Parks and Preservation
Sylvan Lake Park Youth Tennis Programs
Junior Development Program
Weekday and Weekend Schedule: March-April
From ages 3 to 17, the Junior Development program is a series of lessons where FUN is a priority as participants “play to learn,” developing skills through a positive learning experience and with a sense of accomplishment. Certified professionals provide a great learning environment for the developmental learning stages. Players will focus on movement, balance, throwing and catching the ball, swing motions, making contact, grips and stroke development. As players continue to improve additional skill sets will focus on coordinating movement and balance, and hitting the ball with purpose and direction. Game concepts and scoring will be introduced.
The USTA 10 & Under QuickStart teaching format will be incorporated into our Junior Development Program using smaller courts, low pressure and slow bounce balls, lighter racquets, and lower nets.
8 and Under: 36' court, 19", 21", or 23" racquets, foam and red balls
10 and Under: 60' court, 23" to 25" racquets, orange balls
11 and Over: Regulation size court, 25" to 29" racquets, green and/or regulation tennis balls.
New to the game? Have additional questions? Click here for more information on the USTA 10 and Under program!
Junior Training Program
Weekday and Weekend Schedule:
Sylvan Lake Park’s Junior Training Program is a USTA approved “Local Excellence Training Center.” The concepts and methods used by the staff are the same ones used by the USTA for elite Junior Players. Emphasis is on the Four (4) “F’s”: Fundamentals, Footwork, Fitness, and Fun!! The daily format combines instruction with practice and match play and includes structured drills and on court games to improve player skills, tactics, and techniques. Participants are organized by skill level in-groups of 6 to 8 players.
Junior Training Classes
Recruit (10 & Under):
Using the USTA’s high performance 10 and under format, students will learn while using t with the red ball/36’ court, orange ball/ 60’ ft court and green ball/78’ ft court. Emphasis will be on further development of technique and match play.
Competition (11 & Over):
For the player who has successfully completed the Junior Development and JT Recruit tennis program. Program will prepare player to compete at the Junior Team Tennis and Rookie Tournament level. Emphasis will focus on serve techniques, maintaining a rally of controlled shots, shot anticipation and keeping score.
Seminole County hosts a variety of Rookie, Local, Super Series, Designated and Sanctional USTA Florida sanctioned junior tennis tournaments. We also offer unranked Junior Grand Prix series tournaments sponsored by local USPTA teaching professionals. Click the links below for more information:
2014 USTA Sanctioned Tournaments
2014 USTA Level 8 Rookie Tennis Tournament Series
Seminole County 10 & Under Junior Tennis League:
For players who have successfully completed a minimum of one session of the Development Program. The Junior Team Tennis League is a grassroots community level tennis program that is offered for boys and girls 10 and under and 8 and under age divisions. The philosophy of the program is fun, fitness and friends in an environment that stresses sportsmanship and socialization in a team atmosphere. Parent volunteers are encouraged to participate. For information please contact the local league coordinator, John Sanders or contact a tennis professional at Sanlando, Red Bug Lake or Sylvan Lake Parks.
Central Florida Junior Team Tennis League:
Tennis is a Team Sport! USTA Junior Team Tennis is the largest youth tennis program in the country, helping girls and boys ages 11 to 18 get in the game, get on the court, and have fun. All league matches take place on Sundays between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. For information please contact the local league coordinator, Tina McCall Waters, or contact a tennis professional at Sanlando, Red Bug Lake, or Sylvan Lake Parks.
Youth Tennis Play Day
Looking for a fun and exciting activity the whole family can enjoy? Come and experience a day of games, activities, and more based around the "sport of a lifetime"...tennis! This FREE event is open to all ages and skill levels. Let's get out and play! Click here for more information.
Saturday, March 22
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sylvan Lake Park
845 Lake Markham Road, Sanford, FL 32771