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Pee Wee Tennis: The Pee Wee Tennis program in Maplewood is committed to providing excellence in instruction as well as a fun and exciting introduction to tennis for our future tennis stars ages 3-4.
This class serves as an introduction to tennis in a non-competitive environment. Activities are designed for immediate success and there is no rallying among players. Lower nets, Red-Level Foam balls and various stationary equipment leads the students to master the basics of tennis. Strokes include the volley, forehand, and backhand.
Our program has received national recognition in Tennis Week, Atlantic Racquet Press, and Advantage Magazine. Maplewood’s annual Little Tennis Carnival has been modeled across the country.
Hot Shots Tennis: Ages 5 & 6. This class continues the introduction to tennis in a non-competitive environment. Activities include rallying when possible and regulation nets set at a lower height. Red-Level Foam balls and shortened 36 foot courts provide students with the opportunities to succeed at tennis. Strokes include the volley, forehand, backhand, and preliminary serving technique.
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Children's Group Lessons:
Children Level 1 Beginner (ages 7, 8, 9). This class transitions players from Hot Shots into 60 foot courts and regulation nets. Orange-Level Balls are used as students learn the basics for rallying in tennis from the baseline and closer to the net. Instruction focuses on movement towards the tennis ball and on Games that allow the focus to be on correct movement and stroke technique. Strokes include the volley, forehand, backhand, and serve.
Children Level 2 Advanced Beginner/Intermediate ( ages 9, 10, 11, 12). This class is designed to transition into regulation size courts (78 foot), regulation tennis balls and Green Level balls are used. All strokes are covered and emphasis is on rallying, point play and strategy development.
Children Level 3 Intermediate/Advanced (ages 12, 13, 14, 15). This class continues development of all strokes but adds emphasis on offensive and defensive use. Singles and doubles strategy is covered and drills focus more on strategy and tactics. This class is for players currently competing in tournaments, club teams, or are planning to play high school tennis. Only regulation tennis balls are used for this class.
Student teacher ratio for pee wee and hot shots classes is 4:1, and Children's Level 1, 2 & 3 will be 6:1 or less.
ADULT GROUP LESSONS:
Adult Beginner This class is for students with little or no experience playing tennis. Forehands, Backhands, Volleys, and Serves are covered. Drills emphasize technique but include point play.
Adult Advanced Beginner This class is for students with experience playing tennis. They are comfortable rallying and playing points. Emphasis is on stroke improvement toward improved match play. Doubles strategy is also covered.
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Tennis Camp: Summer Tennis Camp will be entering its 28th successful season. The camp is available for children ages 5-14. Sessions are offered June through August. The camp is located at Memorial Park and Walter Park.