At ROGace, we feel really lucky to do something we’re so passionate about every day. Not everyone gets to go to a job that feels more like play than work, and the fact that we get to share our love for tennis with so many awesome young athletes is truly a privilege. We know we’re gushing, but we can’t help it! Tennis has enriched our lives in so many ways, and we like to believe our accessible, engaging approach to training has done the same for our students. So, in honor of Valentine’s Day, we thought we’d share our favorite things about our favorite sport.
It challenges the mind as well as the body
Tennis is as much a mental game as it is a physical one. It requires a great amount of quick, strategic thinking. Often, we’re required to think ahead of the next play, predict our opponent’s next move and determine the best return in a matter of seconds. Tennis keeps us sharp and improves our concentration and can even help us maintain focus at school or work.
It keeps us healthy
Of course, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the physical health benefits of playing tennis. The sport is characterized by quick anaerobic movements (i.e. lots of short bursts of speed and strength), which boost cardiovascular fitness. The variation in movement and speed requires a great amount of balance and activates a range of muscles in our legs, core and upper body, which helps to increase muscular strength.
It reduces stress
Tennis provides an escape from everyday life—it’s a chance to blow off steam and work out any frustrations in a healthy and productive way. Studies have shown that physical activity boosts our brain’s production of endorphins, the hormones that make us happy. Often, we leave the court feeling more relaxed and optimistic, even after challenging practices.
It helps us be more present
When we’re playing in tournament or running through drills, our only job is to be present for the task at hand. There are no screens or notifications to distract us, no homework, chores or annoying siblings to worry about. Tennis helps us experience and process our emotions as they come to us and then channel them in a healthy way without lingering too long on the negatives.
It builds a community
Though tennis is considered more of an individual game (unless you’re playing in doubles), a training program like ROGace fosters a supportive team environment and builds a community of coaches and athletes. We’re united in our love for the sport and in our desire to help each other succeed and improve, which means we’re there to push each other, share our knowledge and skills, show support after tough losses, and celebrate wins big and small. Plus, we get to make new friends we look forward to seeing at every practice.
We believe that anyone can fall in love with the sport of tennis, no matter your skill level or athletic ability. Our approach to training, which focuses on skill and mastery and not court size or ball colors, is as accessible to new players as it is to those with experience. If you think your child could benefit from our program, we encourage you to reach out—we’re always looking to grow our community and share our passion with new players.