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Florida Tennis Briefs: Titusville YMCA Program; FACA Workshop

January 20, 2012 05:31 PM
Titusville YMCA to Offer 8-week Youth After-school Tennis Program

Williams-YMCA-kids-webThe Titusville YMCA will be hosting weekly youth tennis after-school sessions starting Tuesday, Jan. 24 through March 15, 2012, for children of all skills levels age 6-17.

Children age 10 and under will use the USTA's 10 and Under Tennis format. USTA 10 and Under Tennis featuring the QuickStart play format is designed for children featuring smaller court sizes, racquet sizes, foam and low-compression balls, a simple scoring system, and net heights adjusted to ease kids into the sport. Similar mini-tennis formats have long been popular in Europe, where current stars such as Roger Federer and Kim Clijsters first learned the game with age-adjusted racquets, balls and court sizes. To see a video of 10 and Under Tennis in action or for more information, go to: http://10andundertennis.usta.com.

Sessions for children age 10 and under will be on Tuesdays from 4-5 p.m. Youth age 11-18 will practice on Thursdays from 4:45-5:45 p.m.

The 8-week sessions will be led by the Titusville YMCA staff, and tennis equipment will be provided as needed. The cost for the 8-week session is $90 for members, and $130 for non-members. To register or for more information, please call the YMCA at (321) 267-8924.

Florida Athletic Coaches Workshop Held in Daytona Beach

faca logoThe Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach, Fla., was the host site of three days of spring tennis clinics for high school tennis coaches in January during the Florida Athletic Coaches Association Workshop.

"The FACA Workshop really excited high school tennis coaches," said Florida Athletic Tennis Chairman & Immediate Past President of the Florida High School Tennis Coaches Assoc., John Danise, who conducted the workshop. 

Joining Danise as speakers were Donna Tollefsen, Gary Pigott, Tom Kelly, Andy Gladstone, Corbin Grave, Ed Krass and TennisSmith School Director Steve Smith.

Topics included: Recommendations to FHSAA, [rogramming, 10 and Under Tennis and high school programs, FHSAA tennis rules, tips from Florida tennis junior development program, drills for skill and thrills, serve and volley doubles, high school doubles drills, making sense of stroke production, and making sense of singles and doubles strategy.

The workshop ended with distribution of sport-specific endorsement request forms from FACA and a meeting of the Florida High School Tennis Coaches Assoc., which seeks nomination for 2013 Officers and a new position of executive director. Danise was unanimously appointed FHSTCA Executive Director.






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