting Young Tennis Players


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In this episode, Brian and Josh discuss the challenges of parenting tennis players, and offer some good practices to assist in the journey. Topics reviewed include having a clear purpose for why a child plays tennis and the benefits of the sport, parents as performers on match day, ensuring that tennis remains fun, and the benefits of sport sampling for young tennis players. A list of resources for parents and athletes is listed below.

USTA Player Development Parent Resources Page: http://www.playerdevelopment.usta.com/parent_resources_/

USTA’s American Development Model: https://www.usta.com/en/home/play/american-development-model.html

Sport for Life (Canada) - Long-Term Development Resources: https://sportforlife.ca/long-term-development/

Tennis Canada Tips for Parents: https://www.tenniscanada.com/compete/tips-for-parents/

Presentation on Positive Youth Development in Tennis by Brian Lomax: https://youtu.be/muWzTZ7iPZs

Positive Coaching Alliance: https://positivecoach.org/

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