KIDS & TEENS TENNIS
LOVE MEANS A LOT IN TENNIS
Let the professionals at Penn Oaks
help your child grow to love the game of tennis
Join the club with a junior membership:
only $75 / year
what you receive:
reduced fees on lessons, lesson packages, and clinics
visit cards give you 10 lessons for the price of 9, and they never expire
10% off every day in the tennis shop
The Penn Oaks Junior Tennis Development Program presents the best tennis environment and instruction for players 12 and under through high school using the following guidelines:
For the players 12 and Under
Courts are smaller and easier to cover
Three levels of tennis balls for kids 8 and under and 9 to 12 years old
Balls bounce lower and move slower through the air, making them easier to hit as the ball bounces into their comfort zones
Racquets sized for small hands that are easier to grip and swing
New scoring rules that allow for more and shorter matches
Players will transition to the bigger court with more confidence
For the players 13+
We have a clinic for the beginner to advanced player. Players new to the game will be taught the strokes of the game and how to rally with other players. For the more advanced player emphasis will continue on mastering all strokes, add conditioning and match play strategies.
An advanced program is offered for the more serious player who is training for their high school teams or usta jr. tournaments.
For all the details, check out the age-specific groups below.
Registration for our junior clinic session 3 is now OPEN. Session 3 starts 1/2 and ends 2/26. Stop by Penn Oaks to register. No changes to the clinic days and times for this session. Become a member to receive the member pricing and the option of taking more than one class per week.
HOT SHOTS ELITE AGES 8-12
Students will learn all of the strokes in tennis, learn to rally and play out points. For students 8-12 who are new to the game, beginner instruction will be tailored to develop forehands, backhands, volley, overheads, serves and learn match scoring. For students who have progressed from Hot Shots more focus will be placed on developing strokes by introducing top spin, back spin and ball placement. Students will also learn basic strategies for doubles play vs. singles play. Students may start out with the orange ball (low compression ball which bounces a little faster than the red ball) then progress to the green dot ball (yellow ball with a green dot which is slower and lower bouncing than the yellow ball). Racquet sizes up to 26" are used. The court size is still smaller at 60'x 21'for orange ball. The goal is to transition our students into the High School Clinic, as well as start them in Match Play.
HOT SHOTS AGES 5-8
A beginning program designed to introduce young players to the game of tennis in a fun and exciting format! Drills and games are combined to help develop hand-eye coordination and balance while learning the basic strokes of tennis. The red balls bounce lower and travel less distance which allows the child to have proper swing technique with the ball bouncing into their comfort zones. The court is smaller - 36'x 8' and the net is 3" lower. Students use racquet sizes up to 23".
The High School clinic is for high school age players from beginner to advance levels. Players new to the game will focus on developing the different strokes and their ability to rally with other players. The more advanced players will work on improving their strokes through drills and learn to hit with spin. Players will learn proper serve technique for both the first and second serve. As players advance they will learn more about the physical and mental side of the game through more intense drilling, conditioning and competitive point play. Players will leave feeling prepared for tournament play or high school tennis.
Match play is offered on Saturday afternoon for players signed up for our clinics. It is a great way for players to get match experience. Read more about Match Play below.
Penn Oaks has an academy level program for ages 10+. Contact Penn Oaks and talk to one of our pros - Jonathan Hodess, Joel Irwin or Chris Louis - to learn more about our academy programs.
The tennis academy program is based on a detail oriented approach to the game. Using a progression style teaching method, specific stroke fundamentals will be constantly emphasized. Shot selection and recognition of offense vs. defense, based on court positioning, contact point, and opponent’s court positioning will be discussed in length. Serve and return will be a major focus, specifically using the serve to set up the first offensive ball of the rally, and learning the appropriate patterns consistent with play at a national level.
Although many of the concepts discussed here apply to all tennis players our teaching will be customized to each player’s strengths and weaknesses. This page outlines some of the benefits you will receive as a Penn Oaks Tennis Academy student.
Benefits of the program:
Maximum of 4 students on a court (increased hitting time, drill flexibility)
Teach strategy and mental aspects of competing
Assist with tournament scheduling
One on One goal setting (short and long term goal setting)
Progress reports at the end of each session