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Florida Tennis Briefs(3): Play Days, Campus Kids Days, More

November 12, 2012 11:44 AM
Tennis Play Day Nov. 17 at Zephyr Park in Zephyrhills
 
Play DaysZephyr Park in Zephyrhills, Fla., will host a Zephyrhills Play Day for children 14 and under on Saturday, Nov. 17. 2012, from 1-3 p.m.
 
The event is free for USTA members, $5 for non-USTA members, and includes refreshments and prizes.
 
Play Days provide kids and parents of all skill levels with the opportunity to experience tennis in a social and fun setting. The events are open to the public with an emphasis placed on family participation, effort and sportsmanship. Information will also be available on 10 and Under Tennis, Jr. Team Tennis leagues, other local play opportunities, and special free USTA memberships for qualifying participants.
 
"We're so excited that youth tennis is on the upswing in East Pasco county, particularly in Zephyrhills," says USTA Florida Tennis Program Coordinator Carla Williams. "This Play Day is the perfect start to introducing the 10 and Under Tennis format to the community. With the low-pressure environment, all kids are encouraged to compete with the goal of keeping them involved in the sport for a lifetime."
 
For smaller children the event will utilize the USTA 10 and Under Tennis format, which allows smaller children to play tennis on smaller court sizes, with racquet sizes that fit their hands, foam and low-compression balls, a simple scoring system, all 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.
 
Zephyr Park is located at 36650 State Road 54 West, Zephyrhills, Fla., 33541.
 
To register by Nov. 14 contact Karl Hinkle at tennis50player@yahoo.com or (813) 782-5214.
 
 
Flagler College to Host Free USTA Campus Kids Day Family Tennis Event
 
Campus Kids Day LogoFlagler College in St. Augustine, Fla., will host a USTA Campus Kids Day for kids age 10 and under and their families, free to the public, on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012 from 2-4 p.m. at the Flagler Tennis Complex.
 
The event will feature a variety of interactive tennis games, contests, activities, exhibitions and prizes. Participants can enjoy food and refreshments while learning and playing tennis with the Flagler men's and women's tennis teams.
 
The event will feature the 10 and Under Tennis format, which allows smaller children to play tennis on smaller court sizes, with racquet sizes that fit their hands, foam and low-compression balls, a simple scoring system, all 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.
 
USTA Campus Kids Days are designed to expose current and aspiring junior players (and their parents and coaches) to college tennis. Campus Kids' Day is an opportunity for the relationship between junior tennis and college tennis to grow, and for players to experience college tennis. The program takes place across the United States throughout the tennis season, from top Division I programs to Division II and III programs, bringing the community together and raising excitement for the game of tennis.
 
For more information on the event contact Rachel at (904) 377-2019 or rgouldtennis@aol.com.
 
 
Emerald Coast in Florida Increases 10-U Tennis Participation, Wraps JTT Season
 
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The USTA Florida Emerald Coast Jr. Team Tennis (JTT) Fall League wrapped-up with a tennis party for players and parents on Nov. 9, 2012, celebrating another increase in the number of children participating in the 10 and Under Tennis format in the Florida Panhandle area.
 
"JTT Fall League ended its season at TOPS'L Beach & Racquet Resort with more kids playing the 10 and Under Tennis format than last session," said TOPS'L Tennis Director Joe D'Aleo. "With more tennis professionals along the Panhandle getting involved with the league, it has grown with the help of Sandestin Beach Resort, Panama City Racquet Club, Ft. Walton Beach Tennis Center, and TOPS'L Beach & Racquet Resort."
 
The end-of-season party featured a medal ceremony for the players and families, with plenty of food and drink and tennis.
 
"Jessica D'Aleo has done an amazing job at organizing the league and working with the tennis professionals in our area as well as parents to lay the groundwork for a successful and growing program," Joe D'Aleo said. "At a recent USPTA (United States Professional Tennis Association) Florida District 1 meeting we all agreed the next step is educating all of us and the parents on how the 10 and Under Tennis format is a process of not being a race to the yellow (adult) ball, but being proficient in all areas of the game before taking it to the next level."
 
The USTA 10 and Under Tennis format allows smaller children to play tennis on smaller court sizes, with racquet sizes that fit their hands, foam and low-compression balls, a simple scoring system, all 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.
 
For more info on 10 and Under Tennis on the Emerald Coast contact Joe D'Aleo at Joseph.DAleo@resortquest.com.
 
 
 
 

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