KTAC Junior Tennis Program- Net Generation Provider
Kitsap Tennis and Athletic Center operates the #1 year-round Junior Program in Kitsap County. We are excited to partner with USTA and it’s Net Generation program while bringing our years of experience and teaching philosophies to the PNW. Tennis Director Jennifer Anne Shorr, Erik Jacobsen and Will Herbert along with our highly trained staff specialize in helping juniors between the ages of 4-18 reach the highest level possible. From learning the basics of the game to competing at a national level on our tournament team, KTAC can meet the needs of every junior player and take them where they want to go.
Our programs are grouped by age level and ability and follow USTA Net Generation protocol. Tennis is the simply best first sport! Call or stop by today to get your kids’ involved the this amazing lifetime sport.
Junior Tennis Learning Pathway
At Kitsap Tennis and Athletic Club we are partnering with the USTA as a Net Generation provider. We believe in creating a positive and welcoming environment for players of all ages. By focusing on play, building character, and championing individual challenges, we empower them to grow and develop at their own pace. It’s all about providing players the opportunity to enjoy tennis on their own terms. Kids who play tennis will be healthier, happier and have a game they can play for life. By capturing the thrill and fun of the game and developing skills on and off the court, we can build the next generation of greats.
Tennis is easy to learn and tailored for all ages and abilities, giving kids a game that will help them build friendships and learn skills they’ll use for life. Our Junior Tennis Development Pathway is designed to progress children through age and skill level appropriate game-based play situations in a fun, caring, coaching environment to let them enjoy and learn the game of a lifetime for recreation and competition. It starts as early as age 3 and continues.
At KTAC our junior programs use full sized courts and we add lines within the standard dimensions to create kid-sized courts and use kid-sized equipment. We use different balls for the kids to play with and they are color coded. These balls bounce lower, don’t move as fast through the air and are easier to hit which supports building confidence.
The tennis racquets for kids under 10 are also sized for small hands and courts are smaller and easier to play in for the little ones. By using this format, the benefits are immediate and within a short time kids are rallying, playing, and very excited to keep playing.
WHEN TO BEGIN TOURNAMENT AND COMPETITIVE PLAY
Age, physical ability and skill level may begin to influence a desire to play harder, faster and against older or more capable players at their own age. This is for dedicated, hardworking high-level juniors, varsity high school players and interested in USTA tournaments. The professional staff at KTAC can recommend the best placement. Ongoing development includes many variables that help to determine the level of practice and when they are ready for competitive tournaments.
Ages 3 to 5: Hot Shots
KTAC and the USTA Net Generation program and helping build the future of tennis. We believe starting kids early is the optimal time to develop gross motor skills. Tennis is the best first sport for kids’ no mater which sport they later pursue. With a fun first attitude we help young players grow and develop a love of the game.
BALLOONS – FOAM BALLS – 21” RACQUETS – MINI NETS – BEAN BAGS
Ages 6 to 7: Red Ball
This progressive program begins with assessment and then works to build competencies and skills to build better athletes, players learn basic rally skills, ball control as they develop better focus, hand-eye coordination and grow in maturity with games, skill development and character.
LOW COMPRESSION RED BALLS – 23” RACQUETS – 36’ COURTS – 18’ MINI NETS
Ages 8 to 10: Orange Ball
The KTAC Orange Ball program builds on the skills built in the Red Ball program. With more emphasis on technical stroke development and footwork. Game based and partner play along with the development of ball control, spins, depth control and the introduction of tactics. Score keeping and positioning to begin to learn to play the game.
LOWER COMPRESSION FELT ORANGE BALLS – 25” RACQUETS – 60’ COURTS
Ages 11 to 18: Green Ball / Yellow Ball
Players with pro approval will start out or graduate from the 60’ court to the Green Ball and Yellow Ball classes. Somewhat older juniors between 14 and 18 years of age may due to more developed motor shills begin in these programs.
This Intermediate class is for players moving up from our in house development programs or players with some experience with proven rally skills and the knowledge to play the game. This is a great place for JV or middle school serving, point play, more advanced footwork and tactics and all addressed and refined.
High School Prep
It’s never too late to get started with this amazing sport. This is the perfect place for teenagers who have little tennis experience but wish to learn the game and who may want to try out for High School Tennis. All aspects of form, footwork, rally skills, score keeping and rules along with positioning and team play are comprehensively addressed.
GREEN – YELLOW BALLS – 26” to 27” RACQUETS – 78’ REGULATION COURTS
Ages 11 to 18: Yellow Ball
Elite Junior Drill
Our player development transitional drill class for our best players coming out of the program pathway. This class leads to our tournament level program and the possibility to be a part of our Tournament Team. Entry into this intensive high performance everyday program will require pro approval and demonstrated ability and maturity.
Elite Junior Tennis Tournament Team – Attitude & Effort!
The KTAC Junior Tennis Tournament Team program is for those young players who are looking to reach the highest levels of the game; with many of our players striving to become college or professional players. The KTAC program has already helped over 40 kids achieve this goal!
We truly believe that our holistic, coach / mentor approach to player development leads to the greatest possible success. Ultimately seeing our students go on to become not only amazing tennis players but become leaders both on the court and off. Gaining skills and discipline to last a lifetime. Talk to us today about trying out of the squad!
Our Jr. Tournament Team tennistraining program offers the following benefits: