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Our Academy follows the USTA Player Development coaching philosophy and concepts that are instrumental in long-term development of outstanding players. Our goal is to help players develop tournament mentality backed by solid parameters, fitness and strategic thinking.
USTA Coaching Philosophy
Our training process will include a drilling portion, point and match play, and conditioning.
In the drilling portion, you will see a simple progression from hand feeding to racquet feeding to live ball drills. Progressions will be customized to meet the specific needs of the players. In this portion coaches will help players acquire and maintain good technique, patterns of movement and proper recovery. In the point and match play portion we will focus on developing patterns of play, ball recognition and strategy to help players improve their match play experience. Coaches will provide players with shot selection and court positioning techniques and monitor the behavior of the players in different match situations to help them succeed in a competitive environment. Conditioning will include basic conditioning testing which will measure players’ endurance, balance, strength, speed and agility. Results of the testing will be shared with the players. Fitness training program will be customized to the group needs.
Juniors who apply for the Academy must be either actively competing in sanctioned tournaments or have the appropriate NTC ratings. Player commitment to excellence, an outstanding work ethic and respect toward fellow students and coaches is expected. Players will be evaluated by our coaching staff and will be placed in the groups according to their level. Further changes in groupings may take place if the players demonstrate substantial progress. It is essential that players recognize the importance of working as a team to ensure the best learning experience.
Academy 10U - Players in the 10 and Under Tennis (TAUT) category may be considered to participate in the Academy. All selection criteria described above will apply to this group of players. Green dot balls may be used for this group of players to ensure a better learning environment and progress. Feed the Feeder - Working in conjunction with the USTA Player Development Feeder program, this program is a tryout-based development pathway for those TAUT players hoping to become a part of the Feeder program.
Ages 8-10 years old
Feed the Feeder (based on tryout only)
Ages 11-13 years old
Ages 14-17 years old