EATON — Eaton High School tennis coach John Hitchcock recently held a five-day summer camp for 10 youths on the fundamentals of the game of tennis.
The five days of training was held at the Brooke Gould Memorial tennis courts in Eaton. Kids from grades 3-8 were offered a chance to improve their game and their knowledge of the sport.
“Great group of kids here,” said coach Hitchcock. “It’s a great way to get the kids introduced into the sport before they reach high school age. Seems to be one of our main hangups for most of the kids at the high school level is that many of them have never touched a tennis racket until their first year in a varsity program. That puts many of them behind the curve a bit when you are trying to play at this level. This is a way to have them reach out during their swing, having a shot at it.”
Even though the camp is there to work on fundamentals and how to do them correctly, it’s still about having fun first and foremost. It may seem that with only 10 campers, a lot can get done, but tennis demands a lot of time on individuals so it’s quite a bit of work on coach Hitchcock.
“We have quite a few of kids that have put in some hours outside of camp,” said Hitchcock. “They are here for a chance to hit as many balls as possible in order to get better. Almost all of them have been here before, so they are getting better and better as time and practice goes on.”
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