Pro Instruction Clinics- ages 4-17

2019 Summer Pro Instruction Youth Tennis Clinics

The Summer Youth Tennis Instruction at Mead Park will now take on an entirely new format including a convenient change to one-week sessions for children ages 3-17.  New class age catagories have been added with professional instruction provided 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.      

All sessions are 1-week Monday through Friday
SESSION 1-  June 24 – 28
SESSION 2-  July 1 – 5 (no class 7/4 fee pro-rated at registration)
SESSION 3-  July 8 – 12
SESSION 4-  July 15 – 19
SESSION 5-  July 22 – 26
SESSION 6-  July 29 – August 2
SESSION 7-  August 5 – 9
SESSION 8-  August 12 – August 16

Squirts ages 4-5, Introduction  9:00-9:45       $115   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 8:00-9:00       $148   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 11:15-12:15   $148   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  12:15-1:15     $148   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

Varsity ages 13-17 9:45-11:15     $205   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

Flat soled tennis shoes are required on the har-tru courts.  If you have a tennis racquet please bring it or you may borrow one at the courts. Registration will begin April 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 Summer Tennis Clinics are open to New Canaan Residents only.  For further information, contact the Recreation Department at 594-3600.