Amazing Kids Tennis Rackets and Lessons You Can Teach At Home!

Kids Tennis BallsIf you’ve spent any time on our kids tennis page you will have noticed that we highly recommend the smallest and lightest tennis racket that we could find that is made by Le Petit Tennis, as well as their “My First Tennis Kit – Starter Kit“, and their great portable nets.

We are strong believers that the are really onto something great for kid tennis! Their story based tennis lessons, age appropriate tennis equipment and special tennis balls make it very fun for kids to learn how to play tennis.

We stumbled across this video on YouTube which shows their lessons in action. What we really noticed was how the children were engaged in the stories and adventures and didn’t really know that they were leaning how to hit forehands, backhands and serves! Here is the 3 minute and 15 second video:

What is really exciting is that you can recreate this kids tennis lesson plan at home or at your local free public court! As the instructor in the video mentioned, you “don’t need to be a tennis coach, or even know about tennis to be able to teach tennis”!

Here are some links to quickly find the products that will help you get your child/children started with tennis:

Tennis can be enjoyed by kids of all ages with the proper equipment.

Photo Credit: 1

Roller Skates for Kids

Roller Skates For Kids

Roller skating was a part of most of our childhoods, and just because these days everyone’s into inline skates doesn’t mean that your kids should miss out on the four wheel deal.

In fact, there are solid reasons why roller skates for kids are a better idea for your children that inline skates are anyway.

Today we’re taking a look at kids roller skates, as well as some of the concerns that you should keep in mind whilst you’re buying. So, don’t let your kids miss out on the four wheel experience, you might even feel like recapturing your childhood and joining them!

Why Roller Skates are Better For Kids

Kids Roller SkatesInline skates might be the hot new thing, but roller skates really are a better idea for children. As children are still developing, their inner ears are not quite giving them the same kind of balance that adults have.

This means that giving them quad wheel roller skates rather than inline skates is going to be a safer decision. Plus, the learning curve for roller skates is a lot less steep than that for inline skates.

Strap on some roller skates and you’ll be dashing up and down the street in no time, as opposed to inline skates which are going to require a fair amount of practice.

[Read more…]

Kids Tennis Shoes : How To Find The Perfect Fit

Kids Tennis ShoesKids tennis shoes are often also branded under running shoes, and you have a whole plethora of options to choose from on the market.

Getting the right tennis shoes for kids is important for the health of your child’s feet.

The wrong kind of shoe can lead to minor injuries like blisters, but because children have relatively soft bones in their feet, the wrong shoe can also lead to foot deformities as the bones lack the appropriate support to grow in the correct fashion. How should you go about buying kids tennis shoes?

Well, there are some buying guidelines that you should keep in mind when buying kids tennis shoes.

Determining the Fit For Your Kid’s Tennis Shoes

Kids Shoes SizesThere are several ways to determine that the shoe fits properly.

Always try sports shoes on towards the end of the day, as feet are slightly larger then. Measurements should be taken of both feet whilst the child is standing, not sitting.

If your child is going to be playing tennis in these shoes, then make sure you have a pair of tennis socks handy to try on with the shoes.

Re-lace the shoe completely as the child puts it on, making sure that it’s laced up tight.

Once your child stands up in the shoe, they should be able to wiggle their toes, meaning that there’s enough room at the front of the shoe. Carefully check to make sure that the heel of the shoe fits snugly and that there’s no slippage that could cause blisters.

[Read more…]

Kids Basketball Shoes : 5 Tips For The Perfect Fit

Kids Basketball Shoes

Basketball is a great first sport for kids to play. It teaches great coordination skills and teamwork.

But as with any sport it’s important that your child has the correct equipment in order to be safe and prevent injury.

Buying basketball shoes for kids is more than just a matter of style.

Today we’re discussing some of the things that you should be looking for in kids basketball shoes, so that you can ensure that your child has the right shoes to not only play his best game, but also to protect him effectively.

Fitting Kids Basketball Shoes

Basketball shoes for kids don’t always come cheap, and it can be tempting to buy a size larger than necessary because little feet grow fast.However, this isn’t a great idea.

