Tennis camp encourages younger players to embrace sport
August 1, 2002
Today the Craig Parks and Recreation tennis camp wrapped up after a week of teaching youngsters the proper swings, etiquette and rules of the sport.
Instructor Karel Snell said she was pleased with the week.
“We had a good turnout for the camp,” Snell said. “They were good listeners and ready to work when they needed to. At their age it is important to teach the simple things like focusing on the ball and proper racket handling.”
Seven tennis hopefuls from ages 8-12 attended the camp at the Lincoln Street Courts near City Park. For three hours each day the camp attendees had instruction for the first half and then they played in matches against each other.
Snell said that many of the errors that younger tennis players make are similar to the mistakes of older players as well.
“When players make a mistake they lose their focus no matter what level they are,” she said. “I try to get them to focus on the lines of the ball and it helps them concentrate on playing.”
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“This week I learned to win in tennis,” Sarah Kirk, 12, said. “We had a lot of fun learning the new skills and meeting new friends.”
Snell said that the most improvement throughout the week was in serving and learning the rules. In order to give the campers a visual aid for serving, Snell set up bowling pins for them to aim toward.
The instructor said she thought teaching the younger generation about tennis was important for the health of the athlete and the sport.
“It is important to get the young population interested in tennis,” she said. “Tennis is a relative inexpensive and lifetime activity and it is important to get people into it to help support the local sport.”