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Introducing Children to the Game of Tennis Paperback – May 1, 2002

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This book is a concise, easy to follow guide which provides all the fundamentals necessary to teach children... -- Bill Colson, Sr. Editor, Sports Illustrated

This book is included among the list of recommended books on tennis in their publication on recommended reading. -- United States Tennis Association

This book is the perfect introduction and primer for parents of beginning players. -- Tennis Magazine

About the Author

Pierce Kelley is a current and former nationally ranked player, and was among the top 100 players in the world in 1971. He is the president of the Youth Tennis Foundation and a member of the United States Professional Tennis Association. He is the father of four children who play tennis and he has been involved with junior tennis programs for over thirty years.

Von Beebe, Ed.D., is an educator who has been the principal of an elementary school for over 20 years. He is a former rugby, football and track athlete who has two daughters who play tennis.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: PKB Books; Revised edition (May 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970696809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970696809
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,711,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on March 7, 2003
Format: Paperback
Mr. Kelley is an outstanding teacher of tennis. Any parent who is trying to teach their child how to play tennis will benefit from reading this book. Mr. Kelley has a knack for making things easy. Many of the terms will be easy for your child to learn and then apply to learning tennis. I really enjoyed the book and have used many of his suggestions with my own children.
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By A Customer on December 18, 2002
Format: Paperback
A recent move to a home near tennis courts coincided with my grandson coming of "tennis age." Reading Mr. Kelley's superb book reacquainted me with this beginning stage that I had undergone so many years ago. Not having kept up with the game myself, I was also able to relearn and rethink many aspects of the game which I'd consigned to "body memory" years ago, and had perhaps developed to the "sloppy" or "lazy" stage. Now I know how to do it the right way again and how to convey the correct techniques and methods to a six year old. The drills were especially helpful; and the history, glossary, and appendicies were all bonuses. If my grandson keeps up with the game, I'll know that, by having read this book and followed the instructions, I didn't teach him the wrong stuff or "screw up" his development. We had fun, too.
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This book was not helpful for us in terms of really engaging our kids, and we found the writing dry. There is a sexist streak too that won't win the hearts of mothers or daughters.
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This book is well written, thorough and insightful. Mr. Kelley's approach to teaching tennis can be used by any coach, parent or teacher trying to help any athlete learn the fundamentals of any sport. Having coached youth sports for over twenty years I can only say that I wish I had discovered this wonderful book sooner!
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If you are a complete beginner, than this book is suitable for you - however, if you know nothing about tennis, you shouldn't teach your children to play it.

Described strokes in the book are old-fashioned, not recommended by ITF and at least 15 - 20 years old. Lendl would have such gameplay, Nadal not.
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