In the last blog, I wrote about the benefits of team tennis and how it effectively emulates the qualities of America’s popular team sports. However, I forgot to mention the one downside of such a dynamic that can be avoided with traditional tennis: participation.

A background in youth sports of varying capacities is something that can benefit any child. Playing a sport—any sport—will teach a child important lessons that translate into other arenas of life.

So why tennis? What makes it a better option than, say, lacrosse? The answer to that is rooted in the thesis on participation I was getting at in the first paragraph.

In traditional tennis, worrying about getting playing time is virtually non-existent. When one signs up for a [good] program, a tournament, or if one just decides to play with a friend, he or she is automatically entrenched in the competition. Being left out just doesn’t happen in those situations (unless you’re a superior doubles player).

Team sports certainly have many benefits, but the inclusion factor just isn’t always there. If your intent is to get your child into a sport that will see them a part of the process the entire way through, then tennis is likely your best option. Why wait on teammates to pass you the ball or rely on a coach to have faith in you to be in the game, when you could just play tennis and always be part of the action?

That’s why the Tiger Tennis Academy model is so effective; because it keeps kids involved and makes the sport of tennis fun and accessible through interactive lessons conducive for young children. By having music, small portable nets, fun lesson plans and foamy tennis balls, Tiger Tennis creates for an easygoing environment for kids to get comfortable with and appreciate the sport of tennis.

Exposure to multiple sports at a young age is a good thing for most kids. However, if your child isn’t a big part of the game or doesn’t get to participate as much as desired, then a move to tennis just might be the right one. It’s not only the sport of the lifetime, but the sport of inclusion too.