The game of tennis is believed to have been played for thousands of years, with several indicators suggesting the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans played precursors to the sport. A lifelong game, tennis provides a full-body aerobic workout and helps kids develop hand-eye coordination and agility. There are a few youth tennis programs offered for a variety of ages and skill levels here in Des Moines.
Tennis is a good game for kids because it develops mental skills along with physical proficiency. Concentration and patience are essential for winning. There is a great deal of strategizing involved in tennis which helps smaller players level the playing field. Being swift and smart is as important as having broad shoulders. Tennis also teaches manners, good sportsmanship and rule following.
Traditionally tennis was a sport of rich people and took place on estates or private clubs. If you do not have access to a public court, which many times are free or have very low per-hour fees, you’ll have to join a club and pay monthly membership fees and high court fees. Also, tennis is a very individual sport and can be hard for kids who have trouble bearing the agony of defeat on their own.
If your child is quick, possesses good hand-eye coordination and is focused and confident, tennis may be a good fit for them.
Beginners usually take a weekly half-hour lesson; more serious players may put in an hour twice a week. With a greater commitment if your child’s goal is to play tennis competitively.
- Tennis Balls
- Tennis Racquet
- Tennis Shoes
- Practice Clothes
- Club Membership: Varies depending on the club.
- Court Fees: $10+ per hour
- Lessons: $10+ per hour
- Tournament Entrance Fees: $10+
- Tennis Balls: $4+
- Tennis Racquet: $30+
- Tennis Shoes: $35+
- Practice Clothes: $20+
Fees vary according to what is provided by the organizing entity. Please keep in mind some fees are one time, others are recurring. All costs are approximate. As with any activity, as your child progresses, only your family can choose what you will spend in relation to your child’s specific goals within the sport whether competitively or recreationally.
Lessons & Clubs
Aspen Athletic Clubs – Urbandale
Clive Parks & Recreation – Clive
DCG Youth Tennis Club – Grimes
Des Moines Golf & Country Club – West Des Moines
Des Moines Parks & Recreation – Des Moines
Greater Des Moines Tennis Association – Metro Wide
Indianola Parks & Recreation – Indianola
Waukee Community School District – Waukee
YMCA of Greater Des Moines – Metro Wide
What do you think, is tennis a fit for your kid?