Thursday, December 1, 2016

FAMILY TENNIS over the holidays—learn, practice, compete!

1) Learn –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– 

PRIVATE LESSONS: If you're interested in a Quarter Court, orange ball, or full-court lesson with Coaches Joann, Susan or Koko, let us know, we'll offer private lessons in December and January.  E-mail joannbristol@mac.com to schedule.  For MOMS and DADS who would like to learn to play tennis, consider a private lesson or family Quarter Court lesson, you'll see how much you love it.  Questions welcomed about getting involved in a USTA team, happy to help you self-rate, and get you on the right track.  Tennis is a sport you can play as a family forever!  I didn't start playing until I was 37, and have made some of my closest friends playing on tennis teams 😀.

SPRING CLINICS coming soon:

Spring Session One will begin 
Monday, January 30th, 2017, watch for registration details mid-December. 

KOKO's CLINICS:  Koko will continue his Intermediate (Mon/Wed) and Academy (Tues/Thurs) clinics for older players (12 and up) on a "pay as you go" basis through December 22nd, then resume January 2nd.  E-mail Koko at dawoodk@hotmail.com with questions.

December 17th - 18th, Seahawks Winter Tennis Camp, UNCW!
Highly recommended for all ages and skill levels.

2) Practice ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

FAMILY TENNIS at home:   Over the holidays, join the kids outside and play some family Quarter Court (QC) tennis in your driveway, great exercise and so much fun!

Practice rallying, ball control, serving and scoring.  All you need is a 10' tennis net like this one from Wilson, same brand we use at Holly Tree....or here's one from Street Tennis Club, also perfect for your driveway...

...and some balls, preferably the lower-compression red balls like we use in class which don't bounce up as high and are a bit slower for our new players.  

Quarter Court rules are very similar to tennis, or you can just practice hitting the ball back and forth and simplify the scoring as you see fit.

If playing in your driveway is not convenient, and you're not a member of Holly Tree, you can call the Althea Gibson Tennis Center and ask about reserving a court and a small net to play QC tennis at the area's largest public tennis facility.   Phone number is (910) 341-4631, the Tennis Director there is Tari-Ann Toro.   There are other public courts in town as well (Hugh MacRae Park, Ogden Park), and if you're playing with your kids, try and stick with whatever balls they're using in class, because regular yellow tennis balls will bounce out of a young person's strike zone (no fun!).  Orange balls available here.

3) Compete ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

Save the date:  

Quarter Court Family Tournament, a great experience for the whole family, SATURDAY afternoon, January 7th, details to come!

More photos from one of our 2015 Quarter Court tournaments here.

Happy December!