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Garden City Recreation Department News: August 20, 2010

Children’s Tennis for the Fall, Description and Schedule

The Recreation Department will offer tennis lessons to children ages 4–18 at the Community Park Tennis Center.  The lesson program will start in late September and run through December.  

Registration will begin in early Sept. 10, by mail only. All dates and prices will be listed in an upcoming article or on our website on Sept.10. Here is a description of the classes offered and the Days/Times of each level:

Tots Tennis (ages 4 to 5) Tuesday or Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.

Pee Wee Tennis (ages 5 to 7 years)

The major goal of this program is to introduce young children into the ‘fun and rewarding world’ of tennis. The equipment and size of the playing area are tailored down to a comfortable size for young children. Emphasis is placed on learning basic movement and striking skills. Rackets are provided at this level only. This program is offered on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday at 3:30 or 4:30 p.m.; Friday at 3:30 p.m.; and Saturday at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 p.m.

Novice Tennis Program (ages 6 and 7 years) The novice level program is designed for children who have taken two or more sessions of Pee Wee Tennis Lessons, and who have mastered the basic movement and striking skills. The children will be introduced to a full size tennis court, but emphasis continues to be on the ‘fun world’ of tennis, while reinforcing the basic movement and striking skills.  Serving and scorekeeping will also be introduced. The program is offered Monday or Wednesday at 4:30 or 5:30 p.m.; Tuesday or Friday at 3:30 p.m.; Thursday at 3:30, 4:30 or 5:30 p.m.; and Saturday at 12:30 or 1:30 p.m.  

Junior Tennis Program (ages 8 to 11 years) The junior program is an extension of the Novice Level Program. Emphasis continues to be on efficient movement and striking concepts, and skills related to tennis play. The concept of trying hard, having fun, and improving remains at the heart of the lessons. An introduction to the benefits of competitive fair play and respect for opponents is provided.  The program is offered Monday at 3:30 or 4:30 p.m., Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.; Wednesday or Thursday at 3:30, 4:30 or 5:30 p.m.; Friday at 3:30 p.m.; and Saturday at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.

Advanced Junior Classes (ages 8 to 11 years) The advanced level classes are for the more serious, more advanced student who has mastered the elements of our Junior Level program. Classes are held on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.; and Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

Senior Tennis Program (ages 12 and older) The senior programs are focused on the fundamentals of recreational and competitive play, including tennis fitness, stroke mechanics; positional play movement, and strategies. All strokes are introduced and/or reviewed in the first several sessions, with drills and integration of strokes and strategies built into subsequent lessons. The program is offered Tuesday or Thursday at 5:30 p.m.; Friday at 4:40 p.m.; and Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

Senior Advanced Tennis (ages 12 and older) The advanced level classes are for the more serious, more advanced Student who is of the appropriate age and has mastered the skills offered in our Junior or Senior Level programs.  Offered – Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday at 11 a.m.

Ultimate Workout for Juniors (ages 9 to 11) or Seniors (ages 12 and up) For youngsters who want to ‘hone’ their skills and get a good workout.  Be ready for intense and demanding drill sessions.

US Sports Institute Multi Sport Camp for Ages 5 to 14

Our department is pleased to work in conjunction with the US Sports Institute to offer several new programs this summer. Experience over 15 different sports in one week in a fun and exciting setting. A sampling of sports offered are cricket, bocce, rugby, soccer, handball, and baseball. The camp is divided into a half or full day camp as follows:

When: Week of Aug. 30 – Sept. 3

Where: St. Paul’s Fields

Half-day camp for ages 5 to 7 (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) Cost: $169. This camp gives the younger participants the experience of 12 sports in a week. Instruction will be given in each sport culminating in a game situation. After a half-hour lunch break, the children will return to participate in USSI’s “Olympic Games” and World Cup.

Full-day camp for ages 7 to 14 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) Cost: $189. Participants in this camp will receive all of the above plus several additional sports and challenges. Please note that a special application is needed for this camp. Please visit the office at 108 Rockaway Ave. to register.