abc123 Sports
Merging Sports Instruction with Math & Reading!

abc123 Tennis

girl on tennis courtThe abc123 Tennis Program is an instructional sports program; using a set of balls marked with letters and numbers to teach and help children improve their fundamentals of the sport as well as math and reading.

Organization MembershipThe concept of abc123 is to bring athletics and academics together through cooperative game play. Kids participate in a variety of fun and movement based introduction and warm-up drills, fun and movement-based progressions for player improvement (developmental drills) and fun and movement-based games that incorporate both physical and educational skills.








abc123 Tennis Can Be Tailored to Any Instructional Sports Program

The abc123 Tennis Program can enhance any type of instructional program. The abc123 Program is for tennis programs, after school programs, tennis classes, tennis instructors, special needs classes, physical educators, camp counselors, coaches and parents. Both small and large groups work well with abc123. The abc123 Tennis Program is great for the tennis court, playground or gym.


abc123 Transition Tennis Balls

transition balls The abc123 Tennis transition balls are marked with a letter and a corresponding number. Kids select a marked ball to count, identify letters and numbers, associate letters with words while rolling, tossing, catching, bumping, hitting, running or bouncing the ball. The environment is controlled, so over-hitting, over-throwing and chasing balls is limited.

Fun leads to engagement, meaning,
purpose and learning!


Why Use Lower Compression Balls?

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.

abc123 Tennis Game Board

abc123 Tennis also comes with a fun student progress game. Kids participate in the game as they move through the program and bring the game board home so mom and dad can see what was learned each day.


The abc123 Instructor Community

The program includes access to the abc123 Tennis Instructor Community.

Within the community coaches, teachers and parents have access to curriculum instruction guides that specifically outline how to incorporate the fun abc123 Tennis Program into your class or individual lesson.

The instructor guides feature instruction on introducing the players, warming up, progressions for player improvement (developmental drills), games that reinforce the fundamentals of sport, math, and reading, and suggestions for a concluding cheer.

Player Introductions – Drills and Games to meet each other.

Warm up – Drills and Games to get ready to play/learn.

The Progressions for Player Improvement – The curriculum or teaching sequences – clearly defined tennis skill lessons. The progressions start with teaching rolling and catching skills, using a ball and racquet, Forehand/Backhand Bump, Forehand/Backhand Volley, Underhand/Overhand Serve and Forehand/Backhand Groundstroke.

Games – Games to reinforce the fundamentals and have fun with tennis.

Cheer – The kids leave with a smile.

The curriculum for abc123 Tennis provides for flexible lesson planning where instructors can adjust the pace of the program to accommodate the physical and academic skills of an individual student or class. The progressions have math and reading functions entered as examples but they can easily be substituted to fit any age, skill level, what skill kids are working on in class, ability and improvement.


Promoting Fun and Participation

abc123 Tennis significantly improves tennis skills by promoting fun, participation, stroke development, anticipation, movement, balance, timing, rhythm, breathing, critical thinking and cognitive behavior.


Promoting Learning

abc123 Tennis significantly improves math and reading skills by promoting fun, participation, cognitive behavior, critical thinking, number and letter recognition, sequence counting, categories, addition, subtraction, parts of speech and more.


A New Way of Teaching Tennis Skills for Kids 10 & Under

boy hitting tennis ball

The problem with typical tennis instruction is that over the years it has evolved into a tennis class or group lesson with young kids standing in line waiting for their turn to try and hit a ball over a net. This is a problem especially for young kids because they have very little patience for waiting and standing around to hit the ball because they become bored and are not engaged or having fun.

The USTA (United States Tennis Association), the governing body of tennis in the U.S., has recognized this problem and it has created a program for teaching kids 10 & Under. The USTA 10 & Under program uses age-appropriate racquets, lower compression balls and smaller courts and net sizes. All of these changes help kids to play and be able to hit the ball back and forth very quickly. The USTA and First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Lets Move” campaign have also teamed up to encourage kids across the country to get active, try tennis and lead healthy lifestyles.

The abc123 Tennis program embraces this style of teaching and utilizes and enhances the program by adding math and reading components.

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“I have used the ABC letter balls to help with letter identification, letter sounds and spelling first names in my Physical Education classes.  They are light weight and perfect for 3-6 years old to throw around the gym.  I would highly recommend purchasing them for your PE curriculum to help reinforce reading in the gym setting.”

Roxie Williams/Physical Education Teacher
Hmong International Academy
Minneapolis Public Schools

“The abc123 balls are a great added addition to any Developmental Adapted Physical Education (DAPE) program for students of varying abilities. They enhance active learning with added academic emphasis to include Math and reading skills. The abc123 balls can be used in so many ways to engage kids in fun and simple learning while they move and improve eye-hand coordination. I recommend the abc123 balls for physical education programs, special education programs and for students that want to learn in an active way! They are great!”

Bonnie Moren
Adapted Physical Education teacher

“I am using the abc123 Tennis format for our young tennis players. The system really works and keeps the kids interested throughout their group lessons. The kids continue to learn and improve their math, spelling, and reading skills by way of using the abc123 Tennis. Learning while playing tennis! What a wonderful concept!”

Raman Jayapathy

“abc123 is an amazing program! It should be used by any organization working with children and the development of their academic and athletic skills. The program is built with fantastic progressions that allow an instructor to work with very diverse groups of kids exhibiting wide ranges of academic and athletic skill levels. The cooperative design of the drills, games and lessons encourages and helps build very valuable leadership skills that are rarely addressed in other programs. Kids of all academic and athletic abilities are easily engaged. The kids are challenged with physical activity and at the same time practice their literacy and math skills. This is simply a BRILLIANT program!”

Marc Miller
Former Executive Director, Saint Paul Urban Tennis
Former Director of Player Development – USTA Northern

“The Players love it!, the Parents love it! And the Insructors love it!”

“ABC 123 is a fun program that combines academic and athletic skills taught to 10 and under players of all abilities enjoy. The skills games and progressions make it easy for the instructors to plan and improvise their lessons if needed. The parents are all for it - academic skills combined with tennis skills, what a plus!”

Peggy Niccolai
Tennis Director Tuckaway Country Club

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