The Junior Development Program includes different levels for children ages 5 through 17. The program provides a structured and fun framework for learning the game of tennis.

The Junior Competition Program is designed for the more advanced player. The program stresses mental discipline, conditioning and refining racket skills. Match play performance will improve with on-court coaching. Admittance into the program is based on evaluation of performance and past tournament experience and approval of the junior competition program coordinator, Maurice Willacy, who can be contacted at Maurice.Willacy@ColumbiaAssociation.org, 410-720-0149 or 410-381-7255.

Junior Development Program

The Junior Development Program, coordinated by Arthur Jackson, includes different levels for children between ages of 5-17. The program provides a structured and fun framework for learning the game of tennis. Classes are held at Owen Brown Tennis Club, except where noted.

Please call 410-720-0149 or 410-381-7255 for more information and to register.

Level 7

Red Balls — 36-foot court, ages 5-6

A program of movement, balance, coordination and motor skill development with a focus on self and partner rallying skills in the Micro Court. Both reception and projection activities will be emphasized. Children will learn the first stages of cooperative tennis. The children will learn how to initiate a rally, how to move and judge a ball (reception and centering skills), how to control the racket at the contact point and control the height, direction and depth to be successful on the 36-foot court. They will learn adaptive skills that will be the foundation of their future tennis development.

Tuesday 5:30-6:30pm
Thursday 5:30-6:30pm
Sunday noon-1pm

Level 6 Beginner

Red Balls — 36-foot court, ages 6-7

Children will learn the skills of the 36-foot court. By the end of this program, a child should be able to play mini-tennis using a full or abbreviated serving motion. The children will learn how to move effectively so as to ensure good position and balance for each shot. They will be taught how to adapt to different situations and to control a follow-through on both the forehand and the backhand ground strokes.

Tuesday 5:30-6:30pm
Thursday 4:30-5:30pm

Level 5 Advanced Beginner

Red Balls — 36-foot court, ages 7-9

Children will continue to learn the skills of the 36-foot court. By the end of this program, a child should be able to move their opponent with intention by controlling the direction of the ball. They should be able to use a full or abbreviated serving motion. The children will learn how to move effectively so as to ensure good position and balance for each shot. They will be taught how to adapt to different situations and how to compete in 8 and under events

SundayNoon-1pm Owen Brown
Monday4:30pm-5:30 Athletic Club
Tuesday 4:30-5:30pm
Thursday 4:30-5:30pm
Thursday 5:30-6:30pm
Friday 5:30-6:30pm

Red Ball Academy (by invitation only)

Red Balls — 36-foot court, ages 7-10

Monday 4:30-6pm
Wednesday 4:30-6pm
Friday 5-6:30pm

Level 4 Beginner

Red and Orange Balls — 42- to 60-foot courts, ages 8-12

Students will learn the basics of tactical play as they transition from the 36-foot court to the 60-foot court for singles and doubles. Swing rhythm on forehands and backhands will be emphasized. The children will be introduced to topspin and will learn how to differentiate between a volley action and a ground stroke action. A variety of serve progressions will be taught. Serve and return of serve will be covered in each class.

Monday 6-7pm
Tuesday 4:30-5:30pm
Wednesday 4:30-5:30pm
Friday 4:30-5:30pm
Friday 4:30-5:30pm  Owen Brown

Level 3 Intermediate

Red, Orange & Green Balls — 42- to 78-foot courts, ages 8-12

Students will experience the five play situations and refine their tactical/technical skills. Concepts of offense/defense will be introduced in both singles and doubles. Ball control exercises that enhance consistency, direction, depth and spin will be stressed. A variety of adaptive skills will be trained using dead ball drills, live ball drills and competitive play situations in all areas of the court. Students should compete in Junior Match Play.

Tuesday 5:30-7pm
Wednesday 5:30-7pm
Sunday 1-2:30pm

Orange Ball Academy (by invitation only)

Orange and Green Balls — 60- to 78-foot courts, ages 7-11

Monday 4:30-6:30pm
Wednesday 4:30-6:30pm
Friday 4:30-6:30pm

Green Ball Academy (by invitation only)

Orange, Green and Yellow Balls — 78-foot court, ages 9-13

Students will be exposed to a full range of tactical/technical development. All court tennis will be emphasized. The program will focus on drills that develop movement, recovery and decision-making skills. Situational and competitive play in the five play situations will be planned in the curriculum. Students should compete in Junior Match Play.

Monday 4:30-6:30pm
Wednesday 4:30-6:30pm
Friday 4:30-6:30pm

Teen 1 Beginner

Red, Orange, Green and Yellow Balls, ages 12-17

For teenagers who are relatively new to tennis, the Teen 1 program provides exposure to all the basic skills of the games through drills and competitive play as they transition through all court sizes.

Monday 4-5:30pm
Wednesday 5:30-7pm
Thursday 4:30-6pm
Friday 5:30-7pm

Teen 2 Intermediate

Red, Orange, Green and Yellow Balls, ages 12-17

Students experience the five play situations and refine their tactical and technical skills using a variety of adaptive skills with dead ball drills, live ball drills and competitive play situations as they transition through all court sizes.

Tuesday 5-7pm
Thursday 5-7pm
Sunday 1-3pm

Teen 3 Advanced (by invitation only)

Orange, Green and Yellow Balls, ages 12-17

Tuesday4-6pm (Held at Columbia Athletic Club)
Thursday5-7pm Owen Brown
Sunday1-3pm

Columbia Association offers a complimentary match play for our clinic participants to implement the skills they are learning in our programs.

