Join us for Spring Tennis! In cooperation with Stafford Recreation, we are at Mill Creek Park on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, beginning May 9 and 10 through Jun 20 and 21.
When you register, you will be asked to answer the 2 questions I usually ask on the first day: Any health conditions/allergies and medications. If you register on your phone, you may need to turn it sideways to read and answer those questions until the team that works on the website design makes a change.
Our programs are player-centered so progressions are introduced when a player is ready, regardless of class. Consider your child’s height, current athletic skills (reaction, coordination, ball judgment, etc) and/or tennis skill if your child’s age is near the min. or max. age guidelines. See note on ages below.
Children will develop and improve basic tennis strokes, ball judgment, racquet control and footwork while playing. Eyes on the Ball Tennis programs are based on the USTA Net Generation model which is designed so kids can progress in developing their strokes and an all-court game with balls they can hit more often, on courts they can cover. This includes building competencies with slower, lower bouncing balls, smaller courts and kid-sized racquets- all leading to good technique, success, and lots of fun! Red (foam or felt), orange and/or green balls will be used based on age, skill, and activity.
Racquets are available for use. If you would like to bring a racquet, 19", 21", or 23" racquets are appropriate based on age/height for ages 5-8. For ages 9-12, 23" or 25" racquets are appropriate.
Using a racquet that is too big can result in injury. It also makes executing good technique difficult.
Note on Ages and Session Choice:
The Net Generation model is designed so that children can develop all strokes and movements at every ball color. Using a slower ball (lower age) allows children to learn strokes and movements faster and be successful sooner. Whatever is learned with one ball color will translate to the next ball. Our programs are player-centered. Your child does not need to be using the next ball color to learn stroke or tactic progressions.
The lower bouncing balls bounce into the proper contact zone for a child’s strokes. Each increase in age group plays on a larger tennis court. If your child is not able to cover the larger court (side to side or baseline to net within 3-4 steps), they will have difficulty rallying and executing tactics.
Therefore, consider your child’s height, current athletic skills (reaction, coordination, etc) and tennis skill if your child’s age is near the min. or max. age guidelines.