Mountlake Terrace Juniors (Kids) Tennis Lessons Presented by Basha Tennis

What do I need to bring for classes?

Closed-toed athletic shoes are recommended for playing on court, but we emphasize that any sandals or open-toed shoes are not allowed on court due to safety reasons.

We do have a few tennis rackets you can borrow, but we recommend buying one if you plan on playing tennis regularly.

Jeans are not allowed, but any other clothes are allowed as long as you can move freely and feel comfortable running around and sweating a bit.

Hydration is vital for any exercise or sport that is physically demanding. So a water bottle or athletic drinks are allowed on court, but nothing outside of the necessities (no energy drinks, soda, juice, or foods).

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There is no substitute for match play

Matches are singles or doubles depending on registration.

We arrange the best possible matches to ensure close matches.

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Yellow Tennis Ball

18 & Under Recreation Tennis

Court Size 78′

Racket 27″

Players wanting to play tennis with friends and family.  Coaches focus on basic technique, movement, singles and doubles positioning.

Yellow Ball Advanced

18 & Under Competitive Development

Yellow Ball

Players with competitive goals in high school post season and/or local tournaments. Coaches focus on spin control/targeting, hitting positions, singles and doubles tactics.

Green Tennis BallOrange Tennis Ball

10 & Under Development (Orange and Green Dot)

Beginner to Intermediate

Court Size 60′

Racket 21″ – 23″

Building tennis players from the ground up; coaches focus on movement/footwork, balance/stances, contact points, and hitting positions for all strokes.

  

 

 

Red Tennis Ball

Red Ball Classes

Ages 4 – 7

Court Size 36′

Racket 17″ – 19″

Tennis dimensions have changed to match the size and strength of young players. The red ball bounces 25% the height and speed of the traditional yellow ball and the court is 36 feet long. Players will learn the basic technique for all tennis strokes; forehand, backhand, volley, overhead, serve, and return of serve in a fun creative way.

RED BALL 2.0  – These sessions are predominately rally based drills with coaches and peers to develop comfort hitting to targets, moving for successful contact points, and creating the building blocks for playing tennis.

Yellow Tennis Ball

High Performance

Ages 11 – 18

Court Size 78′

Racket 27″

Tennis is highly complex and demanding, requiring its athletes to bring an elite level of athleticism, intelligence, fitness, and mental discipline in order to be competitive at the upper echelons of the sport. It is our goal to inspire an ethic of hard work and intensity and a passion for the sport, within which we will intentionally guide each player to develop an understanding of how to capitalize on their unique strengths while also edifying their weaknesses. We will teach our players how to analyze a situation and select correct strategic choices, as well as how to execute under pressure. As strategy, technical ability, mental toughness, and fitness all go hand in hand, we plan to incorporate a blend of drilling, situational point play, and supervised set and tournament play to develop versatile players that can withstand the rigors of competition. It is here that we will equip our players with the physical and mental tools necessary to handle the adversity they face every time they step out onto the court.

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Benefits of Playing Tennis for Youth

In recent years, children and teenagers have been exposed to a variety of new and challenging situations. Many youngsters no longer attend school with their peers and have ceased participating in sports and other activities.

Anxiety and depression rates are quite high due to the risk of isolation, loneliness, and the sensation of losing key aspects of their life.

Strength may emerge from times of extreme hardship and struggle. Because we are under stress, our inner resilience “muscle” is being tested and grown.

Children and teenagers must participate in situations that allow them to interact, move, and be present in order to manage their stress and channel it into a development experience.

Tennis is a fantastic sport for the period we live in since it can be played from afar. We can keep kids safe while they’re playing the game. And we’ve decided to address the mental health concerns and circumstances that are causing problems.

5 Reasons to Get Your Child Involved in Tennis

If you’re wondering if tennis lessons are a good option for your child, continue reading to see just a few of the most impactful ways the sport can have on adolescents.

#1 Get Out & Socialize With Like-Minded Youth

With group tennis lessons, students get to participate in an energy-exerting, competitive encounter with others of a similar age.

Tennis allows youngsters to form connections on the court and escape the isolation that may lead to loneliness, a fear of losing out on life’s events, anxiety, and depression.

#2 Reduce Anxiety & Depressions

Tennis has the potential to bring joy to young people by allowing them to get out and move, get in shape, and spend time playing with others.

Exercise has also been shown to relieve tension and anxiety, and getting young people who are depressed moving more has been shown to help them feel better. This is true for adults who play tennis too.

#3 Create Cognitive Challenges

Tennis presents the task of finding out how to move the ball to the opposite side of the net while also counteracting your opponent’s actions. It also increases focus and engagement because players must not only focus on the ball while moving, but also solve problems.

Losing and winning are healthy challenges for young people as they learn to interact with others respectfully while striving for personal success.

#4 Learning & Competing Boosts Self-Esteem

Tennis development, including physical, mental, emotional, and social abilities, may help boost a young person’s confidence and self-esteem.

A healthy response to stress is having faith in one’s ability to deal with the demands of a situation. Furthermore, children learn which coping methods work and which do not, and they begin to develop an understanding and skill set for dealing with stress in a healthy manner.

#5 Improves Resilience

Tennis necessitates a player’s undivided attention as well as the ability to deal effectively with errors and losses.

Because of the “messy aspect” of tennis, which means that many points are gained as a result of errors, when properly instructed, players learn to regulate their emotions and cope with mistakes.

Players may handle stress, “bounce back,” and adjust to challenges such as playing badly when the emphasis is on the process of becoming better rather than on winning and losing, resulting in a resilient reaction.

Resilience is important for overcoming stress and anxiety, as well as serving as a protective shield against other mental health conditions.

Those that are prospering are resilient and adept at adjusting to their surroundings. Tennis allows young players to experience being resilient in a competitive setting.

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