Think your kid may be the next Roger Federer? Want him to get some exercise while still having fun? Whether he’s starting at the pee-wee level is well on his way to becoming a seasoned pro, there’s a tennis program just right for him.
Cost: Starts at $475/19 wks.
Kids learn match strategy, tactics and the mental aspect of the game in mind-and body-training sessions. There are “Pee Wee Clinics” (ages 4–6) and “Tournament Clinics” (ages 10–18).
139 Brooklake Rd., Florham Park
973-377-2235, ext. 137; brooklaketennis.com
Cost: Starts at $280/10 wks.
Players as young as 3 spend an hour learning stroke mechanics and doing drills to improve footwork and balance.
Locations in Chatham, Marlboro, Mt. Olive and Morristown
Cost: Prices vary
If he’s just starting out, get him moving in the “Red Ball” program, where newbies ages 3–8 play on shorter courts using soft compression balls. Older kids (ages 8–10) get competitive in the “Orange Ball” session, where they do drills to improve their strokes and serves. There are also private lessons and a “Match Play” program, where kids face off against other players.
11 Ruth St., East Brunswick
Cost: Starts at $336/13 wks.
Littles 5 and under get a head start on basic movements and learn how to make contact with the ball in this just-for-them class. Kids 6 and up start at “Level 1,” where they develop coordination and learn basic strokes, or skip to “Level 3,” where they learn split and recovery moves.
1 Villa Dr., Edison
Ages: 8 and up
Cost: Starts at $300/12 wks.
Got an experienced player at home? This junior program is among the most comprehensive and competitive in NJ. The head pro, John Costanzo, has developed more USTA-ranked juniors than almost any other coach in the US. Pick from six different clinic levels that range from beginner to highly competitive.
587 Garrestson Rd. Bridgewater
Ages: 7 and up
He can get in on the action in weekly lessons that include drill work, challenge court time and basic tournament play.
574 Valley St., Maplewood
Cost: Prices vary
Budding Serena Williams begin at the “Pee Wee” level (ages 3–4) before making their way up to the “Advanced Intermediate Program” (ages 12–15). Beginner programs use shortened courts, while the older groups focus on stroke technique and rallying with regulation balls and courts.
1800 Rte. 206, Skillman
Ages: 10 and under
Cost: Starts at $295/members and $345/non-members
Get a hands-on introduction to the mechanics of the game in the “Quickstart” program, where players use modified equipment in small groups to learn about hitting the ball over the net, plus proper positioning.
Hendrickson Dr., West Windsor Township
Cost: Prices vary
Kids ages 4–5 begin by learning hand-eye coordination, balance and ground strokes in the “Pee-Wee” class. Once they’ve mastered the basics, they work on stroke technique in the “Advanced Beginner” session before graduating to the “Intermediate” class, which teaches scoring and positioning.
40 Watchung Ave., Chatham
973 507 9412; strandtc.com
Cost: Starts at $208/13 wks.
Athletes-in-training (ages 4–5) start by learning how to throw, catch and track balls. From there they move on to strokes in the 6- to 7-year-old program and work their way up to rallying and competitive play once they turn 8.
Ages: 3 and up
Cost: Starts at $90/season
Aspiring players begin at the “Yellow” level, where they learn the rules of the game, tennis lingo and how to hold the racquet. Then they move to the “Orange,” “Red,” or “Blue” class where they develop their strokes and work on their footwork.
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