Junior Classes

 

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Upcoming Sessions

August 20-September 28, 2018  Click here for online registration!
October 1 - November 2, 2018  Click here for online registration!
November 5-December 21, 2018 Click here for online registration!  Click here for brochure.

About Us & Our Mission

What makes Kickingbird Junior program different?  Kickingbird believes that tennis is a journey, and our goal is to grow and nurture our junior players throughout their journey.

We structured our Junior program to develop the skills and fundamentals of tennis for players of all ages and abilities.  The 10 & under program allows the player to progress from lower compression balls to heavier compression balls with the use of modified courts and smaller racquets.

We utilize games and drills to incorporate learning accurate technique, proper footwork, strong focus/concentration skills, and to encourage health and fitness on and off the court.

Kickingbird’s tennis professionals include USPTA elite and master certified coaches who possess junior and collegiate coaching experience.  We also have coaches that have achieved world rankings on the ATP Men’s Professional Tour as well as represented their country on the Davis Cup.

Our coaching staff continues to stay current with the newest teaching methods by attending USPTA and USTA workshops.  Coaches work together through weekly staff meetings to provide our players with consistent instruction and constructive feedback to attain their goals.

Future Stars
Ages 3-4
Coach student ratio: 1:4
Ball color used: Red
Future Stars start kids out with the right fundamentals and, most importantly, makes the game fun! You will find Kickingbird uses a lot of teaching equipment to aid in your child’s development including the use of the red ball. Classes fill up fast, so call and reserve your spot!

Bashers
Ages 5-8
Ball color used:  Red
Skill level:  Beginner
USTA Competition level: Bash events
Skills coached include:  Ball watching, hand/eye coordination, movement/balance, basic set-up and finish, follow direction/listening, values sportsmanship, have fun and celebrate success! 

Orange Smashers
Ages 8-10
Ball color used:  Orange
Skill level:  Beginner, Intermediate
USTA Competition level:  Nets & Smashers
Skills coached include:  Ball recognition, concept of spin, understanding stances, advanced movement, more consistent swing, introduction to focus, introduction to competition, values sportsmanship, have fun and celebrate success!

Varsity Green
Ages 8-12
Ball color used:  Green
Skill level:  Beginner, Intermediate
USTA Competition level: Nets & Smashers
Skills coached include: Basic anticipation, positioning/recovery, concept of feel/control, values consistency, basic plays/tactics, understanding of intermediate competition, have fun and celebrate success!

Launch
Ages 12 and under
Ball color used:  Green & yellow
Skill level:  Intermediate
USTA Competition level:  Challenger & Champs
Skills coached include: Basic anticipation, positioning/recovery, concept of feel/control, consistency, basic plays/tactics, understanding of advanced competition, have fun and celebrate success!

Challengers
Ages 13 & up
Ball color used:  Yellow
Skill level:  Beginner, Intermediate
USTA Competition level:  Nets
Skills coached include: Basic anticipation, positioning/recovery, concept of feel/control, consistency, basic plays/tactics, understanding of advanced competition, have fun and celebrate success!

High Performance
Ages 13 & up
Ball color used: Yellow
Skill level: Intermediate, Advance
USTA Competition level:  Challenger, Champs, Missouri Valley and Varsity High School
Skills coached include:  This is a selective group in which each individual has made the decision to engage in real work.  Practice provides a true reality of what it takes to maximize your skills set.

Kids play using red, orange or green balls that bounce lower, don’t move as fast through the air and are easier to hit. Racquets are sized for small hands and courts are smaller and easier to cover. The benefits are immediate and within a short time, kids are rallying and playing – and are excited to keep playing! Kids will have more fun – and feel less frustration.

Kickingbird’s 10 and Under Tennis program is top notch! Our staff is committed to creating a safe, fun and accelerated learning environment for all junior entry level players. We have combined the USTA 10 and Under Tennis format with our own developmental process to enhance the mental, physical and technical growth of all of our junior players. If your child is interested in participating in our program, please review the upcoming enrollment dates. Our classes fill up very fast so mark your calendars!

 

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