Hot Shots Rules and Regulations:
Hot Shots is the best way for children to learn tennis. It is a fun way to start tennis and makes it easy for children to play the game, develop good technique and tactics and a love for the sport. Using the slower balls helps players to develop the most efficient technique and to be able to implement advanced tactics that in most cases could not be performed using the Yellow ball on the full court. It is also crucial that they play on smaller courts, here is why.
Each stage of Hot Shots has different equipment and requirements - this is to make it appropriate for each stage of development for children and to allow them to succeed and have fun.
For a further look at Hot Shots in New Zealand please have a look at Tennis NZ Hot Shots Info
MAIN DRAW allows children to move up a category/age group dependent on their technical, tactical, physical and mental skills. This decision is made by the MAIN DRAW team and parents/caregivers will be given the option if they would like their child to move up. Parents/caregivers can discuss their child's progress with any member of the Main Draw team.
Supporting & Encouraging your child through Hot Shots Play
Play with your child in the park or on holiday - any ball games, running activities or tennis with appropriate equipment will help your child.
Be patient - children rarely progress steadily but more often in peaks and plateaus.
Encourage your child to participate in fun competition.
Familiarise yourself with scoring in tennis, offer assistance IF needed.
Spectating - be generous in your applause for BOTH players. Don't tolerate bad behaviour, cheating or bad manners from your child.
Learning good traits - Help your child understand that showing respect, determination, good character and sportsmanship is all part of tennis. It will also teach them great life skills!
LET THEM HAVE FUN!
Tips for parents at tournaments:
Nick Jacques has put together some great advice for parents and how to cope with the ups and downs of watching your child in competition. Read what he has to say here.