Tennis

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The game of tennis has changed. The rules have changed. The way we teach the game has changed!

 With equipment sized right for kids and a methodology that ensures the development of the whole athlete, your child will fall in love with the sport. Through our extensive development in the tennis industry, we have designed a program with a complete pathway for players of all ages and abilities. With FUN and FUNDAMENTALS at the forefront, your child will enjoy learning the skills and tactics necessary to be lifelong tennis players.

Small groups & private lessons: Private lessons or groups may be set up by contacting Tennis Director, Paul Lin at paul@sanmateotennis.net or phone at (650) 743-1382.

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Meet the TDA Coaching Team - Coaches: Conrad Dias, Paul Dulac, Timothy Ryan; Coach & Director Paul Lin!

Highlights of our program:

  • Age & skill appropriate sized ball, court size, and racquet
  • Games based approach – NO STANDING IN LINES
  • Develops fundamental athletic skills and builds self confidence
  • Emphasis on life skills such as Attitude, Effort, and Sportsmanship
  • Well defined curriculum, pathway, and progressions for all abilities

The Parks and Recreation tennis program is one of the largest self-contained programs on the Peninsula and is an affordable way to learn the sport. We offer several youth tennis opportunities including:

  • Youth Tennis Classes
  • Private Lessons
  • Youth Tennis Camps
  • Seasonal camps
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Classes & Camps:

Jr. Pre-Rally Ball (Ages 5 - 6 yrs.): Designed to prepare young children aged 5-7 years old for the tennis development pathway. Early skill acquisition depends on parent participation (Recommended). To progress to Rallyball 1, student must demonstrate proper grip and focused ball tracking.

Rallyball 1 (Ages 7 - 11 yrs.): Designed to engage young children in learning tennis as a team sport while having fun with their friends. Prerequisite: Pre-Rallyball for age 6-and-under. To progress to Rallyball 2, students must demonstrate multiple touch rallies on a 36’ court.

Rallyball 2 (Ages 8 - 12 yrs.): Designed for children to improve their rally skills with better control of ball direction and depth. Over-head serving will also be polished for point play. Prerequisite: Rallyball 1 and instructor’s approval. To progress to Rallyball 3, students must be able to serve and rally consistently on a 36’ court.

Jr. Rallyball 3 (Ages 8-11 yrs.): Students start to play orange balls on a 60’ court which requires more efficient footwork to navigate. Leg drive and weight transfer are also introduced to aid groundstroke depth. Prerequisite: Rallyball 2 and instructor’s approval. To progress, students must demonstrate solid techniques and control.

Jr. Match Play (Ages 12-17 yrs.): Class is balanced between techniques and tactics; ideal for juniors who might be interested in playing for school teams or USTA tournaments. Prerequisite: Rallyball 3 and instructor’s approval.

Jr. Beginning Tennis (Ages 12-17 yrs.): Designed for teenagers who have never learned to play tennis. To progress to Intermediate, students must be able to serve and rally consistently on a 60’ court.

Jr. Intermediate (Ages 12-17 yrs.): Designed for students who are ready to play with green balls on a full (78’) court.  All basic strokes will be revisited with emphasis on match play strategies.  Prerequisite: Jr Beginning and instructor’s approval.

Jr. Advanced (Ages 12-17 yrs.): Students are ready to play regular balls with spins, and start to develop skills for competition.   Prerequisite: Jr Intermediate and Instructor’s approval.

Family Rally (Ages 7-11 yrs.): Family time is tennis time. Geared for 7-11 year old and adults with beginner to intermediate skill levels, will get you outdoors and having fun while social distancing. Coach will differentiate students according to skill levels. You will be using red balls on a 36’ court to accommodate up to four families. Fee covers one child and one adult. Both need to be registered in order to participate.  

Rallyball Tennis Camps: The tennis camp is designed to be beginner friendly and to engage young children in tennis as a team sport, while having fun with their friends and learning basic skills. The camp format includes station rotations where campers will be exposed to a variety of tennis skills and games. A strong emphasis will be placed on Attitude, Effort and Sportsmanship.

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Adult Tennis

The game of tennis has changed. The rules have changed. The way we teach the game has changed!

With equipment sized right for ability and a methodology that ensures the development of the whole athlete, you will improve faster than ever before. Through our extensive development in the tennis industry, we have designed a program with a complete pathway for players of all ages and abilities. With FUN and FUNDAMENTALS at the forefront, you will enjoy learning the skills and tactics necessary to improve your game.

Highlights of our program:

  • Skill appropriate sized ball and court size
  • Games based approach – NO STANDING IN LINES
  • Develops fundamental athletic skills and builds confidence
  • Well defined curriculum, pathway, and progressions for all abilities

Beginning 1

Class is designed for anyone who’s ready to take advantage of the new teaching technique--you will be able to rally with a partner within an hour of the first class.  To progress to Beginning 2, you need to demonstrate solid hand-eye coordination and proper swinging with good timing.

Beginning 2

Class is designed for players who can already load in time and hit with fluid follow-through.  All basic shots will be introduced to prepare you for match play.  To progress to Intermediate 1, you need to demonstrate accurate ball reading, adequate footwork and consistent rally from the baseline.

Intermediate 1

Players will improve groundstroke, volley and overhead serving techniques.  Prerequisite: coordinated movement and consistent rally with regular balls from the baseline.

Intermediate 2

Players start to develop topspin groundstroke and spin serves.  Singles and/or doubles point play will be crucial to gauge your understanding of tactics.  Prerequisite: solid rally with both pace and control from the baseline.

Intermediate 3

Class is designed for players with aggressive serve, consistent topspin groundstroke and solid volley technique. To progress to Advanced level, you need to demonstrate a well-rounded game with reliable weapons to win points.
Prerequisite: solid game with excellent footwork both at net and from the baseline.

Advanced

Class is designed for players with well-developed fundamentals.  Besides further polishing techniques, emphasis is on how to optimize shot selection and strategize to win.  You are ready for more serious USTA league play!