Tennis Center Sand Point Junior Program

Yellow Ball Tennis Classes

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.”

Which Yellow Ball class should my child take?

TCSP offers five Yellow Ball classes – Yellow Ball 1.0 (11-13 years old), Yellow Ball 1.0 (14-18 years old), Yellow Ball 2.0, Yellow Ball 3.0, and Yellow Ball 4.0. The number corresponds to your child’s rating (level).

  • Is your child a beginner? Then s/he should sign up for either Yellow Ball 1.0 (11-13) or Yellow Ball (14-17), depending on your child’s age.
  • If your child has previously taken classes at TCSP, you should continue to sign them up for the current level until told otherwise by the junior program coordinator directly. If you can’t remember which level your child enrolled in last, call the front desk at (206) 522 – 5008 to find out your child’s rating.
  • If your child has been taking lessons elsewhere and has never taken a class at TCSP, then email the junior program coordinator to schedule a 15-minute evaluation. In your message, please include the following: your child’s name, age, and prior experience.

Yellow Ball 1.0 - Beginner I

Yellow Ball 1.0 (11-13 years)

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.

  • No experience necessary
  • For the new tennis player who has never played before, ready to learn how to rally

Yellow Ball 1.0 (14-18 years)

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.

  • No experience necessary
  • For the new tennis player who has never played before, ready to learn how to rally

Yellow Ball 1.0 (11-13 years) Schedule
Saturday8:15 - 9:30 AM
Sunday1:15 - 2:30 PM
Sunday2:30 - 3:45 PM

Price for 8-week session: $ 200 + tax

Yellow Ball 1.0 (14-18 years) Schedule
Saturday8:15 - 9:30 AM
Sunday1:15 - 2:30 PM
Sunday2:30 - 3:45 PM

Price for 8-week session: $ 200 + tax

Yellow Ball 2.0 - Beginner II

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:

  • 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 forehand & backhand 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 which grip is used for 7 primary strokes.
  • Player must be able to drop & hit, and trap & catch
  • Player must be able to demonstrate reliable listening skills when following a pro’s guidance.

Yellow Ball 2.0 Schedule
Tuesday*3:45 - 5:00 PM
Thursday*3:45 - 5:00 PM
Friday6:15 - 7:30 PM
Saturday1:30 - 2:45 PM
Sunday12:00 - 1:15 PM

Price for 8-week session: $ 200 + tax

*Late Fall and Winter session only

Yellow Ball 3.0 - Intermediate

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:

  • 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 forehand & backhand groundstroke.
  • Player demonstrates stroke dependability, directional control, and volley skills.
  • Player must know the concept of a split-step and 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.

Yellow Ball 3.0 Schedule
Tuesday6:15 - 7:30 PM
Thursday6:15 - 7:30 PM
Saturday10:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Price for 8-week session: $ 240 + tax

Yellow Ball 4.0 - Advanced

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 of groundstrokes 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:

  • 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 in the upper part of the 3.0 class when competing in class.

Yellow Ball 4.0 Schedule
Monday6:00 - 7:30 PM
Wednesday6:00 - 7:30 PM
Saturday12:00 - 1:30 PM

Price for 8-week session: $ 240 + tax

2016 - 2017 Season Schedule

SessionREGISTRATION
Adult Fitness & Tennis Workouts
+ Ball Machine Classes
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Adult Tennis Clinics
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Juniors 3 - 10 yrs
REGISTRATION
Juniors 11 - 18 yrs
Session Start Date & End Date
Indoor Season Class Offerings
Early Fall 2016Jul 25Jul 26Aug 1Aug 2August 29 - October 23
Late Fall 2016Sep 26Sep 27Oct 3Oct 4October 24 - December 18
Winter 2017Nov 21Nov 22Nov 28Nov 29January 2 - February 26
Early Spring 2017Jan 30Jan 31Feb 6Feb 7February 27 - April 23
Late Spring 2017Mar 27Mar 28Apr 3Apr 4April 24 - June 18

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