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NATIONAL TENNIS CENTER

10 AND UNDER TENNIS

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Our 10 and Under Tennis programs introduce tennis to children based on age, physical size and ability. By modifying the court dimensions (36 feet or 60 feet in length), equipment (appropriately sized tennis racquets and red, orange or green balls), net height and scoring system, coupled with a play component, children develop better technical and point-playing skills.
 
If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call at (718) 760-6200 or contact us by email at ntcprograms@usta.com.

2016 SPRING PROGRAMS

Please refer to Spring schedule for the dates below.
Online registration now available. Mail-in and in-person registration start on Wednesday, March 23.  
 
Mondays: 4/11-6/20 (no class 5/30)
Tuesday: 4/12-6/21
Wednesdays: 4/13-6/22
Thursdays: 4/14-6/23
Fridays: 4/15-6/10
Saturdays: 4/23-6/25, no class 5/28 (Last Winter session is 4/16)
Sundays: 4/24-6/26, no class 5/29 (Last Winter session is 4/17)
 
Session-end, make-up clinics will be offered to eligible customers.
Friday, June 17 and 24, 2016
 
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< Ages 2 ½-4 years >

Mommy and Me (Adult/Child) On-Court Activity - Interactive adult and child play time introducing the fundamentals of tennis in a game-based environment. Skill building - motor skills; movement and balance exercises through fun activities and games. Use of red foam and felt balls and 36-foot Red Courts.

< Ages 4-5 years >

10U RED 1 (QSTFT) - Players are introduced to the fundamentals of tennis through activities designed to build a solid foundation for long term athletic development. Activities are focused on developing the ABCs (agility, balance and coordination) all while forming the skills necessary to serve, rally and score. Use of red foam and felt balls and 36-foot Red Courts. Recommended: 1-2 days a week.

< Ages 6-8 years >

10U RED 2 (QS1) - In this class, players continue to sharpen their ABCs (agility, balance and coordination) while beginning to develop more dynamic movement and footwork patterns that focus on sending and receiving. Introduction to topspin and underspin on both forehand and backhand strokes and the different grips used. Ability to intentionally place the ball short, deep and side-to-side is crucial before graduating to next level. Typically, this is the developmental stage with the greatest duration. Red felt balls on a 36-foot Red Court. Recommended: 1-2 days a week.

< Ages 8-10 years >
10U ORANGE 1 (QS2) - This builds upon the sound athletic base established in earlier classes while integrating more spatial and time constraints. Players utilize control, spin, and positioning to their advantage while also being able to consistently rally and co-operate with a partner. The ability to maintain proper technique during points and proficiency on serve is a necessity before graduating to the next level.  
10U ORANGE 2 (QS3) - This next level of Orange includes a large element of competition and point play focus. Students should be participating in PlayDays before going to green. Orange Balls on 60’ Orange Court. Recommended 2 days a week.
10U GREEN 1 (QSMO) - Players in this class are technically sound and tactically engaged. Players are beginning to determine their style of play and how it matches up with other styles. This class will incorporate both singles and doubles strategy and play. Orange balls on 60-foot Orange Court and green balls on 78-foot Green Court. Recommended: At least 2 days a week at this level.

10U GREEN 2 (QSTP) - Academy 10U - At this stage of the development pathway, players have chosen tennis as a primary sport and are actively and regularly participating in 8U or 10U tournaments. Green balls on 78-foot Green Court. Recommended: At least 2 days a week at this level. See Academy 10U.

Academy 10U and Feed the Feeder

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Academy 10U - 10U Green 2 category players may be considered to participate in the Academy. All selection criteria described above will apply to this group of players. Green balls may be used for this group to ensure a better learning environment and progress.
 
Feed the Feeder - Working in conjunction with the USTA Player Development Feeder program, this program is an invitation-only development pathway for those TAUT players hoping to become a part of the Feeder program.

Tennis Slam Friday and PlayDay

Tennis Slam Friday is Point System Match Play for 10U Green 1, 10U Academy/Feed the Feeder players.
 
Tennis Slam Fridays: 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

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