Green Academy, Teen 2 and 3 meet Sunday from 3-4:30pm at Owen Brown Tennis Club (7150 Cradlerock Way)

Teen 1, Level 3, Orange and Red Academy, Levels 5 and 4 meet Sundays from 3-4:30pm at Owen Brown Tennis Club

You can contact Arthur Jackson at Arthur.Jackson@ColumbiaAssociation.org every week to enroll. Space is limited.

*Please let us know as soon as possible if you will miss a class so we may fill your spot with a make-up for that week. We will work to get missed classes made up, but make-ups are not guaranteed. Please email Arthur.Jackson@ColumbiaAssociation.org with absences and to schedule make-ups:

10-week session                                                                              

Session runsMonday, Nov. 13-Sunday, Jan. 28
No classesThursday, Nov. 23 (Thanksgiving), Sunday, Dec. 24-Monday, Jan. 1 (holiday break)

CA Fit&Play, Play, 5Day Golf&Play, Golf Fit&Play members

One hour$250
90 minutes$370
Two hours$500

 

Other CA members

One hour$270
90 minutes$405
Two hours$540

 

Columbia Cardholders

One hour$290
90 minutes$430
Two hours$580

 

Non-members

One hour$310
90 minutes$465
Two hours$620

 

*Sign up for two days a week and receive 10% savings of the second class fee.*

*Sign up for three days a week and receive an additional 15% savings of the third class fee.*

Junior Competition Program

The Junior Competition Program, coordinated by Maurice Willacy, is designed for the more advanced player. The program stresses technical refinement, situational training, mental skill development, and tennis specific fitness training. Match play performance will improve with on-court coaching. Admittance into the program is based on evaluation of performance, past tournament experience and approval of the Junior Competition Program Coordinator, Maurice Willacy.

Please call 410-720-0149 or 410-381-7255 for more information and to register

Tournament Training 1 (skill test required)

Ages 12-17

Designed for players interested in developing skills essential for competition. Students will focus on improving tactical and technical game-based application. Attention will also be on improving match play performance with emphasis on footwork and conditioning, match play tactics, mechanics, mental toughness and sportsmanship. Players must make a commitment to developing the mental as well as physical aspects of the game. Workouts will be intensive and demanding. Competing in Junior Tennis Match Play/Junior Team Tennis matches is strongly encouraged. Tournament preparation information will be provided.

Columbia Athletic Club

Wednesday 4:30-6:30pm
Friday 4:30-6:30pm
Saturday noon-2pm

Owen Brown Tennis Club

Saturday 9-11am
Saturday 2-4pm

Tournament Training 2 (skill test required)

Ages 12-17

Designed for players to help refine skills essential for competition. Students will focus on situation-based tactical and technical training. Training sessions will be intensive and demanding. Players will strive to obtain a district ranking through competing in USTA-sanctioned tournaments.

Columbia Athletic Club

Monday 4:30-6:30pm
Friday 4:30-6:30pm
Saturday noon-2pm

Owen Brown Tennis Club

Saturday 9-11am
Saturday 2-4pm

High Performance (by invitation only)

Invitation-only program for CA’s top USTA and high school tournament level players. Players should have competed at district-level tournaments and have national and/or sectional rankings. Emphasis is on advanced tactical, technical and mental toughness in situation-based training.

Columbia Athletic Club

Tuesday 4:30-6:30pm
Thursday 4:30-6:30pm
Friday 4:30-6:30pm

Owen Brown Tennis Club  

Saturday 2-4pm

10-week session       

Session runsMonday, Nov. 13-Sunday, Jan. 28
No classesThursday, Nov. 23 (Thanksgiving), Sunday, Dec. 24-Monday, Jan. 1 (holiday break)

CA Fit&Play, Play, 5Day Golf&Play, Golf Fit&Play members

Two hours$500

 

Other CA members

Two hours$540

 

Columbia Cardholders

Two hours$580

 

Non-members

Two hours$620

 

*Sign up for two days a week and receive 10% savings of the second class fee.*

*Sign up for three days a week and receive an additional 15% savings of the third class fee.*

Columbia Association offers a complimentary match play Saturdays from 5-7pm at Owen Brown Tennis Club (7150 Cradlerock Way) for our clinic participants to implement the skills they are learning in our programs. You can contact Maurice.Willacy@ColumbiaAssociation.org weekly to enroll. Space is limited.

For kids ages 3-4 — each week the child and parent/guardian go on an adventure and learn tennis skills and basic motor skills. Tennis Whizz is considered the most complete preschool tennis program ever designed.

Seven-week sessions run from Oct. 28-Dec. 16. Each class meets once a week. Classes will be held at Owen Brown Tennis Club (7150 Cradlerock Way) or Columbia Athletic Club (5435 Beaverkill Road).

Monday2:30-3:15pm Columbia Athletic Club
Wednesday2:30-3:15pm Columbia Athletic Club
Saturday9-9:45am Owen Brown Tennis Club

Session Dates:

Session 1 Oct. 28-Dec. 16
Session 2 Jan. 6-Feb. 17
Session 3 Feb. 24-April 7
Session 4 April 14-May 26

Prices:

CA members$115
Non-members$150

 To sign up, please contact Columbia Athletic Club at 410-720-0149 or Owen Brown Tennis Club at 410-381-7255.