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:

  • Fall 2022 Session 1:August 22-October 30 (No class September 5, Labor Day)

Session Pricing:

Membership / Session Time 1 Hour 1.5 Hours 2 Hours
CA Fit&Play, Play,
5Day Golf&Play, and
Golf Fit&Play members
$300 $450 $600
Other CA Members $330  $495 $660
Columbia Cardholders $350 $525 $700
Non-Members $370 $555 $740

Program Descriptions and Locations

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.

Columbia Athletic Club

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

Long Reach Tennis

Sunday • 11:30am-12:30pm

Level 6/5 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 backhand groundstrokes.

Columbia Athletic Club

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

Long Reach Tennis

Sunday • 10:30-11:30am

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. 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

Thursday • 4:30-5:30pm

Long Reach Tennis

Monday • 6-7pm
Saturday • 10-11am
Saturday • 12:30-1:30pm

Level 3 Intermediate (Red and Orange Balls), 42- to 78-foot courts — ages 8-12

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

Tuesday • 5:30-7pm
Thursday • 6-7:30pm
Saturday • 12:30-2pm

Level 2 Intermediate (Orange and Green Balls) 78-foot courts • Ages 10-12

Long Reach Tennis Club

Wednesday • 4:30-6:30pm

Orange Ball Academy (Orange Balls), 60- to 78-foot courts — ages 8-12 (By Invitation Only)

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.

Columbia Athletic Club Indoor Tennis

Monday • 4:30-6:30pm
Friday • 4-6pm

Green Ball Academy (Green Balls) 78-foot court • Ages 9-13 (by invitation only)

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

Monday • 4-6pm

Columbia Athletic Club Indoor Tennis

Friday • 4-6pm

Junior Elites (Green and Yellow Balls) 78-foot courts • Ages 9-13 (by invitation only)

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.

Long Reach Tennis

Monday • 4-6pm
Friday • 4-6pm

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.

Long Reach Tennis

Tuesday • 4-5:30pm
Wednesday • 4-5:30pm
Thursday • 4:30-6pm
Saturday • 11am-12:30pm

Teen 2 Intermediate (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.

Long Reach Tennis

Monday • 4-6pm
Tuesday • 4:30-6:30pm
Wednesday • 6-8pm
Sunday • 11:30-1:30pm

Teen 3 Advanced (Yellow Balls) Ages 12-17 (by invitation only)

Long Reach Tennis

Thursday • 4-6pm
Sunday • 1:30-3:30pm