Active Start: Le Petit Tennis

FUNdamentals: Little Aces

Learn to Train: Learn to Play

Do you remember that thrill you got the first time you hit a ball cleanly over the net?  What about that moment you actually aced an opponent with a serve that painted the line? Tennis Canada is doing everything it can so that countless Canadians can share those same feelings. Its goal is to lead the growth, promotion and showcasing of the sport of tennis in Canada, build a system that helps produce world class players, and foster the pursuit of excellence for all.

Along with teamwork, tennis teaches participants fundamental movement skills, fundamental sport skills and the ABCs – agility, balance, coordination and speed – of physical literacy.

Tennis’s Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model consists of eight stages.

  • Active Start (M, F 0-6) – Builds agility, balance and coordination through fun, physical activity, and introduces striking with a racquet.
  • FUNdamentals (M 5-9, F 5-8) – Teaches fundamental movement skills, basic tennis skills and physical literacy through Progressive Tennis and other sports.
  • Develop (M 9-12, F 8-11) – Becomes a well-rounded athlete and builds the full court tennis skills required to be a player.
  • Consolidate (M 13-15, F 12-14) – Sets the foundation for the pursuit of excellence.
  • Learn to Perform (M 16-18, F 15-16) – Consolidates all skills and prepares athletes for competition.
  • Learn to be a Professional (M 19-23, F 17-21+) – Utilizes skills, tactics and preparation in order to compete at the high performance level.
  • Live as a Professional (M 24+, F 22+) – Reaches peak performance through full-time commitment, solid and consistent preparation, individualized training programs and effective life management.
  • Tennis for Life (M, F 12+) – Encourages players to remain physically active and involved in the game, either competitively or recreationally, for life.

LTAD Plan for the Sport of Tennis in Canada
This plan provides a framework for developing physical literacy, physical fitness and competitive ability, using a stage-by-stage approach.

Tennis BC LTAD Implementation Plan
Through the systematic identification of LTAD stages Tennis BC is able to maximize the potential of development and increase the enjoyment of participants and athletes in our sport.

Tennis Canada recently launched the National Bank Little Aces program, which was designed for children ages 6 to 8. The initiative aims to improve the overall development of these children helping them access provincial and national tennis development and excellence programs.

The Rogers Rookie Tour, a national program designed to bridge the gap between entry-level tennis and the provincial competitive junior circuit, covers the FUNdamentals and Learn to Train stages.

The Tennis Canada College Program is a Train to Compete program committed to helping qualified high school student-athletes enjoy the enriching and rewarding experience of competing in their favourite sport while earning a university degree.

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