What is Progressive Tennis?
Progressive Tennis is a teaching methodology first developed by the USTA and now adopted by Tennis Canada as a more effective way to teach tennis to young children. It’s based on the theory that young children are not strong enough or skilled enough to start learning with adult racquets on adult sized courts with regular compression balls. Rather they should be taught with appropriate size racquets on smaller courts with balls that don’t have as much bounce, thereby letting them learn the basics in an enjoyable setting and thus enabling them to proceed with confidence instead of being frustrated and leaving prematurely.
When contemplating a tennis program for your young children be sure to ask if they are using progressive tennis techniques.
Here’s an awesome video produced by the USTA for their Ten and Under Tennis Website that really drives the concept home.
Tennis Canada has adopted a similar approach and has many progressive tennis resources on their website.