2020 SPRING YOUTH TENNIS CLINICS
Spring Youth Professional Tennis Instruction will now be offered to New Canaan residents on Saturdays or Tuesdays at the Mead Park Courts. Professional instruction will be provided by USPTA professionals Shane O’Reilly and Dan Scheuler. 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 February 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 Spring Tennis Clinics are open to New Canaan Residents only. For registration questions contact the Recreation Department at 594-3600. Instructor questions contact Dan Scheuler firstname.lastname@example.org
PARENTS PLEASE NOTE- COVID-19 PANDEMIC CHANGES TO THE FORMAT OF THESE CLASSES
SOME OF THE CLASS TIMES HAVE BEEN ADJUSTED.
New Canaan Recreation Department is excited for the return of spring tennis instruction. Our pros Dan Scheuler and Shane O’Reilly have been meeting with the USPTA and USTA to ensure that the return to tennis is safe along with following the Federal Governments Opening up America Again guidelines as well as the USTA’s Playing Tennis Safe Guidelines. Listed below are the precautions we will take:
- No more than 4 players per court. 1 pro per court
- One class per court
- Parents or guardians are strongly urged to stay on site with any child under the age of 12.
- Hand sanitizer and wipes will be on site to use.
- We will enforce social distancing rules-6 foot rule
- Students will have well positioned stations on court for participation and off to the side of court with personal space areas to place water bottle, towel, back pack, etc
- Ball Hoppers and all teaching equipment will be cleaned before and after each lesson
- None of our instruction involves touching any other of the other participants.
- Students will not be asked to touch tennis balls with their hands. Just in case they do, you can purchase a washable “light” glove for their non-racquet hand. This can be a baseball batting glove, a gardening glove, etc.
- Class times will change slightly to permit a division between those arriving and those leaving classes.
- In compliance with state guidelines, we will use an infrared thermometer on arrival to check the temperature of all coaches and students. Anyone with an elevated temperature will be turned around back to their parents.
- We recommend wearing masks and gloves and remind everyone of good hygiene **These safety measures may change based on any new information or guidelines from the government and the USTA.
By order of event, here is how the format will be-
Clinic Arrival- Parents will walk their child to the lower court location of the clinics and keep to social distancing of 6 feet. The instructor will greet each parent & child and by visual review check for health warnings present and use an infrared thermometer. All favorable, the child will be instructed to enter the court and select a personal space area (rubber dots on the ground) and wait for the clinic to start.
Pick up- parents will walk to the clinic court and maintain social distancing while waiting. When the instructor ends the clinic the children will remain on court at their personal space areas. Parents will not enter the court. Parents will call out their child’s name to the instructor who will escort the child to the gate.
SATURDAY CLASSES All sessions are Saturdays (4-weeks)
Session 1- May 2, 9, 16, 30 (no class 5/23) NOTE* SESSION 1 INSTRUCTION- IF THE MEAD PARK SURFACES ARE NOT READY FOR THE MAY 2 CLINIC, WE WILL BE MOVING THE LOCATION OF THE INSTRUCTION TO THE HIGH SCHOOL COURTS. ONCE THE MEAD COURTS OPEN, INSTRUCTION WILL RETURN.
Session 2- June 6, 13, 20, 27 Mead Park Courts
Squirts ages 4-5, Introduction 11:00-11:45 $95 Max 14
Red Ballers ages 5-7, Beginner 12:00-12:50 $120 Max 14
Orange Smash ages 8-10, Beginner 1:00-1:50 $120 Max 14
Green Gamers ages 10-12, Intermediate 2:00-2:50 $120 Max 14
Varsity ages 12-17, Intermediate 3:00-4:30 $180 Max 14
TUESDAY CLASSES All sessions are Tuesdays (4-weeks)
Session 1- May 26, June 2, 9, 16
Squirts ages 4-5, Introduction 1:30-2:15 $95 Max 14
Orange Smash ages 8-10, Beginner 4:40-5:40 $120 Max 14
Green Gamers ages 10-12, Intermediate 3:30-4:30 $120 Max 14
Squirts 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 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 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 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
Varsity 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
Dan Scheuler- no stranger to the New Canaan Tennis as having run the Adult and Youth Recreation Instruction at Mead Park for many years. Born and raised in Missouri, Dan returns to us after two summers as Head Pro at the Middlesex Club in Darien, and 13 years as the Junior Director at the New Canaan Racquet Club. He grew up playing within the Van der Meer organization out of Hilton Head Island, SC and ended up playing on the nationally-ranked Division II tennis team at Drury University, graduating with a Business Degree. He graduated the Van der Meer Tennis University for tennis teachers and became USPTR-certified. He joined the coaching staff at Van der Meer, coaching alongside the teaching legend Dennis Van der Meer. Dan is currently studying movement technique and efficiency in a program called DMC, and enjoys continuing his education in tennis. Dan welcomes players of all abilities and is excited to share his passion for tennis.
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.