An affordable South
Florida tennis program for talented young players age 3 to 16
YOUTH EXCELLENCE TENNIS PROGRAM
aspiring to become among the best tennis players in the world.
Instructor and Program Director: Andrew
Are you the parent of an aspiring young tennis player age 3
Does your child truly love the game of
tennis? Does your child already show signs of becoming a tennis
champion? Is your child driven and self-motivated? As a parent, are you
committed to your child's success? Have you enrolled your child in countless
tennis lessons, clinics, academies, and programs only to become frustrated with the
inability of most tennis facilities and tennis pros to properly train your
child? Do you live in (or are you willing to travel and/or relocate to) the
South Florida area?
If the answer to one or more of the above questions is
"yes," then read on…
|My name is Andrew
Rosz. Perhaps you already know me. Or perhaps you can recall
the days during the late 70's and early 80's when I could routinely be seen
training and competing with many of the game's greatest players of the era. For over 30 years, I have been teaching great tennis to players of
all ages and all levels. Indeed… I am still an exceptionally active world
class tennis player, master tennis instructor, author of many popular books on
tennis, and personal coach to some of the best up-and-coming young tennis talent in
I am also known for my "Youth Excellence Tennis
Program" which involves teaching world class professional tennis
to children age 3 to 16. The program is taught as a series of individual
private lessons; and to only one student at a time. There are no group
lessons or clinics. Each one-hour lesson features myself as instructor and
one or more junior assistants to pick up balls, assist in demonstrations, operate
video equipment, etc. As parental on-court participation is mandatory,
there are always several people on the court during your child’s tennis lesson;
all dedicated to teaching just your child. Accordingly, my
Youth Excellence Tennis Program has been carefully designed to provide the best
possible tennis training for young players on the fast track to success.
Although I also offer regular tennis lessons to players of
all ages and all levels, students are accepted into my Youth Excellence Tennis
Program based upon their potential for improvement. Quite frankly, you cannot
simply rely on your checkbook to get your child into this program. As most
tennis training facilities and tennis camps will enroll any student whose parents
can afford to pay, I admit only those children having the greatest potential for
success and teach them skills and techniques of world class professional tennis
right from the start. And since my Youth Excellence Tennis Program provides
for substantial discounts as compared to my regular teaching rates, most parents of
aspiring young tennis hopefuls are eager to enroll their child. But in order
for your child to be accepted into my Youth Excellence Tennis Program…
This is what I expect from your child…
- Gifted intelligence…
- An abundance of natural ability…
- An exceptional attention span…
- An even-temper…
- An ability to follow directions…
- Well-mannered and respectful of authority…
- Eager to learn new and better ways of hitting the ball…
- Capable of solving problems and thinking independently…
- Capable of understanding basic cause and effect
- A child who would rather play tennis than do most
- A child who is self-driven toward greatness…
And here’s what I expect from the parent…
- To faithfully attend your child’s
regularly-scheduled one-hour tennis lesson…
- To participate in each and every lesson and ask
- To take notes and maintain an activity log of all that
is discussed during the lesson…
- To practice with your child at least once or twice per
- To provide an atmosphere of love and encouragement for
your child; both on and off the court…
- To allow your child to develop at a pace as determined
by the instructor…
And here’s what you can expect from me…
- To provide an affordable alternative for families of
talented young tennis players…
- To teach your child professional tennis skills right
from the start…
- To teach your child to understand why we
learn to do things the way we do…
- To teach your child to become both mentally and
- To teach your child to hit the ball harder and more
accurate than most adults…
- To teach your child to literally destroy opponents his
or her own age using picture-perfect technique and proper tennis form…
- To teach your child world class performance tennis
- To teach your child to become a championship tennis
player by age 12…
As I specialize in teaching talented young
tennis players, below are answers to some common questions that parents often have
about my Youth Excellence Tennis Program for young children…
What is the best age to get a child started in
a program of professional tennis development?
For most children, somewhere between the ages of 8 and 10
is ideal. While some children may be ready as early as age 6 or 7, and some
even as early as age 3 or 4, only after an Evaluation
and Assessment Lesson will I be able to tell if your younger child is both
mentally and physically ready for my Youth Excellence Tennis Program.
