The role of tennis parents is incredibly difficult
If the child is unsuccessful – very difficult
If the child is successful – more difficult
It is not a role that there is any preparation for and little available advice.
If the child progresses and has some success then the tennis parent finds that they are driven towards an often worrying dual role.
Chauffeur and Banker
Chauffeur – The tennis protegees need driving to and from tournaments, these are often long journeys and arranged at very short notice. It effects the whole family as weekends become a military expedition instead of leisure time.
Banker – The training of young players is expensive. Whether through academies or private clubs the players need lots of individual training, attention and support. It becomes a technical, physical and mental program, and everything costs money.
Even when the parent fulfills these roles there is another for most people bigger problem. The parents are then expected to stay away and have little or zero input into the training.
Whatever the problem or issues:
- Bad tournament results
- Lack of progress
- Bad behavior
Training that just seems to be ‘going through the motions’ without passion or interest
The parent is expected to drive the car, pay the money and leave the “Expert” coaches and their children alone.
This is a strange situation which, understandably some parents find unacceptable.
For most parents there are only two options
Hands off – accepting this situation even though it is frustrating and maddening
Hands on – take over the training program and be heavily and personally involved
If you find you are in, or torn between these two positions.
If you find you are wanting to support your son or daughter and help them reach their potential but simply do not know what to do.
If you find that you are unhappy because you know the training is not right, but don’t know why.
Then talk to One Minute Tennis Coach
We have worked with junior tennis players of all levels all over the world.
The experience of remembering a small child nervously walking onto the court and then seeing them develop, to grow and finally play tennis professionally at the highest level is incredibly rewarding. But our team have experienced some of the many difficulties and problems that will occur on this journey.
Talk to One Minute Tennis now, we provide One to One online digital tennis support and advice for tennis parents. It is informative and incredible value. Let us be one small part of helping your son or daughter Be the Best They Can Be