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Hot Shots from Home April 9, 2020 - Your online resource to give your child the opportunity to develop their tennis skills safely from home. We will continue to add more videos of activities for your child to continue to practice from home....You can use small spaces, walls, beanbags, balls and even create your own types of mini nets to continue to play […]
Tennis Pathways – What life opportunity awaits you? March 31, 2020 - Often the pathways in tennis are not clear from the beginning but making sure the environment is giving “the knowledge to nurture” for your child, anything is possible. The Tennis Australia Hot Shots program has a pathway for taking beginners (age from 3 years old) to competition level tennis. The levels, linked with the colour […]
What program options are there? March 31, 2020 - There are plenty of options and types of tennis lessons when you join a club, this can make it difficult to try and decide what type of lesson and how many tennis lessons you or your child should do when they start tennis. The 3 main lesson types we have are: Groups Lessons Private/semi- private […]
How to tell if your child is progressing? March 31, 2020 - Whether you stay and watch your child lessons, or drop them off and go do something else, it is important to know if your child is progressing. Not only as a player but also as a person. 5 ways for parents to know they’re on the right track when it comes to their kid’s sports […]
10 Things You Need to Know about Great Tennis Coaches March 2, 2020 - 10 Things You Need to Know About Great Tennis Coaches: First of all, picking great tennis coaches that suits your child’s individual personality and contribute successfully to the players technical and tactically development can be a hard decision. What makes tennis coaches great? What are the habits and things they do made them great coaches? […]
Nick Bollettieri on Tennis Parents and their Role in Developing Tennis Players February 14, 2020 - The role of the Tennis parent in developing tennis players is always going to draw debate. One of the most experienced coaches (and successful – coaches 10 world number 1 players) in the games history, Nick Bollettieri, wrote the following article on the topic (published on tennisrecruiting.net). Dan Materna – Nick Bollettieri coached 10 players […]
7 reasons WHY teenage girls drop out of tennis and WHAT we can do about it! January 30, 2020 - This is an opinion piece written by Jo Karaitiana the Director of Tennis at Box Hill Senior Secondary College. With the current rise of female tennis due to the likes of Ash Barty inspiring the next generation of Australian female tennis players, we address some reason as to why teenage girls drop out of tennis […]
Launching the new Strength & Conditioning for Junior Tennis Players Program January 14, 2020 - Over the past years at Vida, we have been asked numerous times about strength training for junior tennis players. Working with young players, it is important to get the right balance of training on and off the court. Strength is the key building block for physical development and in turn tennis development eg. Speed, power, […]
5 rules for developing super 10s & 12s players January 7, 2020 - After working with many junior players in their development years (7 to 12 years) through our regular coaching programs, Talent Development Coach (TDC) workshops and more, we have found that there is one certainty; no individual players development or pathway will ever be the same. One thing that is the same, is that Rome was […]
Vida Coach Profile – Jo Karaitiana October 18, 2019 - Let’s get to know the Vida coaches better, here we have our Director of Tennis at Box Hill Secondary College Jo Karaitiana. Jo Karaitiana – Melbourne, Australia Vida Venue – Box Hill Seconday Role – Director of Tennis 1. When did you first pick up a tennis racket? When I was probably around 7 years […]
Vida Coach Profiles – Ignacio Crescini October 11, 2019 - Let’s get to know the Vida coaches better, here we have our Director of High Performance at MCC Glen Iris Valley TC Ignacio Crescini. Ignacio Crescini – Cordoba, Argentina Vida Venue – MCC Glen Iris Valley Role – Director of High Performance  1. When did you first pick up a tennis racket? When I was […]
How do we work out which is the most suitable lesson for your child? October 8, 2019 - At Vida we understand the importance of placing your child in the correct group to help them develop physically and socially. If you have any questions or concerns about the group your child is placed in please don’t hesitate to talk to their coach.