My child has never picked up a tennis racket
before. Will you still take him?
If your child shows at least some degree of natural
athletic ability (and most children do) then most likely yes... but only after an
Evaluation and Assessment Lesson will I be able to
tell you for sure. As the technical challenges of learning to become a
championship tennis player may not be appropriate for all children, I also offer
regular weekly tennis lessons to children of all ages and all levels at a much
easier pace. In contrast, attending my Youth Excellence Tennis Program is
very much like attending a school that promotes disciplined learning objectives
and goals. Accordingly, a large amount of technical material is discussed
during each lesson and each student is expected to practice. Additionally,
students learn professional tennis right from the start. I
don’t teach "beginning" or "junior" tennis to students
enrolled in this program. And I don’t teach them at their
pace… I teach them at my pace. As a reminder, my Youth
Excellence Tennis Program can be demanding both mentally and physically so your
first step as a parent is to schedule an Evaluation
and Assessment Lesson to see if your child has the aptitude and desire to
warrant acceptance into the program.
Do you accept children older than 16 into your
Youth Excellence Tennis Program?
Occasionally… If your older child seems to have an
abundance of natural ability and a genuine interest in learning to play great
tennis, there is an excellent chance that he or she will be accepted.
If however your child has any previous tennis experience or formal tennis
training, there is always the risk that he or she has been taught to do most
everything wrong. And as trying to correct poor technique in older children
is often frustrating for both instructor and student, I’d much rather start
with a talented young beginner and teach him or her proper tennis technique right
from the start. And that’s the problem when you enroll your child in a
recreational junior tennis program or tennis academy that caters to the
masses. What you often get is a tennis instructor that teaches the kids all
the wrong things which invariably leads to developing an abundance of bad habits
and poor technique. So especially for teenagers older than 16, scheduling
an introductory Evaluation and Assessment Lesson
is your required first step. During the lesson, I will
interview your child and observe how well he or she is receptive to change.
If all goes well, then he or she will be accepted.
My child has been previously taught to use the
Western (or Semi-Western) forehand grip. Your thoughts?
For about a hundred good reasons and perhaps more, I do
not teach nor do I endorse the Western (or Semi-Western) forehand grip.
Accordingly, if your child has been taught to use either of these two grips
and/or the inefficient loopy stroke that usually accompanies the "Western
Mentality," then please understand that your child will not be permitted to
use either of these two grips if he or she is accepted into my Youth Excellence
Tennis Program. This is because both the Western (and Semi-Western)
forehand grips encourage the body to move in ways that it is simply not designed
to move. These unnatural movements also tend to place more stress and
strain on the joints, shoulders, and limbs which is certain to
cause irreparable harm to both the child’s arm and shoulder as the years
pass. It’s just a matter of time.
So why do so many teaching pros teach the
Western (and Semi-Western) forehand grip to so many junior players?
Quite simply, both the Western (and Semi-Western)
forehand grips are "recreational" tennis grips which are easier for
most tennis coaches to teach, and easier for most young junior players to
learn. This is because neither of these two forehand grips encourage (or
require) the development and use of several important muscle groups. As a
result, most young players who are taught the Western (or Semi-Western) forehand
grip never learn "Racket
Pitch Awareness Skills;" the single most important tennis skill of all
in learning to hit the ball both consistently and with control. From a
physics standpoint, both the Western (and Semi-Western) forehand grips are the least
efficient forehand grips of all; both of which ultimately lead to an abundance of
bad habits and a technically-inferior tennis stroke. To that end, and especially for aspiring young
tennis hopefuls, the Western (or Semi-Western) forehand grip is simply not the
grip of choice for any sort of long term commitment in learning to become a world
class competitor at the championship level. Alternatively,
in the Youth Excellence Tennis Program, all participants are taught to use a
championship forehand grip right from the start. Because paramount to
developing a world class forehand tennis stroke is the emphasis on developing
fine-tuned precision and skill with the hands and fingers, just like learning a
musical instrument. Indeed, it takes a truly qualified and competent tennis
coach to guide a young tennis player through this developmental process, and most
discount tennis coaches simply do not have the knowledge or skill to steer a
promising young tennis hopeful away from all the recreational inefficiencies of
the Western (or Semi-Western) Forehand grip and into a technical program of
becoming a world class competitor.
