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                            KIDS TENNIS  12 AND UNDER/13 AND OLDER (Jr's)

                  TENNIS SHOULD BE A GAME BEFORE IT BECOMES A SPORT

       WINTER PROGRAMS  AND SUMMER PROGRAMS TEACHING SCHEDULE

Tennis is an exciting sport and learning it early can help set the stage for a lifelong activity. Through our program, your child will:

Learn by playing in interactive game situations
Gain new skills and boost self esteem
Increase stamina and agility
Learn lessons on sportsmanship
Build new friendships and increase socialization and teamwork skills
Improve gross motor skills including eye-hand coordination

Teaching Youth 5-8

Now, I realize that you may be tempted to skip over this lesson, and get straight to the technical aspects of teaching. Please don't! Understanding the tennis teaching mindset is absolutely CRITICAL for teaching your child how to play tennis.  The three necessary characteristics of any tennis teacher: patience, enthusiasm, and understanding.

Patience

In order to be a successful tennis teacher for children of any age, but particularly for children ages 5-10, you must be incredibly patient. More precisely, you have to be prepared for your child to be unable to hit the ball over the net for the first 50 or more hours on the court. Yes, 50 hours! In my tennis teaching experience, I have had children on the tennis court for two 25 hour weeks that were only able to hit a fed ball over the net at the end of the second week. For many, it can take an entire summer of teaching before the child can begin to rally. As the parent, yelling at your child, or showing frustration during these first hours on the court, is completely counter productive. If you want to teach your child how to play tennis, you must be positive during the beginning of this sometimes painful learning curve.

Enthusiasm

The best tennis teachers are enthusiastic. If you as the parent show enthusiasm for being on the tennis court, your child will likely be more enthusiastic about going out on to the tennis court. After all, if the

Child associates going out on to the tennis court with fun and excitement, she will be thrilled when her mother announces, "It's time to go practice that forehand!" As the parent, this enthusiasm must be consistent throughout the training. If this enthusiasm is not present, you will soon find yourself forcing your child to go back to the tennis court.

Understanding

Unfortunately, tennis is not for everyone. There are some children I have shown incredible amounts of patience and excitement who just don't like playing tennis. If you find after two or three weeks on the court that your child fits this description, you may have to be understanding about tennis not being your child's sport. Although Andre Agassi turned out to be a great tennis player despite being forced to play by his parents, forcing a child to keep playing tennis does not work out for 99% of those who try.

Options for 12 And Under And Juniors:

Semi-private groups teaching coordination, team work and responsibility
Private sessions to coordinate with Junior High School and High School team programs
Specialized junior summer camp programs
For children ages 4 - 8, I recommend 30 minute lessons, two to three times a week. Sessions in half hour blocks do not overextended the younger players' attention span. Over the years, I found shorter sessions will maximize learning while keeping up the desire to continue.

And as an added benefit, learning tennis at a young age has long-lasting benefits. As we've all heard before, the younger you are, the better you learn. So many of my adult lessons mention that they played as children. While they may not remember the game of tennis, their bodies do and they can pick it back up with surprising ease.

Junior Tennis Lessons
Learn, Practice and Play for Juniors (ages 8 -12)
Youth beginners and intermediates (participants will be divided into skill levels) can learn/review the fundamentals of tennis techniques and strokes using the USTA’s Quickstart method with modified courts and equipment. Emphasis is on fun, fitness and play. In addition, we will have a Team Tennis event at the conclusion of each session on the last day of the session. In the event of rain the Team Tennis Event will be held on Friday. Classes will meet twice a week for four weeks.Class size limited to six.


BEGINNING/RED LEVEL

The 36 Red format. (19- to 23-inch racket).

Level I This class introduces players to the forehand, backhand, serve, and volley, and teaches students how to keep score in a game. This class is for players with little or no tennis background.

