Junior Tennis Program

Contributor:  Lisa VanderVelde, The Morning Star (2016)

JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT TENNIS
Kids Team Tennis at Marshall Field
SEPTEMBER 11, 12:00 to 2:00 pm

SEPTEMBER 11 – Kids Team Tennis at Marshall Field – A fun day for all.
This is meant to be a fun day for all. The idea will be for players who have had lessons to bring a friend. That said, children do not need to have had a lesson to attend. There will be a number of activities geared to the age and skill level of the players. What if a player does not have a racquet? The VTA will be supplying all of the equipment and balls plus for any children who do not have a racquet, a racquet will be there for them.

Cost – There is no charge for this program. The rental of the courts has been covered.

RED BALL AND ORANGE BALL – 12:00 TO 1:00 PM
Red ball – for players aged from 5 and 7.  I’ll need parents to be with their children to assist. Players will be in teams of up to four. Activities (stations) will be set up and the players will move from one to another in groups.
Activities will include:
– Tennis hockey       – Throw tennis
– Alligator                 – Ball Machine
– Ball hitting
Orange ball – for players aged 8 and 9 but can include younger players who are at this level. I will need parents  to assist. Players will be in teams of up to four. Activities (stations) will be set up and the players will move from one to another in groups.
Activities will include:
– Target ball           – Ball toss
– Self-rally relay    – Volley relay
– Serve 10-20          – An opportunity to play games for those who can rally.

GREEN BALL AND REGULAR BALL – 1:00 TO 2:00 PM
Green ball – for players 12 and over plus for those over 12 who are just learning to play. I will need parents to  assist.
Activities will include:
– Target ball             – Ball toss
– Self-rally relay      – Volley relay
– Serve 10-20            – An opportunity to play games for those who can rally. Should there be enough players, a round robin will be structured.
Regular ball – for players 12 and over who have played and can rally
– Games – a round robin will be structured.

Please click on and complete the REGISTRATION FORM below and return to Graham Cooper at graham_cooper@shaw.ca  – REGISTRATION FORM FOR SEPTEMBER 11, 2021 AT MARSHALL FIELD 


VERNON TENNIS ASSOCIATION
JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
LESSONS
SUMMER 2021

We are pleased to once again offer lessons for our youth in August. These lessons are just part of our overall program that will include further lessons, opportunities to play and at least one tournament. Some exciting times are planned for our young players.

SUMMER PROGRAM INFORMATION

Location – MacDonald Park (behind Seaton Secondary) – 2701 41st Ave, Vernon, BC
Dates – Tuesdays and Fridays – August 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27

SCHEDULE:       

–     9:00 – 10:00 Yellow ball (Ages 12 – 15 and those designated to play at this level).
–          10:00 – 11:00 Green ball (Ages 10 and 11 and those designated to play at this level).
–          11:00 – 12:00 Orange ball (Ages 8 and 9 and those designated to play at this level).
–          Note – The red ball program (Ages 5 to 7) is currently underway at Predator Ridge.

For information about the various levels please check the information below on the Colour Code for Junior Tennis.

COST:

The cost for this program is $60.  For those who missed some of their lessons at Predator Ridge in July, please check with Graham Cooper as you will have a credit for the lesson(s) missed.

REGISTRATION – **Please copy the information below into a new email to Graham, and  Return all information to graham_cooper@shaw.ca  **

CHILD’S NAME ………………………………………………………………………… AGE …………

PROGRAM (PLEASE CHECK ONE):  ORANGE ……  GREEN…….  YELLOW ……..

HAS YOUR CHILD TAKEN LESSON PREVIOUSLY?      YES ……..      NO ………

PARENT: NAME ………………………………………….. ………………………………

PHONE ……………………………………………………………

EMAIL ……………………………………………………………

When the above information is returned, waiver and media forms will be sent to the parents along with directions regarding payment for the lessons.  * Return all information to graham_cooper@shaw.ca *


2021 JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
COLOUR CODING

The program used is the Tennis Canada Program. Our instructor is Graham Cooper, who is a certified coach with the Tennis Professionals Association. The protocols from Tennis BC and the Vernon Recreation Department regarding COVID-19 will be followed.

WHERE TO START

RED BALL
Children starting tennis, aged 5-8 years, should be enrolled in the Red Ball classes. The children play on a small court that is ¼ the size of a regular court. Special low nets are used along with a low compression ball that is only 25% the compression of a regular ball. It does not bounce very high and travels much slower.

ORANGE BALL
Children aged 8-10 years should be enrolled in our Orange Ball classes. A 3/4 size court is used with the regular nets.  As the ball has only 50% compression of a regular ball, it does not bounce as high and travels slower.

GREEN DOT BALL
Children aged over 10 years and new to tennis should be enrolled in our Green Dot Ball classes.  Green dot balls are lighter and have a 75% compression of a regular ball. With the ball travelling slower and not bouncing as high it gives the player more time to set up and is consequently easier to hit than a regular ball. The players play on full sized courts.

YELLOW BALL(yellow ball)
Those students who have refined their skills with the Green Dot Program should enroll in the Yellow Ball Class.

EXPERIENCED PLAYERS
The age groups mentioned above are guidelines as set out by Tennis Canada. While beginning players should start their tennis in these groups as they gain their skills they will be advanced into a higher group.  Whenever possible, players of a similar level are grouped together.