Junior Development Program
8 Week-Saturday Morning Sessions: May-June, July/August
4 Week-Weekday Evening Sessions: May, June, July
||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? Check out the USTA 10 and Under Tennis Parents Guide or visit http://www.10andundertennis.com/ for more information!
Junior Training Program
4 Week-Weekday Evening Sessions- May, June, July
||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.
JT 8 and 10 & Under:
Using the USTA’s high performance format for 8 and 10 and under 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.
For the player who has successfully completed the Junior Development tennis lesson program and JT Recruit, is able to serve and maintain a rally of controlled shots, can keep score, and is capable of competing at the Junior Team Tennis and Rookie Tournament level.
For players who are competing at the USTA Local and Super Series level tournaments and have established a USTA ranking, play on a high school tennis team, or have maintained a top position on the Rookie level ladder.
Highly ranked USTA Florida players who successfully compete at the designated, sectional, and national level tournaments.
USTA Sanctioned Youth Tennis Tournaments
Seminole County hosts USTA Florida sanctioned junior events for Rookie, Local, Super Series, Designated and Sectional levels and the unranked Junior Grand Prix series sponsored by the local USPTA teaching professionals.
Upcoming Youth Tennis Events
USTA 10 and Under Tennis Festival
Come join us for a fun (and FREE!) day of tennis games, snow cones, popcorn, music, raffle prizes and more!
Next Festival: Saturday, May 11 from 1:00pm-3:00pm at Sylvan Lake Park.
Click here for more information.
USTA Free Tennis Play Days!
USTA Free Tennis Play Day serve as a great event to sample tennis with the extra excitement and benefit of the USTA’s association with Nickelodeon! Kids will have the opportunity to play tennis as well as participate in a variety of tennis skills activities. Play Days are designed to give kids additional court time in a fun, low-pressure, non-elimination setting where they can continue to develop and enhance their skills.
Next USTA Free Tennis Play Day:
Junior Tennis Leagues
Junior Team Tennis:
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 Sarah Harkins, 10- under league coordinator, or contact a tennis professional at Red Bug Lake, Sanlando 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, Nita Klingenberg at nita.klingenberg@ earthlink.net or contact a tennis professional at Red Bug Lake, Sanlando or Sylvan Lake Parks.