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.

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

Ages 3-4:  TCSP is an official provider of Tennis Whizz which uses fun “Adventure Story Approach” classes for children 3 to 4 years old to be accompanied by an adult. All classes use age appropriate equipment to emphasize safety & fun. This class builds self-esteem, social skills, and cooperative play.  While learning to play tennis, your child will improve coordination through movement and hand-eye patterns.

Tennis Junior Program - Pee-Wees

Red Ball “Fives”

Age of 5:  All 5 year old players must be registered in Red Fives tennis program focusing on hand-eye coordination and racket skills development.

Red Ball I

6-7 year old beginning players that are new to the game or are on their way to becoming rock star players!  Players will learn how to send and receive with control, sportsmanship and become engrossed with the culture of fun tennis!

Red Ball II

6-7 year old players that have been in the Red I program for at least one year and have the following competencies met.

View Red Ball "Fives" Competencies

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

View Red Ball I - Competencies

  • Player must be able to rally 10 times in a row with a coach
  • Player must know ready position and ready steps
  • Plays needs to be able to excite listening position, bring it in and be able to perform tasks that coach asks
  • Player must be able to shadow a forehand & backhand swing
  • Player needs to know the different lines and areas of a 36′ court
  •  Player must know serving positions, with balance and be able to land the ball on the other side of net. (Starting position, T, Check, and Fire!)
  • Player must be able to drop & hit, trap & catch with a partner 6 times in a row

View Red Ball II - Competencies

  • Player must know continental and semi-western grip and to switch grips between FH & BH.
  • Player must know the concept of a split step, ready step and recovery steps
  • Player must be able to rally 10 times in a row with another player.
  • 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 be able to approach the net and finish points out at the net.
  • Player must be able to execute a drill on their own with coach roaming.
  • Player must know scoring format for a USTA 8&Under match.

Orange Ball I

8-10 year old beginning players that are new to the game or have done one or two sessions prior.  Players will learn basic groundstroke technique, service motions, net play and sportsmanship.

Orange Ball II

8-10 year old players that have been in the Orange I program for at least one year and have the following competencies met:

View Orange Ball I - Competencies

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

View Orange Ball II - Competencies

  • Player must know ready position
  • Player must know how to shadow a forehand & backhand
  • Player must know serving positions (Starting position, T, Check, and Fire!)
  • Player must be able to rally 15 times in a row with another player. (short court)
  • Player must be able to successfully serve from the 60′ baseline with control
  • Player must be able to do volley to volley 6 times in a row with another player.
  • Player must know when to approach the net and finish points out at the net.
  • Player must know how to chase down a lob.
  • Player must know scoring format for a USTA 10 & Under match.
  • Player must know basic doubles strategy.

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.”

Junior Beginner

Ages 11-13 and 14-18:  This program meets at least once a week, with the option of adding more days. This will focus heavily on solid stroke development, strategy and footwork patterns.

The following skills are what your junior player will be learning to master:

 

  • The art of the rally
  • Ready position
  • Understanding 2 basic grips – semi-western and continental
  • 4 positions of ground strokes – track (hand on table), slot, contact, follow thru
  • Spin variety – basic topspin principles
  • Basic volley and racket control skills – ups, downs, bounce-ups, etc.
  • Serve basics – t-check-fire; contact using continental grip; 4 out of 10 serves in
  • Footwork – neutral, semi-open, closed stance & recovery (center back)
  • Understanding how to manage a set and tiebreaker with scoring and good sportsmanship

Advanced (Varsity)

Ages 11-18:  Advanced players will be learning to compete in mid- to high-level tournaments or playing at the upper Varsity levels of high school tennis. Players in this class will focus on executing match tactics and strategies while exhibiting proper technique, spin application and footwork. Off-court training as well as the implementation of a preliminary mental skills program will help players prepare for higher levels of competition.

Competencies needed for this class:

 

  • Can hit 50 forehands, backhands, & volleys in a row short court
  • Volley – can hit variety of volleys using grapevine steps
  • Serve – has 1st and 2nd serve varieties
  • Serve – 7 out of 10 Continental grip
  • Consistently brings awesome sportsmanship, commitment and desire
  • Spin Variety – has a dependable top-spin/slice on both sides
  • Proficient on transition game – approach, volley, put-away
  • Has experience in competing in USTA tournaments

Intermediate (JV)

Ages 11-18:  This Intermediate TCSP class will teach players to rally with more consistent depth and placement and will focus on developing a first and second serve. Players will build on fundamental strokes and techniques. They will be introduced to match play strategies and effective footwork.

Competencies needed for this class:

Short Court – 25 using proper technique
Full Court – 10+ using proper technique

 

  • Ready position into unit-turn for both forehand/backhand
  • Understand 2 basic grips – semi-western and continental
  • 4 positions of ground strokes – track (hand on table), slot, contact, follow thru
  • Spin variety – basic topspin principles
  • Basic volley and racket control skills – ups, downs, bounce-ups, etc.
  • Serve basics – t-check-fire; contact using continental grip; 4 out of 10 serves in
  • Footwork – neutral, semi-open, closed stance & recovery (center back)
  • Know how to perform 3 basic ladder moves

 

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.

 

2014 – 2015 Indoor Season Schedule

Session
Starting Date
Ending Date
Early FallSeptember 2October 26
Late FallOctober 27December 21
Winter January 5March 1
Early SpringMarch 2April 26
Late SpringApril 27June 21
SummerJune 22August 31

Updated Policies for Programs & Classes

 

Make-Up Classes are no longer available: Effective Winter session 2014, please note that TCSP will no longer 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 in order to avoid potential over enrollment. 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:  Effective June 2014, 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 first day of class of the session.  With the exception of injury (via Doctor’s note) or move out of town, no refunds will be issued.

Refund Policy: Credit only (no refunds) will be issued within the first week of the first day of class of each session.  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 class(es) and program(s) cannot be applied the Pro Shop or Cafe purchases.

Level Policy:  Please refer to the above competencies regarding class placement.  If you are still unsure of where to place your junior, you may contact TCSP to arrange for a 10 minute complimentary evaluation with a pro who will work with your child for placement into the appropriate class.  Proper placement is crucial to maintain continuity for players within a class or program.  The TCSP Instructional Staff reserves the right to make appropriate placement adjustments as they see fit anytime during the course of classes.

 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.

For questions regarding placement or programs, please contact Lisa Moholt, Junior Tennis Coordinator at lisa@tenniscentersandpoint.com.