Junior Tennis Program

KIDS TENNIS DAY – SEPTEMBER 11, 2021


VERNON TENNIS ASSOCIATION
JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM LESSONS
SUMMER 2022
We are pleased to once again offer lessons for our Vernon youth in July and August. It is hoped to have our young players involved in opportunities to play in at least one tournament. More information about the planned tournament will follow.

SUMMER PROGRAM INFORMATION
Location – Marshall Field – 6891 Okanagan Landing Rd, Vernon, BC V1H 1M2
Dates
⇒Session 1 – Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays – July 5, 6, 8, 12, 13, 15
– 8:30 – 9:30 – Red ball (Ages 6 and 7 and those designated to play at this level)
– 9:40 – 10:40 – Orange ball (Ages 8 and 9 and those designated to play at this level).
– 10:50 – 12:30 – Green ball/Regular ball (Ages 10 – 11 – green ball; Ages 12 and over – regular ball)

Special note for green ball and regular ball players.
As it is expected there will be a variety of skill levels with some players just starting and others having played for some time, players will be grouped depending on their experience and skill level. For those who have had experience, they will not only look to further develop their skill level but will be
involved in playing games and modified sets. A ball machine will also be used to assist them with their skill development.

⇒Session 2 – Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays – August 2, 3, 5, 9, 10, 12
– 8:30 – 9:30 – Red ball (Ages 6 and 7 and those designated to play at this level)
– 9:40 – 10:40 – Orange ball (Ages 8 and 9 and those designated to play at this level).
– 10:50 – 12:30 – Green ball/Regular ball (Ages 10 – 11 – green ball; Ages 12 and over – regular ball)
For more information about the various colour levels please check The Junior Development Levels below.
Cost
The cost for this program is;
– $60 for the 6 one hour lessons for red ball and orange ball.
– $90 for the 6 hour and a half lessons for green dot and regular ball players.

IF YOU WISH TO REGISTER YOUR CHILD FOR ANY OF THESE PROGRAMS: please send an email to  graham_cooper@shaw.ca   containing the following information.  (Sorry, we are unable to do this from the website, right now.)

CHILD’S NAME
AGE
PROGRAM (PLEASE SPECIFY ONE):  RED, ORANGE, GREEN, YELLOW .
PROGRAM SELECTION:  JULY,  AUGUST.
HAS YOUR CHILD TAKEN LESSON PREVIOUSLY:  YES,  NO .
PARENT’S NAME
PHONE
EMAIL
When the above information is received by Graham, a waiver and media forms will be sent to the parents along with directions regarding payment for the lessons.  Please return all information by email to graham_cooper@shaw.ca.

JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT LEVELS
RED BALL
This level is for children aged 4-7 years. These children play on a court just one quarter the size of a regular tennis court. The nets are lower and the balls are larger and have a compression of 25% of a regular tennis ball. They travel slower and are easier to hit. Consequently, children are able to learn their strokes a lot easier than they would using a regular tennis ball. These balls are recommended by Tennis Canada for teaching children of this age should be enrolled in our Red
Ball classes.
ORANGE BALL
This level is for children aged 8-10 years. Children of this age play on a court which is 3/4 size of a regular court. We will be using special plastic lines to mark out the court for these children. While we will be using nets that are at a regulation height an orange ball that is 50% compression of a regular tennis ball will be used. These ball travel slower and are easier to hit than a regular ball. These balls are recommended by Tennis Canada for teaching children of this age.
GREEN DOT BALL
Players aged over 11 years and up and new to the sport of tennis should be enrolled in our Green Dot Ball classes. We even use these balls when working with adults who are new to tennis. Green dot balls are lighter and easier to hit than regular balls. They have a 75% compression of regular balls. Those playing with green dot balls play on a regular sized court are using the full size of the tennis court. Players will also be introduced to playing singles and doubles.
REGULAR BALLS
These balls are used by players who have progressed with green dot balls to be able to handle these faster balls. Lessons for players at this level will also include the use of the various grips for different strokes and strategies for playing both singles and doubles.

 NOTE:  We have added the Facebook group  “Okanagan Junior Tennis Community”  here so parents and young tennis players can access further information regarding tennis in BC. It is a public forum that provides a place for families, coaches and the tennis-curious to share information on upcoming events, competitions, lessons being offered in the area and any other tennis-related resources.  The mission is to continue to expand interest in tennis in the Okanagan among young players.  If you are a Facebook member, or not, everyone with an interest in tennis is welcome to join and encouraged to share!