The abc123 Balls
The concept of abc123 is to bring athletics and academics together through cooperative game play.
Why Use a Different Kind of Ball?
There are two reasons:
- Kids need a ball that is sized and paced to their playing abilities. The typical yellow tennis ball moves too fast, bounces too high and is too heavy for smaller racquets.
- The letters and numbers on the balls combine teaching tennis along with teaching the fundamentals for improving math and reading skills.
Why Use Lower Compression Balls?
Teaching tennis has changed. Age appropriate racquets, net size, court size and ball size are being introduced to help kids 10 & Under learn the game of tennis – quickly and in a positive, fun, movement environment.
Transition or lower compression tennis balls are a bit larger than the traditional tennis ball. The transition ball bounce is lower and slower making it more appropriate to the height of a child. Kids have more hit or playing time, which enables more practice and positive feedback. These softer balls also help the kids develop stroke technique and better control.
Over-hitting, over-throwing and chasing balls are limited.
The abc123 Balls
The abc123 Tennis program uses a set of 26 marked low-compression transition tennis balls, along with a set of instructor guides. Ball game guides are also included. No additional equipment required.
The low compression balls are marked with a letter on one side and corresponding number on the other side.
(Example: a & 1, b & 2.)
The Letters and Numbers Combine Tennis with Fundamental Math and Reading
Kids select a marked ball to count, identify letters and numbers and associate letters with words while rolling, catching, bumping/hitting, running or bouncing a ball. The activities can be focused on fundamental reading skills (abc), on fundamental math skills (123), or both at the same time.