Adult Programs, Calendar and Special Programs

January 2023

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Once the season starts, please check this website regularly for the Calendar and the Adult Programs.  Marshall Field Tennis Courts (6601 Okanagan Landing Rd., Vernon, BC) are our home courts.   You must be a VTA Member to participate in any VTA Programs, or reserved court time.

MONDAY 6:30 – 8:00 pm. – DROP-IN TENNIS – All levels of players are welcome, but you must be a VTA Member to participate.
SKILLS AND DRILLS – spring session – may be run on Monday evenings, but time and date will be advertised prior (there will be an extra $30 charge for this 6-lesson program), but you must be a current VTA member to participate.

TUESDAY – 6:30 – 8:00 pm. – COMPETITIVE TENNIS LEAGUE – 3.5 -League.  Registration required for 3.5+ League.  Contact:  Brian vanBolhuis at .  Spares are always needed.  You must be a VTA Member to participate in any Leagues.

WEDNESDAY – 6:30 – 8:00 pm DROP-IN TENNIS – All levels of play.

THURSDAY – 6:30 – 8:00 pm.  COMPETITIVE TENNIS LEAGUE – 4.0+ League.  Registration required for 4.0+ League.  Contact:  Kirbey Lockhart at    Spares are always needed. You must be a VTA member to register for Leagues.

FRIDAY – 6:30 – 8:30 pm.  COMPETITIVE TENNIS LEAGUE2.5-3.0 League. Registration required for League.  Contact:  Graham Cooper at .  Spares are always needed. You must be a VTA Member to participate in any Leagues.

SATURDAY – 9:00 – 11:00 am.  DROP-IN TENNIS – All Levels of play.

The court times are flexible, so please note:  You may also play tennis before and after the VTA time-frames, however the courts are not reserved during those times.  Marshall Field courts are Public courts, so please be courteous to other players.  Court lights are available from 6:00 – 11:00 pm. in 1¼ hour intervals.  If you want to use the lights longer than an hour, re-start the lights before they turn off because they take approximately 15 minutes to cool down and light up again.

♦ A NOTE ON SPECIAL PROGRAMS SUCH AS: "SKILLS AND DRILLS" AND "FAST" (FAST ADULT STARTER TENNIS) PROGRAM:  These are run as a service to our members but take up much of our Instructor's time and court space, so there is an extra fee for these programs.  The six-lesson programs are $30/person paid to the Instructor at the time of the program.♦

Message from Graham Cooper Re: FAST AND SKILLS AND DRILLS
With the weather finally starting to warm up I am now looking to set up the FAST and Skills and Drills Programs.

FAST – Fun Adult Starter Tennis
This program is the Tennis Canada program for adults starting tennis. It start with modified balls on a small court. This allows players to get the feeling of how to set up hitting a ball. It will run for 6 lessons.

This program also runs for 6 sessions. It is for those players who have completed the FAST program and also simply for others who wish to refine their strokes. Ground strokes and serves are covered.

This year we are asking for a $30 donation to our club for each of the programs. When you sign up I will explain how you can pay.

Groups of four players will make up each group. The schedule will be as follows:
–          FAST
6:30 to 7:30 Mondays and Wednesdays from May 16 to June 6 (No program on May 23)
7:30 – 8:30 Mondays and Wednesdays from May 16 to June 6 (No program on May 23)
Should less than 4 players sign up for the FAST program then Skills and Drills will be run in this time slot.  Another group of sessions will commence on June 13.

Email Graham and let him know you wish to be registered in either FAST or Skills and Drills. Registration for the upcoming sessions will need to be made no later than 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 13.
See you on the courts.


