Tennis is one of the greatest sports out there, and while it requires a lot of endurance and concentration, it’s a lot of fun. That’s the kind of message we want to make sure gets delivered to all of the players who attend an adidas Tennis Camp each summer. Our main goal is to help them improve and elevate their tennis game for the short period of time we’re together, but we also want to make sure it’s done in a safe and fun environment.
After the year we’ve all experienced, these kids deserve to have a little fun — that’s for certain. Regardless of the type of camp offering you decide on having your child attend, they will all learn the same essential things that are necessary for success on the court. Some of the things they’ll learn include the following: being a good sport, improving form, playing with integrity, perfecting the serve, preparing mentally, and setting goals.
You’ll notice that these objectives cover both the mental and physical aspects of the sport, and that’s on purpose. Adidas Tennis Camps are the only ones in the country that employ a staff that’s Double-Goal Certified Camp Directors from the Positive Coaching Alliance. This officially shows our commitment to molding young minds and helping them get better in all aspects of tennis, which will ultimately impact them positively in life overall.
With such an action-packed schedule and lots of things to learn and do while they’re at camp, it can be easy to forget about proper hydration and fuel in order to continue performing as best as they possibly can. That’s why it’s important to know what to snack on and when in order to stay in top playing condition and truly get the most out of tennis camp this summer.
Before heading to camp, it’s a good idea to eat food that’s high in carbohydrates, moderate in protein, low in fiber, and low in fat. If possible, try and eat this meal at least 90 minutes prior to hitting the courts so your body has enough time to digest what will be needed for when you’re actually running all over the court. Some food that’d make sense for this scenario include fresh fruit, low-fat yogurt, granola bars, and fruit smoothies.
Although different aspects of tennis camp are rather predictable, it’s good to always be prepared with the right food to stay fueled in the heat of it all. The most important thing to have a steady stream of — pun intended — is water, which players should be sipping a few ounces of every 15 minutes or so. It’s also a good idea to limit any type of caffeine consumption, and even if Gatorade or Powerade do taste good, players should mix in some water to dilute it a bit and get so much sugar and salt.
Once the day is done, the final tip is to try and eat a well-balanced, but high-calorie meal within a half-hour of a match (or a day at camp) ending. Foods that fall into this category include pasta, lean meat, rice, and vegetables, or (our personal favorite) having breakfast for dinner.