If my child is selected into your
program, what sort of time commitment is required and what it all going to cost?
Teaching a child to become a professional
tennis player is hard work and requires an ongoing commitment on
behalf of the student, instructor, and parent. For children enrolled in my
Youth Excellence Tennis Program, the parent is required to accompany their child
in at least one regularly-scheduled one-hour lesson per week. The parent is
also encouraged to work with their child during the week to practice the material
presented in each lesson. Thus during each lesson, I will also be teaching you
(the parent) how and what to observe when practicing alone with your child so you
will always have a clear understanding of your child’s ability
and progress. Additionally, as your child’s understanding of professional
tennis develops, so will yours.
As previously mentioned, students enrolled in my Youth
Excellence Tennis Program (YETP) receive a substantial discount
as compared to my regular professional teaching rates. Each
regularly-scheduled one-hour YETP tennis lesson costs $100. And that’s
all. There are no contracts. Each lesson is "pay as you go"
and you are never under any commitment to continue. You can withdraw your
child from the program at any time.
Why is your program so affordable?
Because if and when your child ever makes it to the
professional tennis tour, your child will undoubtedly continue to train under my
direction for a percentage of his or her tournament winnings. So when your
child makes real money, so do I. And that’s when it comes full-circle for
all the time and effort invested in your child.
Are there any other costs?
You supply your own tennis rackets and other court
essentials. I supply the instruction, training aids, tennis balls,
videotaping, and teaching assistants.
Do you offer scholarships?
No. Since my Youth Excellence Tennis Program is so
affordable, and due to the fact that I work with just a limited number of
students, no scholarships are offered.
OK, I’m interested. How do I get my child
If you are the parent of a child you would like me to
consider, please call Andrew Rosz at (954) 922-8040 to schedule an Evaluation and Assessment Lesson and interview.
The cost of this Evaluation and Assessment lesson is $150 and lasts about
an hour. I make no promise of accepting your child into my Youth Excellence
Tennis Program, but I will give you an honest and objective evaluation of your
child’s potential for learning to play great tennis. If your child shows
a strong potential for success, I will tell you. But if I happen to tell
you that this program is not in the best interest of your child, please don’t
be too disappointed. As a reminder, my Youth Excellence Tennis Program is
primarily for kids with extraordinary potential for success.
What if my child is not accepted into
If I determine that my Youth Excellence Tennis Program is
not appropriate for your child, you may still elect to sign your child up for
regular weekly tennis lessons at my regular teaching
rates of $150 per lesson for "One Child Plus One Parent."
Additionally, on-court parental participation during each regular tennis lesson
is optional, however parental attendance is still required for the entire
duration of each lesson. Alternatively, there are numerous other places to
send your child to train. Depending on the size of your budget and your
ego, you can always find a tennis camp or training facility willing to train your
child. But keep in mind that most tennis camps and training facilities will
accept most any child regardless of their ability to play. Their only
consideration is your ability to pay. Additionally, most junior group
programs, camps, and tennis academies are designed primarily to entertain
your child, and not to teach your child to become a great tennis
player. How can they? Most instructors hired by these facilities are
often nothing more than average club players or college students working their
way through school. And since most of the juniors in attendance are just
beginning and/or average players themselves, you simply can’t teach a promising
young child to play great tennis in a group setting. So don’t be fooled
by a name or a camp that promotes itself by claiming that it has turned out one
or two great players. You can bet that these select players were singled
out from the crowd early on to receive individual training by the best teaching
talent the facility has to offer. So if your child happens to
be singled out as one of the best at a given facility, be prepared to pay… and
pay big for the chance at individual instruction from a truly qualified
teaching pro. And such is the reality when you send your kid to a tennis
camp or name brand training facility that caters to the masses. The hard
reality is that teaching world class professional tennis to gifted young players
is big business and usually involves big dollars. Indeed, it is not
uncommon for training costs to exceed $500,000 to turn a talented young tennis
hopeful into a world class competitor. So when choosing a facility to train
your child, always remember that the facility doesn’t teach, people teach…
And most instructors hired to work with the recreational masses simply
have no clue of what or how to teach a talented young player.
