Learn To Play

The Thoreau Club’s year round Junior tennis program is a  progressive approach to tennis that gets kids playing quickly and having fun! The program begins with kids aged 3-4 learning to play and progresses them through to high school and tournament players who may be looking to play at the collegiate level.

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Tennis Tots

Program Description and Benefits:

Hand-eye coordination, balance and agility in small groups for kids ages 3-4.

Using small tennis rackets and soft red tennis balls, we play games with kids to help them learn how to track a moving ball and respond to it using a racket. Using kid-sized nets and courts, we teach kids how to rally (hit the ball over the net again and again).

Over the course of the session kids learn how to play tennis and meet new friends.

Fall 2017:

  • 45min. Class 1x/week
  • Sessions - 9 weeks:

Lesson Day Options:

  • Mondays 4:15pm
  • Wednesdays 4:15pm
  • Saturdays 10:00am
  • Sundays 10:00am

Cost:

  • $149/child/session for members
  • $184/child/session for community members

Prices may vary depending on lesson choice.

Red Ball 1

Program Description and Benefits:

Hand-eye coordination, balance and agility.

Using small tennis rackets and soft red tennis balls, we play games with kids to

help them learn how to track a moving ball and respond to it using a racket. Using kid-sized nets and courts, we teach kids how to rally (hit the ball over the net again and again).

Over the course of the session kids learn

how to play tennis and meet new friends.

Fall 2017 Schedule:

  • 45min. Class 1x/week
  • Sessions - 9 weeks:
    • 2017 Fall Season - TDB

Lesson Day Options:

  • Mondays 4:15pm
  • Wednesdays 4:15pm
  • Saturdays 10:00am
  • Sundays 10:00am

Session length & price may vary, based on day/class selection.

Cost:

  • $270/child/session for members
  • $305/child/session for community members

Red Ball 2

Program Description and Benefits:

Red Ball 2 players continue thier mastery of hand-eye coordination, balance and agility skills, plus learn to serve and play matches.  

Includes weekly match play sessions where a Tennis Professional guides a singles or doubles match.

Fall 2017 Schedule:

  • 1hr. Class 1x/week
  • Sessions - 10 weeks

Lesson Day Options:

  • Mondays 4pm
  • Wednesdays 4pm

Optional Match Play (1 hour):

  • Sundays 3:30pm

Weekly sign-up is required - $15 per week.
Session length & price may vary, based on day/class selection.

Cost:

  • $400/child/session for members
  • $435/child/session for community members

Orange Ball

Program Description and Benefits:

Players at this level use a slightly bigger court and a smaller orange ball. Kids gain more consistency in their strokes with faster drills and  direct shots away from their opponents.

Guided by a fitness professional, 30 minutes of each lesson includes fitness training that helps players control large muscle groups for better coordination, agility and balance.

A fun and social Match Play Program reinforces all of the tennis skills taught during lessons.

Fall 2017 Schedule:

  • 1hr Class + 30min. Fitness
  • Sessions - 10 weeks

Lesson Day Options:

Mondays

  • 4:30pm Fitness
  • 5:00pm Tennis

Wednesdays

  • 4:30pm Fitness
  • 5:00pm Tennis

Optional Match Play (1 hour):

  • Sundays 4:30pm

Weekly Sign-up required. $15 per week.
Session length & price may vary, based on day/class selection.

Cost:

  • $500/child/session for members
  • $535/child/session for community members

Green Ball

Program Description and Benefits:

Players in this stage prepare for the physical demands of covering a full court. Increased tactical development is emphasized including use of angles, spin, depth control and moving the opponent.

Young players develop an understanding of the opponent's strengths and weaknesses and learn to incorporate these tactics in attacking and defending their position.

Physically, we add resistance to balance challenges and increase speed and agility training. Fitness Professionals coach players for 30 minutes during each practice to develop these skills safely. Age-specific stretches are practiced and emphasized to help kids avoid injury.

At weekly match play sessions coaches  identify areas for improvement, players learn self-reliance on the court and negotiate important social situations and build strong relationships with their athlete peers.

Fall 2017 Schedule:

  • 1hr Class + 30min. Fitness
  • Sessions 20 Weeks

Lesson Day Options:

Mondays:

  • 4:00pm - Tennis
  • 5:00pm - Fitness

Wednesdays:

  • 4:00pm - Tennis
  • 5:00pm - Fitness

Optional Match Play:

  • Sundays 3:30pm

Weekly Sign-up required. $15 per week.
Session length & price may vary, based on day/class selection.

Cost:

  • $1000/child/session

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Rate adjustment available for players who need to end Session 2 early to participate in their School Spring season. All Green Ball players are required to have a Jr. Tennis Thoreau Club membership.

Yellow Ball 1

Program Description and Benefits:

Designed for junior players who are looking to participate in USTA tournaments, the Tournament Track features coaching by Tennis Professionals who have led juniors to competitive success and National ranking status.

This is an intensive track where players gain expertise in technical and strategic components of play. Each instructional practice includes 30 minutes of training with a Fitness Professional to improve cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength, muscle endurance and power and speed.

Combined with tennis instruction, strength and speed training will result in increased power, speed and reaction time on the court. Flexibility training decreases the risk of injury and helps players prepare for a long successful tennis career.

Fall 2017 Schedule:

  • 2hr Class + 30min. Fitness 1x/week
  • Sessions 19 Weeks:

Lesson Day Options:

Tuesdays:

  • 4:30pm - Fitness
  • 5:00pm - Tennis

Thursdays:

  • 4:30pm - Fitness
  • 5:00pm - Tennis

Optional Match Play:

  • Sundays 2:00pm

Weekly Sign-up required. $15 per week.
Session length & price may vary, based on day/class selection.

Cost:

$2413/player/session


 Rate adjustment available for players who need to end Session 2 early to participate in their High School Spring season. All Yellow Ball players are required to have a Jr. Tennis Thoreau Club membership.

Yellow Ball 2&3 - Tournament & HS

Program Description and Benefits:

Junior players aiming for their High School Varsity team follow this track that starts with moving from playing with a Green Ball and a slightly smaller court to using the full court and a high-compression traditional Yellow Ball. Yellow Ball 2 players receive coaching to help them be competitive on high school teams.

30 minutes of training with a Fitness Professional helps athletes improve cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength, muscle endurance and flexibility.

Fall 2017 Schedule:

  • 1.5hr Class + 30min. Fitness
  • Sessions 20 Weeks

High School Session 2

  • 7-Week Sessions
  • Jan. 22nd to Mar. 18th

Lesson Day Options:

Level 2:

Tuesdays:

  • 4:30pm - Fitness
  • 5:00pm - Tennis

Thursdays:

  • 4:30pm - Fitness
  • 5:00pm - Tennis
Level 3:

Tuesdays:

  • 3:30 - Tennis
  • 5:00pm - Fitness

Fridays:

  • 4:30 - Fitness
  • 5:00pm - Tennis

Saturdays:

  • 11:00am  - Tennis

Optional Match Plays:

  • Level 1:  2:00pm - Sundays
  • Level 2:  6:30pm - Fridays
  • Level 3:  2:00pm - Sundays

Weekly Sign-up required. $15 per week.
Session length & price may vary, based on day/class selection.

Cost:

  • $1140/player/session

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Rate adjustment available for players who need to end Session 2 early to participate in their High School Spring season. All Yellow Ball players are required to have a Jr. Tennis Thoreau Club membership