SCRA Junior Tennis Program
The SCRA junior tennis program offers a fun, organized place for children ages
3-18. Our goal is to foster a life long love of tennis in all our students in a fun, energetic atmosphere that emphasizes sportsmanship as well as athletic and technical skills. Except where indicated in the specific program descriptions below all registration is online. In addition to the programs shown we offer private and semi-private lessons for all levels. To schedule lessons or for other information please contact the tennis office :
Email Tennis Director: Jason Beardslee
Jbeards@stanford.edu or call 650-736-SCRA (7272) option 2.
SCRA Junior Tennis Clinic Information
The SCRA junior clinic program is a progressive plan where children move through the levels as their athletic and tennis skills develop. In all of our quick start classes we stress the A,B,C's: agility, balance, coordination and speed. Within each age group students are placed with others at the appropriate level. Students may register for one, two, three or 4 days per week. Registering for multiple days provides for optimum learning and improvement.
Stanford Campus Recreation Association: Winter Tennis Program, 2016
Jan 5th – March 25th (12 Week Program)
Tennis Director: Jason Beardslee (650) 725-7453 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Little 10s/Pre K: Ages 3-5 (45 minute class, 1-2 times/week)
An introduction to basic gross motor skill development in a relaxed environment. Our goal is to begin developing the athlete first rather than focus too much on tennis specific skills. We will teach kids how to catch, throw, track balls, and learn to move with good balance and posture. As the athlete progresses we will apply these skills in a more tennis specific way.
Red Ball: Ages 4-8 (1 hour classes, 1-3 times/week)
Kids are introduced to tennis in a fun and supportive way using a modified court and equipment. The Red Ball classes emphasize a fun, game based approach to learning tennis. The scaled down equipment used will allow juniors to achieve ball control and rally skills more quickly. By the time your child advances to the next level they should be able to rally consistently in a red ball court.
Orange Ball: Ages 7-10 (1 hour classes, 1-3 times/week)
Kids are reinforcing skills from the previous level. At the orange ball level, we are introducing a larger court and longer racquet. Instruction emphasizes a game based approach to tennis. The scaled down equipment will allow juniors to achieve ball control and rally skills more quickly. Advanced orange ball players may be invited to play in “in house” play days and then moving to local area team tennis leagues. By the time your child advances to the next level they should have a consistent serve, be able to rally consistently in the orange ball court as well as have an understanding of topspin and underspin.
Green Dot Ball: Ages 9-11 (1.5 hour classes, 1-4 times/week)
Kids are reinforcing skills from the previous level. At the Green Dot level, the kids are using a full size court and many are using a full size racquet. We emphasize using a game based approach to improve footwork, strokes, spins, and basic strategies for singles and doubles. . The more advanced players are offered play opportunities outside of class beginning with “in house” play days and then moving to local area team tennis leagues.
When leaving Green Dot, the Yellow Ball should be an easy transition.
Fridays 4:00-5:30pm (Match Play Friday)
Yellow Ball: Ages 11 & Over (1.5 hour class, 1-4 times/week)
The Yellow Ball group is geared for players 11 and up with extensive match play experience. Players at this level can serve, rally, and keep score. Instruction emphasizes movement, stroke and tactical development in a games based approach. The more advanced players are offered play opportunities outside of class beginning with “in house” play days and then moving to local area team tennis leagues.
Friday 4:00-5:30pm (Match Play Friday)
Match Play Friday 4-5:30pm: Ages 10-18
This clinic is reserved for those juniors who can rally and serve consistently and who can benefit from more match experience. This clinic will focus on point play, competition, match toughness, and assessing strengths and weaknesses. Ladder matches will also happen during this clinic. Limited spots available. Please contact Jason with any questions you may have regarding your child’s readiness for this clinic.