Shoes that are too large are going to cause feet to slide, and your child just won’t have the control that he needs. Shoes that are too small are going to impair foot growth, and this is a serious issue since children have very soft and pliable bones in their feet.

[Read more…]

Football Games for Kids

Football Games For Kids

When you think of football, you probably think of big guys wearing lots of padding and getting knocked around.

That means that when it comes to kids football, you might be a little worried about sending your child out onto the field. However, football does have a lot to teach, from coordination to team spirit, and it really is never to early to start.

As long as you have the appropriate equipment, there are plenty of football games for kids to play that aren’t going to have them coming home with black eyes or broken noses! Today we’re looking at what you should keep in mind when it comes to football for kids so that you can make sure that your child is both safe and having fun.

Which Football Games for Kids are Right?

Kids Football GamesIt’s unusual that smaller children will play full contact football. Generally, kids play flag football, a variant of traditional football that involves grabbing a flag from the waistband of the opposing player, rather than knocking him to the floor.

Obviously, this is far safer for children to play. This has the benefit of allowing younger children to learn the appropriate rules of the game, without placing young bodies in too much danger.

In general, contact football won’t start until at least middle school level. However, you can even play simple throw and catching practice games out in the yard to help your child improve his coordination.

You might want to consider investing in a practice net, which will allow your child to practice both kicking and throwing without needing another player around.  Another great thing about this practice net is that is can be used indoors and/or outdoors all year round.

[Read more…]

Best Tennis Strings For Kids

[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”B001RM807A” locale=”us” height=”300″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Ttf%2Bt2T3L.jpg” width=”300″]Most kids who are between the ages of 2 and 12 years old are not going to break many sets of tennis strings but there is the odd chance that you might be faced with the question of what kind of strings to put into your 7 years old’s racket.

The right string is a very important companion to the best tennis rackets for kids and the decision should not be overlooked.

Nearly every single professional tennis player is using polyester strings but they should not be used in kid’s tennis rackets.

The best tennis strings for kids is a nice and soft synthetic gut. We recommend using, what is widely regarded as one of the best tennis strings every made, Prince Synthetic Gut.

The reason we recommend not using poly strings for your kids tennis rackets is because poly is a lot stiffer and harder on their arm.

At a young age it is more important to protect their elbows then to get the most out of their strings.

Once they get a little older and stronger you can start to experiment with a poly main string and a synthetic guy cross string but make sure you’re dropping the tension on the main string 5-15%.

Until next time, good luck and hit hard!

The Best Kids Tennis Rackets are Producing 6 Year Old Phenoms!

Smallest Kids Tennis RacketI have been utterly amazed lately whenever I see the group of tiny tots in their Saturday morning lessons at the tennis club.

For the past couple of years the pros have been working with the kids using all the best tennis rackets for kids that are sized appropriately for their age and they have also adopted the new court sizes for kids ten and under.

It is amazing to see a couple of 6 year old tennis players hitting top spin forehands and having rallies over 5, 10, 15 plus shots!

They are starting to look like a bunch of little Raffas and Federers out there! It’s a far cry from the under 10 moon ballers that I played against when I was that age!

The governing bodies of tennis have finally realized that they are one of the only sports (I actually can’t think of any others) that make all ages play on the same sized playing field. Starting January 1, 2012 the USTA has adopted a new set of rules for kids ten and under.

Here is their promotional video:

[Read more…]

Shin Guards For Kids: Required Gear For Youth Soccer Players

Plastic Youth Soccer Shin GuardsShin Guards are a required piece of soccer equipment for all organized youth soccer programs.

Referees are responsible to ensure that no child plays in a soccer match without a proper pair of shin guards.  This is required due to important safety aspects.

Shin guards protect your child from minor bruises and scrapes but also from potential broken bones.  If a opposing player kicks your child’s shin or ankles just right it could become a serious injury.

The good news is that shin guards offer superb protection for your youth.

Determining The Right Pair

Shin guards come in a variety of unique styles and sizes.  The “right” pair of shin guards for your youth comes down to a few determining factors:  age, size, type of play and typical position.

