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Garden City Recreation Department News: August 27, 2010

Children’s Tennis Lessons for the Fall

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

Registration will begin Sept. 10, by mail only. All dates and prices will be listed in an upcoming article or on the 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 the 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 the 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

The 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.

Fall Roller Hockey Program

The Garden City Recreation Department is proud to announce its Fall Roller Hockey Program. Whether you played last season or haven’t played in a couple of years, now is the perfect time to sign up and experience all the fun. The fall season is set to begin in Mid-September. All programs take place at Community Park’s Roller Rink. Registration dates and fees will be announced in an upcoming column.

A reminder: Each participant is required to wear full equipment at all times. This includes: Hockey Helmet with cage, hockey gloves, shin pads, elbow pads, roller blades, hockey stick, long pants, and a protective cup.

Learn & Play Program Roller Hockey Clinic

This eight-week program has been designed to introduce the exciting game of Roller Hockey for children ages 5-7. No experience is required in hockey or roller-skating as this is a Beginners Program. This hour-long clinic will take place on Sunday afternoons at 12:45 and 2 p.m.

Recreation Department’s Dance Schedule Announced

The Recreation Department’s Dance Conservatory is pleased to announce its school year dance schedule. Registration by mail only begins on Friday, Sept. 10. Watch for further articles explaining costs and start dates in a few weeks. Classes will begin in late September. Here is what is being offered:

Mondays

10:30 a.m. Creative Movement for 3-½ to 5-year-olds

1:15 p.m. Ballet/hiphop for 4- and 5-year-olds

3:45 p.m. Hiphop for K-first grade

4:45 p.m. Ballet/tap for second to third grade

5:45 p.m. Hiphop for fourth to fifth grade

Tuesdays

10:30 a.m. Ballet/Tap for 4- and 5-year-olds

1:15 p.m. Creative Movement for 3 ½ to 5 yrs

3:45 p.m. Ballet/Tap for K-first grade

4:45 p.m. Ballet/hip-hop for second to third grade

5:45 p.m. Contemporary Dance for fourth to fifth grade

6:45 p.m. Hiphop for sixth grade and up

Wednesdays

11:30 a.m. Ballet/Hiphop for 4- and 5-years-olds

1:15 p.m. Creative Movement for 3-1/2 to 5 years

3:45 p.m. Ballet/hiphop for K-first grade

5:45 p.m. Hiphop for fourth to fifth grade

6:45 p.m. Ballet/Tap for sixth grade and up

Thursdays

10:30 a.m. Creative Movement for 3 ½ -5 yrs

1:15 p.m. Ballet/Tap for 4- and 5-year-olds

3:45 p.m. Ballet/Tap for K–first grade

4:45 p.m. Hiphop for second to third grade

5:45 p.m. Hiphop for fourth to fifth grade

6:45 p.m. Hiphop for sixth grade and up

Fridays

1:15 p.m. Creative Movement for 3-½- to 5-year-olds

2:30 p.m. Ballet/tap for 4- and 5-year-olds

3:45 p.m. Ballet/hiphop for K-first grades

4:45 p.m. Ballet/tap for second and third grades

5:45 p.m. Ballet/hiphop for fourth to fifth grades

Saturdays

10 a.m. Adult Performance Group

11 a.m. Contemporary Dance/Jazz for sixth grade and up

Noon Tap for sixth grade and up

Recreation Department Leagues

The Roller Hockey Leagues are broken into age groups. Please pay careful attention as our age groupings and dates/times have changed.

Mites Division is for 6- and 7-year-olds who have basic skating skills. Since this division is games only, if your child is new to the sports, you should register them for the learn and play clinic. Games will take place on Sunday afternoons with either a 3:15 or 4:30 p.m. start, depending on your child’s team schedule.

Junior Division – ages 8 through 10 will play on Friday afternoons

With either a 4 or 5:30 p.m. start depending on your child’s team schedule.

Senior Division – ages 11 through 13 will play on Friday evenings at either 6:45 or 8:00 p.m. depending on your child’s team schedule.

High School Open Hockey – for ages 14 to 16. Games will be played on Sundays at 5:30 p.m. in a “pick-up” format.

Adult Division for ages 30 and over – games will take place on Sunday evenings at 7:15 p.m. with an occasional “Friday night under the Lights.” Games are in “pick-up” format.

For further information on any of these programs, please visit our website at www.gardencityrecreation.org.