As a tennis coach, I’d love to watch all the matches of all the kids I teach. The truth is I probably don’t get to any more than 20%.
If I, as a coach, can only get to around 20% of my players’ matches, I really have no idea how each child is actually playing and how their play relates to what I’m teaching them in training sessions. I need the data.”
It’s not that I don’t want to. It’s just not logistically possible. Quite often the children I coach are playing at different locations at the same time. I also take my son to most of his matches so stay to watch.
Unless you, as a parent, are going to pay a full time coach or at least pay the coach to be at your child’s matches, the coach really only gets to see the score. The rest is guess work.
The Cost of Tennis for Children
When you add it up, tennis is a fairly expensive sport. It’s highly rewarding, but expensive none-the-less. Run down the list of expenses below, add them all up and you’ll find a fair chunk of money.
- Coaching – squads and private lessons
- Equipment including racquets, clothing, shoes
- Tournament entry fees
- Travelling to tournaments
Those are all prerequisites for most competition and tournament level players. I think you can see where I’m going with this.
Yes, I own a business that has developed an app that records the tennis stats of juniors. Yes, I have an interest in parents and coaches using the app.
As a tennis coach, that app is also a prerequisite for the parents of children I teach.
Why? The answer is pretty simple but not necessarily what you would think.
If I, as a coach can only get to around 20% of my players’ matches, I really have no idea how each child is actually playing and how their play relates to what I’m teaching them in training sessions. I need the data.
The only information I have to go on is what player and parent tell me, and quite often days afterwards. I rely on the objective data that GT STATS provides to know that the habit building on the training court is translating to the match court.
It’s Not About the Cost
The value that objective match data provides is huge. The pros know it. Children don’t have to be “elite” to gain value from it either.
The benefit to parents is that you are adding value to your coaching spend. The value to children is knowing how the habit-building process is going. The value to coaches is knowing what requires work before they start their next session with your child.
It’s a cycle that can be so much more rewarding and made so much more valuable with data. It also gives parents something to do during a match. More on that another time. At $29.99US a year, it’s incredibly inexpensive both in comparison to other tennis costs AND the value provided to parent, player and coach.