Hamilton Juniors

2017 Spring Quick Start Junior Tennis Clinics

Monday and/or Wednesday afternoon   Click to learn more about the format.

April 3 – May 24 (8 week session)

  • 4-6 Years Old
    • 3:15 pm-4:00 pm
    • 36’ courts using the red low compression balls
    • Cost: $60 for one day per week; $110 for two days per week

  • 7 Year Old & Up
    • 4:00 pm- 5:00 pm
    • 60’ courts using the orange low compression balls
    • Cost: $80 for one day per week; $150 for two days per week

USTA Spring 2017 Junior Team Tennis

The Junior Ladder format will be used for the USTA Junior Team Tennis. Participant must be a USTA member to participate.

  • At least an 8-week Session starting the first week in April. 
  • Practices on Tuesday and Thursdays at 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm
  • Matches on Friday afternoon.
  • Cost: $80 for one day per week; $140 for two days per week.

Summer Junior Inter-club

Summer Junior Inter-club will start the week of June 12, 2017. Practices will be each Monday and Wednesday afternoon from 1:00-2:00 or 2:00-3:00 depending on age group. the matches are on Thursday afternoons. This is a six-week season ending with an individual tournament which is held here at Hamilton Lakes. Cost for the six-week season is $100 per child. We hope to have players in all four age groups.

Hamilton Lakes’ Junior Open   June 9-11, 2017

W are hosting a Junior State Tournament here for the second year that is sanctioned through the USTA. It is a Level 4 State Tournament, and will be held on June 9-11. Hopefully some local youngsters will be playing, as well as other children from all over North Carolina. Come out and watch some future starts. Please keep in mind we will be using all of the courts on Friday afternoon and all day Saturday and Sunday for this event.

Summer Quick Start Jr. Tennis clinics

6-8 year old 9:00 AM -10:00 AM (these will be given on a 36′ court using the red low compression balls)

Cost: $40 per weekly session

9-11 year old 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM (these will be given on a 60′ court using the organge low compression balls)

Cost: $40 per weekly session

4-5 year old 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM (this is also given on the 36′ court using the red low compression balls)

Cost: $40 per weekly session

There will be six 4-day sessions of these clinics

Summer Junior Tennis Camps

We will offer four-day tennis camps this summer. The philosophy of the camp is to give juniors the opportunity to develop their tennis game and skills for a couple of hours each day. These camps are designed for players 8 years old and up. Daily schedule is:

9:00 AM-11:00 AM Tennis instruction drills, games and play.

11:15 AM-11:45 AM Lunch (will be furnished from the HL Cafe)

11:45 AM-12:45 PM Swimming/games at the pool

Cost: $105 per week per child

2017 Fall Quick Start Junior Tennis Clinics

Monday and/or Wednesday afternoon   Click to learn more about the format.

September 6th – November 6th (8 week session)

  • 4-6 Years Old
    • 3:15 pm-4:00 pm
    • 36’ courts using the red low compression balls
    • Cost: $60 for one day per week; $110 for two days per week

  • 7 Year Old & Up
    • 4:00 pm- 5:00 pm
    • 60’ courts using the orange low compression balls
    • Cost: $80 for one day per week; $150 for two days per week

USTA Fall 2017 Junior Team Tennis

The Junior Ladder format will be used for the USTA Junior Team Tennis. Participant must be a USTA member to participate.

  • At least an 8-week Session starting the first week in September. 
  • Practices on Tuesday and Thursdays at 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm; 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm
  • Matches on Friday afternoon.
  • Cost: $80 for one day per week; $140 for two days per week.

 

More about the Quick Start Format

The Quick Start Tennis play format is designed to help children find success from the very first swing. Quick Start Tennis appropriately scales down all aspects of regulation tennis—including equipment, court dimensions, and scoring—so that the game becomes specifically tailored to their age and size. The format is broken out into two age groupings, for children ages 10-under and for those who are 8-under, similar to models used successfully in other youth sports (such as youth baseball).

The play format addresses one of the most intimidating scenarios for young children learning to play tennis; playing on adult-sized courts with the same over-sized and unwieldy equipment that their parents use, as well as using the same complicated scoring system. This combination can cause children to lose interest without ever really playing and experiencing the game, not to mention actually learning the skills necessary to succeed.

Children eight and under will play on a 36′ x 18′ court, with the length of the court equaling the width of a regulation tennis court. The set-up utilizes doubles sidelines as the baselines and from the baseline to the service line as the new sidelines. Rackets will be up to 23” in size, making them easier to control than larger-sized rackets. The balls, either a foam ball or a very low compression ball, will also match the abilities of the child, bouncing lower and traveling less distance. This will enable the child to have proper swing technique, with the ball bouncing into their “comfort zones.” The net height will be 2’ 9” (three inches lower than regulation), making it easier for the child to continue the rally. Finally, scoring is brought down to a much simpler and manageable level – best of three games, with the first player to win seven points winning the game – creating a much shorter match time for still-developing attention spans.

For those children 10 and under, the size of the court will be 60’ x 21’ (60’ x 27’ for doubles), with the length of the court extending just beyond the ends of each service area. The racquet will be up to 25” in size—still manageable, but increasing with the child’s body-size and age. The ball, a low-compression ball, travels a little faster and farther than the ball utilized by the 8 and under group, but will still have a lower bounce than the standard tennis ball. Scoring becomes best of three sets, with 4 games winning a set, and the third set being first to 7 points (if necessary)

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