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Overview

JTCC offers a pathway for youth of all ages to develop their interest in the sport of tennis to reach their full potential. Whether a three-year old is introduced to the sport in the JTCC Tennis Whizz program or decides to pick up the game at a later stage, there are specific age appropriate programs for any child.

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 currently open for Session 4 which runs April 5 – June 13.

Tennis Whizz

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

Created by Evolve9 in the UK, Tennis Whizz is hailed as the most complete preschool tennis program. 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: 4-7
Court: 36 ft.
Ball: Red

The focus of this entry level class is on building athletic skills including agility, balance and coordination while teaching the fundamentals of tennis with a game-based curriculum. Coaching is concentrated on facilitating a child’s movement patterns by developing sending and receiving skills (rallying), footwork, and racquet mechanics. Over the course of the session, players will apply these fundamentals to beginner level rallying, point play, and games.

Red II

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

The goals of Red 2 include developing the ability to rally with a partner, depth, directional intent, ball recognition and approaching the net for a volley. The skills learned in Red 1 are reinforced.

Orange I

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

Players will continue athletic developments while learning the fundamentals necessary to serve, rally and score using a game-based curriculum. Coaches develop players’ sending and receiving skills at a greater length, sound footwork and racquet mechanics.

Orange II

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

This class focuses on enhancing the skills learned in Orange 1, while teaching topspin to develop the ability to rally with a partner, increase depth of shots, change the direction of the ball, hit passing shots and lob. Players will learn how to approach the net and reinforce their net play.

Advanced Orange /
Green Transition

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

Players in this class have mastered Orange ball racquet mechanics, court awareness, ability to structure points and are ready to transition into the full court using Green balls. At this level, players will expand their game by learning more advanced tactics while continuing to build the technical aspects of their game. Players are required to attend two classes per week.  Placement in this league requires approval from Director of Tennis Tyler Delaney.

Green I

Ages: 9-12
Court: 78 ft.
Ball: Green

In this step of the pathway, players make the transition to a full-size court with the green dot ball. Players will work on the 78-foot court reinforcing the fundamentals of to serving, rallying and scoring using a game-based curriculum. The coaching focuses on developing sending and receiving skills, sound footwork, racquet mechanics, and strategies and tactics for the game.

Green II

Ages: 9-12
Court: 78 ft.
Ball: Green

By reinforcing the strategies and tactics learned in Green 1, players will improve stroke mechanics, spin, height, depth, direction, pace of shots and the correct footwork patterns to strike the ball. Practice for doubles will also be introduced.

Yellow

Ages: 12-17
Court: 78 ft.
Ball: Yellow

The Yellow classes are divided into two sections:

Players graduating from Green tennis will continue to work on the development of their game by developing topspin, ball height, depth, direction, pace, and net play for both singles and doubles play.

For teenagers new to the sport, the class will emphasize the development of athletic skills (agility, balance, coordination, speed and strength) while teaching the fundamentals of tennis with a game-based curriculum.