JUNIOR PROGRAM

JUNIOR CLINICS

Clinics are available for children ranging from ages 4 to 18 and accommodate all levels. We hold three junior sessions throughout the indoor season; fall, winter and spring. Our junior clinics model programs developed and endorsed by the USTA and the International Tennis Federation. The program is designed to help children learn tennis more quickly using age-appropriate equipment (A slower moving and lower bouncing ball, an appropriately sized racquet, and a smaller court with a lower net, among other things.)


They are divided into four levels of early tennis instruction: Red Ball, Orange Ball, Green Ball, and Yellow Ball. Classes are split up by both age and skill level, and players can move into new classes after instructors assess their progress and determine that they have mastered the skills necessary to advance. Once players advance through Red, Orange, and Green Ball classes, they move into Yellow Ball classes, which use the familiar standard balls, racquets, and court sizes. 

JUNIOR CLINICS

SESSION 1

Sat Sept. 12th - Sat Oct. 17th

SESSION 2

Mon Oct. 19th - Tue Nov. 24th

WEEKS

5 WEEKS

5 WEEKS

6 WEEKS

TIME

1 HOUR

1.5 HOURS

1 HOUR

FEE

$160

$240

$192

*Pricing based on max capacity of 4 players

RED BALL CLINICS (ages 4 - 8)

Our Red Ball Program gives children between 4 and 8 a great foundation for tennis. Designed for our youngest players to develop all basic skills and to associate tennis with fun. In accordance with Net Generation, children will work on coordination, timing, ball control, grips, and tactics on a 36 ft court with the red ball. A variety of fun and skill building games will be used to boost learning and enjoyment. 

RED BALL 1

This class teaches the fundamentals of tennis to very young beginners. Low compression red balls are used to encourage successful contact with the ball. Proper technique is emphasized along with racquet control, cooperation and movement. Lessons

are incorporated into fun games to help children stay focused and interested while learning to play. Court: 36ft

RED BALL 2

At the Red 2 level, lessons are designed to introduce the second level of  tennis competencies. This group focuses on the development of topspin on both forehand and backhand groundstrokes, appropriate use of grips, including continental, and useful execution of tennis-specific footwork patterns (i.e. split step, side shuffle). Red 2 players will move to the final stage of the Red program with a much - improved understanding of how to “play” the game, including the ability to “move” the ball (especially side to side) while recognizing “open court” spaces. Court: 36ft

COURT: 36’ Red Court

BALL: Red Foam & Low compression ball  

RACQUET: 19” or 21” length

CLASS SCHEDULE:

Monday 4:30-5:30pm 

Thursday 4:30-5:30pm

Friday 5:30-6:30pm

Saturday 10:30am-11:30am

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ORANGE BALL CLINICS (ages 8 - 10)

This level is designed to build upon the red ball foundation.  Players will begin to form an all court game focusing on technique, balance, agility and tactical awareness.

ORANGE BALL 1

Orange 1 is for both beginner and intermediate 10 and Under players ready to play on a slightly larger court. The classes are designed

to continue building athletic skills while learning or refining the skills necessary to serve, rally and score. Before moving to the next level of the Orange program, these players will demonstrate an understanding of proper technique and maintain that technique during point and match play. Court: 60ft

COURT: 60’ Orange Court 

BALL: Orange low compression ball

RACQUET: 23” or 25” length

ORANGE BALL 2

Orange Ball 2 players are learning to become actively engaged

in their own development and their competitive interests are rising. The group is fundamentally sound in both movement and technique and are beginning to work on more advanced patterns of play utilizing the larger court space. Dynamic balance, experimentation with various tactics and strategies and development of "weapons" all become a part of the tennis player's game. Court: 60ft

CLASS SCHEDULE:

Monday 5:30-6:30pm (2)

Wednesday 5:00-6:30pm (1&2)

Thursday 5:30-6:30pm (1)

Saturday 11:30-12:30pm (2)

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GREEN BALL CLINICS (ages 11+)

Players will begin to master their skills. Stroke development, spins and tactics will be the main focus to ready players for their transition to yellow ball.

