Ju­nior Tennis to com­mence

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This Satur­day morn­ing Yar­ra­wonga Lawn Tennis Club’s Ju­nior Pro­gram will com­mence. There has been a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in the num­ber of play­ers that have reg­is­tered but the club is still tak­ing more regis­tra­tions.

The ju­nior pro­gram caters for play­ers from the age of 5 through to 16 with a struc­tured path­way in place to en­sure that all play­ers de­velop ap­pro­pri­ately.

The Hot Shots pro­gram is de­signed for novice chil­dren aged 5 – 8. This pro­gram is over­seen by coach Brady Pritchard. Brady is an out­stand­ing tennis player and he has been in­volved in the de­liv­ery of the Hot Shots pro­gram for a num­ber of years. Smaller courts with lower nets and slightly larger tennis balls are used so that the play­ers can de­velop a ba­sic tech­nique with a fo­cus on the fore­hand and back­hand move­ment pat­terns.

The next stage of de­vel­op­ment for the Satur­day ju­nior pro­gram is de­liv­ered by Club Coach Greg Duns. Greg is his sec­ond year as coach of Yar­ra­wonga Lawn Tennis Club and has been in­stru­men­tal in the resur­gence of the ju­nior tennis pro­gram. Each Satur­day morn­ing Greg will coach the more ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers on the grass courts. The fo­cus of these ses­sions is on de­vel­op­ing play­ers to al­low them to move to­wards play­ing matches. There­fore there is a strong em­pha­sis on the tech­nique of serv­ing and tac­tics re­lat­ing to match play.

The fi­nal step for the Satur­day morn­ing pro­gram is to move on to play­ing matches. Each week the play­ers in­volved in match play par­tic­i­pate in a sin­gles and two dou­bles matches. The play­ers score them­selves and the fo­cus is on sports­man­ship and en­joy­ing play­ing their friends. This sea­son play­ers un­der­tak­ing matches will have the op­por­tu­nity to be part of a Premier League Teams event and also play matches against the Co­bram Tennis Club.

Ju­nior play­ers who want to fur­ther de­velop their tennis are en­cour­aged to con­sider be­ing part of the tennis squad. In­volve­ment in the squad is by in­vi­ta­tion and is a great way to en­sure that the play­ers un­der­tak­ing matches re­ally de­velop so they can par­tic­i­pate in ex­ter­nal tour­na­ments. Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion re­lat­ing to the tennis squad will be avail­able at Satur­day Ju­nior Tennis.

The ju­nior tennis com­mit­tee com­prises of Stephen York, Greg Duns, Lisa Line­han and Ja­son Bas­sett. Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion can be gained from these peo­ple. Al­ter­nately ring Ja­son on 0448 838 256 if you would like fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about ju­nior tennis.

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