NATIONAL TENNIS CENTER

JUNIOR TENNIS PROGRAMS

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Tennis, the sport for a lifetime, is for everyone. We have programs and certified instructors that teach the game to all ability levels – we offer instruction from the player who has never held a racquet to top-flight USTA Player Development-level talent. 
 
If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call at (718) 760-6200 or contact us by e-mail at: ntcprograms@usta.com.

2014 SPRING PROGRAMMING

Spring Programs start on Monday, April 21 and end Sunday, June 22.
(No junior classes: Friday, May 23 - Monday, May 26 and Friday, June 20)  
 
Winter Programs end Sunday, April 13. Please call for more information.
Space is limited. Register online today.

JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT (AGES 10-17)

 
Ages 10-12
  • Beginner – RED (1.0-1.5): Players are introduced to the fundamentals of tennis through drills and play-based activities.
  • Advanced Beginner – GREEN (2.0): Players have limited on-court experience and are still developing their basic tennis strokes. They are working to improve consistency in rallying the ball over the net.  Players engage in a variety of play-based activities to help them develop playing strategies.
  • Low Intermediate – BLUE (2.5): Players continue to perfect basic tennis skills. They are introduced to the tennis game format and scoring, and they begin to develop an understanding of the game. Overhead serves and games-based drills are a focal point at this level.
  • Intermediate – BRONZE (3.0): Players have developed an overall game. They are starting to understand basic tactical and strategic approaches to match play. For more serious players at this level , we  offer Competitive Training – Tennis Academy. Please see Academy information.
Ages 13-17
  • HS RED  Beginner (1.0-1.5): Players are introduced to the fundamentals of tennis through drills and play-based activities.
  • HS GREEN  – Advanced Beginner (2.0): Players have limited on-court experience and are still developing their basic tennis strokes. They are working to improve consistency in rallying the ball over the net. Players engage in a variety of play-based activities to help them develop playing strategies. 
  • HS BLUE – Low Intermediate (2.5-3.0): Players continue to perfect basic tennis skills. They are introduced to the tennis game format and scoring, and they begin to develop an understanding of the game. Overhead serves and games-based drills are a focal point at this level. New this session, this class is offered with special Sports conditioning which will measure player’s endurance, balance, strength, speed and agility.      
  • High School Team-3.5 and High School Team-4.0Players have developed an overall game. They are starting to understand certain basic tactical and strategic approaches to match play. This level is part of Competitive Training – Tennis Academy. Please refer to Tennis Academy registration form

JUNIOR TENNIS ACADEMY (AGES 8-17)

Print registration form  or  log in to register online

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
       Academy - 10U
       Feed the Feeder (based on tryout only)
Ages 11-13 years old
       Academy - 3.0      Academy - 3.5
Ages 14-17 years old
       Academy - 3.5      Academy - 4.0      Academy - 4.5
 

TENNIS SLAM FRIDAYS

Tennis Slam is Point System Match Play for 10U GREEN 1 (QSMO), GREEN 2 (QSTP-Academy) Junior Development with NTC rating 2.5 and up and Junior Tennis Academy Players. Enroll in two 1.5 hour programs or two Academy classes and compete in Tennis Slam Fridays for free. (Registration in the Free Tennis Slam Fridays must be confirmed through the Programs Office.)
 
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