What can I learn from losing? October 7, 2019 - With another set of school holidays and tournament block in the books, it’s time to reflect on your performance and to look forward towards your next term of training.  I recently came across an article by TennisFitness.com with the title “Every tennis player should read this”. As a tennis coach and player I obviously felt […]
How do I get my child started with Tennis? September 9, 2019 - 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 […]
Teaching Children About Failure August 19, 2019 - Parents will always have a need to protect their children. It’s part of the job. It is important in many aspects of life to be able to protect your children from potential dangers. Protecting children from failure, however, can negatively impact their development. Failure is a part of life. Children need to be able to […]
What life lessons does sport teach kids? August 12, 2019 - Recently I came across a social media post from a sporting parent which I thought was interesting. It made me think about why sport is so important as a child grows up; the life lessons learned, the shared experiences had with friends and family, the habits it creates, and the health benefits. Below is the […]
Pleasure in Pressure August 8, 2019 - Do you love the nervousness? Pete Sampras was asked by Inside Tennis after his retirement what he missed the most about the game? He said, “I miss feeling so nervous that I would throw up before the finals of Wimbledon.” Embracing Pressure Skill and training naturally play a big part in the ability to execute […]
How to be a mindful parent when it comes to kids and sports April 8, 2019 - Being a sporting parent is not an easy job. Recently I read a great article on www.activeforlife.com and thought I would share it will the Vida community. Enjoy. Sean Hosemans Vida Tennis Epping How to be a mindful parent when it comes to kids and sports These days, everyone wants to incorporate more mindfulness into […]
How to develop a great green ball squad March 19, 2019 - by Martin Vazquez Jones Coaching talented juniors through their developmental years can be a challenging time for coach and player. These years, as players transition from orange, to green, to hardball, are very important in establishing the foundations for their game. I have been fortunate enough to work with many players in this space, both […]
10 Values Tennis Teaches Kids For Life February 26, 2019 - by Leon Van Voorthuizen Tennis is a great sport to start when you are young and recently I came across a post first shared on “playyourcourt.com“, and thought I would share it with the Vida community. Tennis teachers so many amazing values! Build self-confidence One of the first things you learn in tennis practice is […]
Can’t throw, can’t catch: Vida Head Start Program to the rescue January 14, 2019 - There has been much talk about childhood development, particularly in the areas of obesity and physical activity. You may have seen or heard of a study by the Victoria University into the skill decline of our children. An article Can’t throw, can’t catch: Australian kids are losing that sporting edge highlighted “evidence is emerging that […]
What comes first the chicken or the egg? Technique V Tactic January 7, 2019 - What comes first the chick or the egg? The connection between tactical and technical development is paramount to the long term progress, enjoyment and development of the game for each individual. Technique is all time favourite topic for most people involved in tennis, be they coaches, parents, TV commentators and more. The majority of private […]
ITFs Futures & AMT Tournaments December 23, 2018 - Once you have competed in the many Junior Tournament and National Points Events as a junior and you are ready to challenge yourself at a higher level you can enter into ITF, Futures and Australian Money Tournament events. It is important to talk to your coach before you enter these events because they are at […]
Junior and Senior Pennant December 11, 2018 - Following club competition, your child can also participate in Junior/Senior Pennant held on the weekend. Pennant is an inter-club competition where players are apart of a team and aim to win the most rubbers (matches), sets, and games. In the best of 3 tie-break sets your child will receive great match play against other competitive […]
Junior Tournaments & Nationals Events November 28, 2018 - Junior Tournaments are the start to a competitive tournament system for tennis players involving the use of ranking points. There are 4 different levels to JT Tournaments lowest to highest; Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. Players can enter in singles and doubles events. Please talk to your coach directly about which tournaments would best suit […]
Super 10’s Competition September 13, 2018 - The 5th installment of our tournament and competition pathway is the Super 10’s Competition. Super 10’s is a Tennis Victoria competition run for talented players aged 10 and under. Run by Ian Barclay (Pat Rafter’s coach) and Ash Naumann (Talent Development Manager), this competition brings all elements important to making a great tennis player and […]
Junior Development Series Tournaments (JDS) August 31, 2018 - The 4th instalment of our Competition Pathway Blog Series focuses on Junior Development Series Tournaments otherwise known as JDS Tournaments. You’ve decided it’s time for your child to take the next step in Tennis but unsure of what to do next. Junior Development Series tournaments are for players who are looking for an opportunity to […]
Vida Venue Junior Competition Information August 24, 2018 - At each Vida venue the junior players have an opportunity to play competitively with a wide range of grades to suit the needs of everyone. Every Vida venue is zoned to a certain region for competition, the kids will play in different formats depending on that zone.  It is a great opportunity to take the […]
Vida Tennis Hotshots Challenge Day August 17, 2018 - The biggest event on the Vida HotShots Calendar is the  Challenge Day The Vida Tennis Hotshots Challenge Day is an event held by Vida Tennis annually at Melbourne Park, home of the Australian Open. There have been five Vida Hot Shots Challenge Days in the past with numbers growing exponentially each year.  Players come together […]
