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.

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.

Held at Columbia Athletic Club Indoor Tennis

Tuesday3:30-4:30pm
Thursday4:30-5:30pm

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 backhand groundstrokes.

Held at Columbia Athletic Club Indoor Tennis

Tuesday4:45-5:45pm
Thursday6-7pm

Held at Long Reach Tennis Club

Sunday12:30-1:30pm

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

Held at Columbia Athletic Club Indoor Tennis

Tuesday4:45-5:45pm
Thursday3:30-4:30pm

Red Ball Academy (Red Balls), 36-foot court — ages 7-9 (By Invitation Only)

Held at Columbia Athletic Club Indoor Tennis

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

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. 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.

Held at Columbia Athletic Club Indoor Tennis

Monday4:30-5:30pm
Tuesday3:30-4:30pm
Thursday 5:30-6:30pm

Held at Long Reach Tennis Club

Saturday 12:30-1:30pm
Sunday10-11am

Students will experience the five play situations and will 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.

Held at Long Reach Tennis Club

Tuesday6:15-7:45pm
Friday6:30-8pm
Saturday12:30-2pm


Held at Columbia Athletic Club Indoor Tennis

Monday6:30-8pm

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.

Held at Columbia Athletic Club Indoor Tennis

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

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.

Held at Long Reach Tennis Club

Monday4-6pm
Wednesday4:30-6:30pm
Friday4:30-6:30pm

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.

Held at Long Reach Tennis Club

Wednesday6:30-8pm
Thursday3-4:30pm
Saturday11-12:30pm

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.

Held at Long Reach Tennis Club

Tuesday 4-6pm
Thursday6-8pm
Sunday 1:30-3:30pm

This program is for players ages 9-13 who participate in USTA-sanctioned tournaments and are going through the youth progression pathway. Class will focus on techniques needed to hit with heavier and higher bouncing balls. Class will prepare students for tournament training, middle and high school tennis teams. Some match play will be included during most clinic hours.

 

Monday4-6pm at Long Reach
Friday4:30-6:30 pm at Athletic Club

Held at Long Reach Tennis Club

Monday6-8pm
Thursday4-6pm
Sunday1:30-3:30pm

Fall/Winter 2020/2021 Program Registration Information

Each session runs for 10 weeks.

Session 1April 31 to November 8, 2020
Session 2November 9 to January 24, 2021

 

Pricing:

CA Fit&Play, Play, 5Day Golf&Play, and Golf Fit&Play members1 hour, $290

1.5 hours, $435

2 hours, $580

Other CA members1 hour, $320

1.5 hours, $480

2 hours, $640

Columbia Cardholders1 hour, $340

1.5 hours, $4510

2 hours, $680

Non-members1 hour, $360

1.5 hours, $5402 hours, $720

 

To enroll in our Junior Development Tennis Program, please call Long Reach Tennis Club at 410-423-4120.