Junior Tennis Program


Contributor:  Lisa VanderVelde, The Morning Star



Joint Program with the VTA and Predator Ridge
As in the Fall, the VTA and Predator Ridge are working together in a joint venture to provide the opportunity for young tennis players to take part in the developmental Tennis Canada Program.

The indoor tennis facility at Predator Ridge.

Duration of the program
The schools are back in session on January 6, 2020. The program will commence on the week of January 13, 2020 and will conclude during the week of March 9, 2020; the week prior to spring break. The lessons will run for one hour, once a week for 9 weeks.

While the lessons will be group lessons, the maximum number of players in a group will be four. This this enables individual coaching plus gives the opportunity to the players to play tennis.

The cost of the program, for each age group, will be $108. This works out to be $12 per session for a player.  It is asked that the payment for the program be made at the first lesson at Predator Ridge by credit, debit, or cash.

Age groups
The age groupings will be:
5 to 7 – Red ball – development of the basic fundamentals – ¼ court is used.
8 and 9 – Orange ball – An emphasis on fundamentals along with developing all strokes including serving. ½ court is used.
10 to 12 – Green ball – Consistency with all strokes and the development strategies – full court is used.
13 to 17 – Yellow ball – Consistency of strokes, rallying and strategies in both singles and doubles.
The above age groupings are guidelines. Experienced players will have the opportunity to be advanced into a higher age group when they are ready with the goal of developing the skills and knowledge for playing competitive tennis. This would only be done after parental consultation.

Lesson schedule
The lessons will be held after school on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

*For further information about the lesson schedule and registration please contact Graham Cooper at graham_cooper@shaw.ca *