Bringing FUN movement
activities for fundamental
reading and math to the tennis
court, playground or gym
The 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.
The 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.
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.
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!
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 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 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.
abc123 Tennis significantly improves tennis skills by promoting fun, participation, stroke development, anticipation, movement, balance, timing, rhythm, breathing, critical thinking and cognitive behavior.
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.
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.