Why Tennis is Great for Kids

Tennis 101
December 10, 2020

Helping your child find the perfect sport can be tough. Your neighbor’s kids are on the swim team, and your nieces and nephews play lacrosse, but which activity looks best for your own young athlete? You want something active, social and engaging that won’t require tons of expensive gear ― gear that’s quickly outgrown. If your child isn’t sure what sport looks most appealing, try bringing them to Baywood Racquet Club.

Tennis is a great sport for kids, and it offers several hidden benefits that aren’t often found in other popular sports. From its low injury risk to its big fun guarantee, here are five reasons why you should encourage your child to play tennis.

Social Benefits

At first glance, tennis may seem like a solitary sport. Unlike the larger rosters of a baseball or basketball team, tennis’s two- and four-player matches could appear to lack the same social excitement of a big-group sport. However, despite the low numbers of players per game, tennis provides a great social outlet for young athletes. A tennis club is always a fun place to be and at Baywood we have a very welcoming clubhouse with fun social areas to hang out in-between games and spectate on your friends playing as well.

An excellent method of introducing kids to tennis is through our extensive range of clinics at Baywood. These programs typically group players by age and skill, which allows your child to meet other players in similar school grades and ability levels. As your child progresses, he or she can join the school tennis team or join larger tennis associations to meet players from across the city, state, country or even the world. 

Tennis also provides a unique social aspect by allowing your child to play alone (singles) or with a partner (doubles). Whether your child would prefer to work on their individual skills or wants to play with a friend, both options are available on the tennis court. Not all sports can say that!

Lifelong Playtime

Athletes of all ages enjoy many different kinds of sports, but some activities have a longer “shelf life” than others. Adults who enjoyed a strong high school or collegiate athletic career may no longer have the time to play their favorite sport. Some may not have access to the right facilities, and others may not feel as physically capable as they used to. Especially in cases of high-contact or team sports, players tend to lose touch with the games they loved as kids.

Unlike other popular sports, tennis is widely accessible, easy on the joints and keeps players social without requiring large team rosters. Baywood Racquet Club keeps players on the court long after their youth league days are over. Whether for competition or simply for leisure, tennis is a sport your child can play for as long as they please. Plus, according to a recent study highlighted in The New York Times tennis could be linked to a longer and healthier life. 

Low Risk for Injury

High-contact sports like football, basketball and soccer are favorites among young athletes, but they’re notorious for injuries. While all of these activities provide excellent sources of exercise and team-based playtime, they also create lots of tangled limbs. A tripping foot or a flying elbow could cause anything from a small bruise to a nasty concussion. If your athlete falls more on the younger side or feels uncomfortable in loud, crowded settings, high-contact sports might be more risk than fun.

Tennis is considered a fairly low-risk sport due to the lack of player-to-player contact and the injuries that accompany such activity. Tennis courts provide lots of space for young athletes to run and play without the same concern for butted heads that other sports bring. While basic physical injuries like trips or tears are still possible in tennis, the risk is small enough that athletes continue to play the sport well into their senior years.

Great Exercise

Whether you’re shuffling across the baseline or sprinting forward to slam a volley, tennis keeps your heart pumping and your body moving. Similar to high intensity interval training (HIIT), tennis produces short bursts of movement that keep your cardiovascular system on its toes.

While some sports might have your child glued to the bench or lingering on the field, tennis will keep them moving for the majority of a match. Plus, since tennis matches only involve two or four players at a time, the athletes have to move to ensure their success―a teammate isn’t always there to cover the ball. 

Covid Secure Sport

Another recent benefit is tennis is a sport with built-in social distancing thanks to its 78 feet long by 36 feet wide court size.  With a few subtle tweaks tennis can even further reduce interactions.  All the staff at Baywood Racquet Club take all relevant precautions to keep children safe while at the club.

Contact us today to arrange an introduction for your child at Baywood Racquet Club with an email to office@baywoodracquetclub.com.