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PRC Play Program


PRC Play Program

This program is about teaching kids to PLAY tennis in a TEAM environment and have FUN while they learn. Our emphasis is on simplifying both the game and the way we instruct so kids can begin to enjoy tennis from the very beginning. Classes will utilize the concepts of the 10 and Under Tennis Format, which features modified courts and equipment to maximize the learning process.

PRC Pee Wees

This group is for youngsters 4-5 years old who want to learn the basics of tennis in a FUN atmosphere. Emphasis is placed on developing all around athletic skills in a tennis environment. Class meets Tuesday/Thursday, 4:00-4:45 p.m.

Quick Start 1 & 2

This clinic is for kids ages 6-10. Class meets Monday/Wednesday, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

  • Quick Start 1: These kids are still learning how to serve, rally and score. Focus is on sending and receiving skills (throwing/tossing/catching), racket skills, athletic development, and basic tennis movement.
  • Quick Start 2: These players can serve, rally and keep score on the 36’ court. They are actively involved in the PRC Super Saturdays and playing the local Junior Team Tennis (JTT) League. Emphasis is now on tactics during play, basic stroke production, and court coverage.

PRC Team 1 and 2

This clinic is for kids ages 11-16. TEAM tennis is the focus here. All players have the goal of learning how to play tennis and keep it FUN! Class meets Mon./Wed. 5:30-6:30 p.m.

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  • Team 1: The goal of this group is to be able to serve, rally and keep score. Players will work on racket skills, simple tactics, serving and throwing, and basic tennis movement.
  • Team 2: These kids are starting to play league or school tennis and are working on more advanced skills. Focus is on stroke production, net play, tactics, and movement.

Mission Statement

To maximize each child’s full potential through a fun and nurturing environment.

Core Values

  1. Have FUN.
  2. LEARN to PLAY Tennis.
  3. Develop an ATHLETE first, tennis player second.
  4. Teach LIFE SKILLS through tennis.

Philosophies

✔ Develop a love for the game by making tennis FUN FIRST

  • Fun starts with fun coaches. PRC coaches create the type of atmosphere that makes children smile and want to keep coming back.
  • Fun means not waiting in line. Kids stay engaged at PRC and this separates us from other sports.
  • Fun means success. Improvement is dramatically increased with the use of modified courts and equipment.
  • Fun is playing and competing in a team environment first.

✔ Create a safe environment where all children can learn and progress

  • Surround kids with positive instructors who serve as role models.
  • Reward effort over ability.
  • Inspire and challenge kids to want to learn more.
  • Learn by playing the game.

✔ To improve in tennis--improve as an athlete

  • Take time during each clinic to work on athletic skills.
  • Make sure that kids stay active all the time (no waiting in lines!).
  • Developing better athletic skills means a healthier child.

✔ Teach life skills through Tennis

  • Honesty and Integrity are the foundations for life and tennis.
  • Independence and self-confidence are developed through decision making on court.
  • Communication and cooperation are required during every class.
  • Sportsmanship is the cornerstone of all competition.

How will your child progress?

Our #1 priority at PRC is to teach your child how to actually PLAY tennis and have FUN doing it. To make the game easier for young kids and beginners, we use slower balls, smaller courts, and the appropriate size racket.

Within every class, we conduct skills testing at least once per six week session. The purpose of the skills test is to give the parent and child an idea of how they are progressing and create objective goals for the children. Players will be tested on serves, groundstrokes and volleys. Before players can move up to the next size court and ball, they must be proficient in these three areas.

As for progressing to a higher group, there are several factors involved. When a child is the appropriate age, they will be moved automatically. The following criteria are considered when moving a younger child to a higher clinic or progressing within the same clinic:

  1. They must have the proper skills. This is done through skills tests and observation of point play.
  2. They must have participated in the required play opportunities.
  3. They must be mature enough to handle being with older kids.
Group Movement Age Skills Play Experience
Quick Start 1 to 2 6 ✔ Able to rally the red ball back and forth over the net at least 10 times on a 36’ court.
✔ Able to serve at least 50% of balls in on a 36’ court.
✔ Have attended Super Saturday and able to play on the 36’ court. 
✔ Starting at least first season of JTT U8 league.
Quick Start 2 to 3
(Different clinic and time)
7 ✔ Able to rally the ball back and forth over the net at least 10 times in a row on a 60’ court.
✔ Able to volley the ball back and forth from the net to a baseline player on the 60’ court.
✔ Can serve at least 70% of balls in on a 60’ court.
✔ Have regularly attended Super Saturdays and competed on 60’ court.
✔ Played in a minimum of 2 seasons of JTT on the 36’ court.
Team 1 to Team 2 N/A ✔ Able to rally the ball back and forth over the net at least 10 times on a 78’ court.
✔ Able to serve at least 60% of balls in on a 78’ court.
✔ Have attended Super Saturday and able to play on the 78’ court. 
✔ Starting at least first season of JTT league.
✔ Playing on middle school team or have tried out for the team.

Team 2 to Performance 1
(Different clinic and time)

10

✔ Able to rally the ball back and forth over the net at least 20 times in a row on a 78’ court.
✔ Continental Grip Skills

  • Utilizes a continental backhand grip.
  • Able to volley with a continental grip and rally from the net to a baseline player on the 78’ court.
  • Can serve with a continental grip with at least 60% consistency on a 78’ court.
✔ Has competed in a minimum of 2 seasons of JTT on the 60’ or 78’ court.
✔ Played in at least 2 sanctioned novice (satellite) tournaments and are able to handle competition from an emotional stand point.

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