Junior Tennis Program

Contributor:  Lisa VanderVelde, The Morning Star (2016)

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.