Ages 5-6, who have little or no tennis experience. This level will introduce the child to racquet and ball control through techniques that I have developed over my 25 years of experience. This includes the French concept of “bringing the game to children,” much like baseball and soccer. The children will use shorter racquets, slower balls, and smaller courts to more efficiently improve their techniques and movement. These development drillswill be incorporated into games in a nurturing group setting.
Ages 6-7, who have played for at least 1year. This group will focus on continued stroke improvement, rallying, and the beginnings of serving from the baseline. Volley drills and short court rallying will be utilized everyday to better develop racquet control and footwork. This group’s skill drills will be incorporated into games to develop tactics and technique. The hope is that this group plays tennis in the fall and winter to keep up and improve their game.
Ages 8-11, who have played at least 1 year of tennis but usually only play in the summer. This group will focus on learning the ground strokes, serve, and volley in order to have fun with the game of tennis. We will also focus on the development of social skills including team play, reliability, and persistence and how these aspects can impact each player’s self esteem.
Ages 12-16, who have begun or currently playing tournaments. Tennis for them is an important part of these players' lives. The session starts each day with an intensive program including running on the track, sprints, and plyometrics, as well as a daily stretching routine. After the intense warm-up, it is onto the court for two hours of dead-ball drilling. Dead-ball drilling will focus on stroke production through hitting the same shot over and over to get the groove needed to establish that particular stroke. Then the group will hit serves and returns for the remainder of the morning session. The afternoon session will focus on match play for both singles and doubles as well as group strategy sessions designed by Eric Rebhuhn in which the group will begin to understand the different game styles - serve and volley, grinder, aggressive baseliner, and the all-court game. These strategy sessions will help the players to clarify what kind of game they want to play and why. Match play practice will be similar to a tournament setting with the primary goal of being able to deal with the pressure of an actual match.