USTA Tennis | HALF DAY 9 AM - 12 PM
June 8-12, 22-26
July 13-17, 20-24
Rising 1st - 12th grades
Free before care (8-9 AM)
Mix tennis with the afternoon portion of day camp for $200.00 (includes lunch)
Introduction to Tennis: those who have had little to no prior experience playing the fun and exciting sport of tennis.
Beginners learn the basics developing hand-eye coordination, timing, and balance. Children will be taught how to properly grip the tennis racquet, how to prepare and swing the racquet with the correct technique and footwork and introduce the children to proper court positioning and the rules of the game.
Each day will focus on teaching a particular stroke using stroke progressions and fun drills and game play that allow the children to practice and become proficient with that stroke.
The USTA QuickStart program guidelines will be followed which scales the game of tennis to the size of the children. Age and size appropriate racquets, lower bouncing and slower moving low compression balls, and smaller court sizes allow children 10 years of age and younger to start playing and enjoying the game with greater control and success.
This session is intended children who have received some prior instruction or have prior tennis playing experience and are looking to build on and further develop their skill and competitive experience.
This session will focus on reviewing and teaching proper grip/stroke mechanics of all shots (forehand, backhand, volley, lob, overhead, serve, specialty shots) in order to further develop control, consistency, spin, power, court positioning, and shot anticipation/preparation. Each session will take a look at the stroke preparation, hitting, and recovery phases of a shot as well as discuss point play strategy and tactics through drills and game play. Players will also learn about and practice many of the other important areas of becoming a good tennis player such as how to warm-up properly, how to improve your movement and balance on the court, and how to improve your fitness and conditioning through challenging and fun training exercises geared for tennis players and the demands of the sport.
Competitive level, previous experience required. Discretion of tennis pro.
Players at this level demonstrated proficiency with the fundamentals of tennis and are interested in and looking to develop their competitive play at the middle and high school levels. The camp will focus on refining stroke technique, consistency, placement, and power through drill work, working on shot anticipation/preparation and court positioning, the development of individual rituals and playing styles, and teaching players how to be strong competitors while demonstrating proper tennis etiquette and sportsmanship. Tennis specific footwork and fitness/conditioning activities are important parts of every session. Daily singles and doubles games and match play provide the opportunity to look at and discuss strategies for handling the mental and emotional aspects of the game. This end of summer camp is a pre-preseason tennis opportunity to start getting players ready for the fall tournament schedule and the middle and high school fall season in order to get a leg up on the competition.
Tom has worked at Westtown, both on and off the courts, since 2001 as a boys’ dormitory head, classroom teacher, Quaker Leadership Program adult mentor, and boys’ tennis coach. Beginning in the fall of 2011, Tom began a full-time career instructing and coaching tennis year round. Tom has been the Westtown School fall and spring boys’ varsity tennis coach, a part-time Tennis Pro leading and assisting with junior and adult programs at the Upper Main Line YMCA in Berwyn. Tom has over 30 years combined USTA tournament play and coaching experience and holds both USPTR and USPTA certifications. Additionally, Tom has attended multiple USTA led High School Coaches and 10 & Under QuickStart workshops emphasizing the latest in age appropriate development, training, and play. Tom’s clinics and tennis instruction teach proper stroke technique, footwork, and the strategy and tactics of the game while providing the right amount of challenge in a fun and supportive setting.
Janusz, originally from Warsaw Poland, has been teaching the sport of tennis for over 25 years. He has taught tennis and played professionally in Warsaw, Poland and Hamburg, Germany. He currently resides in the Philadelphia area where his students range from beginners to professional players. His European system is based on controlling the mind and body to allow an appropriate balance between a physical and mental workout. He believes he can teach everyone world class technique, no matter the age or previous experience.