Pro Instruction Clinics- ages 4-17

Fall Youth Professional Tennis Instruction will now be offered to New Canaan residents on Saturdays at the Mead Park Courts.  Professional instruction will be provided by USPTA professionals led by Shane O’Reilly

Shane O'Reilly- also no stranger to the New Canaan Tennis, Shane has run the Recreation Fall Youth Instruction for seven years with great success. Shane grew up in Darien, CT and graduated from Tulane University with a degree in history.  Shane is a USPTA certified tennis professional with over 30 years of teaching experience. Shane has held full-time teaching positions at Kings Highway, Shippan and Trumbull Racquet Clubs.  In addition he has been involved in professional tennis working full time a as a sponsorship sales manager at the Pilot Pen Tennis Tournament at Yale from 1999-2003.  He has also been a consultant for Tennis Week Magazine and Grand Slam Tennis Tours.      

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All classes are Saturdays (7-weeks)
Dates: September 12, 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 2020

Squirts1 ages 4-5, Introduction
11:15-12:00     $150      Max 12
Perfect for kids ready to get a feel for holding racquets, work on balance, and eye coordination. Kid’s use foam red balls and 19” racquets on a 36’ court

 ages 4-5, Introduction

12:00-12:45     $150      Max 12
Perfect for kids ready to get a feel for holding racquets, work on balance, and eye coordination. Kid’s use foam red balls and 19” racquets on a 36’ court

Red Ballers ages 5-7, Beginner
1:00-2:00       $200    Max 12
Entry level class that is great for beginners to advanced beginners. Clinic focuses on continuing to build and develop stronger hand/eye skills, development of top spin on both forehand and backhand ground strokes, appropriate grips, and successful use of footwork. Class uses red balls and 19” – 23” racquets on 36’ court

Orange Smash ages 8-10, Beginner
2:00-3:00         $200    Max 12
Clinic for beginners to intermediate skill levels. Players already have basic knowledge of the game but not play full sets. In this class players continue building athletic skills while refining the skills necessary to serve, rally, and score. Kids use orange balls, play on a 60’ court while using 23 – 25” racquets

Green Gamers ages 10-12, Intermediate
3:00-4:00         $200    Max 12
Players with an intermediate skill set who have match skills. Clinic is great for improving strategy in a match based environment by using a rally-based curriculum and focuses on sending and receiving skills, footwork, and racquet mechanics. Class uses green dot balls on a 78” court with 26” & 27” racquets

 ages 13-17

4:00-5:00         $200    Max 12
Strong players with high intermediate to advanced skill levels who have prior match play experience.  Clinic focuses on stroke development, footwork, doubles and singles strategies will all be covered.  class uses both green dot and yellow balls on 78' court and 27" racquets. 

Tennis shoes are required on the courts.  If you have a tennis racquet please bring it or you may borrow one at the courts. Registration will begin July 1st both online and at the Recreation Department Office.  For all online registrations, the user needs to obtain a username and password from the Recreation Office to be able to access the system.  All Fall Tennis Clinics are open to New Canaan Residents only.  For further information, contact the Recreation Department at 594-3600.