Where are tennis lessons and program lessons
In either of two Hollywood, South Florida
locations. Both are hard-court facilities that offer a quiet setting away
from the crowds and away from most other recreational players. Requests for
an alternative teaching location are also accommodated whenever possible.
However, there may be an additional travel-time charge per lesson to accommodate
an alternative teaching location. Further, it shall be the student's
responsibility to secure permission, court time, and to pay the necessary court
fees (if any) for an alternative teaching location.
What times are available to schedule tennis
lessons and program lessons?
Usually in the afternoons after school on weekdays, and
in the mornings on weekends.
Are evening lessons also available?
Occasionally, but not on a regular basis. During
evenings and weekends, I usually spend time training my own two children,
coaching and training other tour players, attending and participating in both
local and regional tennis tournament events, and spending quality time with my
Do you offer full-day tennis programs and/or a
No. Nor do I provide boarding facilities or
babysitting services of any kind. Again, this would involve dealing with
the masses, and as previously mentioned, I do not cater to the masses.
Accordingly, at the end of each one-hour lesson, we all leave the tennis courts
and go our respective ways.
If my child is selected to train under your
direction, when can I expect to see results?
Immediately. We begin learning the mechanics of
proper tennis strokes from day-one. With each successive lesson, we build
on the basics and in as little as only three months, your child will have learned
more than a hundred principles of world class technique and proper tennis
form. And after only about a year, your child will have undoubtedly
perfected most of the skills and techniques that will enable him or her to
compete well above other players in his or her own age group.
And after only two years, when other people see your child play, there will
simply be no doubt in anyone’s mind that he or she has been trained by some of
the best teaching talent in the world.
If my child is selected into your program, will
he or she compete in tournaments?
Not until he or she is about age 12. As the early
childhood years should focus primarily on developing proper tennis form and not
on competing, tournament competition for children younger than 12 is seldom
productive as most young competitors simply do not have the necessary skills
and/or strength to compete effectively. Only after your child has mastered all
the skills presented in my Youth Excellence Tennis Program will he or she be
ready to compete against other players. And this generally occurs around
age 12. And more than likely, he or she will be competing in the fourteen’s
and/or sixteen’s as his or her talent will undoubtedly be way past that of a
typical 12 year-old. Also, by the time your child is 12, he or she will
also be capable of beating many recreational adult players.
Some final thoughts to consider before calling
to schedule an Evaluation and Assessment lesson for your child…
As a world class tennis player and tennis instructor for
over 30 years, I’ve worked with players of all ages and all levels. I have
also instructed at many prestigious clubs and tennis facilities; both public and
private. I’ve also written several Tennis Books
and Training Manuals and for many years, I have worked with the masses like
most other teaching pros. But now, I choose to work with fewer students per
day and I never teach more than one student at a time in my Youth
Excellence Tennis Program. This way, I’m able to dedicate myself completely
to working with just your child. But teaching professional
tennis to young children is hard work. And training future champions demands
nothing less than 100% from everyone involved. And since I offer only a
limited number of tennis lessons to young players, there are just so many talented
young students that I can accommodate. As a reminder, I prefer to work with
only the most promising students so if you think that your child may have an
extraordinary tennis potential, please give me a call at (954) 922-8040. We’ll
schedule an Evaluation and Assessment Lesson for
your child and take it from there…
Thanks for reading all this and have a great day.
~Andrew S. Rosz
Master Tennis Instructor and Program Director
South Florida Professional Tennis Instruction
Youth Excellence Tennis Program; Hollywood Florida, USA
|Now, please take a
moment to check out two of our young YETP tennis superstars Steven and Luzaan
featured in a recent "Portrait of Achievement" magazine
article. These kids are among the best of the best and the pictures
featured in the editorial are truly amazing.
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This extraordinary documentary features an insightful look into the making of a
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world-class tennis form and masterful technique with a variety of tennis strokes
and on-court demonstrations. Christine Rosz is
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Instructor Andrew Rosz and now sets the standard by which
all other young tennis players are judged; worldwide.
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