Tennis Program


Adult Professional Tennis Instruction Spring 2019

We are excited to announce the 2019 instruction will be led by Shane O'Reilly and Dan Scheuler.  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.     
Important Note Session 1 Instruction- if the Mead Court surfaces are not ready for the April 29 clinic start, we will be moving the location of the instruction temporarily to the High School courts.  Once the Mead Courts open, instruction will return.   

Program Dates and Fees 2019
SESSION 1 APRIL 29 - MAY 9            Monday/Tuesday/Thursday 

SESSION 2 MAY 13 - MAY 23             Monday/Tuesday/Thursday
SESSION 3 MAY 28 - JUNE 6             Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday  
SESSION 4 JUNE 10 - JUNE 20           Monday/Tuesday/Thursday 

ADULT DAY SESSIONS
Beginner, Learn to Play
(2.5 USTA)

(S1 & S2 ONLY)12:00 –  1:30 p.m. Fee: $230.    Limit 8
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)
9:00 – 10:30 a.m.      Fee: $230.       Limit 8
Low Intermediate (3.0 USTA)
(S3 & S4 ONLY) 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.      Fee: $230.       Limit 8
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)
10:30 – 12:00 p.m.      Fee: $230.       Limit 8
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)
1:30 –   3:00 p.m.      Fee: $230.       Limit 8
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.

REGISTRATION BEGINS FEBRUARY 1

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