Due to COVID-19, the following programs will not be run during the 2020 Season
This summer, the City’s tennis classes will follow the USTA- Ten and Under Tennis- 3 Stage System. This progression system is used nationwide as well as in Canada and Europe and it is the progression that all the top academies use with their juniors. This system has been designed to make tennis more fun, easier, safer and more encouraging for younger players, and each of our staff members have undergone training in each of the 3 stages. For more information on this system, please visit the USTA website for a full description and video tutorials of the process.
Stage 1: This stage is conducted on a 36’ court, using “red” tennis balls that are 15% larger. This stage is intended to introduce players to all of the proper strokes: Forehand, Backhand, volleys, overhead and serves, and also to introduce the concept of rallying. Students at this stage are expected to have a working knowledge of all strokes and have the ability to rally the ball over the net before moving on to Stage 2. Recommended for 4 to 8 years of age.
Stage 2: Instruction is conducted on a 60’ court, using “orange” balls that have approximately 50% of the compression of yellow balls. Having mastered their strokes and the ability to rally, students on these courts will be continuing to work on proper technique, as well as learning how to play singles and doubles points and matches and begin to learn basic strategy. Recommended for 6 to 10 years of age.
Stage 3: Stage 3 tennis is played on a full – size court using “green” balls, with 75% of the compression of yellow balls. Players at this stage should now have the knowledge and ability to play points, control where they hit the ball and consistently make and return serves. Instruction focuses on continuing to improve technique, more advanced footwork and more complex match play situations. Recommended for 6 to 10 years of age.
Beginner Tennis: This program is designed to teach older kids the basic strokes, footwork and rally skills on a full size court, with yellow (regular) balls in a manner that is more suited to their age, height/weight and coordination. Instruction begins with basic stroke work, quickly adding footwork and rally skills and culminating in point play. Recommended for ages 10 and older.
Advanced Tennis: Advanced Junior Tennis is for players who are already familiar with all the strokes, footwork and strategy necessary to play a match. Instruction in this class will work on continuing to polish all strokes and footwork, and introduce more advanced singles and doubles strategies. Recommended for ages 10 and older.
Placement into the different stages should be based on experience and age. However, there are other important factors such as the height of the child, eye-hand coordination and movement abilities. We encourage parents to put their child in the class that most fits their child, but understand that sometimes the player’s available times just do not correlate to the proper class. In such situations we encourage attempted participation, but ask that participants understand that class curriculum cannot be altered for just one child.
You can register for Tennis Lessons online by clicking here