JUNIOR TENNIS PROGRAMS
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HOLTON ARMS SCHOOL, 7303 RIVER RD, BETHESDA, MD 20817
ST BARTHOLOMEW SCHOOL, 6900 RIVER RD, BETHESDA, MD 20817
BETHESDA COUNTRY CLUB, 7601 BRADLEY BLVD, BETHESDA, MD 20817
Tennis is an amazing sport for our youngest athletes! If your child is at all interested in throwing, catching, or hitting, they will LOVE the thrill of hitting the ball with the racket. Our new revolutionary methodology focuses on play-based stations and engaging their imaginations through stories (think Pirate Adventure, Day at the Zoo, Under the Sea, etc.)
While they are lost in play and wonder, our trained coaches are exposing them to all of the skills they will need to accelerate their tennis learning. The main goal is to improve their ability to jump, throw, swing, run, and build hand-eye coordination in a playful and fun way where they exercise and learn.
The coaches that lead our preschool team have all achieved high results in junior and collegiate tennis but are bound by their nurturing and caring desire to inspire the love of tennis is our smallest athletes. They are Virtus trained and certified and use creative drills, positive reinforcement and progression to keep the kids engaged and improving.
TITANS JR ACADEMY
GRADE: 3RD - 6TH
The Titans Jr Academy takes it up a notch for our young players. Focused on developing strong technical, mental and strategic foundations, this is the path for those in elementary school that aspire to play on their middle school and high school tennis teams. Get ready for accelerated improvements!
Titans Jr Academy is for kids 8-12. We accept exceptionally talented younger kids with the approval of the Tennis Director (please contact us at to discuss.)
We offer two teams in the Titans Jr. Academy, and our #1 goals is their fast progression to the next level and admission in the Tennis Central Academy.
Please select the correct level for your child. We reserve the right to reassign players once they are in the program in their best interest.
TITANS JR ACADEMY YELLOW:
This team is designed to inspire players with little experience and those not yet able to rally balls consistently with a love for tennis and show them a vision for what is possible for their game. Our gentle methodology combines proper technique with low-stress exercises and games to create confidence, muscle memory and a level of comfort with the basics. Players should be motivated to learn quickly. Committed players in Titans Jr Academy Yellow typically move up to Titans Jr Academy Green within 6 months.
TITANS JR ACADEMY GREEN:
Titans Jr Academy Green is designed to bring intermediate-level players up to compete at the next level. Participants should be comfortable with tennis fundamentals, be able to rally the ball consistently and have a good level of fitness to rally with players of all levels. In this class they will play more live-ball drills that introduce strategic comprehension and develop their tennis IQ.
TENNIS CENTRAL ACADEMY
8TH GRADE ONLY
Congratulations, you have made a commitment to reaching your full tennis potential. This means you are ready to elevate your game exponentially. In your development, you will learn that Unfit Tennis Players simply do not win. The Fit Friday program is designed to transform you from a casual competitor into a determined player. A tennis match should be the easiest activity you do. Your preparation for that tennis match should be challenging and transformative. Fit Friday incorporates all the tennis-specific exercise routines and tennis plays that shape up winning players. It is not just a Fitness Class. It is a Playing Fitness Class where you will play hard to get fit, run fast to get fit, work out hard to get stronger and do everything other players don't want to do. You can't be the best doing the same as the rest!
The Spartans Plus program is by far the most comprehensive and immersive tennis program for kids. Through a variety of hand-eye coordination activities and targeted ball control and footwork exercises, each young player accelerates his/her tennis learning curve.
The Spartan Plus program is designed to ramp up their tennis IQ, technical skills, ball control, efficiency, and further increase a strong affection for the game and inspiration to improve.
The coaches that lead our early school team have all achieved high results in junior and collegiate tennis but are bound by their nurturing and caring desire to inspire the love of tennis is our smallest athletes. They are Virtus trained and certified and use creative drills, positive reinforcement and progression to keep the kids engaged and improving.
TENNIS CENTRAL ACADEMY
GRADE: 7TH - 12TH
Get ready for accelerated improvements! Our 1.5 hour training sessions are fast, intense and challenging. Levels are identified quickly and each gets level-specific coaching. Academy is for kids 12+. We accept exceptionally talented younger kids with the approval of the Tennis Director (please contact us at to discuss.)
For our younger players class focuses on technical development, confidence boosting, and strategic exploration.
For our more seasoned players and those competing in tournaments, this program is play-based and not shot-based which means that we re-create all the strategic scenarios players will face to develop the best responses to each situation. For those players that are determined to play for their varsity high school team and have aspirations to play in college, this practice should be combined with our Atomic UTR competition.
We have TWO STAGES in our competitive development. Please select the correct level for your child. We reserve the right to reassign players once they are in the program in their best interest.
These are players that will gradually be introduced to competition. They range from low-intermediate to intermediate players. The common thread between them is that they lack competition and typically fear it. Our process is perfectly designed to turn their fears into might and boost their confidence. Committed players in Academy Orange typically move up to Academy Blue within 6 months.
Our Academy Blue team is for high-performance players. Tennis is a circuit sport which means that successful participants are used to playing tournaments regularly. This transition is where the tennis industry loses most of the youth interest. Our care combined with our advanced coaching knowledge guarantees a smooth progression from fearing competition to having a winning mindset and tools to succeed. Our Academy Blue players are committed to playing at least 1 tournament a month.
TENNIS CENTRAL ACADEMY
GRADE: 7TH - 12TH
Tennis Central is committed to developing feisty winning competitors - not just pretty tennis players. For this reason, we have partnered with the UTR world-wide ranking platform to transform junior competition.
Our tournaments are official and verified events that give your junior players UTR points to advance their ranking
They take place in a set convenient 3-hour window from start-to-finish (1-4pm) at the same Bethesda location every week (Holton Arms, 7303 River Rd, Bethesda).
Coaching is allowed and encouraged - which means our on-site coaches prepare your player before his/her matches, coach them during their matches and give immediate improvement feedback.
There is never "dead" time since the matches progress quickly and if they aren't playing a match they are working with a coach on fitness, stamina, drilling, strategic comprehension and game rules.
This program includes all coaching cost and UTR registration fees*. (*It does not include the yearly UTR Power Membership - available for purchase separately.)
All levels and competition experience is welcome.
For novice competitors, coached competition will build your player’s competitive edge in a way that cannot be achieved in regular tennis lessons alone. Through active competition, your player will develop her strategy, trouble-shooting, and mental acuity, as well as the nerves, grit, and intensity it takes to become a tough competitor.
For more advanced players and competitors, our convenient and weekly competition allows for rapid UTR ranking advancement with less driving, less family sacrifice, and more weekend fun!