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How best to prepare kids for progress?

Yann's Series on Tennis Pre-Puberty Mastery

Episode 3: Self-Awareness

When you were a kid, you could fall down and pick yourself right back up. That's what losing feels like to a young child.

It stings like scraping your knee. But they forget and recover so quickly. Ready to face the next challenge.

And it takes many challenges and many losses in order to get to the point where you start winning consistently.

What child is willing to go through that? The youngest ones who love the game and have the time horizon to be able to reach their full potential.

In my series on Pre-Puberty Mastery in tennis, we're covering some of the physical, social and psychological reasons why it's important to master the game before 13 or 14 years old.

And regardless of whether your child is still young enough, or has passed that point, we are here to help you set a ROADMAP TO SUCCESS.

That's also why at Tennis Central one of our main focuses is on adapting our pedagogy based on where along the PPM timeline a player is. All of our coaches are PPM certified.

If your child is younger, it's time to start roadmapping. Otherwise, it's not too late – if your child's coaches understand how to attack making up for the lost time.

PPM Reason 3: Self-Awareness

Handling Winning and Losing

In your tennis career, time is short.

If your children are young, it's a race to learn the game before their body changes, so that their technique is solid as they grow into power.

If your children are older, it's a race toward graduation. There's only two or three years left before making varsity is no longer an option.

At one point a child reaches fuller self-awareness.

Younger players don't concern themselves as much as high-schoolers with what their peers think of them. Losses and stumbles don't have the same social stigma.

They're willing to endure the failures that are necessary in order to eventually master the game.

Not only are high-schoolers more aware, but they more keenly feel the time crunch, realizing that they may be taking losses for the entirety of their few years left to play. 

It's not unlike investing in retirement. You need the time for those early investments to start compounding gains.

Few lessons are as important for us to teach our youngest players. Losses aren't setbacks at that age. They're necessary to move forward.

And believe it or not, It's much easier for a younger player to digest that than one who is conscious of social status and knows that time is short...

...If the coach understands how to relay that message to a young player.

At Tennis Central we understand the psychological difference between the older and younger player. And we tailor our response and strategy toward them.

We've worked with JV high-schoolers to bring them to their schools' No. 1 varsity position. And trained elementary schoolers into national stars.

It's not too late, if you get started right away. You just need a roadmap to success.

Schedule Your ROADMAP Call Now

with Yann Auzoux, CEO of Tennis Central

If you want to reach your goals in tennis, you need a roadmap to success. Schedule your ROADMAP Call with me, Yann Auzoux, CEO of Tennis Central.

It's about what YOU want in your tennis life.

More from Yann's Series on Pre-Puberty Mastery

Episode 1: Crafting the Muscles, a musculoskeletal system specialized for tennis

Episode 2: Racquet Unity, the racquet as extension of the arm

Episode 3: Self-Awareness, winning and losing and handling both

Episode 4: The Full Arsenal, every shot for every situation

Episode 5: Social Commitments, when independence and friends arrive

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