GREEN BALL 1

Green 1 is taught using a rally-based curriculum and focuses on developing sending and receiving skills, sound footwork, racquet mechanics and incorporating comparable athletic skills developed

in other sports. Players learn how to properly position themselves

to execute groundstrokes and volleys, hit with purpose, serve and ultimately sustain a rally of varying speed and duration.

Court: Full Size

COURT: 78’ Full Court

BALL: Green low compression ball

RACQUET: 26” or 27” length

GREEN BALL 2

Green 2 builds on the skills and mechanics mastered in Orange 1, Orange 2 or Green 1. Specifically, each player learns to develop

areas of strength in their game and learns how to use them to their advantage. Players in Green Transition compete in tournaments, team tennis and interscholastic competition. Court: Full Size

CLASS SCHEDULE:

Tuesday 5:00-6:30pm (1&2)

Wednesday 5:00-6:00pm (1)

Saturday 10:30-11:30am (1)

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YELLOW BALL CLINICS (ages 13+)

Designed for players who have transitioned from green ball and are looking to continue their development. Technical stroke work, more comprehensive strategies and game situations will be the focus for this group of players.

YELLOW BALL 1

Yellow 1 is taught using a rally-based curriculum and focuses on developing sending and receiving skills, sound footwork, racquet mechanics and incorporating comparable athletic skills developed

in other sports. Players learn how to properly position themselves

to execute groundstrokes and volleys, hit with purpose, serve and ultimately sustain a rally of varying speed and duration.

Court: Full Size 

COURT: 78’ Full Court

BALL: Yellow Ball

RACQUET: 26” or 27” length

CLASS SCHEDULE:

Friday 4:30-5:30pm

Saturday 11:30am-12:30-pm (1&2)

YELLOW BALL 2

Yellow 2 is dedicated to providing an opportunity for intermediate level teenage players to progress their skills in a fun and competitive environment. Players who participate in this program must have

prior experience and should have aspirations of playing High School tennis. Stroke development, footwork, doubles and singles strategies will all be covered during the course of the session. 

Court: Full Size

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HIGH SCHOOL & MIDDLE SCHOOL

HIGH PERFORMANCE 

TRAINING

HIGH SCHOOL & MIDDLE SCHOOL - HIGH PERFORMANCE TRAINING

Our High School & Middle School Training program is the ideal program to help improve strategy for both singles and doubles players, fitness, footwork, technique and placement. 

HIGH SCHOOL - HIGH PERFORMANCE TRAINING

DAY

TIME

MONDAY

3:00pm - 4:30pm

THURSDAY

3:00pm - 4:30pm

DATES

Sep. 14th - Nov. 23rd

Sep. 17th - Nov. 19th

FEE

$605

$550

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MIDDLE SCHOOL - HIGH PERFORMANCE TRAINING

DAY

TIME

MONDAY

4:30pm - 6:00pm

THURSDAY

4:30pm - 6:00pm

DATES

Sep. 14th - Nov. 23rd

Sep. 17th - Nov. 19th

FEE

$605

$550

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SCHOOL TEAM PRACTICE

MRC is proud to host many local school practices. Sign your team up for practice at MRC and don't let the elements keep you off the court. Call or stop by the front desk for more info.

HIGH SCHOOL TEAM PRACTICE

JUNIOR TEAM TENNIS

Participants will have the opportunity to play USTA matches against other tennis clubs (Note: some of the matches will be held at other clubs). Practices and matches are held on weekends; however, the times may vary from week to week depending on away matches. New players will need to tryout in order to be placed on a team.  Please call or stop by the front desk for information on tryouts.

CURRENT CO-ED USTA TEAMS

18 & Under Intermediate with Coach Matt

18 & Under Intermediate with Coach Amy

18 & Under Intermediate with Coach Krete

14 & Under Intermediate with Coach Kate and Coach Richard

12 & Under with Coach Amy

10 & Under with Coach Krete

Call or stop by the front desk for more info

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