Tennis lessons can offer great learning opportunities in addition to how to hit the ball. Here are a few things to think about.
When someone decides to take tennis lessons or to enroll their child, the experience can indeed be rich. There will be much more to gain from experience than mechanical how-tos. Learning this or any sport or skill will have a spilling effect on many areas of life. Here are some of the best things about tennis lessons.
History of the game:
It is educationally enriching to learn about the history of other people all the time serving the ball with a racket over the net. This sport began in England during the mid to late 1800’s. It was originally played on grassy areas rather than cement courts and was called “lawn tennis.” There are usually two people playing although sometimes there are four. Two players will be considered a “single” round while four will be referred to as a “doubles.”
Basic equipment including racket, ball and net. There are a variety of sizes and qualities for racquets to suit different preferences and body types. The ball is hollow and covered with feeling. Some glow in the dark for night games. The nets are set at a specific regulatory height and width.
Sports rules and regulations remain fairly consistent over time. In order to play well and be a good partner, rules must be learned and obeyed. This builds responsibility in the child and partner skills.
All body fitness can be achieved by this sport. Running, swinging, hitting the ball and jumping over the net to shake one’s partner’s hand after a match creates a toned physique.
Playing well with others:
Learning to play well with others is always a good lesson to absorb. Nothing will ensure a more successful life than the ability to get along well with other people. This doesn’t mean being a doormat. This means to understand the concept that you are not the only person on the planet, to feel and observe what other people do or need and to take turns. It also teaches a person to take care of himself, be assertive and play fair.
The fine art of observation:
Observing the world around you is an art and a skill. Many people are so busy being absorbed in themselves or being fascinated in their electronic gadgets that they miss the opportunity to watch the people and things around them. To watch is to learn and understand. In tennis, observing someone’s opponents is a way of finding ways to beat them. Seeing the flaws in their style and technique will be a way of figuring out how to beat them.
Metaphor for love:
In tennis, the word “love” refers to a zero score. In terms of the metaphorical world, this could illustrate how most of us know nothing of reality-based love.
Tennis lessons can help a person or their child in a myriad of ways. Learning history, about tools, rules, how to get along with others and being an observer plus cultivating one’s body will all be of benefit.