The RAC tennis department strives to remain on the cutting edge of tennis instruction. In this effort you will see exciting changes in our curriculum beginning with the Fall 2 Session. The United States Tennis Association (USTA) has developed a new comprehensive curriculum for teaching youth tennis.
“We believe in creating a positive and welcoming environment for all youth players. By focusing on play, building character and championing individual challenges, we empower kids to grow and develop at their own pace. It’s all about providing players the opportunity to enjoy tennis on their own terms.
Net Generation is for kids ages 4-18 and is designed to suit players based on their skill level and developmental readiness. This approach provides coaches the flexibility to modify lessons to better meet the needs of the player and facilitate development, making learning more fun.” - USTA (netgeneration.usta.com)
Our current progression from Red to Orange to Green-dot ball will remain the same; however, there will be a greater focus on both athletic and character development along with the mastery of tennis skills. This progression will promote rapid learning of rallying skills via a series of personal and team “missions.”
The structure for each class will be as follows:
- Warmup – Physical preparation for the daily theme.
- Character Development – Introduction of a weekly theme that can apply to both tennis and life.
- Athletic Development – Introduction and mastery of fundamental movement skills (agility, balance, and coordination) and sending and receiving skills (rolling, throwing, catching) necessary for success in tennis and other sports.
- Tennis Skill Development – Introduction of the building blocks for “Serve, Rally, and Score”. As children work their way through the levels, the focus will shift to technique, advanced movement, and strategy. Tennis skills will be developed via both individual and team activities.
- Games – We will continue to play many of our traditional games such as jail, tennis soccer, and treasure while we add a myriad of new games too!
- Play at Home Challenges – Players are assigned weekly challenges which they can practice at home either independently or with a friend/family member.
At the end of each session, the children will receive an assessment report which lists specific skills that they need to master to move on to the subsequent level. This takes out the mystery of how to move up!
We are very excited to introduce this innovative program which will accelerate learning of tennis and improve overall athleticism relevant to all sports. We also value our roles as educators and are eager to formally introduce the character lessons which can be learned through tennis.
Register your child for ROGY Tennis at the RAC and have them become part of the Net Generation!
Sabine Tetzloff, RAC Tennis 10 & Under Coordinator, has a Ph.D in Biomedical Sciences. Eventually she opted to leave the science field in order to spend more time with her kids. Sabine began playing tennis as an adult as a form of rehabilitation after a car accident and fell in love with the game. She has been a member of the RAC Tennis Department since 2008.
Contact Sabine Tetzloff at (507) 287-9308.