Such a simple concept.
Put a ball on a string, and attach it to a pole that is planted in the ground. Hit the ball, forwards and backwards as it goes round and round the pole.
One of the first things we did, when we moved into our new house, was to set up the totem tennis pole in our front yard. Not surprisingly, James and Paddy found themselves drawn to the small yellow racquets and the strange pole with the ball on the string. After one demonstration, they were hooked.
And so, when the weather allows, they go outside and play totem tennis after getting home from school. And neither of them are bad players. With more practice, they will become rather skilled at it. The great thing is, for James, he doesn’t have to move his legs. He can stand in the same spot and hit the ball round and round. It may not seem much to most kids, but to James it’s a huge thing. Yes, his arm quickly tires, but for a good 5 minutes he can play tennis with his little brother, and they are equals. Even if it’s just for a short amount of time. And I’ll take that.
And James will too.