Age 10 and Under Programs
Steve Ondish, the founder of Tennis Systems Academy and our Director of Tennis, brings an outstanding 30-year track record of developing high school, college, and professional players. Our staff of highly trained pros, who have both played and coached at the USTA, NCAA, WTA, and ATP Pro Tour, levels are committed to providing the highest quality and most enjoyable instructional experience in the area. We emphasize learning, fun, and a true collegial atmosphere across all ages and abilities. Whether your child is a beginner looking to learn the game, a junior focusing on a high school or college career, a nationally ranked player aiming for an NCAA scholarship and pro circuit success, or an adult looking to improve their game, we will provide the program and support that will enable you to pursue your tennis goals.
Red Ball ( 1 ) Level 1
Red Ball is the first level of the youth progression and the approximate age range is 4-8 years old. The children will learn the basic stroke mechanics of tennis and will be introduced to rallying soft compression tennis balls. During this clinic, children will develop their athletic skills utilizing coordination-based drills. Red Ball uses a smaller net, smaller court, and slightly larger decompressed tennis balls for easier and slower rallies.
Red Ball ( 2 )
After the kids have learned basic stroke mechanics and have started to learn ball judgment, they will be moved to the Red Ball 2 group. In this group, the focus will be on building up the children's ability to rally both with a coach and with each other. They will also start to learn how to keep track of the score, tennis scoring, as well as how to play tennis points. Red Ball uses a smaller net, smaller court, and slightly larger decompressed tennis balls for easier and slower rallies
Orange Ball Level 2
Orange ball is the second level of the youth progression and the approximate age range is 6-9 years old. In this program, children will begin to develop advanced tennis stroke mechanics, they will also begin to learn point construction as the clinic begins to focus on live ball play. Orange Ball uses a smaller court with a regular net as well as decompressed balls for better and longer rallies.
Green Ball Level 3
Green ball is the last stage of the youth progression and the approximate age is 8-10 years old. Children will start to play on a full-size court and begin to demonstrate mastery of tennis stroke mechanics. The clinic focuses on point play and utilizes the Green Ball which will allow the children to have longer and slower rallies.
Junior Tennis Programs
AJP Level 4
The Advanced Junior Program is designed for the mid-level player who has graduated from our Green Ball program and is approximately 10-14 years old. The clinic is combination of drilling and hitting and is geared towards improving a player’s stroke mechanics and point production. As students advance, they will be taught strategy and shot selection, so they can take their game to the next level. There are 3 levels of AJP within the program which will be determined by our staff. Additionally, students may register for the High Level Hit (UTR 3.0 - 4.0) which gives them the opportunity to use the skills they have learned in clinics and apply them in point play situations.
Tournament Training Level 5
The Tournament Training Program clinic is designed to improve a player’s skills for match and tournament competition. The drills used in this clinic will improve a child's shot selection, so they develop reliable shot patterns in tough situations which should improve their chances of winning. In addition, this program has a fitness component, so they can outlast their opponent even in the toughest of matches. This program mimics the High Performance Program without the time commitment. The UTR range for this program is from 4-7. Students may also register for the High Level Hit (UTR 4.0 - 7.0) which gives them the opportunity to use the skills they have learned in clinics and apply them in point play situations. Lastly, the Sunday UTR Match Play gives our players to play matches which will be recorded and sent to UTR for ranking purposes. High Level Hit requires the approval from Tennis Director, Steve Ondish.
High Performance Level 6
The High-Performance Program is our most advanced program which is designed to take tournament players to the next level. This is a comprehensive program which covers all aspects of training which includes drilling, live ball hitting, match play, tennis strategy, mental toughness, and fitness. This is a select program which requires the approval of our Tennis Director, Steve Ondish and requires a significant time commitment. High Performance 1 UTR range is 4-7 and requires a Star rating on the College Recruiting website. High Performance 2 requires a UTR minimum of 8.