1.0   This player is just starting to play tennis.
1.5 This player has been introduced to the game, however has difficulty playing the game due to a lack of consistency rallying and serving.
2.0   Can get the ball in play but lacks control, resulting in inconsistent rallies. Often chooses to hit forehands instead of backhands.  Tends to position in a manner to protect weaknesses. Inconsistent return.  In singles, reluctant to come to the net. In doubles, understands the basic positioning; comfortable only with the forehand volley; avoids backhand volley and overhead.  In-complete service motion. Toss is inconsistent. Double faults are common.
2.5   Can rally consistently 10 balls in a row, especially on the forehand, with an arched trajectory over the net when the objective is to hit to a partner at moderate speed.  In singles, consistent when returning towards the middle of the court. In doubles, difficulty returning cross-court to start the point. Becoming at ease at the net in practice but uncomfortable in a game situation.   Attempting a full service motion on the first serve. First serve in inconsistent (less than 50%). Uses an incomplete motion to ensure a steady second serve.
3.0 Able to rally consistently 10 balls in a row on forehands and backhands. Able to maintain the rally when receiving high, short or wide balls, assuming the ball is received at a moderate pace, especially on the forehand stroke.  Can control the direction of the ball in both singles and doubles, when receiving a serve of moderate pace.  Very consistent on forehand volley with easy balls, inconsistent on backhand volley. Overall has difficulty with low and wide balls. Can smash easy lobs.   Full motion on both serves. Able to achieve more than 50% success on first serve. Second serve much slower than first serve.
3.5   Able to move the opponent around the court or hit harder when receiving easier balls. Can execute approach shots with some consistency (more than 50%).  Can return fast serves or well-placed serves with defensive actions. On easy second serve, can return with pace or directional control; can approach the net in doubles.  Becoming confident at net play; can direct FH volleys; controls BH volley but with little offense; general difficulty in putting volleys away. Can handle volleys and overheads that require moderate movement.  Can vary the speed or direction of first serve. Can direct the second serve to the opponent’s weakness without double-faulting on a regular basis.
4.0   Able to develop points with some consistency by using a reliable combination of shots. Erratic when attempting a quality shot, when receiving fast or wide balls, and when attempting passing shots.  Difficulty in returning spin serves and very fast serves. On moderately paced serves, can construct the point through hitting a good shot or exploiting an opponent’s weakness. In doubles, can vary returns effectively on moderately-paced serves.  In singles, comfortable at following an approach shot to the net. In doubles, comfortable receiving a variety of balls and converting o offensive positioning; can poach on weak returns of serve. Able to put away easy overheads.  Can vary the speed and direction of the first serve. Uses spin.
4.5   Can use a variety of spins. Beginning to develop a dominant shot or good steadiness. Erratic when attempting a quality shot in two of the following situations: receiving fast balls, wide balls, and in passing shot situations.  Off first serves, can defend consistently but very inconsistent (less than 30%) when attempting an aggressive return. In doubles, has difficulty (less than 50%) returning a first serve at the feet of the incoming serve and volleyer.   When coming to the net after serving, consistently able to put the first volley in play but without pace or depth; however, inconsistent when trying to volley powerful or angled returns. Close to the net, can finish a point using various options including drop volley, angle volley, punch volley.  Aggressive first serve with power and spin. On second serve frequently hits with good depth and placement without double faults. Can serve and volley off first serves in doubles, but experiences some inconsistency.
5.0   Able to maintain a consistent rally, 10 balls in a row on faster balls. Very steady strokes or has a dominant shot. Periodically succeeds (50%) when attempting a quality shot when receiving fast or wide balls, and in passing shot situations.  Periodically succeeds (50%) at aggressive return off fast first serves using dominant shot (forehand or backhand). In doubles can return at the feet of serve and volleyer.  In doubles, after the serve, has a good, deep crosscourt volley. Overhead can be hit from almost any position.  First serve can win points outright, or force a weak return. Second serve can prevent the opponent from attacking. Serve and volleys on first serves in doubles with consistency.
5.5   This player has developed a game style which is recognizable as either an all court player, an aggressive baseliner, a serve and volleyer, or a retriever. Has developed good anticipation either technically (can read toss on serve, body position…) or tactically (can read opponents tendencies in specific situations). Has no major weaknesses and can counterattack effectively against a hard ball, wide ball or in passing shot situations. Capable of competing in “open” category provincial level tournaments. Ability to use specific shots in order to exploit opponent’s weakness: drop-shot, lob, angle, moonball…
6.0 to 7.0    These players will generally not need a rating. Rankings or past rankings will speak for themselves. The 6.0 player typically has had intensive training for national tournament competition at the junior level and collegiate levels and has obtained a provincial and/or national “open” ranking. The 6.5 player has extensive international “open” level tournament experience at the entry professional level (challenger or satellite experience). The 7.0 is a world class professional tennis player