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JUNIOR CLINICS:

2017 Junior Spring Clinic Registration Information

Junior clinics are a great way to be active, to have fun and, most importantly, to take your skills to the next level. To ensure this, we are happy to have our dynamic team of coaches led by Head Pro, Ryan Chow, long-time Assistant Pro, George Cenic, along with a number of other capable professionals from Toronto Tennis Academy.

Each clinic consists of 6 one-hour sessions as follows:
Session 1
Monday & Wednesday (4-5 or 5-6 p.m.) – May 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17
Tuesday & Thursday (4-5 or 5-6 p.m.) – May 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18

Session 2
Monday & Wednesday (4-5 or 5-6 p.m.) – May 24, 29, 31, June 5, 7, 12
Tuesday & Thursday (4-5 or 5-6 p.m.) – May 23, 25, 30, June 1, 6, 8
Rain make-up sessions: June 14-15 (4- 6 p.m.)

Please note the following expectations:
· The cost is $70.00 per clinic (including HST). See payment details below.
· These clinics are for Junior LTC members only.
· Each member may register for a maximum of one clinic per session. Registering for more than one spot will result in the forfeit of all spots. You must login and register separately for each Junior member (i.e., the registrant’s name must be accurate).
· Members must register for the appropriate level of clinic. Registering for an inappropriate level of clinic will result in the forfeit of this spot. To ensure accuracy, please refer to the self-rating guide (attached). If there is any doubt, please contact our head pro, Ryan Chow (headpro@leasidetennis.org). He will be available at our Junior Open House on Thursday, April 6, 5-7 p.m.
· If the clinic is full and you choose to be placed on the waitlist: if a cancellation occurs, all of those on the waitlist will receive an email indicating that there is one open spot and inviting you to register on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis.

Online Registration

We have adopted an ONLINE registration system – so there is no need to stand in line at the clubhouse for an extended period of time to sign up. Note the date and time on-line registration opens (below). The on-line registration process will be similar to online membership renewal process. All registration requests will be processed once online payment has been received.

These clinics are very popular with a limited number of spaces, so prepare to act fast! It is ‘first come, first serve’! ONLINE registration for Junior Clinics (May & June) opens on Friday April 7, 2017 at 7:00 a.m.

Completing the Online Registration Process
1 Go to LTC home page ‘leasidetennis.org
2 Click on ‘Member’s Area’ on top-right side of the page.
3 Login to your child’s LTC account (you must login separately for each child).
4 Click on ‘Court Usage’ on left side of page.
5 Click on ‘Event Sign-Ups’ tab on top-left of page.
6 Select your playing level on the left side of the page.
7 Click on ‘Sign-Up’ for your preferred clinic in the middle of the page. Note the start date of the clinic and the number of available spots.
8 Fill in the appropriate information.
9 Select ‘Sign-up and Pay Now…’. You will be redirected to PayPal (which is our sole
payment platform). n.B.: A PayPal account is not required, but if your email or Credit Card is associated with one, you must use it. The full amount is $70.00 per registered clinic. Registration will only be confirmed when appropriate payment is made.

If you cannot remember your LTC member password, please contact Rita Lee at bod@leasidetennis.org.

 

Progressive Tennis Development Program

Beginner (Red Ball): A fun way to introduce kids to the game of tennis. Participants will learn in a safe and fun environment through the games-based approach to learning while also working on the 5 basic FUNdamentals. Progressive nets, slower balls, appropriate sized racquets make it the right time to learn! Ages (5-8) 12 spots available

Novice (Orange Ball)- Players will build on the 5 fundamentals. This is the most important stage of progressive tennis development. Court size is from the service line with the potential to play from 3/4 of a full court. Typically orange colour sized tennis balls will be used to rally and play games with. Ages (7-10) 6 spots available

Intermediate (Green Dot Ball)- kids at this stage can typically rally over a net from the service line(half of a regular court) Players will be now challenged at a 3/4 court stage. They have an idea of how to hit the ball at the different stages of the court including the net. Players will learn through a variety of drills and games. Players will learn to compete while emphasizing good sportmanship and fair play. (ages 9-12) 6 spots available

Advanced: Players at this stage have an idea of all the shots in tennis and show they can play on a full court. A mixture of easy play and regular tennis balls will be used both as a teaching aid to improve at a quicker rate. Players should be able to rally and play from the 3/4 court line and will then move to the full court line based on the level of the group. Players will learn to compete in both singles and doubles. Many players in this group also play for Leaside’s junior teams or play outside the clinics as well for fun! (Ages11-16) 6 spots available

Exceptions and group placement may change based on age, skill level, athleticism, motor skills, ability to follow instructions, advancement over the course of classes, and the coach’s discretion.

Team Practices – Friday 4-6pm for 8 weeks

The team practices will have a competitive and high performance atmosphere. Players are expected to come to each practice prepared with strung racquets, non-marking tennis shoes, water, sports drinks, snacks (nut free), sunscreen, a large towel, spare clothes, and anything else the player may need. In order to get the most out of each and every practice, players must be punctual and ready to play.

Each week the focus will be on learning to be a competitive player and will evolve over the course of the 8 weeks. Each practice will start with a physical warm up, tennis-specific warm up, followed by drills to help with consistency and tactics to prepare players for the weekend matches, a portion of the lesson will focus on competitive games to develop a better player as a whole focusing on the game of doubles. Coaches will help players learn to improve their doubles play, introducing them to many different situations to improve positioning, movement, shot selection, team work, and mental preparation for matches.

Each session may include an off court component to help improve the player as an athlete including injury prevention and core exercises along with speed and agility training. The coaches will try to help players technically but for those who want more focus on technique they can book private lessons outside of the class.

In the past, we have seen a much quicker improvement for player’s who do commit to working with a coach one on one. Any further questions will be answered at the tryouts!

ASSESSING THE LEVEL of your junior’s play:

BEGINNER: a fun way to introduce kids to the game of tennis. Smaller courts, smaller racquets, bigger balls make it the right way to learn. Kids will be introduced to the five fundamentals* of tennis with the emphasis on fun! (ages 5 – 7)

NOVICE – Players will build on the 5 fundamentals.* This is the most important stage of progressive tennis development. Court adjustments are adjusted smaller but with a similar ratio as full court. Typically orange colour-sized tennis balls will be used to rally and play games.

INTERMEDIATE: kids at this stage can typically rally over a net from the service line(half of a regular court) Players will be now challenged at a 3/4 court stage. They have an idea of how to hit the ball at the different stages of the court including at the net. Players will learn through a variety of drills and games. Players will learn to compete while emphasizing good sportsmanship and fair play.

ADVANCED: players at this stage have an idea of all the shots in tennis and show they can play on a full court. A mixture of easy play and regular tennis balls will be used both as a teaching aid to improve at a quicker rate. Players should be able to rally and play from the 3/4 court line and will then move to the full court line based on the level of the group. Players will learn to compete in both singles and doubles. Many players in this group also play for Leaside’s junior teams or play outside the clinics for fun and challenge!

*Five Fundamentals to tennis:

1) Grip 2) Set-up 3) Impact 4) Hitting Zone 5) Recovery