The first thing to understand before making a purchase is to know what kind of materials shin guards are typically made of and how these materials differ.

[Read more…]

Kids Soccer Cleats Will Help Increase Safety and Performance on the Field

Kids Soccer CleatsAll soccer players need a proper set of cleats no matter what age.

A good pair of soccer cleats will help to improve your child’s overall performance by ensuring good acceleration and quick turning but, more importantly a good pair of cleats helps to improve safety.

A soccer player who doesn’t have good footing in all weather conditions has a high potential to get hurt.  Good footing is a must to prevent slips and falls that can lead to serious injuries.

Things to Consider Before You Purchase

Safety:  When running at a high rate of speed while kicking a ball, any unnecessary tumble could become a significant injury.  Cleats won’t prevent all falls but, any reduction in the frequency of falls is a safety improvement in our opinion.  This is even more important in wet weather, where achieving quality footing is even more difficult.

Quality:  With footwear of any kind the key to quality is in the materials and how the materials are assembled.  We prefer quality stitching instead of glue or adhesion.  The better quality shoes typically cost a little more but the old adage “you get what you pay for” holds true for kid’s soccer cleats.

[Read more…]

Kids Tennis Rackets: A Parent’s Guide

Kids TennisKids tennis has changed dramatically in the past few years, not to mention the past decade.

If you’re a parent who played tennis when you were your child’s age we’re sure that you weren’t using a racket that was small enough or light enough.

The technologies that are going into tennis rackets these days makes it possible for kids as young as two years old to play “real” tennis and not be held back by using a racket that is too big for them.

If you’ve been to any tennis court after school or on Saturday mornings lately you’ve surely seen the youngsters that are rallying balls back and forth, running side to side and even ripping forehand winners up the line!

Kids tennis rackets are dramatically changing the caliber of kids under the age of ten.

Long gone are the days of the under 10 and under 12 categories of kids tennis being dominated by the best moon baller!

When Should Your Child Start Playing Tennis?

Kids rackets are so light and so small these days that you can literally start your child in tennis lessons between one or two year old!

Now picking the right kids tennis racket these days is also much harder than it was just a few years back.

There are 15″ rackets, 17″ rackets, 19″ rackets, 25″, 27″, blue rackets, pink rackets, Dora the Explorer themed kids tennis rackets and so much more!

We all know that personal preference plays a large part of whether or not you like a tennis racket.  It’s hard to ask your two or three year old which tennis racket they like better as their answers will most likely hinge on factors such as color or theme.

It’s very important that your child is using the best kids tennis racket for them.  As they grow and develop it’s also very important to move them into a larger racket so their skills can continue to improve.

We’ve done an extensive amount of research and below you’re find our rules of thumb and recommendations when it comes to choosing the best kids tennis rackets!

Tennis Rackets for 1, 2, 3 or 4 Years Olds

Believe it or now, this 15″ kids tennis racket from Le Petit Tennis has made “playing” tennis possible for kids between the ages of 1 and 2 years old.

Now, they aren’t going to be playing full matches or probably even rallying the ball back and forth but they will be able to get use to handling a racket and it will help their hand eye cordination to play for fun in short bursts at this age.

This 15″ frame is the smallest and lightest tennis racket (possible in the world).

[easyazon-image align=”right” asin=”B0049O0D7I” locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41JnVKPp6VL._SL160_.jpg” width=”160″]The best kids tennis racket to start your 2 year old son or daughter off with is the Le Petit Tennis Racket because it is only 17 inches long and very light.

Paring this tiny kids tennis racket with My First Tennis Ball makes the game of tennis fun and easy for the youngsters because they have control over their racket and the big inflatable ball.

This 17″ frame is one of the smallest and lightest tennis racket that we could find and it’s only $18.95 which makes getting your kid(s) started in tennis very affordable.

The great folks over at Le Petit Sports have bundled up a great starter kit that we recommend you check out: Le Petit Tennis – My First Tennis KIT Starter Kit.

[Read more…]