In the starting phase of the tennis journey the parents influence over the child is 90% and the coach is 10%.
As the child enters regular competition the influence shifts to 40% from the parent and 60% from the coach.
Therefore, in order to get the child off on a firm footing, it is incredibly important that the parent influence positively.
Be ambitious parents, but also realistic parents, you should never get nervous watching children compete.
We want them to do well but not be involved in histrionics; it should never 'be all and end all' for your children to be top tennis players.
I believe it's very important to:
1. Be supportive but ambitious.
2. Optimistic but realistic.
3. Have strong family values.
4. Create a happy family environment.
5. Understand the game.
6. Take advice.
7. Be realistic about world standards.
8. Support the coach.
In my opinion there are three main stressors parents face:
a. Competition - What to play, how many tournaments to play, where to play?
b. Organization - Planning family/school/social life around tennis training.
c. Developmental - It's difficult to judge improvement.
Coaches can also influence parents to influence their children in a positive way, for example, helping parents develop mental toughness in their children by promoting a no excuses mentality at home can have a really beneficial impact on their performance.
Understanding Foot Faults
It Know What To Do
Question: Can you clarify what a foot fault is and what a player can do about it in an officiated match?
My daughter played someone who foot-faulted and the official who was not experienced did not know what to do about it.
Glenn: Read the following from Friend at Court:
During the service motion, the server shall not:
a. Change position by walking or running, although slight movements of the feet are permitted.
b. Touch the baseline or the court with either foot.
c. Touch the area outside the imaginary extension of the sideline with either foot.
d. Touch the imaginary extension of the centre mark with either foot.
If the server breaks this rule it is a Foot Fault.
If a player feels that his opponent is foot faulting in an officiated match, he/she should call the umpire.
If the umpire seems inexperienced, you should ask for the tournament referee.
In some sanctioned tournaments, the tournament director does not hire a referee but has court monitors who may not be experienced.
USTA Comment 18.2:
What does the rule mean when it says that the server may not change position by walking or running?
One key to understanding this rule is to realize that the serverís feet must be at rest immediately before beginning to serve.
The delivery of the service then begins with any arm or racket motion and ends when the racket contacts the ball (or misses the ball in attempt to strike it).
To define walking or running with precision is difficult.
This rule is intended to prevent the server from taking advantage of the receiver by serving while on the move and requiring the receiver to guess the position from which the serve will be launched, and the rule should be enforced with that in mind.
A server who takes more than one step with either foot after the feet at rest position described above is at risk for being called for a foot fault.
The serve becomes a foot fault when, in the judgment of an experienced official, the server has materially changed position before or during any racket or arm motion.
A server whose footwork changes significantly from one serve to the next is at risk for being called for a foot fault.
Serves that look like the running volleyball serve violate the rule.
Serves in which the server runs or walks from a point well behind the baseline to the baseline are also illegal, as are serves in which the server walks or runs along the baseline before choosing a spot serving from.
Let Ball Service Knowledge
Who Can Make The Call
Question: I was at a tournament and the court monitor told me that only the receiver can call a let ball on a serve.
I thought anyone could call a service let.
Who is right?
Glenn: You are right.
Anyone can call a service let.
In The Code it says:
Any player may call a service let.
The call shall be made before the return of serve goes out of play or is hit by the server or the serverís partner.
If the serve is an apparent or near ace, a let is called promptly.