Tennis Center Sand Point Junior Program

What Class is right for my Child? — Great question!

TCSP offers a complete junior tennis program for children between the ages of 3-18. From the very beginner to the most advanced tournament player, TCSP Junior Program covers the entire spectrum. The Junior Program at TCSP focuses on developing camaraderie, self-esteem, physical fitness, discipline and good sportsmanship.

Above all else, including winning and losing, fun is the number one ingredient for all junior players so they can learn to love the game for life!

Below are descriptions of the many programs offered at TCSP. If you are unsure which program to place your junior(s) into or need programming clarifications, please contact TCSP Tennis Director, Jamie Dieveney via email at jamie@tenniscentersandpoint.com

Please note that if “call” comes up when registering it means the class is full.  Please call the Front Desk at (206) 522-5008 to be put on the wait list or to find other options.

Junior Programs

Finding the right program for your child.

10 & Under Tennis

10 & Under Tennis is about fitting tennis to kids based on age and physical size. Any child between the ages of six and ten can start playing tennis almost immediately, even if he or she has never picked up a racquet! To make it easier for them, we changed the court sizes, racquet sizes, the balls, the scoring system and even the net height!

Like other popular youth sports, 10 & Under Tennis stresses the importance of play and team competition. By helping kids learn in an environment that focuses on camaraderie, self-esteem, physical fitness, discipline and good sportsmanship, they will develop just as many life skills as they will tennis skills.

Tennis Whizz for Pee-Wees

Tennis Whizz (3-4 years old) – This class requires a parent or guardian on the court with the player during the 45 minute class.  Players will work on motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and learning to make contact with a ball.

 

Tennis Whizz (5 years old) – This class was designed specifically for 5 year olds that are ready to take a class on their own.  The 45 minute class works on hand-eye coordination and how to be a good partner using send & receive skills with a ball.  Players will be expected to take instruction well and not disrupt the class with excessive behavior.

Red Ball 1.0

Pre Rally (Ages 6-7) – Beginning players that are new to the game or are on their way to becoming rock stars!  Players will develop an athletic and tennis foundation in a fun environment.  The priority of Red Ball 1 is learning how to rally.

Red Ball 2.0

Rally (Ages 6-7) – Players graduating from Red Ball 1 and developing rally skills.   Must meet the following competencies to participate in Red Ball 2.

Red Ball 3.0

Competitive (Ages 6-7)  Players graduating from Red Ball 2 and developing rally skills with both Forehand and Backhand are now getting into a more competitive environment.  Rally skills are accomplished with solid technique.  Must meet the following competencies to participate in Red Ball 3.

View Red Ball 1 Competencies

  • Needs no experience
  • For the new tennis player who has never played before ready to learn how to rally

View Red Ball 2 Competencies

  • Player must be able to rally 15 times in a row minimum with a coach including at least 2 backhands
  • Player must know ready position, listening position, bring it in, split step, ready steps, and how to call a ball out
  • Player must be able to demonstrate the FH & BH groundstroke with understanding of the preparation, hands, and of follow through.
  • Player needs to know the different lines and areas of a 36′ court.
  • Player must be able to drop & hit, trap & catch
  • Player must be able to demonstrate reliable listening skills in following a pro’s guidance.

View Red Ball 3 Competencies

Along with all the competencies in Red Ball II

  • Player must be able to rally 25 times in a row minimum with a coach including at least 4 backhands
  • Player must be able to demonstrate the unit turn, follow through, and recovery on both the FH & BH Groundstroke.
  • Player must know the concept of a split step in when to use.
  • Player must be able to successfully serve from the 36′ baseline (6 out of 10)
  • Player must be playing in our program at least twice a week
  • Player must know scoring format for a USTA 9 & Under match.
  • Player must be able to demonstrate simple racket skills with continental grip
  • Player must be able to demonstrate the 4 basic ladder skills

Orange Ball 1.0

Pre Rally (Ages 8-10) Beginning players that are new to the game or have had minimal tennis exposure such as 1 week of summer camp.  Players will develop an athletic and tennis foundation in a fun environment.  The priority of Orange Ball 1.0 is learning how to rally.