Why is tennis so good for a child’s motor skills? February 20, 2018 - Tennis, and sport in general, is a great way to help children develop their motor skills. Kids between the ages of 3 and 5 years are starting to develop their gross motor skills and enjoy a wide variety of activities. Gross motor skills are a specific set of skills that involve different body parts such […]
How to select the perfect tennis racquet February 19, 2018 - While picking a racquet is a very personalized preference, there are many factors to be considered and you must also try to match these factors with the style of game you play. Here at Vida Tennis we give you the opportunity to try out different racquets prior to purchase through our demo program. Your coach will […]
5 Reasons why your child should play Junior Competition November 13, 2017 - Junior Competition is the next step in your child’s tennis journey once they have completed or are near completing the My Vida Journey Program. So why should you get involved in Junior Competition and how does it work? How does it work? Competition is played on Fridays, Saturdays and/or Sundays and works in a ‘Home […]
Watchem – Stay Connected November 13, 2017 - At Vida, supporting child safety and our own Vida community is important to us. See below a great watch option to give you peace of mind your child is safe with this great watch with phone & text and GPS tracker. Stay connected with your child and always know where your kids are and that they […]
Simple off-court mental skills training September 23, 2017 - Off-court mental skills training is essential and must be integrated into the player training.  It should be viewed in much the same light as fitness training, tactical or video analysis. The mental skills such as concentration, emotional control or confidence, can also be improved with specific off-court training. Here are some practical off-court mental skills activities that […]
Vida Mind – Changing Your Posture Can Make a Difference May 9, 2017 - At the university of California San Francisco, researchers studied people with mild to moderate depression and noted that they assumed a particular posture. They kept their heads down. They slumped their shoulders. Their breathing was high and shallow. Their facial expression was somewhat contorted, and they looked distressed and disappointed. By contrast, people who were […]
Dynamic & Static Stretching for the Tennis Warm-Up – Mobility April 20, 2017 - As discussed in previous blogs, mobility has never been more important in the modern game. Below is an article by Matt Kuzdub (http://www.mattspoint.com/) which was part of his 3 blog series on mobility and flexibility for tennis. Let us know your thoughts…. BOTH DYNAMIC AND STATIC STRETCHING PLAY A BIG ROLE DURING THE TENNIS WARM-UP This […]
Top 5 things parents need to be aware of so they can best support their children in sport March 30, 2017 - After coaching tennis to all levels of players for the past 14 plus years (from the 5 year old beginner, to national junior champions, to the ATP/WTA tour level player) I have seen one of the key constants in the development, the happiness and the experience of the player, is the role of the parent. […]
Why coaches should go to tournaments March 27, 2017 - by Ignacio Cresini In my years as a touring coach in Asia and supervising tournaments in Argentina, I learned a very ugly lesson: kids with coaches at tournaments have definite short and long term advantages! This is also the case at the pro tour level and is highlights to be more unfair as top players […]
Intensity From the Baseline 101 March 8, 2017 - by Ignacio Crescini – Head Coach at Vida Tennis MCC Glen Iris Once, the legend of NCAA basketball, John Wooden, said to his players on a training practice: “In the next match, while we shake hands and wish good luck, I will give the opponent coach my playbook with all of our tactics”. The players […]
5 Common Tennis Injuries and 4 ways to prevent them November 16, 2016 - While not as high-impact as some other sports, tennis still comes with injury risks. Due to the fact tennis is a repetition sport, and often one side dominant, injuries are common at all levels of tennis. Below is an article written by Dr Michael Gleiber from the Concierge Spine Surgery which highlights some of the […]
4 Approaches For Parents to Improve Performance Consistency of Your Child Playing Tennis November 11, 2016 - A lot of parents want to know what it will take for their children to succeed in tennis. The answer is simple: It’ll take everything they have. Only a few people are lucky enough to make a career out of tennis because so much has to go right to get there, and much of it is […]
At what age can my child start tennis lessons? May 13, 2016 - This is a questions that we coaches get asked a lot! At what age can my child start tennis lessons? Your child can start tennis from as young as 3 years old in lessons aimed at fast tracking Motor Skill Development. The aim for kids starting tennis lessons at this young age is to develop […]
A guide to help you select your tennis coach May 3, 2016 - The 7 things you need to know before you select your tennis coach, so you don’t waste your time and money! 1. Qualifications and Recommendations (Word of Mouth) One of the first things as a coach, is to go through the Tennis Australia Coaching accreditation process and become qualified, insured and screened. There are also […]
First and foremost, its all about FUN! May 14, 2015 - Kudos to you for being the type of parent who takes an active role in educating yourself in how to make a difference in your child’s long-term development. You really are your child’s first teacher and, while this is often a very fun and rewarding role, it certainly is not always easy. This article is […]
Roger Federer warns against the perils of pushy parents April 17, 2015 - Tennis player Roger Federer says sports stars do not need pushy parents ‘babysitting’ them through their career. The following article was first published on the 26th of Dec 2014 by By Hannah Furness from The Telegraph. Young sports stars do not need pushy parents “babysitting” them through their career, the tennis champion Roger Federer has […]

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