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Future Champs

JTCC offers a pathway for youth of all ages to develop their interest in the sport of tennis to reach their full potential. The Future Champs program (formerly known as the Junior Development program) is session-based and designed for beginner to intermediate players. Red and Orange classes are for children ages 10 and under, Green and Yellow classes are for players ages 11-17.

In an effort to accommodate both ages and skills of players, court sizes for classes are adjusted. The 3-5 year-olds will use a 21-foot short court, which will be gradually increased to a 36-foot short court for 4-8 year-olds, a 60-foot short court for 6-10 year-olds, and ultimately to a full size 78-foot court for 8-17 year-olds.

Classes are offered daily, and schedules are flexible to meet everyone’s needs and level of commitment. If your child wants to play on his or her school team, compete in local, regional or national tournaments, or just enjoys the exercise, there is a program to meet your child’s level of play.

Registration is open for Session III (January 31 – April 3) and Session IV (April 4 – June 12)

Tennis Whizz

Ages: 3-4
Court: 21-36 ft.
Ball: Red

Created in the UK, Tennis Whizz has been hailed as the most complete pre-school tennis program ever developed. Classes are led by a dynamic instructor who takes children on amazing adventures that aid in developing the fundamental athletic base needed to be successful in any sport. Parents have the option of being involved in the learning process.

Red I

Ages: 5-7
Court: 36 ft.
Ball: Red

Red I is divided into two levels and designed for beginner players ages 5-7. This class focuses on building physical skills (agility, balance, coordination and speed) while teaching the fundamentals necessary to serve, rally and score using a game-based curriculum. Coaching is focused on developing sending and receiving skills, footwork and racquet mechanics.

Red II

Ages: 5-7
Court: 36 ft.
Ball: Red

Red II is designed for intermediate players ages 5-7 to continue having fun while learning the 2nd level of Red competencies. This class focuses on developing topspin to rally with a partner with depth, directional intent, ball recognition, and approaching the net for a volley.

Placement in this class requires approval from Director of Future Champs Kelly Sykes.

Orange I

Ages: 8-10
Court: 60 ft.
Ball: Orange

Orange I is designed for beginner level players ages 8-10. Orange I focuses on building the athletic skills required by the sport while also teaching the fundamentals necessary to serve, rally and score using a game-based curriculum. The coaching is focused on developing sending and receiving skills, footwork and racquet mechanics.

Orange II

Ages: 8-10
Court: 60 ft.
Ball: Orange

Orange II is designed for intermediate players and focuses on developing topspin to rally with a partner with depth, changing direction of the ball, net play, passing shots, and lobs.

Placement in this class requires approval from Director of Future Champs Kelly Sykes.

10U Advanced

Ages: 7-10
Court: 60 ft.
Ball: Orange & Green

At this stage of the pathway, players must have a strong desire to compete, set personal goals, and play tournaments and team tennis. Players in 10U Advanced are capable of executing patterns of play, varying the spin, height, depth, direction, pace of their shots, selecting the correct footwork pattern to strike the ball and using their “weapon” to exploit weaknesses in their opponent’s game. Each player will learn and experiment with varying styles of play, including serving and volleying, offensive, defensive and neutral tennis.

Placement in this class requires approval from Director of Future Champs Kelly Sykes.

Green I

Ages: 10-12
Court: 78 ft.
Ball: Green

Green I is designed for beginner level players ages 10-12. This class is designed to continue building an athletic base while teaching the fundamentals necessary to serve, rally and score using a game-based curriculum. Coaching is focused on developing sending and receiving skills, footwork and racquet mechanics.

Green II

Ages: 10-12
Court: 78 ft.
Ball: Green

Green II is designed for intermediate level players ages 10-12. The class focuses on stroke development, spin, height, depth, direction, pace of their shots, selecting the correct footwork pattern to strike the ball and tactics for singles and doubles. Players learn to develop strengths in their game and how to use them to their advantage.

Placement in this class requires approval from Director of Future Champs Kelly Sykes.

Yellow

Ages: 13+
Court: 78 ft.
Ball: Yellow

Yellow Tennis is designed for advanced beginner and intermediate players ages 13+. For players starting, class will focus on building athletic skills (agility, balance, coordination, speed and strength) while teaching the fundamentals of tennis with a game-based curriculum. For intermediate players, class will focus on developing topspin, height, depth, direction, pace, net play and overall point play for singles and doubles.