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Cook County Tennis Association announces 2018 Spring Youth Instruction Program

Apr 10, 2018 08:01AM ● By Editor
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The Cook County Tennis Association is pleased to announce its 2018 Spring Youth Tennis Instruction Program.  The program is open to Cook County youth ages four though eighteen who are interested in learning the game of tennis or advancing their tennis skills.  Classes will be held after school and on Saturday morning at the Cook County tennis courts in Grand Marais from April 30 to May 26.

The CCTA Youth Tennis program will be made available for three age groups with the option of one or two lessons a week for four weeks.  Parents are encourage, but not required, to participate in classes for the youngest children.

First Serving is an introduction to tennis for kids aged 4-7.Through games and fun activities, kids will learn the basics of ground strokes, be introduced to volleying and some ground serving.  Some points will be played with volunteers assisting in keeping the ball in play to create the feeling of a tennis rally.

Second Serving, for kids ages 5-8 who have completed First Serving, will learn more about ground strokes, solidify the serve, do more volleying, get competent at score keeping and play real points.

Juniors, ages 8-18, will be offered more advanced instruction in ground strokes, and volley, serve and strategy. Emphasis will be on building a complete tennis game using high energy drills and point playing.

Instruction will be under the guidance of Dr. Charles Darley, the recently appointed Director of Tennis Instruction for the CCTA.  Dr. Darley is a three time Minnesota High School Boys Singles State Champion and two-time All-American at the University of California, Berkeley.  He holds Stanford University doctoral and post-doctoral degrees in Cognitive Psychology, which he has applied to his understanding and instruction of tennis.

According to Darley, "We provide a supportive and safe setting for kids to have fun, exercise, improve their athleticism, learn to handle adversity calmly and productively, understand teamwork and actively use their minds to experience the satisfaction of learning a complex, life long skill."

"We are excited to be able offer the Cook County community a comprehensive youth tennis instruction program," said William Hennessy, President of the CCTA.  "Tennis is a wonderful lifetime sport which emphasizes aerobic exercise, balance, agility, and hand-eye coordination, and teaches self-confidence and self-assurance."  For more information and on-line registration, please go to the new CCTA website at  Registration is limited.  Scholarships are available.
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