Orange Ball 2.0

Rally (Ages 8-10) Players graduating from Orange Ball 1.0 and developing rally skills.   Must meet the following competencies to participate in Orange Ball 2:

Orange Ball 3.0

Competitive (Ages 8-10) Players graduating from Red Ball 2.0 and developing rally skills with both Forehand and Backhand are now getting into a more competitive environment.  Rally skills are accomplished with solid technique.  Must meet the following competencies to participate in Red Ball 3:

View Orange Ball 1 - Competencies

  • Needs no experience
  • For the new tennis player who has never played before

View Orange Ball 2 - Competencies

  • Player must be able to rally 15 times in a row minimum with a coach including at least 2 backhands
  • Player must know ready position, listening position, bring it in, split step, ready steps, and how to call a ball out
  • Player must be able to demonstrate the FH & BH groundstroke with understanding of the preparation, hands, and of follow through.
  • Player needs to know the different lines and areas of a 60′ court.
  • Player must be able to drop & hit, trap & catch
  • Player must be able to demonstrate reliable listening skills in following pro’s guidance.

View Orange Ball 3 - Competencies

  • Player must be able to rally 25 times in a row minimum with a coach including at least 4 backhands
  • Must be able to cooperative rally 10 in a row with peer
  • Player must be able to demonstrate the unit turn, follow through, and recovery on both the FH & BH Groundstroke.
  • Player must know the concept of a split step in when to use.
  • Player must be able to successfully serve from the 60′ baseline (6 out of 10)
  • Player must be playing in our program at least twice a week
  • Player must know scoring format for a USTA 11 & Under match.
  • Player must be able to demonstrate simple racket skills with continental grip

11 & Over Tennis

For juniors 11 & older, class placement is key to ensure a positive experience.  There are several variables that we need to examine.  Age, skill level, social skills, and desire are the top 4 characteristics.  To make it simple, please read the “Competencies Needed for this Class.” This will help you decide what class is best for your son/daughter.

Students are required to meet ALL the competencies listed. These competencies are necessary so your child can have the best tennis experience. Over the course of a session, players are continually assessed and can progress to a higher training program during the session. Remember if you want to move up to a higher class, play more than once a week. The saying goes, “Playing twice a week improves your game 4x’s faster.”

Yellow Ball 1.0 – Beginner I

Ages 11-13 and 14-17:  Yellow Ball 1.0 players have little to no previous experience on the tennis court.  Yellow Ball 1.0 will focus heavily on fundamental stroke and athletic development.  The following skills are what your junior player will be learning to master:

Yellow Ball 2.0 – Beginner II

Ages 11-17:  Yellow Ball 2.0 players can rally with some control but may have an inconsistent swing path.  The 2.0 level places more emphasis on stroke technique and beginning stages of competitive play.  Players must demonstrate the following competencies in order to qualify:

View Junior Beginner 1.0 Competencies

  • Needs no experience
  • For the new tennis player who has never played before ready to learn how to rally

View Advanced Beginner 2.0 Competencies

  • Player must be able to rally 15 times in a row minimum with a coach including at least 2 backhands short court.
  • Player must know ready position, listening position, split step, ready steps, and how to call a ball out
  • Player must be able to demonstrate the FH & BH groundstroke with understanding of the preparation, contact, and follow through.
  • Player must know the parts of racket & Lines on a court
  • Player must be able to hit 4 out of 10 serves in.
  • Players must be able to identify what grip is used for 7 primary strokes.
  • Player must be able to drop & hit, trap & catch
  • Player must be able to demonstrate reliable listening skills when following a pro’s guidance.

Yellow Ball 3.0 – Intermediate

Ages 11-17:  Yellow Ball 3.0 players are considered Intermediate level and can rally with control and have some depth control.  Players can execute topspin off both ground strokes and can serve at 60% with a continental grip.  The 3.0 level introduces specific playing tactics and refines 2.0 technical stroke development.  Players must demonstrate the following competencies in order to qualify:

Yellow Ball 4.0 – Advanced

Ages 11-17:  Yellow Ball 4.0 players have consistent and dependable ground strokes, volleys and serves.  This player can use their strokes to create opportunities in point play and understands all-court tactics.  This player also can use spin variety off ground strokes and serves to place the ball anywhere on the court.  4.0 players are USTA Challenger level players looking to move into the Champs level.  Players must demonstrate the following competencies in order to qualify:

