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4 Ways to Manage Junior Tennis Costs

There is no way to make the costs go away, but at 10is Academy we believe we can help you keep down (every little helps).

We all know individual sports are more expensive than team sports and the cost of playing tennis can add-up. So how can we manage these costs and try to keep them under control? Here are some tips from.

1. Coaching

  • First and foremost, make sure you are spending your money on a good coach to develop proper technique. Don’t get caught up in too much tournament travel. Save money for that in the later years.
  • Take semi-private and group lessons as an alternative to private lessons. Share the cost of a private with a friend.
  • Utilise group fitness over private personal training sessions. Your child will enjoy it more with friends and use them for motivation and competition.
  • Have your child organise matches with other players near their skill level. You do not always have to pay for tennis lessons and camps/clinics. Your child should learn how to organise their match play. Children need their match play, not just lessons.
  • If you are at the point where you would like a coach to travel with your child, but it is too expensive, look into sharing the cost with a couple of players. There are many players at the professional level who do this to maximize their coaching budgets.
  • It is a tremendous expense to have a coach with your child at a tournament. Do some research in the tournament community before you leave to find out if there is a good teaching pro or hitting partner in that area. Many times, you can sign up for an hour practice at a local club near the tournament site. Communicate with the local coach that you are looking for practice or specific drills, not technical instruction.

2. Equipment

  • Buy a few pairs of shoes at a time when they go on sale (only if they have finished growing).

3. Re-stringing Costs

  • Purchase string by the reel instead of buying a single package when a string breaks.
  • Trade in old racquets for credit on labor re-stringing. One family has their daughter trade in her old racquets. We sell the racquets used, and the family gets credit for the labor on re-stringing. Great idea!
  • Look into changing the type or gauge of string if your child breaks strings too often. Please discuss these changes with your coach or stringer to make sure you are still using appropriate string.

4. Join the team

  • Have your child volunteer to join the coaching scheme? 
  • Ask Seb if there are any areas where you can help at the Academy or in the program while your child is practicing in exchange for lower program fees. Many pros and clubs need help in their back office but don’t have the funds to hire more employees.

 

I will close out with this great quote from Rick Gould; an American Swimmer from Stanford University, National and International Masters Swim Champion whose daughter play tennis.

“Racquet: $200, Shoes: $120, Tournament: $80, Coach:  $100/hour, Hotel: $150/night.  Teaching your daughter to be strong, independent, hard-working, resilient, confident, and providing for her skills and memories that will last a lifetime…. Priceless!”