Tennis Instruction

Adult Professional Tennis Instruction Spring 2021

Registration begins February 1, 2021

Adult professional tennis instruction will be available to New Canaan residents as part of the spring Recreation Department programs.  All levels of play will be offered and held weekdays at the Mead Park Tennis Courts.  Early session instruction prior to the opening of the Mead Courts will be held at the New Canaan High School courts. We are excited to announce the 2021 instruction will be led by Shane O'Reilly and Dan Scheuler.  

Mondays & Wednesdays     SESSION 1  May 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 2021
Tuesdays & Thursdays        SESSION 1  May 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 2021
Mondays & Wednesdays     SESSION 2  May 31, June 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 2021
Tuesdays & Thursdays        SESSION 2  June 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 2021

  • Note- players divided in classes according to level
  • Important Note Session 1 Instruction- if the Mead Court surfaces are not ready for the May 3 or May 4 clinic start, we will be moving the location of the instruction temporarily to the High School courts.  Once the Mead Courts open, instruction will be held at that location. 

Beginner OR Advanced Levels                    12:00 – 1:30 p.m.          Fee: $230   Limit 12
Low Intermediate OR Intermediate Levels    9:00 – 10:30 a.m.         Fee: $230   Limit 12
Low Intermediate OR Intermediate Levels 10:30 – 12:00 p.m.          Fee: $230   Limit 12

The 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.  Participants must bring their tennis racquet and wear tennis sneakers appropriate for har-tru surfaces.  Class cancellations due to inclement weather will be made up on an alternate date and scheduled by the instructor. Pre-registration only will begin on February 1 through the New Canaan Recreation Department on-line registration system.  All classes have a participant limit of 12 and the fee is per person per session.  For all online registrations, the user needs to obtain a username and password from the Recreation Office to be able to access the system. Registration questions contact the Recreation Department Office.  Instructor questions contact Shane O’Reilly   

Refund Policy Recreation Programs and Permits- Refunds will be processed through the same form of original payment, except cash refunds will be processed by check.  No pro-rated partial refunds.  Recreation Programs- for all programs other than Day Camp and B/ASF classes, a full refund is given if withdrawal notification is received up to 7 days prior to the program start with return of unused t-shirt, less administrative fee of $5.00.  Day Camps-full refund given if withdrawal notification is received up to ten days prior to the session start, less administrative fee of $5.00.  B/ASF classes- $5 fee assessed if parent notification to the Recreation Department occurs up to 7 days before the start of the class.  $25 fee assessed if notification occurs within 7 days before the start of the class.  No refunds will be issued after the class starts.  Facility Permits- no refunds on permits for Pool, Kiwanis, Tennis, Paddle.

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 eight 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 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.     

Beginner, Learn to Play (2.5 USTA)
This player is learning to judge where the ball is going although court coverage is weak. This player can sustain a slow rally with other players of the same ability. This clinic is designed for players who have had little or no tennis instruction and want to learn the fundamentals of the game. Clinics emphasize proper technique, footwork, stroke development, strategy and agility.
Low Intermediate (3.0 USTA)
This player is consistent when hitting medium pace shots, but is not comfortable with all strokes and lacks control when trying for directional intent, depth, or power.This clinic is ideal for those who have some tennis experience and want to take their game to the next level. This player is able to sustain a rally and should be familiar with basic positioning and scoring. This clinic will focus on developing accuracy, movement, control, pace and building confidence at the net.
Intermediate (3.5 USTA)
This player has achieved improved stroke dependability and direction on moderate pace shots, but still lacks depth and variety. This player exhibits more aggressive net play, has improved court coverage and is developing teamwork in doubles. This clinic will develop a player’s depth, variety, movement and strategy - focus on developing tactics, mental strategy and shot variety including lobs, volleys, approach shots and overheads.
Advanced (4.0 USTA)
This player has dependable strokes, including directional intent, on both forehand and backhand sides on moderate shots, plus the ability to use lobs, overheads, approach shots and volleys with some success. This player occasionally forces errors when serving and teamwork in doubles is evident. This clinic focuses on incorporating dynamic shots into high-level match play. An advanced player has dependable strokes, can control points and occasionally force errors.  First serves are hit with pace and accuracy.