View Intermediate 3.0 Competencies

  • Player must be able to rally 25 times in a row minimum with a coach including at least 4 backhands
  • Player must be able to demonstrate the unit turn, follow through, and recovery on both the FH & BH Groundstroke.
  • Player demonstrates stroke dependability, directional control, and volley skills
  • Player must know the concept of a split step in when to use.
  • Player must be able to successfully serve 6 out of 10
  • Player must be able use continental grip for primary strokes
  • Player must be able to demonstrate 4 basic ladder skills

View Advanced 4.0 Competencies

  • Player must be able to rally 50 in a row short court Forehands & Backhands
  • Player has developed power, and footwork efficiency.
  • Players must be able to demonstrate technical proficiency in competition
  • Player must consistently demonstrate effort, strong listening skills, sportsmanship, and heart when playing, drilling, and picking up balls.
  • Player must be able to hit 6 out of 10 serves using continental grip
  • Player must be at the upper part of the 3.0 class when competing class over a period of time.

High Performance

Ages 11-18:  For the junior player aspiring to play, high varsity, college, or professional tennis.  Enrollment in this class is by approval of our High Performance Coach, Brian Park. For more information, please contact Brian via email at brian@tenniscentersandpoint.com or see the High Performance webpage.

Tennis Center Sand Point’s High Performance Program is directed by Brian Park. The High Performance Program is for competitive junior players who have aspirations of playing college or even professional tennis and have the commitment to undergo the rigors of a player development program. Over the last eight years, as an owner and director of an academy in Southern California, Brian has coached over 30 players who were ranked in the top 100 in the nation.

Brian has trained and placed over 40 players to prestigious Universities like UCLA, University of Oklahoma, University of Pennsylvania, University of San Diego, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, Amherst College, Air Force Academy, Carnegie Mellon, UC San Diego, Claremont McKenna College and many more.

 

Go to High Performance Page

2014 – 2015 Indoor Season Schedule

SessionStarting DateEnding Date
Early FallSeptember 2October 26
Late FallOctober 27December 21
Winter January 5March 1
Early SpringMarch 2April 26
Late SpringApril 27June 21
Summer Camps June 22August 27
Summer July 6August 23

Updated Policies for Programs & Classes

Make-Up Classes: Please note that TCSP does not offer a make-up policy for missed classes. There will also be no issuance of account credit or financial refunds for missed classes.

Substitute Policy: Substitution is only allowed in Adult Fitness classes such as Cardio Tennis, Wimbledon Workout and Boot Camps. Instructional classes such as Tennis in 10 and Clinics 2.0-3.5 will not allow substitution for the sake of a program’s continuity. There will be no substituting in Junior program classes either.

Drop In Policy: Drop-ins are not available for classes with full registrations or clinics or Tennis in 10, in order to avoid potential over enrollment or disruption in class continuity.  Drop-ins are only available for fitness classes, if space is available.  Members and non-members are allowed to “drop in” on a space available basis 15 minutes prior to class start time (payment must be taken prior to the start of class at the Front Desk). Please call the Front Desk to check for space availability.

Class Change Policy: Schedule changes must be secured within one week from the first day of class of each session and can only be done on a space available basis.  No schedule change(s), refunds or account credit will be allowed after the first week of the start of the class(es) for each session.  With the exception of injury (via Doctor’s note) or moving out of town, no refunds will be issued.

Refund Policy: Refunds will only consist of Issued Account Credit within the first week of the start date of the class(es).  Account credit will only apply to the use of tennis related activities, i.e. programs, lessons, clinics, court and ball machine rentals and USTA/Cup team activity.  Credit from classes and programs cannot be applied towards the Pro Shop or Cafe purchases.

Level Policy: TCSP is in the midst of its “Rated and Ready” Campaign.  Players will need to have an NTRP Rating on file in order to register for classes and programs.   Players are also welcome to attend a complimentary evaluation offered throughout the year for a NTRP rating.  Note that the TCSP Instructional Staff reserves the right to make appropriate placement adjustments as they see fit anytime during the course of any class.  

Behavior and Conduct of Children: TCSP expects children to exercise respectful behavior, disruptive behavior is grounds for dismissal from the TCSP facility. For more details, please refer to TCSP Policies & Procedures-07-2014 under Supervision and Conduct of Children Policies.