We often get asked a number of similar questions from many parents who are looking to get their children into playing tennis. This article will cover some of the most frequently asked questions that relate to starting your child’s journey through Vida.
If you have a question that is not covered in this article, feel free to email [email protected] for more information.
What age can my child start playing tennis?
Your child can start tennis from as young as 3 years old in the Vida Head Start program which is aimed at fast-tracking Motor Skill Development. At this younger age, the sessions are usually 30 minutes in length.
What program is best for my child?
Each child is different in their motivation to play, their abilities, and their concentration levels. For this reason, we have a number of different programs and time lengths to suit each person. When a new player comes into the Vida Tennis program, we like to do a FREE intro session so we can get an idea as to the player’s current ability, goals and in-turn place each individual into the most suitable program.
When & Where are the lessons held?
Vida Tennis has a number of locations for you to choose from (click here to view locations) and lessons are held each night after school, weekends, before school, and some weekday mornings. Please remember to sign up for your FREE intro session and a member of the Vida team will contact you to speak about your preferred location, day, and time.
How do I enroll?
Can I enroll after the term has started?
Yes, you can enroll after the term has started. Once again, sign up by the previously mentioned process, a Vida member will call you to organize your FREE intro session and once your lesson time is confirmed you will be invoiced a pro-rata rate for the remainder of the term.
What happens if I miss a lesson?
Vida Tennis will make up sessions missed due to rain and notified absences. We try and make up all lessons during the term or in the school holiday period. You can read all the make-up details and other Terms & Conditions by clicking here.
What should I expect from my Vida coach?
At Vida Tennis we believe the three most important questions are; Does the coach know their stuff? Can I trust him/her? Does he/she care about my child? You can read our article on this topic by clicking here.
Does my child or myself need to be a Club Member to have lessons?
No, you don’t need to be a club member to have tennis lessons at any Vida venue. If you would like to play with your child or have your child play with his friends, then we encourage you to become a member. Yearly membership rates are very cost-effective and enable you to play all year round as well as giving you insurance cover through our member governing body, Tennis Victoria. If you or your child would like to play competition tennis then you are required to become a member. Your Vida Coach can help you with this process.
Does my child require their own racquet for the lesson?
No, we are able to loan a racquet for your child’s lesson. Once your child has started lessons we encourage the child to have their own racquet so they can play away from their lesson. Also, remember the right size racquet is important at a young age. Your Vida coach can help you select the right size, weight & grip.
What does my child need to wear and bring along to coaching?
Please wear cool and comfortable clothing which allows you to move freely. Tennis shoes or runners (flat sole). In summer please remember a hat, sunscreen (there will be some at each venue), and a water bottle.
What is my role as a Tennis Parent?
The role of the parent in a child’s sport in an important one. We have a lot of content to help you understand your role and guide you through the process. You can find this info on the following two links; Vida Parent Policies and Vida Parental Info
You will see on our registration form an option to select “same time and same day” as last term. You can fill this in and get it back to your Vida Coach or let them know you will be continuing before the end of the current term. If you require a change to session type, day or time, please speak with your coach and we will make every effort to accommodate you.
When is my child ready to play Hot Shots Match Play and/or Junior Competition?
The Vida Tennis My Vida Journey program is designed to show you the pathway from starting tennis to entering into competition tennis. Your coach will guide you along this pathway and give you information, date, and how to’s along the way.