Junior Tennis Program

 

Contributor:  Lisa VanderVelde, The Morning Star

(2016)


JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM – new for 2019
as presented by
Graham Cooper, Tennis Instructor

This is a brand new tennis program based on guidelines from Tennis Canada.  Parents should read all the information prior to filling in the registration form.
There are two (2) session choices for each age grouping (Spring and Summer).  You may register for 1, and/or 2, sessions for each child in their appropriate age group.  All sessions are $45/child each. Depending upon the number registered, dates and time may have to be changed,  You will be kept informed.

Please read the following carefully before choosing your child(ren)’s programs.  On-line registration is available now.

INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAM: Our instructional program closely follows Tennis Canada’s recommendations. Besides teaching the players the skills they need, the program also focuses on ensuring the players have the appropriate challenge while having fun. It is important for young children to use the appropriate sized racquet and a ball that will allow fast skill development. As a child grows and develops their skills, the racquet and balls approach those used by adult players. For the younger players, we will supply the racquets and balls needed at the various levels. Using this approach, children more quickly develop their skills and have a true sense of accomplishment.

THE STAGES:
Red – This level is for those 5 to 7 year olds starting tennis. The court size is one quarter the size of a regular tennis court. The “red” balls are low compression and travel 75% slower than regular balls. It is recommended that a parent or caregiver be with the player. Not only will this assist during the instruction time but also will enable the adult to work with the player at other times.
Orange – This level is designed for children in the 8 and 9 year old age group. The court size is three quarter the size of a regular court. The “orange” balls are low compression and travel 50% slower than regular balls.
Green – This level is designed for children in the 10 to 12 year old age group. This group plays on a regular sized court. The “green” balls are low compression and travel 25% slower than regular balls.
Blue (previously yellow) – This level is for youth from the ages of 13 to 15. Players play on a regular sized court with regular balls.

Important! All players advance at their own rate. It is important for a player to have the appropriate challenge at their level and experience success. The stages are meant as a guide. Players, who quickly gain proficiency at one level, can certainly be considered for advancement to the next level. For example, a 7 year old could move to the orange level or a 12 year old could move to the yellow level. This would be done in consultation with the coach.
Please direct any questions to Graham Cooper. Instructor, at  778-808-4067 or email graham_cooper@shaw.ca, thank you.


VTA JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM – 2019

TENNIS LESSONS

SPRING PROGRAM
AGES 5 to 9  –  April 15, 29, May 6, 13, 27, June 10 – 3:30 – 4:30 pm. –
– 6 lessons – $45
AGES 10 to 15  – April 26, May 3, 17, 24, 31, June 14, 21 – 3:30 – 4:30 pm. – 7 lessons – $45

SUMMER PROGRAM
AGES 5 to 9July 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 (11:15 am -12:15 pm. – 5 lessons ($45)
AGES 8 & 9 – July 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 (12:15 pm to 1:45 pm) – 5 lessons ($45)
AGES 10 to 12 – July 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 (11:00 am.-12:30 pm)- 5 lessons ($45)
AGES 13 to 15 – July 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 (12:30 pm – 2:00 pm) – 5 lessons ($45)

*On-line registration, or mail-in registrations forms, for the Junior Programs are available now.*