For many children, it looks like this summer will be another socially distanced one. This makes it harder for summer camps to give fun experiences and memories to kids, especially when it comes to sports.
Fortunately, tennis is a sport that lends itself nicely to social distancing, whether it be singles or doubles. Tennis player Aaron Umen shares his thoughts on how to teach children tennis virtually this summer.
When playing sports becomes more limited, it becomes the perfect time to teach children the fundamentals and vocabulary around sports. For instance, you can easily offer children fun worksheets and coloring pages that explain tennis terminology like; backhand, forehand, matchpoint, love, volley, serve, and so on. This also serves as a way to build excitement and anticipation for children who maybe will only be able to play the sport once a week or every other week of their summer camp experience.
You can also share YouTube clips of famous tennis matches or top tennis players to serve as role models and teachers for your students. Young children tend to form strong bonds to athletes as role models at this age, so consider leveraging this as a coaching opportunity, too.