The Junior Development Program offers a complete pathway for junior players. Whether you are new to the sport at age 5 or a high school player looking to improve their game we have a class for you! The program provides a structured and fun framework for learning the game of tennis while giving players feedback in real time.

Registration Information

To enroll, please call 410-423-4120. For more information, email Arun.Pant@ColumbiaAssociation.org. Sessions are held at Long Reach Tennis Club (6180 Old Dobbin Lane).

Session Dates:

  • Session 1: June 20-July 24 (No class July 4)
  • Session 2: July 25-August 21

Session 1 Pricing:

Membership / Session Time 1 Hour 1.5 Hours 2 Hours
CA Fit&Play, Play,
5Day Golf&Play, and
Golf Fit&Play members
$148 $221 $295
Other CA Members $163  $244 $325
Columbia Cardholders $173 $259 $345
Non-Members $183 $274 $365

Session 2 Pricing:

Membership / Session Time 1 Hour 1.5 Hours 2 Hours
CA Fit&Play, Play,
5Day Golf&Play, and
Golf Fit&Play members
$118 $177 $236
Other CA Members $130 $195 $260
Columbia Cardholders $138 $207 $276
Non-Members $146 $218 $292

Program Descriptions and Locations

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.

Columbia Athletic Club
Thursday • 5-6pm

Long Reach Tennis
Tuesday • 4:30-5:30pm
Saturday • 11am-noon

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.

Columbia Athletic Club
Monday • 4-5pm
Thursday • 4-5pm

Long Reach Tennis
Tuesday • 4:30-5:30pm

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.

Columbia Athletic Club
Monday • 5-6pm

Long Reach Tennis

Tuesday • 5:30-6:30pm
Thursday • 5:30-6:30pm
Saturday • noon-1pm

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.

Long Reach Tennis
Wednesday • 4:30-6pm
Thursday • 5-6:30pm
Saturday • 10am-11:30am

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.

Long Reach Tennis
Friday • 4:30-6pm

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.

Long Reach Tennis
Monday • 3:30-5pm
Friday • 4:30-6pm

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.

Long Reach Tennis
Monday • 4:30-6:30pm
Wednesday • 4:30-6:30pm
Sunday • 9am-11am

Long Reach Tennis
Monday • 4:30-6:30pm
Wednesday • 4:30-6:30pm