We’ve been looking about bringing tennis home for your family during August, and as with all competitive sports, tennis presents an excellent teaching moment for good sportsmanship. The abilities to lose graciously, win humbly and, perhaps most importantly, persevere under challenging circumstances are all skills that will serve your kids in life and in sports. Dr. Darrell J. Burnett has shared a list via P.E. Links 4U designed to help parents and teachers alike discuss good sportsmanship.
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Are you looking for advice on structuring tennis activities for a camp or other large groups of kids? SportsScotland has developed a curriculum (PDF) designed to help you teach specific tennis skills to kids. Their PDF covers a wide number of fun exercises designed for pairs and small groups to help you choose the best game for your class structure and learning goals.
August is the heart of pro tennis season, and with plenty of inspiration available, there’s no better time to introduce a child to the sport. With plenty of action and scope for practice hand-eye coordination, tennis is a wonderful sport. Many communities and schools have courts that are open to the public for free, but if you’ve got space and a passion for the sport, Realtor.com has some solid advice for building a court of your own, so you and your family can easily pop outside to play any time you like.
Are you a big fan of tennis? Introduce your little ones to the sport in a lower-pressure setting with the help of these games, recommended by LiveStrong.com. Designed to help them practice and develop specific skills without putting on the pressure that comes from playing full out tennis, these games offer some great ideas for setting your kids up for a life-long love of tennis.
Biking with a group can improve your safety, up your efficiency and speed and just be plain old fun. If you’re looking for folks to pedal with, Map My Ride can help you connect. They’ve also got tools to help you map out smart routes for your skill level, training tools, challenges and groups.
Safety, speed and comfort on a bike start before you even take it home. If you’re in the market for a new bike, or if you’re thinking about getting into biking as a serious sport, you want to be sure that you bike fits you properly. The pros at Bicycling.com explain how to choose a proper fit to make sure your biking experience gets off to a smooth start.
Enjoying a safe and satisfying bike ride is easier when your equipment is in good repair. Fortunately, maintaining your bike well is not a difficult skill to pick up. Top 10 Bike Fixes has a great list of basic repairs with detailed instructions on how to do them. Here are a few to start with: