Practice at home with a driveway net (10′ net recommended for driveway, available here) and some red balls.
Quarter Court Tip: Return and volley, approach the net after returning the ball together as a team to take advantage of putting the ball away at the net, but have your hands ready because the ball will come more quickly than on the full court! Reminder, serve and volley is not allowed in Quarter Court play.
Make your New Year’s resolution to get more exercise and spend more time with your family. Join us on January 7th!
Koko and Heather will resume clinics Tuesday, January 3rd.
Joann and Susan will resume on Monday, January 30th (Spring Session 1).
Sign up soon to secure your spot, space is limited!
Tennis Tip — Opening up the Court
In our clinics, we work on basic tennis techniques, terminology and strategies, from groundstroke production to split-step to “approaching the net”. One of the strategies we’ve worked on recently, even with our more beginner players is “opening up the court” in an attempt to win the point by hitting the next shot to the open court. This can be challenging for a beginner of any age when playing on the full court, but we’ve found that many of our players can understand, and sometimes execute this strategy when playing on the quarter court (smaller net on a quarter of the court). Most of the concepts we teach are simpler to comprehend, and easier to master, on the smaller
|Red, lower compression balls|
Here’s a video of a drill which is very similar to a drill that we did with our players, but on the smaller quarter court for beginners, or the 60′ (orange ball) court with our Junior Academy and older players. Susan and I get so excited when we see any of our players use this strategy in games or in match play. If you have a small net at home, try it out!
Stocking stuffers and gift ideas
Minion vibration dampeners, kids love to put these cute dampeners on their racquets, it helps to personalize their racquet and also to dampen the vibration of the ball hitting the racquet.
Spring Clinic Registration
Spring Session One, our first 4 week session of 2017, will begin Monday, January 30th and run through Thursday, February 23rd. Sign up early to ensure a spot, as some days will fill up! You can e-mail Joann at email@example.com and we’ll pencil you in while you get your registration form and payment in. You can drop it off at the club, or mail it to Joann at 5704 Oak Bluff Lane, Wilm, 28409 (check payable to Holly Tree Racquet Club).
Spring Session One will begin
Monday, January 30th, 2017, watch for registration details mid-December.
KOKO’s CLINICS: Koko will continue his Intermediate (Mon/Wed) and Academy (Tues/Thurs) clinics for older players (12 and up) on a “pay as you go” basis through December 22nd, then resume January 2nd. E-mail Koko at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
December 17th – 18th, Seahawks Winter Tennis Camp, UNCW!
Highly recommended for all ages and skill levels.
FAMILY TENNIS at home: Over the holidays, join the kids outside and play some family Quarter Court (QC) tennis in your driveway, great exercise and so much fun!
Practice rallying, ball control, serving and scoring. All you need is a 10′ or 18′ tennis net like this one from Wilson, same brand we use at Holly Tree….or here’s one from Street Tennis Club, also perfect for your driveway…
…and some balls, preferably the lower-compression red balls like we use in class which don’t bounce up as high and are a bit slower for our new players.
Quarter Court rules are very similar to tennis, or you can just practice hitting the ball back and forth and simplify the scoring as you see fit.
If playing in your driveway is not convenient, and you’re not a member of Holly Tree, you can call the Althea Gibson Tennis Center and ask about reserving a court and a small net to play QC tennis at the area’s largest public tennis facility. Phone number is (910) 341-4631, the Tennis Director there is Tari-Ann Toro. There are other public courts in town as well (Hugh MacRae Park, Ogden Park), and if you’re playing with your kids, try and stick with whatever balls they’re using in class, because regular yellow tennis balls will bounce out of a young person’s strike zone (no fun!). Orange balls available here.
Save the date:
Quarter Court Family Tournament, a great experience for the whole family, SATURDAY afternoon, January 7th, details to come!
FALL 2016 REGISTRATION FORM available here
(e-mail email@example.com to check availability
JUNIOR CLINIC SCHEDULE
8U Clinics (ages 5 – 8): Mon, Tues, Wed, Thursday (choose one), 3 to 4 pm
12U Beginner/Adv. Beginner (ages 7 – 12): Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, 4 – 5:30 pm
10U Junior Academy (orange ball) for experienced players: Thursday, 4 – 5:30 pm
Koko’s Intermediates (ages 12 – 17): Monday and/or Wednesday, 4 – 5:30 pm
Koko’s Academy (ages 12 – 17): Tuesday and/or Thursday, 4 – 5:30 pm
1) E-mail Joann at firstname.lastname@example.org to check availability for the clinic you’ve selected. Some classes will fill up quickly!
2) Download and fill out the registration form, available here, and drop off at or mail to Holly Tree (with payment)–
Drop off here: 4950 Holly Tree Road (off Wallington Road)
MAIL HERE: 5704 Oak Bluff Lane, Wilmington, NC 28409