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

10 & Under Tennis

(3 -10 Year Olds)

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.

Red Ball

Ages 5-7:  Groups span from beginner to intermediate levels.  Strong focus on development of hand eye coordination, with infuses on sending and receiving the ball, sportsmanship and fun.  Players will be evaluated on the first day and then divided into compatible groups by skill.

Orange Ball

Age 8-10:  Groups span from beginner to intermediate levels.  Strong focus on development of hand eye coordination, with infuses on sending and receiving the ball, sportsmanship and fun.  Players will be evaluated on the first day and then divided into compatible groups by skill.

11 & Over Tennis

(11-18 Year Olds)

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 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.

 

Indoor Season Schedule

Session
Starting Date
Ending Date
Early FallSeptember 3rdOctober 27th
Late FallOctober 28thDecember 22nd
WinterJanuary 6thMarch 2nd
Early SpringMarch 3rdApril 27th
Late SpringApril 28thJune 22nd

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:  Schedule changes must be secured within the first two weeks of each session and can only be done on a space available basis. No schedule change(s) will be allowed after the second week and credit only (no refunds) will be issued in the case of a class drop. With the exception of injury (via Doctor’s note) or moving out of town, no refunds will be issued.

Level Policy:  TCSP expects participants to use their best judgement when signing up for classes and flights with specified NTRP ratings.  TCSP trusts registrants will place themselves in the appropriately rated class(es) as proper placement is crucial to maintain continuity for players within a class or program.  The TCSP Instructional Staff reserve the right to make appropriate placement adjustments as they see fit anytime during the course of classes.