PLAY LEARN TEACH TENNIS–Stephen Waymire
Started playing tennis
with a $3.50 wooden racket
in the summer of 1964
Still love getting out
On tennis court
And hitting tennis balls.
Playing sets-I love
Plan to be
When I am 90.
I find joy sharing
My skill and passion
for tennis with my students
My students and I
share and grow
Dan Bueltene of National Geographic has studied where people live to be real old. This is what he found:
Myth 1 If I try hard to live to 100, I can.
Myth 2 There exists a program to slow down aging. We have 35 trillion cells. They are replaced every 8 years, and as they are replaced there is some genetic damage to some cells.
But there are four things that can help us age our best:
1. MOVE NATURALLY. Use the stairs, walk, do yard work. Get out and move. You don’t need a gym.
2. RIGHT OUTLOOK. The power and influence of your outlook cannot be overstated.
3. EAT WISELY. So obvious, but so hard to do.
4. CONNECTIONS. Keep socializing and keep communicating with friends. People keep us young.
TO BE HAPPY–WATCH:
WATCH YOUR THOUGHTS THEY BECOME WORDS.
WATCH YOUR WORDS FOR THEY BECOME ACTIONS.
WATCH YOUR ACTIONS THEY BECOME HABITS.
WATCH YOUR HABITS FOR THEY BECOME CHARACTER.
WATCH YOUR CHARACTER FOR IT BECOMES YOUR DESTINY.
–AUTHOR UNKNOWN BUT ATTRIBUTED TO MANY.
Great tennis is
playing to create
joy on the tennis court
moving and hitting
creating shots and angles
Celebrating good shots
won or lost
while striving to win
But always saying
THANKING U LORD
for my tennis.
It was a beautiful sunny Saturday morning, and the first thing we saw when we walked onto the tennis court for our lesson was:
long moist earthworm
on hot asphalt
He was far away from the safety of any dirt and around the court were dried up friends who did not make it. With clipboard in hand, we got our little friend to the safety of good soft dirt.
I told here how we had just saved his life and all the good things earthworms do besides getting stuck on a fishing hook. You know–they help get water into the ground. Hopefully, this lesson today was more than just how to hit a forehand better.
Thoughts and Ideas from the book by S.B. Chapman MAKE YOUR BRAIN SMARTER.:
*The brain is the most modifiable part of the body.
* It will grow, change, and be rewired by how it is used.
*Novel thinking keeps the brain thriving.
*Multi tasking is toxic to the brain.
* Age is just a number. The brain should get better with age.
*Brain neurons live longer when learning.
*Complex thinking builds cognitive reserves.
*Memory is not the same thing as smart.
*The more you focus on details the less big ideas you get.
*Openness to distractions keeps the brain off balance.
*Addiction to too much information will make you sick.
*Sleep is good for strategic thinking.
*Stop blinding your mind–step away and stop the overload of information.
*Brain works best when you make it slow down.
*Brain works best when not worked to its maximum.
*Take time away and allow it to rest to boost brain power.
*A bored brain is a brain in decline.
*Our memory becomes more positive with age.
*AGE ITSELF IS NOT THE MAJOR CAUSE OF INTELLECTUAL LOSS, IT IS OUR FAILURE TO REMAIN MENTALLY ACTIVE.
Those flat red tennis balls in a plastic bag that you see at Target are not just good for little kids five year-old and younger. They can be used and enjoyed with older kids and even adults. They are great for mini tennis not matter what the age or skill level of the player. Players will get lots of repetitions and a chance to move around. Red tennis balls encourage rallies. They are great for playing mini tennis points. Red tennis balls discourage just smacking the ball for a winner. They also help players to focus on the ball. And since they are multi-colored, you can really see the spin. Be brave, be confident–GET OUT AND HIT THOSE FLAT RED BALLS!!!!
Every lesson plan need not be followed. Every lesson need not be directed by me. Sometimes my best lessons are when we do it together. It becomes OUR LESSON.
WE ARE OUR BEST
WHEN THE TEACHER AND STUDENT
ARE THE SAME PERSON
I have learned a lot from five year-olds. I am always learning. I am always a student.
My blonde young student came bounding onto the court with …
WOOLY BRIGHT YELLOW
And he was dying to hit them. He wanted to play. This was not the time for a tennis lesson. It was time to play…
JUST HITTING A BALL
BACK AND FORTH
No real goal, no rules. Just chase and hit. Have fun. Made suggestions..
WATCH THE BALL
MOVE YOUR FEET
PUSH THE BALL
And sometimes just showing a better way. And celebrating his good shots–NICE SHOT!
BY HITTING BALL AFTER
BALL WE ARE
PLAYING AND LEARNING
Every coach of little kids must realize that LITTLE KIDS ARE NOT LITTLE ADULTS. They don’t act like us; they don’t think like us; they don’t want the same things as us, and they don’t see the world like us. Thus we must turn off our adult minds when coaching little kids. It would be nice if we could see the world through their eyes, but we can’t. Unfortunately, I don’t think most of us can really remember what it was like being a little kid. In my case I was a little kid 6o years ago and I just don’t remember. Sure there are highlights and lowlights that I think I remember, but I am sure time has shaded or distorted. Here are some coaching DO’S AND DON’T'S for coaching little kids not little adults:
1. DON’T ASSUME THEY HAVE THE SAME TENNIS GOALS AS YOU. Most little kids are not interested in becoming skilled tennis players; they want to PLAY tennis.
2. DON’T ASSUME THAT THEY UNDERSTAND THAT TENNIS IS LEARNED BY REPETITION OVER A LONG TIME. To a little kid a day is long time and hitting 100 tennis balls is a lot of practice.
3. DON’T ASSUME TO KNOW WHAT IS FUN FOR THEM. I am still amazed that little kids can find picking up tennis balls fun especially if we don’t let them in on the secret: picking up tennis balls is boring.
4. DO TRY TO SEE THE WORLD THROUGH THEIR EYES. Try to think what the world looks like if you are four-foot tall. That three-foot tennis net is almost to your shoulders.
5. DO WHAT THEY DO. If you want them to run, run with them. What is good for them is good for you.
6.LISTEN TO THEM. Don’t just talk to them; listen to them. Don’t just kind of listen to them as you do something else; stop what you are doing and listen.
I can never be a six year old again, but I can be a tennis coach that knows that LITTLE KIDS ARE NOT LITTLE ADULTS.