 Players in this format are being introduced to the proper grip, preparation and swing path for each stroke as well as learning the basic footwork patterns and stances. Tactically, red players are acquiring the skills of consistency, placement, and basic spin as they learn to control the ball and rally. To begin points, red players are developing a consistent toss and rhythmic service motion to minimize double faults and learning to apply the proper ground-stroke technique.

 

INTERMEDIATE/ORANGE LEVEL

The 60 Orange format. (23 to 25-inch racket).

Level II This class gives a review of forehand and backhand groundstrokes, serve and net game, as presented in the beginning class. Emphasis is given on increasing control and length of rallies with drills geared to play situations. Time for playing is increased. This class is for students who have taken a beginning class before.

 Players In this format are developing more advanced stroke technique, greater court coverage and improved recognition skills. Orange players need to develop greater racket-head speed to control the ball with improved pace, spin, height and depth. Tactically, orange players are developing high percentage patterns with the forehand as a weapon from the baseline and improving net transition skills on a larger court. Orange players are progressing in their ability to hold serve with greater spin, power and control and are learning to read the serve and adjust the size of their backswing on the return accordingly

     

ADVANCE/GREEN LEVEL

The 78 Green Format. (25-27-Inch racket)

Level III - This is our highest skilled class. It is geared to players who have good consistency in hitting their forehand, and backhand groundstrokes and can keep a rally going. Players at this level should have had some exposure to net play and will work on refinement of the volley, overhead and approach shots. In addition, there is an emphasis on improving court coverage and strategy.

Players in this format should display refined stroke technique, movement skills and recognition to properly cover the full-sized court. Green players have the correct grips, preparation and swing paths for all strokes and a higher level of spin, pace and control than orange players. From the backcourt, green players have developed the forehand as weapon, a reliable backhand and sound decision making. Tactically, green players have improved their ability to defend and also to attack the net with proper positioning and dependable execution of volleys and overheads. On the serve, green players are continuing to develop the serve as a weapon with refined spin, placement and consistency. When returning, green players have the ability to use the block return on more powerful first serves and have developed an aggressive second-serve return.

Teen Tennis For teenagers who have never played tennis before. Learn the game with your peers. (ages 13 And Older)

Level I This class introduces players to the forehand, backhand, serve, and volley, and teaches students how to keep score in a game. This class is for players with little or no tennis background.

Level II This class gives a review of forehand and backhand groundstrokes, serve and net game, as presented in the beginning class. Emphasis is given on increasing control and length of rallies with drills geared to play situations. Time for playing is increased. This class is for students who have taken a beginning class before.

Level III Teenage players advancing beyond level two sould qualify for RA High School Tennis Innovations Development Program.

Other Youth Tennis Programs (Experience Junior Players)

Futures Program for Junior Players, Ages: 8 to 12 This program is for junior players previously involved in junior tennis. Participants in this program must have the skill and desire to continue to improve their level of play. It is intended that these groups will develop over the years so that they are able to enter sanctioned USTA tournaments and be competitive once they reach high school. Players will be placed in a class with juniors of similar experience and ability.

Each session includes: stroke analysis, instruction, drills, tactics, footwork, conditioning, and doubles and singles strategy.

High School Tennis Innovations Development Program I, Ages: 12 to 17 This program is for rising high school players and those already in high school. This match play program will develop competitive skills for both singles and doubles play under actual match conditions. Emphasis will be on strategy, conditioning, and footwork. Players must already be competitive to enter this program.

Contact/Information

Lee(Alligator)James Aka Steppin Lee

Telephone 

Office  Primary  650-245-4701 (Best Number for Immediate contact)

Office-SF/Peninsula 650-557-3580

        Office-East-Bay 510-986-4055 

FAX
650-251-4171
Postal-Address
 P.O.-Box 816 Pacifica, CA 94044
Electronic-mail
General-Information: LeeJamesTennis@aol.com
Telephone 
Office-SF/Peninsula 650-557-3580

        Office-East-Bay 510-986-4055 

Registration   Send Your Contact Information to    LeeJamesTennis@aol.com

We will contact you to schedule your lesson.